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November 2017

Formula Prosthetic Foot

New from Fillauer, the Formula foot is engineered to provide an ideal balance of flexibility and power that is appropriate for a wide range of users due to a posterior mount design. The long, lightweight carbon pylon provides critical energy return through the… Continue reading

November 2017

Metatarsal Pad Kits

Tread Labs, a source for semicustom, orthotic insoles, announces the launch of Metatarsal Pad Kits, designed to allow providers to add metatarsal support to any existing Tread Labs insole. Like the company’s the interchangeable insole topcovers, the… Continue reading

November 2017

Xelero Matrix One

Now available from Xelero is the Matrix One pedorthic shoe. Designed for walking and light running, the shoe is offered in men’s grey/black mesh and women’s light grey/light blue mesh. The Matrix One features the same technology as… Continue reading

November 2017

OPTP io-ball

OPTP is now the official distributer for the io-ball, an inflatable exercise ball with a unique elliptical shape. The compact, lightweight ball can be positioned horizontally or vertically, allowing the user to increase the difficulty of standard movements or… Continue reading

November 2017

Corrective Orthotic Station

The Podo USA Corrective Orthotic Station is a fully integrated medically corrective orthotic system that includes plantar pressure analysis and foot and ankle posturology. The system features a 1600-sensor pressure platform, a high-resolution camera… Continue reading

November 2017

La Pointique Heel Strap

La Pointique Int’l now offers the new Heel Strap and LP compression socks. The Heel Strap is designed to provide support to the ligaments of the heel and ankle in athletes to improve stability during jumps and shifting movements. Continue reading

October 2017

Ipsen data show CP spasticity undertreated

A presentation given by Basking Ridge, NJ-based Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals in September at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine in Montreal, Canada, found more than 40% of children with cerebral palsy (CP) receive none of 10 common therapies for the motor disorder. Continue reading

October 2017

Comau, Össur invest in Iuvo exoskeletons

Rekyavik, Iceland-based Össur and Italian automation company Comau in October announced their investment in Iuvo, a wearable technology company headquartered in Pisa, Italy, that’s focused on developing robotic exoskeletons to enhance mobility. Continue reading

October 2017

OrthoPediatrics closes $59.8M IPO

Warsaw, IN-based pediatric surgical system maker OrthoPedia­trics on October 15 announced the closing of its initial public offering of 4.6 million shares of its common stock, including the full exercise by the underwriters of their option to… Continue reading

October 2017

NIH funds $1.3M post-traumatic OA study

The National Institutes of Health in July awarded a $1.3 million grant to an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis mechanical engineer to evaluate a new method of strengthening damaged cartilage and preventing arthritic progression. Continue reading

October 2017

Ottobock acquires Freedom Innovations

Duderstadt, Germany-based Ottobock HealthCare GmbH has acquired Irvine, CA-based Freedom Innovations from its previous owner, private equity company Health Evolution Partners. The two parties signed a confidential purchase agreement on September 22. Continue reading

October 2017

Mueller Sports is WFATT official supplier

Prairie du Sac, WI-based Mueller Sports Medicine in September cemented its relationship with the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT), becoming their official supplier of sports medicine products. Continue reading

October 2017

NSF gives $500K for synthetic muscle work

The National Science Foundation (NSF) in September awarded a University of Houston (UH) engineer $500,000 to develop artificial muscle and tendons for prostheses. Continue reading

October 2017

CMS shelves controversial O&P proposal

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in October withdrew a controversial proposal that would have restricted many physical therapists (PTs) from furnishing custom orthotic and prosthetic devices. Continue reading

October 2017

Footmaxx fits fishmongers with orthoses

Roanoke, VA-based Footmaxx in September partnered with Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market to deliver its custom Voyager orthoses to its fishmongers, who are known for their fish-throwing flair. Continue reading

October 2017

Therafirm adds sizing, pattern options

Kansas City, KS-based Therafirm in September expanded sizing options for its Ease Opaque gradient compression knee highs. Continue reading

October 2017

Dr. Comfort donates shoes to storm victims

Mequon, WI-based Dr. Comfort reported in September its donation of more than 500 pairs of its diabetic shoes to victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma through the American Red Cross and Soles4Souls, a nonprofit based in Nashville, TN. Continue reading

October 2017

BOC offers 3-year pharmacy accreditation

The Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) announced in October that it’s accepting applications for a new pharmacy compounding accreditation. Continue reading

October 2017

NWU promotes Fatone to professor

Northwestern University (NWU) in Chicago in September promoted Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), to professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation in the Feinberg School of Medicine. Continue reading

October 2017

Athletic training students win SWATA grants

The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in September reported the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association awarded scholarships and research grants to three students in its graduate athletic training program at the association’s annual meeting in… Continue reading

October 2017

AOSSM, Aircast back return-to-play study

The Rosemont, IL-based American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and The Aircast Foundation, headquartered in Naples, FL, announced in September that the groups are funding a new grant of up to $150,000 for a clinical research… Continue reading

October 2017

Out on a limb: Strength of purpose

Everyone has days when we just go through the motions—at our jobs, in social situations, at the gym—and tell ourselves it isn’t a big deal. But as clinicians you know that when patients just go through the motions of complying with prescribed treatments, their…

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October 2017

Equinus and RA: Limited dorsiflexion exists without pain

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have decreased ankle dorsiflexion due to gastrocnemius contracture, even in the absence of foot and ankle pain, according to research from Michigan that may have implications for early intervention to minimize pain and dysfunction in this patient population.

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October 2017

Dialysis patients, even without diabetes, have high risk for ulceration, amputation

Patients with end-stage renal disease undergoing dialysis are at high risk for foot ulcerations and amputation, regardless of whether they also have diabetes, according to research from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, that underscores the need for foot screening in this population.

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October 2017

Textured insoles enhance stride length, plantar sensation in individuals with PD

One week of textured insole wear is associated with improved plantar sensation and stride length in patients with Parkinson disease (PD), according to research from São Paulo State University in Brazil.

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