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Toenail Clippers – Dangerous Weapon for Diabetics  

Cutting toenails seems like an easy, non-threatening task with few risks involved.  However, if you are diagnosed with any type of diabetes, snipping a toenail yourself could possibly lead to a removal of a toe, foot, leg or even death.

Sandra Roberson describes herself as a strong willed country girl who has always believed she could do most things on her own.  At 46, she was given the news of her diabetes diagnoses.  Sandra did not take it too seriously and the disease was uncontrolled with her blood sugar registering high.

Despite the problems of her diabetes, Sandra spent hours working on crafts for shows.  Hand making ornaments, door signs and other types of items into the early morning hours became a routine.  Living with a busy schedule, Sandra whipped out her clippers one day and cut her own toenails.  She made the mistake of cutting the nails too short.  An infection developed.   Still thinking that it was nothing too serious or she couldn’t manage own her own, she ran bath water and mixed Epsom salt for soaking.  Placing her foot in the water was one of the worst things Sandra could have done.  It increased the risk for infection and created a pathway for the bacteria to travel.  Unfortunately, the infection spread to Sandra’s foot.   A visit to the emergency room was inevitable.

After battling the infection for days, it was recommended to amputate.  Sandra could still move her big toe and felt an amputation wasn’t necessary.  She went for a second opinion.  The medical professionals who gave her the second opinion told her the bottom of the foot was gone and an amputation was advisable and believed to be necessary.

In June of this year, Sandra experienced a below knee amputation.  HealthSouth Cane Creek in Martin and Baptist Rehab Outpatient played important roles during the rehabilitation process.  Sandra understands being an advocate for your self is so important.  She talks to other amputees and asks lots of questions constantly. One of the most important decisions has been selecting a prosthetist to join her medical team.

“People have different thoughts and ideas regarding the selection of a prosthetic company.  I heard stories of people traveling for hours to other cities and I needed to make an informed decision based on my needs.  I decided to go with Murphy’s Orthopedics part of Human Technology, Inc. Prosthetics and Orthotics Group, because it is a family and locally owned company” states Sandra.  Human Technology, Inc. Prosthetics and Orthotics provides services not only for amputations but diabetic shoes and custom orthotics for protecting the other foot and leg along with any other issues amputees might experience.

Dan Phillips, the Orthotist/Prosthetist with Murphy’s Orthopedics/Human Technology, Inc. recently visited with Sandra for a long time. He explained the process and expectations.  “Dan is so encouraging and takes time with me.  He is so personable and very knowledgeable.  I’m so thrilled and impressed with Dan, “said Sandra.

Sandra is in the process of learning to walk again wearing her new prosthetic leg.  Motivation and a positive outlook keep her going.  She strives to reach a goal of dancing at her son’s wedding this month at a venue in Nashville.  “I can’t beat myself up for what happened.  I must move forward.  I have a better diet, plan to exercise and take medicine properly in the future.  I am now taking diabetes serious and monitoring my blood sugar,” states Sandra.

Sandra and her husband, Raymond resides in Union City. She will continue follow up visits to Dan at Human Technology’s office in her hometown.  She understands amputees have changes, adjustments and qualify for new devices as activity level increases and/or decreases.

Sandra shares a closing statement for diabetics, “Check toes and feet often and take diabetes serious.”

Contact Murphy’s Orthopedics/Human Technology, Inc. Prosthetics and Orthotics for a free consultation to determine ways of improving your lifestyle and ambulation with prosthetics, orthotics, shoes and mastectomy products.

“Lost Leg, Found Soul”

At age 15, free style bike rider Kalvin Wilmoth was performing tricks with a group of his friends in Marietta, GA, around a four lane, low traffic area. Without any warning, a car ran a stop sign and hit the tire of Kalvin’s bike sending him plummeting to the pavement. The car drove on and was never found. Kalvin remembers the awkwardness of his foot being near his shoulder when he was on the ground. Being in shock and not feeling the pain in the moment, he recalls grabbing the foot and pushing it back down into its proper place. The pain consumed his body and mind at that moment.

Cell phones were not readily available decades ago. One of the fellow bikers took off running for a pay phone at a nearby shopping center. It seemed like an eternity before the ambulance finally appeared at the accident scene. Kalvin arrived to Kennestone Hospital and could not receive any treatment or pain reliever as a minor until his mother materialized over an hour later.

Finally, medical professionals began caring for Kalvin with the routine protocol for a broken leg. He was administered anesthesia and his leg was set with a cast. The next memory is sitting outside in a wheelchair waiting to leave the hospital after discharge.

The Decision to Amputate

As the car exited the hospital, Kalvin had no idea his path in life would be changed forever within a few days. Prescription pain medication had been given to him for normal dosages during the day as needed. Kalvin experienced brutal pain which he was told to expect. After 4 days, he returned for follow up to the orthopedic doctor. The cast was removed to reveal an unexpected discolored leg and a diagnosis of compartment syndrome. This occurs after a traumatic injury. The cast caused a severe high pressure in the compartment which resulted in insufficient blood supply to Kalvin’s muscles and nerves in the lower leg. The intensive care unit housed Kalvin for 10 days during his debridement (removal of lacerated,devitalized, or contaminated tissue).

On the 11th day, a decision was made to amputate Kalvin’s leg due to severe loss of all muscle tissue.

image1Peace Entered His Soul

During the course of rehab, pain, fear and the unknown of his future haunted Kalvin. One amputee visited him and was very depressing. He shared all the negatives, complications of prosthesis and all the challenges he would face. Different pastors popped in for prayers with Kalvin. Prior to the accident, Kalvin was not involved in church. One night he found himself on the floor in the hospital chapel under a picture of Jesus, crying out for help in coping with his bitterness, anger and limb loss. Peace entered his soul.

Soon Kalvin’s friend and his father, who happened to be a pastor, began frequently stopping by the hospital to see him. Kalvin experienced motivation and courage to move forward in confidence with his life. He was discharged and was fit for his first prosthetic leg by an amputee prosthetist at Atlanta Prosthetics. Technology was not advanced, so the prosthetic leg was basically wooden. He experienced one good day of wear and then several days of recovery from skin breakdown.

Before the accident, Kalvin participated in basketball and football.image2 The poor styles and limitations of prosthetics during his remaining teenage years did not allow him the opportunity to return to playing sports.

New Doors Opened

New doors opened and Kalvin became involved with his friend’s church and he traveled to Tennessee. He met Becky, a piano player. The sounds of her music brought love to his ears and heart and brought him to call Tennessee home. They have been married 23 years and reside in Pinson with their kids.

Through the years, prosthetic developments took place with improved comfort, function and computer legs. Kalvin worked in upholstery approximately 10 years but always knew he could share his experiences living as an amputee with others. He finally was given a job opportunity as a technician in an orthotic/prosthetic company in Jackson. Kalvin furthered his education, training and became certified.

Today, his talented hands help mold and make prosthetic limbs for others. His life experiences are shared with amputees through a free peer support program offered with Human Technology, Inc. Prosthetics and Orthotics. Kalvin visits with amputees or individuals who are going to lose a limb as a support advocate. He shares positive feedback and answers questions. New friends are made and Kalvin walks out hoping he has made a positive impact for an improved quality of life.

“You know, you are truly blessed when God gives you the opportunity to help someone else,” Kalvin says. “That’s our purpose In life.”
Invite Kalvln to Speak
Contact Human Technology, Inc. Prosthetics and Orthotics at 1-800-922-1584 if you would like to have Kalvln speak to your group, organization or know an amputee that could use a conversation with him.

Murphy’s Orthopedic and Foot Care part of Human Technology, Inc. Prothetics and Orthotics, Expands Services

The late Charlie Murphy was the founder of Murphy’s Orthopedics and Foot Care. Many years ago, he was a shoe cobbler specializing in repairing shoes with a larger vision for his future. One day, he noticed a man walking with a leg length discrepancy and knew immediately he could improve his gait with a lift in his shoe. This one man opened the door for Charlie’s dream. He furthered his education so he would eventually design, make and fit therapeutic foot orthotics and shoes for thousands of patients until he passed in October 2010.
Leila Tresler, Office Administrator

Leila Tresler

Leila Tresler, current Office Administrator, began working with Murphy’s in 2003. Charlie was her mentor.
He trained and taught Leila the skills of fabricating his proprietary foot orthotic made exclusively at the
Murfreesboro office. For years, the Murfreesboro location bas been the leader for custom foot orthotics. The unique foot orthotic can be used for
daily wear and/or sports. Many customers, medical professionals and patients have turned to Murphy’s Orthopedics through the years for shoe modifications,
in addition to orthotics. Leila’s knowledge and masterful skills keep doctors sending patients daily to Murphy’s for the best in foot care and comfort.

Through the years, Murphy’s added additional products to the store and mastectomy items were part of the mix along the way.

Merger of Two Great Services

In December 2014, Human Technology, Inc. Prosthetics and Orthotics purchased Murphy’s Orthopedics from Charlie’s wife. The merger has brought prosthetic limbs and custom braces for pediatric through geriatric patients to Middle Tennessee. Human Technology, Inc. uses cutting edge electronical components for the care and treatment of many medical conditions when possible. The practitioner staff includes Tennessee Licensed and American Board Certified Orthotists and Prosthetists seeing patients in the office, home or clinics when necessary for complimentary evaluations all over Middle and West Tennessee.


Latest Addition
Jeanette Johnson, Women’s Essential Division

Jeanette Johnson

Murphy’s Orthopedics recently welcomed back Jeanette Johnson into the industry. Jeanette owned Nu-Day Bra, a mastectomy and bra filling service, for 15 years. She opened the practice after surviving a bilateral mastectomy in 1986. She brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the team, Her caring heart and passion for breast care is a true asset for the women’s essential division at the Murfreesboro office. Jeanette has been in the same situation as the breast cancer ladies who visit the store. She shares her story and truly understands each woman’s feeling of loss dealing witb such an intimate part of the female body.

Since Murphy’s is part of the Human Technology, Inc. Prosthetics and Orthotics Group, almost all insurance plans are accepted. Anyone can call for an appointment or medical professionals can refer patients for services.

Community Educational Opportunities

An educational department offers the following in the community:

  • Amputee Support Groups (forming in all areas)
  • Wellness Visit
  • Stroke Seminar
  • Presentation for your Facility, School, Church or Organization
  • Continuing Education Credits for Physical and Occupational Therapists
  • Health Fairs

If you are interested in any of the above, please email or call 731-645-1735.

Living with Gait Deficits?

Clinical Trial Fitting and Education offered at NO Charge June 27 in Corinth, MS
Human Technology, Inc. Prosthetics and Orthotics is bringing a specialist from California, Gary G. Bedard, CO, FAAOP, to the area for a complimentary educational program to physical therapists and other medical professionals dealing with walking difficulties.


image1Bedard trained as a combat medic and a clinical specialist in the U.S. Army, where he received his licensed practical nurse (LPN) and emergency medical technician (EMT) civilian credentials. His military experience includes extensive work in coronary and medical intensive care units at various Army medical centers. He earned a bachelor’s degree with majors in prosthetics and orthotics from the University of Washington, Seattle. Bedard is the Clinical Educator for Becker Orthopedic in Troy, Michigan, where be has taught didactic and practicum-based seminars at all of the orthotic and prosthetic schools in the United States.

image2 image3For years, traditional locked knee orthoses have been fit on individuals with knee instabilities. Studies have shown these devices require one to significantly and unnaturally modify their walking pattern to compensate for the locked knee. These compensations may include swinging the leg in a circular motion, hiking the hip to clear their foot, and increasing energy con­sumption for daily activities.


image4Human Technology, Inc. Prosthetics and Orthotics strives to offer the latest, advanced technology in healthcare to this area.
About Stance Control Orthoses
Candidates for stance control are weak or absent quadriceps, knee instability, slight genu varum/valgum, postpolio syndrome, multiple sclerosis, unilateral paralysis, trauma, and incomplete spinal cord injury. Many stroke survivors benefit greatly from stance control units.
A stance control orthoses is custom designed to each person individually. From high-tech microprocessors and electronic components that read and understand walking motions to those using an internal pendulum as a control signal, each device has merit and each option suits different physical needs and mobility concerns.
Stance control orthoses are available in a variety of configurations that will allow a safe, energy efficient, and more natural gait pattern for patients who meet the criteria.
If you or someone you know may be a candidate for a stance control and would like to participate in a clinical trial fitting for educational purposes, contact Teresa Caruso at 731-645-1735 or
Mississippi and Tennessee physical therapists can attend this educational seminar/trial fitting session at NO CHARGE for 4 continuing education units (4 Contact Hours 3:30- 7:45p.m.). Other medical professionals are invited to register and submit their certificates to their governing organization.

Clinical Trial Fittings offered on:image5 image6 image7

Monday, June 27, 2016,

3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Corinth Public Library

1023 N. Filmore St

Corinth, MS 38834


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Why You Should Consider: Spinal Orthoses

If you have scoliosis, your spine has begun to curve out to the side. This condition can cause various other health problems such as back pain or even shortness of breath in extreme cases. If left unchecked, scoliosis tends to worsen over time, so the sooner you address it, the better. You can find several types of treatment options, from chiropractic care to surgery to orthotics in Memphis. A spinal orthosis is a back brace that holds your spine in place, generally used by children until their skeletons have stopped growing, though occasionally adults use these braces as well. Here are some of the main reasons to consider ortheses. Continue reading

Artificial Prosthesis

Three Benefits to Osseointegration

With the use of prosthetics, those who lost a limb due to trauma, disease, or birth defect can carry on a normal life. There are different kinds of prosthetics and each have their own advantages, whether it’s created only for the appearance or has functions similar to the limb it’s replacing. We at Human Technology Prosthetics & Orthotics are here to list some advantages of osseointegration if you’re deciding among the types of prosthetics in Memphis, TN. Continue reading

Artificial Arms and Legs

5 Steps to Take before Getting a Prosthetic Limb

Doctors use amputation as a last resort to remove unhealthy tissue that may affect the rest of your body. Afterwards, it’s common to replace the amputated limb with prosthetics in Memphis, TN, so that you can live as normal a life as possible. However, it can be difficult to adjust to the new limb, both physically and mentally. Follow these steps to make the adjustment as easy as possible. Continue reading

Prosthetic Hand

4 Types Of Upper-Limb Orthoses

When one of our patient’s upper limbs needs a little extra help, they can rely on orthotics in Memphis to offer the support needed. These can stabilize their limbs or provide the needed support until the limbs are strong enough to move on their own. Depending on the needs of patients, there are different types that we will create for them. Here are 4 types that can be made for their upper limbs. Continue reading

robotic arm

What Is a Transradial Prosthesis?

Close to 2 million Americans are living with some type of amputation. Although it is viewed as a last resort after illness or injury, it is sometimes unavoidable. However, because of modern advances in surgery and prosthetic devices, amputation does not have to become a permanent handicap. In fact, many patients are able to regain the use of their damaged limbs and lead relatively normal lives. Continue reading

Artificial Leg Below Knee

What Is a Transtibial Prosthesis?

Transtibial amputations are one of the most common types of leg amputations performed today. During surgery, the part of the leg below the knee is removed, severing the tibia or shinbone. Because of this, it is also known as BK, or “below the knee.” After your surgery, you can be fitted with prosthetics in Memphis, TN, which can allow you to walk and even regain normal movement. Continue reading

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