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October 2017

SmartCast Scanning System

SmartCast is a new, all-inclusive system designed by Chris Smith, DPM and Northwest Podiatric Laboratory to simplify and improve the process of prescribing custom orthotic devices. With patients comfortably seated in an exam chair, practitioners follow a simple positioning process using… Continue reading

October 2017

Decompression Foot Sleeve

New from OS1st, the OS1st DS6 Decompression Foot Sleeve simulates therapeutic taping, delivering six zones of compression to improve circulation and help relieve the painful symptoms of moderate to severe plantar fasciitis, heel pain, foot swelling, and other arch and heel conditions. Continue reading

September 2017

Unloader One Lite Brace

Össur has launched its Unloader One Lite Brace, for patients suffering from mild to moderate knee pain associated with osteoarthritis and degenerative meniscal tears. The Unloader One Lite is based on the technology behind the original Unloader brace, including the 3-Points of… Continue reading

September 2017

ProtecTozz Cleat Guard

New to the market is the ProtecTozz Cleat Guard, developed and field-tested over five years by Mark Tozzi, DPM, and his son Michael Tozzi, former captain of the John Carroll University football team in University Heights, OH. Made of polycarbonate material, the ProtecTozz is lightweight (1.5 oz) and… Continue reading

September 2017

Dr. Comfort Cara Chukka

New from Dr. Comfort, the women’s Cara chukka boot features a roomy, protective toe box to help prevent skin irritation and toe stubbing. With a firm heel counter, this stylish lace-up ankle bootie provides extra medial and lateral support and stability. Continue reading

September 2017

OPTP Joint Distractor

OPTP has introduced a new product for use as an adjunct to manual therapy methods: the OPTP Joint Distractor. The product’s hook-and-loop strap design fastens a patient’s ankle securely in place, allowing for complete isodynamic joint distraction for the lower extremities. Continue reading

September 2017

Silhouette Wound Imaging

Aranz Medical has announced the availability of Silhouette version 3.19, a camera and software package for lower extremity wound imaging, 3D measure­ment, and documentation. The three-part Silhouette package includes SilhouetteStar… Continue reading

September 2017

Fillauer AllPro Foot

The AllPro prosthetic foot from Fillauer crosses all boundaries, combining high flexibility and dynamic performance to allow the user to work and play like a pro. This “do-it-all” foot easily transitions from the gym to tennis and basketball courts, as… Continue reading

September 2017

Pediatric Triple Action Joint

Developed by Becker Orthopedic, the Pediatric Triple Action Ankle Joint is designed to provide control of the lower limb through all phases of gait. This advanced orthotic ankle joint is engineered to keep pace with active patients… Continue reading

September 2017

TayCo Ankle Brace

The TayCo ankle brace is an external, over-the-shoe ankle foot orthosis for adults and teens. Developed by a University of Notre Dame team physician and trainer, it is an easy-to-use alternative to walking boots or in-shoe AFOs. Continue reading

September 2017

Maverick Fiberglass Feet

Freedom Innovations has released the complete portfolio of its Maverick fiberglass prosthetic feet, showcasing the durability and flexibility of fiberglass. These include the Maverick Xtreme and Xtreme AT feet for use in extreme activities, such as… Continue reading

September 2017

Venodol Analgesic

Caretta Therapeutics is intro­ducing Venodol, a nonaddictive alternative to opioid and steroi­dal analgesics for patients with moderate to severe chronic pain associated with inflammation. Continue reading

September 2017

Feetz 3D-Printed Shoes

Feetz is a shoe company that leverages advanced technology to produce a full 3D-printed, wearable shoe using a customized app. Clients can customize the color and arch support on any available Feetz styles. Continue reading

September 2017

Lower extremity orgs help hurricane victims

Lower extremity organizations and business stepped up to donate resources and funds to victims of September’s devastating hurricanes, Harvey and Irma. Rockford, MI-based Wolverine Worldwide partnered with the American Red Cross… Continue reading

September 2017

G&W Heel Lift celebrates half century

Family owned G&W Heel Lift in August celebrated 50 years of supplying custom heel and foot lifts to its customers. Based in Cuba, MO, the company’s signature product is its cork heel lift, designed to address complications from issues such as altered gait, Achilles tendinitis, and Achilles tendon repair. Continue reading

September 2017

Diabetes Council issues shoe guideline

The Diabetes Council, an educational website for people with type 2 diabetes run by healthcare professionals, in August published a guide to buying therapeutic shoes for people with diabetes. Continue reading

September 2017

AAOS offers Pain Awareness Month tips

The Rosemont, IL-based American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is marking September as Pain Awareness Month by offering comprehensive tips for safe and effective pain relief and safe disposal of prescription pain medications to help minimize opioid use and misuse. Continue reading

September 2017

Amgen drug beats osteoporosis standard

The New England Journal of Medicine on September 11 epublished the results of a trial of more than 4000 postmeno­pausal women with osteoporosis and a previous fragility fracture, in which a monoclonal antibody made by Thousand Oaks, CA-based Amgen outperformed a commonly used and effective osteoporosis medication in preventing new fractures. Continue reading

September 2017

Dr. Comfort prototype improves balance

BMC Geriatrics on September 11 epublished a study examining the effects of prototype footwear made by Mequon, WI-based Dr. Comfort used with textured insoles on balance in older women. Continue reading

September 2017

Rand study backs advanced device use

The Santa Monica, CA-based nonprofit Rand Health in September epublished a study showing advanced prostheses used by transfemoral amputees produce significant improvements in physical function and significant reductions in the incidence of falls and… Continue reading

September 2017

NBA, GE give bone injury grants to HSS

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and GE Healthcare Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Collaboration announced in September they were awarding almost $400,000 for the study of bone stress injuries to two research teams at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in Manhattan. Continue reading

September 2017

AOPA awards Zahedi, others at congress

The Alexandria, VA-based American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) honored Saeed Zahedi, OBE, FREng, BSc, PhD, FIMechE, CEng, RDI, with its Lifetime Achievement Award at its September World Congress in Las Vegas. Continue reading

September 2017

HP, Superfeet pilot 3D retail platform

Palo Alto, CA-based Hewlett Packard (HP) in September announced Ferndale, WA-based Superfeet is piloting in select stores its new retail foot scanning platform that performs dynamic gait analysis of customers’ feet with a combination of 3D scanning and pressure plate technology Continue reading

September 2017

Ottobock develops pediatric knee joint

Austin, TX-based Ottobock HealthCare in September reported it has developed the first everyday prosthesis with hydraulic swing phase control specifically for children. Continue reading

September 2017

Achilles prophecy: Early heel rise linked to later outcomes

Single-leg standing heel-rise test performance one year after Achilles tendon rupture is associated with the long-term recovery of ankle biomechanics, according to research from Gothenburg, Sweden. The findings may have implications for rehab­ilitation after Achilles injury, particularly with regard to relatively demanding activities such as jumping.

By Katie Bell Continue reading