Category Archives: Archives

April 2017

BOC manager, sales team win Stevies

The Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) in March announced its receipt of awards in two categories at the 11th annual Stevie Awards gala, held February 24 in Las Vegas by the Fairfax, VA-based Stevie Awards group. Continue reading

April 2017

Sigvaris marks North American expansion

Peachtree City, GA-based Sigvaris in March celebrated the grand opening of its expansion for its North American headquarters with a ribbon cutting ceremony that included local city officials, employees, and members of the company’s founding family. Continue reading

April 2017 goes live, tells ToeOff story

Rockaway, NJ-based Allard USA announced in late March that its new website,, is live. The site features the history of its ToeOff ankle foot orthosis, a “40 Reasons” section detailing the company’s process from manufacturing to social responsibility, and links to Allard suppliers worldwide. Continue reading

April 2017

DonJoy introduces TriFit OA knee brace

San Diego-based DJO Global in March launched the OA Reaction TriFit Knee brace from DonJoy, the company’s latest osteoarthritis (OA) knee brace designed to provide pain relief to those with moderate to severe knee OA. Continue reading

April 2017

Paceline buys Orthomerica’s Seal PVA biz

Matthews, NC-based Paceline in late March acquired Orlando, FL-based Orthomerica’s Seal PVA business. Continue reading

April 2017

ABC funds journal issue for AOPA papers

The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) announced in March that the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC) will sponsor the 2017 AOPA World Congress Presidential Papers, the top 10 clinical education submissions to the congress of original research backed by a full manuscript. Continue reading

April 2017

Ottobock acquires BionX active ankle

Austin, TX-based Ottobock HealthCare in March acquired prosthetic foot and ankle maker BionX Medical Technologies, headquartered in Boston, MA. Continue reading

April 2017

KD, OREF award orthopedic researchers

Kappa Delta Sorority and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) in March at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) presented four awards of $20,000 each to scientists for conducting outstanding musculoskeletal research. The meeting took place March 14-18 in San Diego. Continue reading

April 2017

HHS data validate KOOS JR. survey

Investigators from the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) on March 14 presented research at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in San Diego that confirms a seven-question survey developed at the Manhattan-based center is a valid and efficient tool for assessing patient outcomes following revision total knee replacement. Continue reading

April 2017

Curbell aids high school prosthetic project

Orchard Park, NY-based Curbell Plastics in March provided technical expertise and donated material to students in the Technology and Engineering (STEM) Program at Wilson High School in West Lawn, PA. Continue reading

April 2017

PCL brace reduces peak PFJ pressures

The Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics on March 31 published a study of Foothill Ranch, CA-based Össur’s Rebound PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) brace, showing the device significantly reduced peak patello­femoral joint (PFJ) pressures in in PCL-deficient knees compared with no brace. Continue reading

April 2017

Tekscan launches gait analysis system

Boston, MA-based Tekscan on April 28 introduced the worldwide release of its Strideway gait analysis system. The modular pressure mea­surement system provides kinetic, temporal, and spatial gait parameters, as well pressure and force data. Continue reading

April 2017

Protecting hip implants: Gait patterns help predict wear rates

Patient-specific implant wear rates following total hip arthroplasty (THA) are more strongly associated with gait patterns than component positioning, according to research from Chicago that suggests implant wear could be reduced with the use of predictive wear models.

By Katie Bell Continue reading

April 2017

Hallux valgus angle and pain improve after year of custom toe separator use

A custom-molded silicone toe separator can help reduce hallux valgus angle and pain in patients with hallux valgus, according to research from Thailand.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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April 2017

Even in older women, mechanical loading leads to Achilles adaptation

Fourteen weeks of mechanical loading is associated with Achilles tendon adaptations in senior women, according to German findings suggesting older age should not exclude patients from exercise-based Achilles rehabilitation.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

April 2017

From prints to prison: Forensic podiatry and gait analysis gain ground

Increasingly, lower extremity experts are being called on to assist with crime scene investigations by analyzing footprints, shoe prints, and the gait patterns of shadowy figures on security videos. For members of this fledgling field, as Sherlock Holmes famously said, the game is afoot.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

April 2017

Protocol helps improve TKA outcomes, cut costs

A multidisciplinary joint replacement program is improving patient outcomes, decreasing complications, and shortening hospital stays, which helps to lessen clinical anguish following total knee arthroplasty as well as the financial burden on patients and the healthcare system.

By Katie Mullen, SPT; Jon R. Cook, PT, DPT; Meghan Warren, PT, MPH, PhD; and Tarang Jain, PT, PhD, DPT Continue reading

April 2017

Metatarsal morphology and injury risk in runners

Although it has not been shown to be a risk factor for stress fracture in traditional running, the presence of Morton’s foot (a second metatarsal longer than the first) alters running mechanics in ways that may exacerbate the risks of forefoot injury associated with alternative running styles.

By Brian E Stoltenberg, DPT, OCS, CSCS; and Donald L Goss, PT, PhD, OCS, ATC Continue reading

April 2017

The troublesome triad of diabetic ulcer healing

Uncontrolled deformity, deep infection, and ischemia-hypoxia make up the troublesome triad of confounders associated with healing challenges in patients with diabetic foot ulcers. Clinical examination and intervention in nonhealing patients should focus on these three elements.

By Anna Maria M. Tan, DPM; Michael B. Strauss, MD; and Lientra Q. Lu, BS    Continue reading

April 2017

Out on a limb: Workload roulette in the NFL

A recent study reported that National Football League (NFL) running backs with more than 300 carries in a season are not more likely to miss time with an injury the following season than those with consider­ably fewer carries. For fantasy football players, this is great news. But for sports medicine experts, it’s a reminder that injury risk rarely can be boiled down to a single parameter.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

March 2017

April LER Issue Flipbook is live!

Check out the latest issue of LER as a digital flipbook. Continue reading

March 2017

SALSA study reports on Orpyx smart insoles

A study published in January found alerts given by Calgary, Canada-based Orpyx Medical Technologies’ smart insoles at least once every two hours could help enhance patients’ adherence to offloading cues. Continue reading

March 2017

FIMS makes CSMR its official journal

The Indianapolis, IN-based International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) in February made Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR) the organization’s official journal. It’s now available to all FIMS members at Continue reading

March 2017

ACFAS conference draws record crowd

The Chicago-based American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) reported in March that its 75th anniversary annual Scientific Conference, held February 27-March 2 in Las Vegas, drew more than 1900 foot and ankle surgeons and featured a sold-out exhibit hall, making it the largest-ever conference for the organization. Continue reading

March 2017

AAOS appoints Arend chief executive

The Rosemont, IL-based American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in February announced the appointment of Thomas E. Arend Jr, CAE, as CEO. Arend, whose appointment is effective April 1, will work directly with the AAOS board of directors and executive management team to oversee a staff of 250 and manage an annual budget of $60 million. Continue reading