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January 2017

Bracing effects could slow progression of lateral knee OA following after ACLR

Knee bracing is associated with altered knee kinematics and kinetics during dynamic loading tasks in individuals with lateral knee osteoarthritis (OA) up to 20 years after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, and these effects could help slow OA progression, according to research from the University of Melbourne in Parkville, Australia.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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January 2017

Out on a limb: Think outside the knee

We hear a lot about various comorbidities associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA), and how addressing those additional conditions can help improve knee pain and function. But a growing body of research suggests one set of comorbidities that knee OA experts may be overlooking are those involving the foot and ankle.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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December 2016

Focused young company grows closer to becoming internationally recognized footwear brand

Ten years ago, the U.S. orthopedic medical community had never heard of Vionic shoes. That’s no surprise, as Vionic’s fashion-forward line of orthotic footwear marched into the market in 2007. Since then, the groundbreaking shoes for men and women have taken the orthotic and comfort shoe markets by storm. Continue reading

December 2016

Clinical study confirms benefits of Townsend’s OA bracing technology

For any medical professional who questions whether or not osteoarthritis (OA) braces work, a study published in two respected O&P journals proves Townsend’s OA bracing technology achieves substantial mechanical unloading, statistically significant pain reduction, and significant improvements in activity level and overall quality of life. Continue reading

December 2016

Tekscan leaps to the future with a focus on tablet-based apps to improve mobility and enhance user experience

Tekscan, the Boston-based developer of tactile pressure measurement systems and software, is building on its user-friendly 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 sensors and software. Continue reading

December 2016

Industry leader continues to push forward with expanded line of products and services

For the past 16 years, Surestep has been a stalwart in the O&P industry, improving many lives by providing stability to children with hypotonia who pronate with its patented, dynamic bracing system. Since the development of the Surestep SMO, Surestep has evolved to become a leader in the industry as it provides solutions for all children, regardless of diagnosis. Continue reading

December 2016

Eponymous brace remains mainstay of evolving company

Douglas Richie, DPM, inventor of the Richie Brace, continues to push the boundaries of technology and design. He will soon add two pathology-specific braces to his existing line of ten models—one targeted to patients with Achilles pathology, another for those with diabetes who’ve had partial foot amputations. Continue reading

December 2016

revere Comfort Shoes: Functional footwear that doesn’t skimp on style

One of Australia’s favorite sayings is “no worries,” meaning that something is hassle-free or simply not a problem. “No worries” is an apt description for revere Comfort Shoes: lower extremity practitioners don’t have TO worry about wrangling a necessary orthosis into a shoe that cannot accommodate it; retailers don’t have to be concerned about taking a chance on a… Continue reading

December 2016

Leading innovation in gait and balance measurement

“Managing and synthesizing accurate gait data is essential to outcomes-driven healthcare, however, every successful system purchase demands an equally successful system implementation,” said ProtoKinetics co-founder Michael Rowling. “ProtoKinetics promotes our products based on exceptional quality, support and services. Continue reading

December 2016

Innovation helps company remain at forefront of industry with several new products

Staying on the cutting edge of orthotic devices has been the top priority at Orthomerica since 1989, when the company opened its doors with its first custom orthoses. Continue reading

December 2016

New Step Orthotics Lab: Family-Owned and Operated into the Future

Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Nike. These are all multinational, billion-dollar corporations that, according to legend, began in their respective founders’ garages. New Step Orthotic Lab of Glen Carbon, IL, is also a member of that club. Continue reading

December 2016

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. Continue reading

December 2016

Veterans in orthotics industry remain dedicated to hand craftsmanship while also embracing new-age technology

By P.K. Daniel For more than 85 years, Saddle Brook, NJ-based 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 … Continue reading

December 2016

For KeepingPace’s new owner, a bookkeeping job led to a career – and a passion

With a strong professional background in bookkeeping, accounting and office management, Erin Lewis knew there were any number of businesses that could use her skills. But she wanted to find work in an industry that felt meaningful to her. Continue reading

December 2016

Education and innovation playing key roles in company’s continued success

medi USA, the U.S. 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 2016

Esteemed German-based orthotic distributor expands product line to U.S. markets

If you’re not already familiar with Bauerfeind AG, that may soon be about to change. The German-based orthotic powerhouse has spent more than 80 years growing its line of orthoses and medical compression stockings for the athletic market. It is now poised to become a household name at U.S. orthopedic clinics. Continue reading

December 2016

Taking on a national health crisis

Leaders lead. When your company is acknowledged by colleagues, competitors and patients as industry-leading, innovation is a given. So it’s no surprise that Arizona AFO redoubled its efforts in 2016 to effectively address a growing national healthcare concern while also… Continue reading

December 2016

Apex paces other companies with innovative footwear offerings that are both functional and—finally!—stylish

Jason Kraus, president and chief operating officer of Apex Foot Health Industries, doesn’t mince words when describing the aesthetics of therapeutic footwear. Continue reading

December 2016

Anodyne: Diabetic footwear company focuses on win-win for providers and patients

“The solution,” according to Bobby Kanter, CEO of Anodyne, “is to find the right partner.” There is no question that, over the years, the diabetic footwear market has evolved. For many, dispensing shoes and… Continue reading

December 2016

New program Acor PRIME streamlines the ordering process for custom products

Acor PRIME, which launched in August, is a new program that offers free shipping both ways, free modifications on arch supports, and a free roll of fiberglass casting tape for gauntlet and Richie Brace orders. PRIME simplifies the ordering process and addresses the pricing issue as an all-inclusive program for custom products. Continue reading

November 2016

Dalco Premium Air Walker

Dalco International’s new Premium Air Walker, the company’s most advanced walker, immobilizes and protects the leg and foot following injury or surgery. Similar to Dalco’s traditional Air Walker, the boot utilizes an inflatable bladder to ensure compression and fit. Continue reading

November 2016

Spenco Styles For Professionals

Spenco introduces its Professional Collection of attractive footwear for people whose professions require long hours of standing or walking. The new styles incorporate Spenco’s Total Support Contour and orthotic-grade arch support, along with… Continue reading

November 2016

Arizona Mezzo Brace

Arizona AFO introduces the Arizona Mezzo brace. Developed by Wisconsin-based Wilson Janisse Group, the Arizona Mezzo is a happy medium between a UCBL (University of California Biomechanics Laboratory) orthosis and the original Arizona AFO (ankle foot orthosis). Continue reading

November 2016

Tread Labs Stride Insoles

Tread Labs introduces Stride orthotic insoles. The two-part system features a molded poly­propylene arch support and a replaceable topcover, which attaches to the arch support with low-profile Velcro to make replacement or modification fast and easy. Continue reading

November 2016

ProTech Control Met Orthosis

Powerstep’s new ProTech Control Met orthosis offers the stability, support, and comfort of its ProTech Control Full Length, but has the added benefit of a built-in metatarsal pad. The Poron met pad helps to spread and cushion the metatarsal heads to… Continue reading