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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

December 2014

Specialized custom and customized brace fabrication sets company off from competitors

In the orthopedic bracing market, Town­send Design’s position can be compared with the local neighborhood grocery store competing against giant retailers. Continue reading

December 2014

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. Continue reading

December 2014

Plant renovation pays off with increased volume, decreased turnaround times for Levy & Rappel

The end-to-end redesign and renovation of Levy & Rappel’s plant, which began in February 2014 and is now almost complete, means the 85-year-old orthotic device company is now moving at 21st century speeds… Continue reading

December 2014

OHI’s overriding goal is to deliver ever-greater value to its customers

When Frazier Healthcare acquired Orthotic Holdings, Inc. (OHI) in April 2013, they saw an opportunity to build a lower extremity juggernaut. The strategy, in an increasingly fragmented market, was to unite several leading brands… Continue reading

December 2014

Hands-on development, manufac­turing, design, and customer service help Ped Lite stand out

Many businesses claim to be customer-centric, but few back up that aspiration like Ped Lite President Scott Sutter. More than a dozen years ago, Sutter started his own durable medical equipment (DME) company. Continue reading

December 2014

P.W. Minor, a classic shoe company, gets new life

When new management takes over an established business, the game plan is often “out with the old, in with the new.” When Andrew Young and Peter Zeliff acquired the P.W. Minor shoe company of Batavia, NY, they made a choice to keep the old along with introducing the new. Continue reading

December 2014

Apex, a division of Aetrex Worldwide, offers fashion forward footwear with superior comfort and protection

Apex, a division of Aetrex Worldwide, offers patient solutions with style. Apex footwear collections continue to expand the market for shoes that offer flexible fitting options for people with diabetes, arthritis, and other painful foot conditions… Continue reading

December 2014

Justin Blair’s acquisition of new orthotic materials division aims to increase innovation, customer service

In 1997, Marvin Bearak built a foot care business around a simple, but important, motto: “Doing business, made easy.” Bearak named the business after his son, Justin Blair Bearak, and set out to create a leading supplier to shoe retailers across the country. Over the years, Justin Blair & Company has thrived and continued to add new and innovative products to its line. Continue reading

December 2014

Acor Orthopaedic responds to customer need for better-quality laminates

Listening to its customers and acting on their wishes is paying dividends for Acor Orthopaedic, a manufacturer and supplier of orthopedic materials and orthoses based in Cleveland, OH. When customers asked for more durable laminates, Acor updated its manufacturing processes to supply just that. Continue reading

December 2014

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. Continue reading

December 2014

Out on a limb: Critical care

Hopefully none of the practitioners who read LER will ever have to treat a disease as difficult and as deadly as the Ebola virus that has killed thousands in West Africa, as well as a number of doctors and nurses who traveled there to treat those affected by the outbreak.

Emily Delzell, Project editor Continue reading

January 2015

Thicker Orthoflex

Allied O&P Supply’s new thicker gauge Orthoflex material is now available in transparent and black. Orthoflex is a flexible, formable thermoplastic material designed for below-knee and above-knee socket liners… Continue reading

January 2015

Freedom Plié 3 Submersible Knee

Freedom Innovations has officially launched its new Plié 3 Microprocessor Controlled (MPC) Knee. The strong construction of the new knee—which adjusts to walking, running, uneven terrain, and occasional water exposure … Continue reading

January 2015

Delcam Shoe Software

Delcam Crispin has launched Engineer Ortho, a new version of its Engineer Pro software specifically for the manufacture of orthopedic footwear. One key tool in Engineer Ortho is the multipoint function that … Continue reading

January 2015

NCV Custom Foot Orthoses

Combining 50 years of experience with high quality and a desire to meet the needs of today’s healthcare professionals, Northwest Podiatric Laboratory introduces NCV custom foot orthoses. This all-new material … Continue reading

January 2015

Spenco Fall Footwear Line

Spenco announces the launch of its new Fall Footwear Line. Featuring chic leather styles in an ultra-supportive footwear design, the new fall line includes more traditional, everyday styles for men and women… Continue reading

January 2015

Ottobock 3R60=VC Vacuum Knee Joint

Ottobock announces the 3R60=VC Vacuum Knee Joint for transfemoral amputees. The joint is based on the mechanical principle of the 3R60 EBS (ergonomically balanced stride), with the new feature being … Continue reading