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November 2014

Study finds Langer brace immediately improves balance among older adults

A custom ankle foot orthosis (AFO) made by Ronkonkoma, NY-based Langer Biomechanics produced immediate improvements in postural sway and lower extremity coordination in older adults without limiting functional performance, according to a study epublished October 29 by Clinical Biomechanics. Continue reading

November 2014

Darco marks ‘Stop Pressure Ulcer Day’

Huntington, WV-based Darco International has joined with Spanish research organizations to raise awareness of the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of pressure ulcers with the November 20 “Stop Pressure Ulcer Day.” Continue reading

November 2014

dicks.com offers Ektio basketball shoe

Pittsburgh, PA-based Dick’s Sporting Goods is now selling Ektio’s newest basketball shoe at its online store, dicks.com. The Alexio is New York City-based Ektio’s latest offering in its line of basketball shoes designed to prevent ankle sprains… Continue reading

November 2014

MobileMat BESS is consistent, reliable

Boston, MA-based TekScan’s automated balance error scoring system (BESS) produces results in good agreement with trained human raters, according to a study epublished on October 7 by the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. Continue reading

November 2014

Whitmore joins Allard foot drop team

Rockaway, NJ-based Allard USA in November introduced ESPY award winner Jamie Whitmore as one of the newest members of TeamUp, Allard’s national team for people with limited mobility due to foot drop. Continue reading

November 2014

Ottobock acquires Ekso bionics patents

Duderstadt, Germany-based Ottobock and Ekso Bionics, headquartered in Richmond, CA, formalized an intellectual property licensing agreement in November that will allow Ottobock to make use of Ekso’s wearable bionics technology in its next-generation prosthetic devices. Continue reading

November 2014

APMA, PFA merge 2015 meetings

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and the Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) announced in November that next year the PFA will hold its Annual Symposium in conjunction with APMA’s Annual Scientific Meeting. Continue reading

November 2014

Beattie directs EMU O&P grad program

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in Ypsilanti in October named Wendy Fischl Beattie, CPO, FAAOP, new program director and clinical coordinator of its graduate program in orthotics and prosthetics. Continue reading

November 2014

APMA joins CDC anti-infection campaign

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) reported on October 7 that it has joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “One & Only Campaign.” Continue reading

November 2014

Neurotech Kneehab shows benefit in MS

A pilot study epublished on October 9 found Minnetonka, MN-based Neurotech North America’s neuromuscular electro-stimulation device is feasible for home use and, when added to progressive resistance training (PRT), improves fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis… Continue reading

November 2014

Cytomedix begins Aurix rebranding effort

Gaithersburg, MD-based Cytomedix announced on October 14 that it has relaunched its AutoloGel chronic wound care system under the Aurix brand. Continue reading

November 2014

Pistorius receives five-year sentence

South African Judge Thokozile Masipa on October 21 sentenced double-amputee Olym­pic runner Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Continue reading

November 2014

Cascade Dafo offers free online courses

Ferndale, WA-based Cascade Dafo announced in November the release of six free online continuing education courses designed for pediatric O&P practitioners and approved for up to 6.25 continuing education credits by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics. Continue reading

November 2014

PBS airs Sigvaris leg healthcare video

PBS in October began airing an educational video segment on chronic venous disorders and benefits of graduated compression made in collaboration with Peachtree City, GA-based Sigvaris and Ariel Soffer, MD, of the Vein Experts Training Academy in Hallandale Beach, FL. Continue reading

November 2014

Delcam updates CAD-CAM software

Birmingham, UK-based Delcam Crispin in September launched a new version of its Engineer Pro software for orthopedic footwear manufacturing, which the company said allows creation of bespoke footwear designs in the shortest possible time. Continue reading

October 2014

AAOS releases new guidelines for hip fracture, ACL injury, infant hip dysplasia

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) on September 9 released three new clinical practice guidelines (CPG) featuring evidence-based recommendations for diagnosing and treating hip fractures in patients… Continue reading

October 2014

Software suppliers Opie, Futura merge

Company officers for Gaines­ville, FL-based Opie Software and Clearwater, FL-based Futura International announced the merger of their two companies and introduced a new prac­tice network, the Opie Choice Network, in… Continue reading

October 2014

Ottobock to support 2016 Paralympics

Duderstadt, Germany-based Ottobock HealthCare announced in September that it will provide technical services for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading

October 2014

JBIT MedPro system sees strong sales

Missouri City, TX-based JB3 Innovations’ JBIT MedPro lower limb strengthening device has experienced 5000% growth over the past 18 months, the company announced in September. Continue reading

October 2014

Kinematix offers wearable O&P tracker

Kinematix, which has a US office in Cambridge, MA, released on October 3 a wearable sensing device that can be embedded in orthotic and prosthetic devices to measure wear-time compliance and provide evidence of clinical efficacy. Continue reading

October 2014

CMS adds two OTS knee orthosis codes

The Centers for Medicare and  Medicaid Services (CMS) made effective on October 1 two new off-the-shelf (OTS) knee orthosis codes. Continue reading

October 2014

Sigvaris calls for photo contest entries

Peachtree City, GA-based Sigvaris North America launched a photo contest in October to raise awareness of venous issues and promote leg health. Continue reading

October 2014

Freedom Innovations knee enters market

Irvine, CA-based Freedom Innovations in September released its new microprocessor knee prosthesis. The Plié 3 Microprocessor Controlled (MPC) Knee is designed to adjust to walking, running, uneven terrain, and occasional water exposure. Continue reading

October 2014

AOPA announces new board members

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) announced in September at its National Assembly in Las Vegas the organization’s newly elected executive committee officers and board members for the 2014-2015 term. Continue reading

October 2014

Townsend brace improves knee function

A poster presented at the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly, held in September in Las Vegas, found that use of a decompressive knee brace from Bakersfield, CA-based Townsend Design significantly… Continue reading