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May 2015

Allard USA: Get Back Up Today!

The most common treatment is an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) which provides support to the ankle and foot. The AFO helps control foot drop and ankle instability by providing a better sense of balance. Continue reading

May 2015

Kinetic Research: Carbon Fiber Orthopedic Braces

Composite material advances over the past 10 years have improved the design creativity and possibility for clinical orthotists worldwide. In the past, an ankle orthosis required a completely solid and fully encompassing design in order to attain the mechanical control… Continue reading

May 2015

Custom Composite: Specializing in advanced composite applications for the O&P industry

The mechanics behind our family of Charcot Marie-Tooth (CMT) braces centers around the medial strut design. The medial strut folds into the footplate in the arch area, making the brace very stable when patients are in midstance… Continue reading

May 2015

SureStep: A Revolutionary Bracing Concept

SureStep manufactures a variety of products but is primarily known for the SMO (Supra malleolar orthosis) and pediatric AFOs (ankle foot orthosis)… Continue reading

May 2015

Diane Covington: AFOs positively impact every aspect of her dynamic life

It’s a happy coincidence that Diane Covington lives just a few miles from a New Balance store, for two reasons. The brand’s sporty and comfort styles are perfectly suited for Covington’s life on the go.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

May 2015

Brennan Ryan: With AFOs and cool sneakers, this 10-year-old can be a regular kid

If you ask Brennan Ryan what his favorite after-school activities are, he’ll tell you, “Basketball, baseball, flag football, and Cub scouts.” Ask him what his favorite part of school is and he’ll answer…

By Robyn Parets Continue reading

May 2015

Jeff Seitzer: AFOs and staying fit help manage his mild symptoms

It’s hard to imagine that a 56-year-old man who swims, plays golf, works out, and even practices yoga has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). But Jeff Seitzer, who was diagnosed more than 40 years ago, has managed to keep his symptoms at bay.

By Robyn Parets Continue reading

May 2015

Orthotic devices and CMT: Everyone deserves an aha! moment

This guide to orthotic devices for people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease has been a dream of mine for a long time. I was diagnosed with CMT1A at the tender age of 18 months, but didn’t learn about orthotic devices for CMT until 2007…

by Susan Ruediger Continue reading

May 2015

Obese children develop knee malalignment as they mature

Effect might increase future OA risk – As obese children undergo the rapid physical changes of puberty, they develop knee malalignment that could potentially contribute to development of knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to recent research from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH.

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

May 2015

Lower-body focus could help youth baseball player arms

Studies link hip, shoulder function – Kids grow up thinking that throwing a baseball hard is all about strength in the arm and shoulder, but new evidence suggests that muscle strength and range of motion in the hip affect shoulder function during throwing in youth baseball players.

By Chris Klingenberg Continue reading

May 2015

Kinematics identify subgroups of kids with CP and equinovarus

Treatment planning could benefit – Chicago researchers have identified clinically relevant subgroups based on foot and ankle kinematics in children with equinovarus secondary to hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP) that could help improve treatment planning and clinical outcomes.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

May 2015

PT, O&P practitioners deliver medical aid and devices to Nepal earthquake victims

The second major earthquake that struck Nepal on May 12 complicated the efforts of charitable relief organizations such as London, UK-based Handicap International, which already had an 84-person team that includes physical therapists, O&P providers, and… Continue reading

May 2015

Dr. Comfort expands functional insert line

Milwaukee, WI-based Dr. Comfort reported in April that it has broadened its custom functional insert line to include its Exos thermoformable technology. Continue reading

May 2015

Aortha announces full launch of 3D insoles

Aortha in late April announced that it will move forward in early 2016 with a full launch of its 3D-printed insole technology. Continue reading

May 2015

Cur crowdfunds personal TENS device

San Francisco-based Cur on May 13 launched a crowdfunding campaign for its personal, miniaturized TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) device for treatment of chronic muscle, joint, and nerve pain. Continue reading

May 2015

Thesis designs high-performance heels

Los Angeles-based Thesis Couture will open a reservation list this fall for a limited run of high-end stilettos designed to reduce the load on the ball of the foot and make fashion footwear more comfortable and less damaging to feet. Continue reading

May 2015

Spenco Med wins customer service award

Bethlehem, PA-based third-party customer service provider LiveHelpNow recognized Spenco Medical in April with its monthly Best Customer Service award. Continue reading

May 2015

Proof of Concept gives ‘growing’ shoes

Portland, OR-based Proof of Concept is collaborating with an Indiana man to realize his vision of distributing expandable shoes to children living in poverty around the world. Continue reading

May 2015

Former PFA president Mike Forgrave dies

Michael Glenn Forgrave, CPed, died April 14 in his home in Ontario, Canada. He was 57. Forgrave, who was in private practice as chief pedorthist for Mike Forgrave and Associates in Kitchener, Ontario, was a former track athlete who developed an interest in pedorthics… Continue reading

May 2015

NBA signs Stance as official sock provider

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and San Clemente, CA-based sock-maker Stance in April signed a deal making the manufacturer the NBA’s official on-court performance sock provider. Continue reading

May 2015

Sigvaris, ILWTI offer wound care course

Compression hosiery company Sigvaris and the Hayward, WI-based International Lymphedema & Wound Care Training Institute (ILWTI) announced in April that they’re partnering to provide a dual certification program in wound care and lymphedema. Continue reading

May 2015

APMSA recognizes ComfortFit for service

The American Podiatric Medical Students Association (APMSA) named Roselle, NJ-based ComfortFit Labs its Company of the Year in April at the organization’s annual Corporate Advisory Board meeting. Continue reading

May 2015

Meningitis group honors Hanger Clinic VP

The National Meningitis Association (NMA) on April 27 honored Hanger Clinic’s Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, with its Nancy Ford Springer Inspiration Award at the 2015 NMA “Give Kids a Shot!” Gala in New York City. Continue reading

May 2015

Cadence to sell rehab device in Stroke Belt

Seattle-based Cadence Biomedical finalized a distribution agreement in April with Ooltewah, TN-based TruMedical Solutions to sell its Kickstart neuro-rehabilitation device across the southeastern US “Stroke Belt” and to national and regional rehabilitation providers. Continue reading

May 2015

iWalk wins third consecutive trade award

Long Beach, CA-based iWalk-Free’s hands-free crutch for lower leg injuries won its third first-place Medtrade HME Retail Product Innovation award in April in Las Vegas at the Medtrade Spring medical device trade show. Continue reading