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March 2016

DJO brace addresses lateral knee OA

Research on Vista, CA-based DJO Global’s varus unloader brace published in February suggests the device may improve abnormal knee joint mechanics associated with the development and progression of lateral knee osteoarthritis (OA) after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). Continue reading

March 2016

Flexion releases data for new OA injectable

Burlington, MA-based Flexion Therapeutics in February released phase 3 data for its lead product candidate Zilretta, a novel nonopioid injectable for knee osteoarthritis (OA). Continue reading

March 2016

M.J. Markell to sell Quikiks Hands-Free shoes

New York, NY-based Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes in February signed its first US distribution agreement within the O&P industry with M.J. Markell Shoe Company. Continue reading

March 2016

Medicare adopts HSS joint surveys

Investigators from the Manhattan, NY-based Hospital for Special Surgery on February 29 epublished data in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research validating two new shortened questionnaires that will reduce time spent collecting patient-reported outcome data for hip and knee replacement surgeries. Continue reading

March 2016

OHI funds $120K podiatric ed grant

Ronkonkoma, NY-based OHI (Orthotic Holdings Inc.) and the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM) on February 10 announced a joint educational partnership to support the podiatric profession and advise on the impact of shifts in the healthcare industry. Continue reading

March 2016

AOPA calls for O&P pilot grant RFPs

The Alexandria, VA-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) in late February invited requests for proposals (RFPs) for 2016 O&P research grants. This year AOPA will fund up to four pilot grants for up to $15,000 each. Continue reading

March 2016

ProtoKinetics launches gait screen at CSM

Havertown, PA-based Proto­Kinetics launched its Movement Analysis Software (PKMAS) Primary Gait Screen on February 17 at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Anaheim, CA. Continue reading

March 2016

APTA names outcomes registry panel

The Alexandria, VA-based American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) on February 10 announced the members of a Scientific Advisory Panel to oversee its Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry. Continue reading

March 2016

Justin Blair, ING finalize distribution deal

Chicago-based Justin Blair in February completed an exclusive distribution agreement with Hickory, NC-based ING Source, manufacturer of the Foot Gym and orthopedic compression products, including the Orthosleeve. Continue reading

March 2016

Fitness pros join fight against chronic disease

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Medical Fitness Association (MFA), and American Council on Exercise (ACE) on February 23 announced a major new effort called the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Solution at National Press Club in Washington DC. The effort is part of the ongoing EIM global initiative the ACSM launched in 2008. Continue reading

March 2016

ConforMis introduces knee system

Bedford, MA-based ConforMis undertook the full commercial launch of its customized posterior-stabilized (PS) knee replacement system on March 2 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting in Orlando, FL. Continue reading

March 2016

AAOS supports local playground build

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) on March 1 joined the City of Kissimmee, FL, Central Avenue Elementary School, local residents, and organizers from Community Vision and KaBoom! to build a new community playground at Central Avenue Elementary. Continue reading

March 2016

ABC gives $100K for pedorthic research

The American Board for Certification on Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (BOC) in December gave the Pedorthic Foundation $100,000. Continue reading

March 2016

Ottobock opens orthotic business unit

Austin, TX-based Ottobock’s customers in January began getting support from the company’s new business unit and sales organization dedicated to orthotics. Continue reading

February 2016

Foot and ankle surgeons name officers and board of directors at annual meeting

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) on February 12 installed its 2016-2017 board of directors at the organization’s 74th Annual Scientific Conference in Austin, TX. Continue reading

February 2016

Guidelines address diabetic foot ulcer care

The American Podiatric Medical Association and the Society for Vascular Medicine in February published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery new recommendations for five key aspects of diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) care. Continue reading

February 2016

Spenco acquires Canadian distributor

Spenco announced in January its acquisition of a Canadian distributor, Spenco Canada. Spenco Canada, which operated independently for more than 20 years, is now under the umbrella of Spenco’s North American headquarters in Waco, TX, as a wholly owned subsidiary. Continue reading

February 2016

Study supports Vionic sandal for heel pain

A contoured sandal made by San Francisco, CA-based Vionic is as effective for relieving heel pain symptoms as an in-shoe orthosis with a similar footbed and more effective than a flat sandal, according to an Australian randomized controlled trial. Continue reading

February 2016

NY Orthopedic Manufacturing opens

Vadim Yatsunsky and Sergey Prokhorov, former general manager and production manager, respectively, of Brooklyn, NY-based American Orthopedic Manufacturing Corporation, have opened an orthopedic laboratory in the Bronx, NY. Continue reading

February 2016

STS revamps website, adds e-ordering

Mill Valley, CA-based STS in January launched its new website at stssox.com. The casting sock manufacturer’s online site offers detailed product information, including educational videos and a chart to match each STS product to its recommended clinical applications. Continue reading

February 2016

BOC announces slate of 2016 leaders

The Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) on January 14 announced its 2016 board of directors, chair, and executive committee. Continue reading

February 2016

CSUDH unveils O&P education center

California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) on January 14 celebrated the ribbon cutting for its new Orthotics and Prosthetics Education Center in Los Alamitos. Continue reading

February 2016

Össur, Ottobock fund neural device study

Duderstadt, Germany-based Ottobock and Össur, headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland, announced in late January that the two companies have endowed a research trust with $1 million to further development of neural-controlled prosthetic devices. Continue reading

February 2016

Students invent smart mat for diabetes

Jackson State University (JSU) in Mississippi reported in December that a group of its graduate engineering students have designed a “smart mat” that gauges foot temperature in people with diabetes. Data from the mat could give caregivers and physicians early warning of infection. Continue reading

February 2016

Triennial podiatry congress scheduled

The International Federation of Podiatrists and the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association have scheduled the World Congress of Podiatry for May 26-28 in Montreal, Canada. The global congress occurs once every three years and is expected to draw about 1200 attendees. Continue reading