Category Archives: Company Profiles

December 2015

Tekscan broadens practitioners’ reach with tablet-based apps, automated documentation, and more

Tekscan, the Boston-based developer of tactile pressure measurement systems and software, is building on its userfriendly technology with a new focus on freeing its practitioner-users from their desks and laptops with seamless interfaces between mobile devices and the company’s software.

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December 2015

Leading innovation in gait and balance measurement

According to ProtoKinetics cofounder Michael Rowling, accurate, objective gait analysis is no longer optional for clinicians who desire to help their patients retain, gain, or regain the independence so integral to their daily lives.

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December 2015

New name highlights greater possibilities in custom footwear and insole design and manufacture

Autodesk Footwear is a provider of software solutions for the digital creation of footwear, from design concepts through manufacture, including solutions for the data capture, design, and manufacture of custom orthotic insoles. Autodesk has confirmed its commitment to…

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December 2015

Streifeneder USA solidifies relationship with German partner, increasing its impact in the O&P market

Tampa, FL-based Streifeneder USA is a comprehensive supplier and product development company with a lineage of providing wide-ranging options in the fields of prosthetic devices, orthotic devices, bandages, machines and tools, as well as materials and items required in orthotic workshops.

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December 2015

A global mission to spread clubfoot treatment, training to those in need

More than 50 years ago orthopedic surgeon Ignacio V. Ponseti, MD, developed a technique to correct congenital clubfoot. The Ponseti method corrects the deformity through the use of serial casts followed by application of a specialized brace, and is now the preferred method of treatment worldwide.

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December 2015

Surestep focuses on central fabrication, continues commitment to education

For the past 15 years, Surestep has been a stalwart in the O&P industry, improving many lives by providing stability to children who pronate with its patented, dynamic bracing system.

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December 2015

Townsend celebrates 20 years as a leading manufacturer of osteoarthritis braces

Townsend Design released its first osteoarthritis (OA) knee brace, the custom OA Reliever, in 1995. Two decades and hundreds of thousands of patients later, Townsend now offers the industry’s most diverse range of OA bracing technology— enabling medical professionals to brace virtually any OA patient successfully.

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December 2015

igli insoles emphasize easy adjustability, customization, and control

medi USA, the US subsidiary of the German company medi, is continuing to bring innovations to its igli line of carbon fiber insole products, with a particular emphasis on the brand’s roots in pediatric orthoses.

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December 2015

SOLS harnesses additive manufacturing, data capture technologies to innovate custom insole space

Additive manufacturing, more commonly know as 3D printing, is a game changer in the orthotics industry due to its potential application for quickly and accurately creating custom orthotic solutions. An article in the March 2013 Harvard Business Review suggested that mass production will be a thing of the past as 3D printing technology can easily customize products on a mass scale without the need to retool the design process.

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December 2015

OHI pioneers wearable tech devices, says ‘yes’ with industry-leading promise

While the sweeping changes of the Affordable Care Act have been disruptive to some businesses, Jason Kraus, president and chief operating officer of OHI (Orthotic Holdings Inc.), welcomes them. He believes they are a potential windfall for certain sectors of the medical device industry—so much so, that he lectures frequently on the topic at onsite conferences and seminars and webinars held throughout the US and around the world.

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December 2015

Branier’s handmade shoes feature custom-cut patterns and high-quality leathers and insole materials

The old saying “All for one and one for all” is something William Lanier, PhD, takes to heart every day. Lanier, owner of Branier Orthopedic in Sebring, FL, took over the family business about two years ago from his parents, who founded the custom molded shoe company in 1989…

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December 2015

Putting their best foot forward: OHI doubles down on innovation and guarantees always-in-stock footwear

Hauppauge, NY-based OHI (Orthotic Holdings, Inc.) acquired Apex Foot Health Industries in March 2015. President and Chief Operating Officer Jason Kraus said Apex, which is headquartered in Teaneck, NJ, had long been recognized for offering the most innovative and highest-quality footwear to healthcare professionals. However, it had been a while since the product line aesthetics had been refreshed.

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December 2015

New diabetic shoe company steps to a different beat with fresh approach to comfort, compliance

Following in your father’s footsteps in business may seem old-fashioned and cliché, but there’s nothing antiquated about the company that Bobby Kanter cofounded this year. In September, he and former Dr. Comfort vice president, Brian O’Reilly, CPed, partnered to launch what they believe will be the new face of diabetic footwear. In doing so, they’ve introduced the industry to Anodyne, headquartered in Milwaukee, WI.

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December 2015

PediFix celebrates 130 years as a footcare pioneer with expanding offerings

More than a century ago, a German shoemaker named Heinrich Berkemann started a footwear company with a simple principle: create comfortable and attractive products. Although much has changed over the decades, the principles he established years ago are still alive and well in his legacy, PediFix, located in Brewster, NY.

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December 2015

Renovated plant, CAD-CAM conversion, and lean manufacturing deliver fast, seamless services

For more than 85 years, Saddle Brook, NJbased Levy & Rappel has set the standard in the orthotics industry with a commitment to individual attention and ensuring high-quality products. In 1930, it was the first company to develop a soft and supportive orthosis, raising the industry yardstick.

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December 2015

Acor puts focus on central fabrication, US-made products

Coming off of last year’s success in upgrading the materials line, Acor has now turned its attention to its central fabricating services. Last October Acor ended production of custom-molded shoes. “This was a difficult decision since this line of products once defined our company,” Joseph Merolla, Acor director of sales, told LER.

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December 2015

Eponymous brace remains mainstay of evolving company

In 1996, after 15 years of sports podiatry practice, Douglas Richie, DPM, was frustrated by the ongoing challenge of fitting sport ankle braces to patients who also wore custom foot orthoses. The two products should have worked naturally together, but, because neither was made with the other in mind, the result was often ungainly and uncomfortable.

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December 2014

Building bridges between CAD-CAM hardware and O&P market needs

In the world of CAD-CAM, TechMed 3D has it all. Based in Quebec, Canada, the high-tech company specializes in body measurement technologies and digital imaging applications for orthotics and prosthetics production. The TechMed 3D process… Continue reading

December 2014

Product upgrades make quick work for clinicians

“User friendly” is a technological buzzword to which many companies lay claim, but don’t always deliver on with their products. A year ago, Tekscan, the Boston-based developer of tactile pressure measurement systems… Continue reading

December 2014

Today’s most advanced technology and expertise applied to gait analysis

According to ProtoKinetics cofounder Michael Rowling, gait analysis is essential for advanced orthotic and prosthetic design, evaluation of gait anomalies, and tracking of patient progress. Rowling and Youan Chang, former… Continue reading

December 2014

Delcam Healthcare Solutions maintains focus on innovating for the future

Delcam is a world-leading developer and supplier of advanced CAD-CAM software and part of the Autodesk group, a multinational software supplier based in San Rafael, CA. Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacture… Continue reading

December 2014

Propét brings game-changing ideas to footwear with stabilizing technology and variable flexibility

The New Year will find Propét USA continuing its expansion of its comfort and therapeutic footwear offerings. In collaboration with its first podiatric advisor, foot and ankle surgeon Harold Schoenhaus, DPM, Propét will continue to build its new line of… Continue reading

December 2014

Streifeneder USA solidifies relationship with German partner, increasing its impact in the O&P market

Tampa, FL-based Streifeneder USA is a comprehensive supplier and product development company with a lineage of providing wide-ranging options in the fields of prosthetic devices… Continue reading

December 2014

A global mission to spread clubfoot treatment, training to those in need

More than 50 years ago orthopedic surgeon Ignacio V. Ponseti, MD, developed a technique to correct congenital clubfoot. The Ponseti method corrects the deformity through the use of serial casts followed by application of a specialized brace… Continue reading

December 2014

SureStep continues its longtime commitment to education with a new vehicle for learning

Receiving a prestigious award in 2014 has inspired SureStep CEO Bernie Veldman, CO, to expand the company’s 2015 offerings in several key areas: education and innovative products to address “W” sitting and head drop. Continue reading