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July 2016

NIDDK funds study of off-loading AFO

Orthotic & Prosthetic Design and the Program in Physical Therapy at the Washington University School of Medicine, both in St. Louis, MO, reported in June that the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has awarded university investigators a $185,000 grant to develop an off-loading carbon composite ankle foot orthosis (AFO). Continue reading

July 2016

Diabetesevent toincludeDFUworkshop

The 9th World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and Its Complications, scheduled for December 2-4 in Atlanta, GA, will include a separate two-day Diabetic Foot Workshop sponsored by the online Center for Diabetes Education… Continue reading

July 2016

Medi’s restiffic wrap provides RLS relief

A pilot study published in the July issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that medi USA’s newly released device for treating restless leg syndrome (RLS) is associated with significant symptom relief. Continue reading

July 2016

Study finds need for adaptive apparel

Researchers from the University of Missouri in Columbia reported in June in Disability and Rehabilitation that the lack of adequate accessible apparel keeps people with disabilities from engaging in their communities. Continue reading

July 2016

Ottobock releases socket technology

Austin, TX-based Ottobock in June released in the US the DVS-Dynamic Vacuum, transtibial socket technology that reduces movement between the limb and socket associated with limb volume fluctuations. Continue reading

July 2016

Siren Care to market smart diabetes sock

San Francisco-based Siren Care has partnered with Pasindu Lugoda, a PhD student at the University of Nottingham Trent in the UK, and his colleagues in the university’s Advanced Textiles Research Group to bring to market a smart sock to help prevent amputation in people with diabetes. Continue reading

July 2016

Tekscan taps Podoloff as chief tech officer

Boston-based Tekscan in June announced the appointment of Rob Podoloff, MS, as its new chief technology officer (CTO). Podoloff in the late 1980s was one of the company’s original founders. Continue reading

July 2016

NATA meeting research highlights mechanical effects of cleats, tape

Studies presented June 25 at the annual meeting of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), held this year in Baltimore, reported on the effectiveness of the Under Armour high-top football cleats for controlling ankle inversion/ eversion and on the… Continue reading

July 2016

NATA opens injury prevention website

The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) in June at its annual meeting in Baltimore announced the launch of a new website, atyourownrisk.org. Continue reading

July 2016

ISPO reports on disability rehab outreach

The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) in March published the final report on its joint program with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) on disability rehabilitation in the developing world. Continue reading

July 2016

Orthotist-prosthetist Newberry dies

James Newberry Jr, BOCP, BOCO, BOCPD, a practitioner and board member for the Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) died June 27. He worked for more than 40 years at Mahnke’s Orthotics Prosthetics in Oakland Park, FL, where he was a practitioner, owner, and, most recently… Continue reading

July 2016

GlobalData predicts slow joint surgery mkt

London, UK-based GlobalData on June 29 forecasted slow expansion through 2022 for the global hip and knee reconstruction market, which encompasses 39 countries and includes primary, partial, and revision hip and knee replacements, as well as hip resurfacing. Continue reading

July 2016

West first female sports medical head in NFL

The Washington Redskins on June 15 announced that Robin West, MD, is the team’s new director of sports medicine, which also makes her the first female head team physician in the National Football League. Continue reading

July 2016

NYSCF opens access to stem cell lines

The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute and the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA) in June announced the stem cell lines resulting from their collaboration, which began in 2014, are now available to academic and commercial investigators around the world through the NYSCF Repository. Continue reading

July 2016

Arizona AFO introduces Mezzo brace

Arizona AFO, an OHI company, in late May introduced the Arizona Mezzo ankle foot orthosis (AFO). Developed by the Milwaukee, WI-based Wilson Janisse Group, the Arizona Mezzo was designed to fill the middle ground between… Continue reading

July 2016

FDA gives Cartiva implant premarket OK

Alpharetta, GA-based Cartiva reported in July that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given premarket approval to its biocompatible cartilage implant designed to treat hallux rigidus. The FDA based its preliminary approval… Continue reading

June 2016

EULAR-presented ArthritisPower data 
detail patient research, education priorities

Investigators involved in the CreakyJoints patient education initiative on June 10 presented preliminary results stemming from the ArthritisPower research registry at the 2016 Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) in London, UK. 

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June 2016

Arcopédico notes 50 years, study results

Sparks, NV-based Arcopédico USA, the only US distributor of Portuguese-made comfort and travel footwear, celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 4 by announcing results of its shoe comfort research.

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June 2016

ACFAS offers summer footcare help

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) in May released two new infographics for patients on summer foot issues.

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June 2016

Ottobock study, RCT support use of its
C-Brace in paresis, Patella Pro in PFPS

Ottobock in May reported results of studies involving two of the Duderstadt, Germany-based company’s devices.

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June 2016

AOPA announces Thranhardt nominees

The Alexandria, VA-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on May 23 announced the contenders for its 2016 Thranhardt Award. They are Beatrice Janka, MPO, CPO; Gordon Stevens, CPO, LPO; Kenton Kaufman, PhD, PE; and Lauren White, PT, DPT, PCS. The nominees will present their research at the 2016 AOPA National Assembly in September in Boston.

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June 2016

ACSM, AMSSM award $20K research grant

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) on May 26 awarded the $20,000 2016 ACSM-AMSSM Clinical Research Grant to Alison Brooks, MD, MPH, and her coinvestigator David Bell, PhD, ATC.

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June 2016

AAOS releases patient education apps

The Rosemont, IL-based American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in June introduced apps that help physicians explain musculoskeletal problems and procedures to patients.

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June 2016

Cryos Tech unveils new 3D foot scanner

Joliette, Canada-based Cryos Technologies on May 26 premiered a new 3D foot scanning system for podiatrists at the FIP (Federation Internationale des Podologues) World Congress of Podiatry in Montreal.

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June 2016

Spenco backs ultra-distance run for cancer

Waco, TX-based Spenco Medical reported on June 4 that ultra-distance runner Roy Weigand completed a 131-mile trek in Burbank, CA, in about 27 hours to raise funds to help support families of children with cancer.

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