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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

May 2015

Regranex gel, placebo equal for healing

London, UK-based Smith & Ne­phew’s topical platelet-de­rived growth factor gel showed no benefit over placebo for healing superficial diabetic foot ulcers, according to a randomized controlled trial published in April in Wounds. Continue reading

April 2015

NATA study shows AT access improving

Just over a third of US high schools have at least one full-time athletic trainer, the gold standard of care recommended by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), according to a study published in February in the Journal of Athletic Training, the association’s scientific publication. Continue reading

April 2015

Össur, CAF fund 2015 Mobility Clinics

Foothill Ranch, CA-based Össur and the San Diego-based Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) in March announced a new multiyear global sponsorship agreement that continues their decades-long collaboration to support people with limb loss. Continue reading

April 2015

First PFA President Saul Marmer dies

Saul Marmer, CPed, the first president of the Pedorthic Footcare Association (established 1958) died March 16. He was 90. Continue reading

April 2015

Lim gains partners for prosthetic socket

Lim Innovations reported in March that it has generated more than 10 clinical partners and providers for its Infinite Socket, which the San Francisco-based company launched in limited market release in September 2014. Continue reading

April 2015

JOSPT board names Abbott editor-elect

The Board of Directors for JOSPT, the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, in an April editorial named J. Haxby Abbott, DPT, PhD, FNZCP, editor-elect of the publication. Abbott will replace editor Guy G. Simoneau, PT, PhD, ATC, who has helmed the journal since 2002. Continue reading

April 2015

Vionic founder Phillip Vasyli killed

Podiatrist Phillip Vasyli was stabbed to death in his home in Old Fort Bay on New Providence Island, Bahamas, on March 24. He was 59. Bahamian authorities have charged his wife, Donna Vasyli, with his murder. Continue reading

April 2015

Ankle exoskeleton lowers energy costs

A letter published online April 1 by Nature reported that an unpowered exoskeleton reduces the metabolic cost of walking by 7.2 ± 2.6% for healthy human users under natural conditions, savings comparable to those with powered devices. Continue reading

April 2015

BOC wins sales, customer service Stevies

The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC), based in Owings Mills, MD, won three business awards in February at the ninth annual Stevie Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Continue reading

March 2015

OHI expands lower extremity offerings with Apex foot health division purchase

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Orthotic Holdings Inc (OHI) has purchased Aetrex Worldwide’s Apex Foot Health & Wellness division, the companies reported on March 3. The new entity will be known as… Continue reading

March 2015

Olympic marathoner’s family sues Vibram

The family of Olympic mara­thon runner Abebe Bikila in February filed a lawsuit in Tacoma, WA, federal court seek­ing up to $15 million in damages from minimalist foot­wear maker Vibram for… Continue reading