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January 2016

Surestep, Midwest Orthotics convert to employee stock ownership plan

South Bend, IN-based Surestep and Midwest Orthotics employees on January 13 celebrated the 50th birthday of founder Berne Veldman, CO, but got their own gift when Veldman and his wife Pam Veldman announced the companies had transitioned to a 100% Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), a qualified retirement benefit that holds company stock. Continue reading

January 2016

Campbell is Hanger’s chief clinical officer

James Campbell PhD, CO, FAAOP, joined Austin, TX-based Hanger Clinic in November 2015 as chief clinical officer. Campbell joined Hanger after 17 years at Becker Orthopedic in Troy, MI, where he was most recently executive vice president for clinical services and research and product development, manufacturing engineering, quality, regulatory affairs, and central fabrication. Continue reading

January 2016

Anodyne launches iPad scanner app

Milwaukee, WI-based Anodyne in January introduced iPad Scanner-based ordering for A5513 custom inserts and L5000 toe fillers. The free app, said Anodyne cofounders Bobby Kanter and Brian O’Reilly, improves suppliers’ operational efficiency as they can avoid foam impression costs and benefit from short turnaround times. Continue reading

January 2016

BOC’s Zacharias chairs ICE board

Claudia Zacharias, MBA, CAE, president and CEO of the Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation, is now serving as board chair of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) Board of Directors. Continue reading

January 2016

Exo-L ankle brace limits risky motion

A Dutch-designed ankle brace limits the inversion–plantar flexion motion responsible for most ankle sprains without limiting plantar flexion or dorsiflexion, according to results of a 12-person study published in November 2015 in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Continue reading

January 2016

Ottobock brings Bionx ankle to Europe

Duderstadt, Germany-based Ottobock reported in December that it has inked an exclusive deal with Bionx to distribute the Bedford, MA-based company’s motor-driven ankle in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Scandinavia. Continue reading

January 2016

PediFix marks 130 years at APMA event

Quincy, MA-based PediFix Footcare Company celebrated its 130th anniversary with customers and friends at the October 2015 American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Region One Conference in Boston. Continue reading

January 2016

AAOP webinar teaches evidence use

The American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (AAOP) in December released a webinar designed to help practitioners understand systematic reviews and bridge the gap between evidence and practice. Continue reading

January 2016

AAOS issues guidance on TKR, hip fracture and rehab, OCD knee in kids

The Rosemont, IL-based American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in December released updated clinical practice guidelines on surgical management of knee osteoarthritis, as well as several appropriate use criteria (AUC). Continue reading

January 2016

DRFOP offers online Capabilities archive

The Digital Resource Foundation for the Orthotics & Prosthetics Community, popularly known as DRFOP.org, in December added the 22-year Capabilities archive to its database. Continue reading

January 2016

FDA approves Integra matrix for DFUs

The US Food and Drug Administration on January 7 approved Plainsboro, NJ-based Integra’s Omnigraft Dermal Regeneration Matrix to treat diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) that haven’t healed after six weeks and don’t involve exposure of the joint capsule, tendon, or bone. Continue reading

January 2016

Sensoria pairs apps with its smart socks

Redmond, WA-based Sensoria in January announced two new apps that will pair with its smart socks, which integrate textile pressure sensor technology and send gait and walking activity data to an electronic anklet. Continue reading

January 2016

ACSM issues injury prevention recs

The Indianapolis IL-based American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and five other professional organizations in December 2015 released a new team physician consensus statement that outlines best practices for injury and illness prevention for athletes of all levels. Continue reading

January 2016

AOPA awards mobility contest winners

The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) in December announced the winners of its Mobility Saves Testimonial Contest. Continue reading

January 2016

Orthozone is distributor for Thermoskin

Kilsyth, Australia-based Thermo­skin in January named Blaine, MN-based Orthozone the new exclusive North American distributor of the complete Thermoskin line. Continue reading

November 2015

CMS stays prosthetic coverage draft; AOPA calls the decision a ‘partial win’

The White House announced on November 2 that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will not finalize a controversial draft policy concerning coverage determinations for lower limb prostheses. Continue reading

November 2015

Judges weigh murder charge for Pistorius

Five South African judges are considering the fate of Oscar Pistorius after a November 3 hearing in the Supreme Court of 
Appeal in Bloemfontein. Continue reading

November 2015

AMP1 team showcases stand-up skills

AMP1, the stand-up amputee basketball team sponsored by Irvine, CA-based Freedom Innovations, showcased its skills in the October “Duel In The Desert” event in Phoenix, AZ. A red AMP1 team played its blue counterpart, with… Continue reading

November 2015

Ossur hosts Boston bombing survivors

Boston Marathon bombing survivors Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky in September visited Össur’s global headquarters in Reykjavik, Iceland, to discuss their experiences as recent amputees and to learn about innovations in prosthetic limbs. Continue reading

November 2015

AAOS clarifies guidance for ACL injuries

The Rosemont, IL-based American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in October released a new appropriate use guideline for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury to clarify recommendations from its 2014 ACL injury guidelines. Continue reading

November 2015

Kingetics awarded for advanced materials

The American Composite Manufacturing Association and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering honored Kingetics for its creativity with application of advanced materials at the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) in October in Dallas, TX. Continue reading

November 2015

OHI acquires custom orthotic lab Footbon

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Orthotic Holdings (OHI) in October acquired the custom foot orthotic laboratory Footbo ̄n. Paul Langer, who founded Huntington, NY-based Footbo ̄n in 2009, has joined OHI’s Langer Biomechanics as… Continue reading

November 2015

Dates set for World Congress of Podiatry

The International Federation of Podiatrists and the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association in October announced that the 2016 World Congress of Podiatry is scheduled for May 26-28 in Montreal, Canada. Continue reading

November 2015

Cadence Kickstart studied for stroke rehab

Seattle, WA-based Cadence Biomedical in October announced a National Institutes of Health-funded research collaboration with the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) to study stroke survivors’ ability to adapt and… Continue reading

November 2015

Tamarack wins business award for textiles

Minneapolis-based Minnesota Business Magazine in September awarded Tamarack Habilitation Technologies its Minnesota Manufacturing Award in the New Products: Textiles category. Continue reading