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September 2014

Pioneering O&P engineer Dudley Childress dies after 47-year career

Dudley S. Childress, PhD, professor emeritus of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and director emeritus of the Northwestern University Prosthetic Orthotic Center (NUPOC) in Chicago, died on August 6 after a long illness. He was 79. Continue reading

September 2014

FDA OKs low-dose NSAID for OA pain

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August approved Iroko Pharmaceuticals’ low-dose nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for management of osteoarthritis pain. Continue reading

September 2014

ProtoKinetics software shows reliability

An August study comparing ProtoKinetics Movement Analysis Software (PKMAS) with the widely used GaitRite system concludes the software from Havertown, PA-based ProtoKinetics is a reliable alternative processing method. Continue reading

September 2014

Sports med experts offer ACL workshop

Sports medicine specialists from The Ohio State University and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital are offering their 12th Annual ACL Workshop in Cincinnati at the hospital’s Medical Education Resource Center on October 11. Continue reading

September 2014

Body in Motion partners with Aqualeg

Aqualeg, a French manufacturer of functional prosthetic covers headquartered in Thouaré-sur-Loire, in August formed a strategic partnership with Body In Motion Sports & Orthopaedics, awarding the Toms River, NJ-based company its “Center of Excellence” designation. Continue reading

September 2014

New owners keep P.W. Minor in business

Batavia Shoes owners Andrew Young and Peter Zeliff announced in August that they have purchased Batavia, NY-based P.W. Minor & Son, a 147-year-old shoe company that had been in danger of going out of business. Continue reading

September 2014

Professional groups ask CMS to amend ‘restrictive’ custom orthotic fitting rule

In August a number of groups, including the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA), the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, formally called for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)… Continue reading

September 2014

CMS begins fingerprinting of O&P owners

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 6 began its anticipated fingerprint-based background check for certain providers the agency classifies as “high-risk,” a category that includes anyone who owns more than 5% of a company supplying orthoses, prostheses, or durable medical equipment. Continue reading

September 2014

Tria, Vikings provide training for teens

Minneapolis, MN-based Tria Orthopaedic Center partnered in August with the Minnesota Vikings to provide certified athletic training coverage for all high school football programs within the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts this upcoming season. Continue reading

September 2014

Tech mag awards OPM for 3D innovation

The New Economy, a quarterly technology and innovation magazine and website, in August recognized South Windsor, CT-based Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) with its “Best Global Company for 3D Healthcare Innovation” award. Continue reading

September 2014

Össur VP sets amputee marathon record

Kim De Roy, CPO, PT, Össur Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Education, Prosthetics, set a new world marathon record for transtibial amputees at the Reykjavik Marathon on August 23, the Reykjavik, Iceland-based company announced. Continue reading

September 2014

Down syndrome talk on APTA website

Video of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) roundtable discussion on Down syndrome is now available on its website. Continue reading

September 2014

Dr. Comfort fields team for ADA walks

Dr. Comfort reported in August that the Mequon, WI-based company is forming a national team to join the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) 2014 “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes” effort.

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August 2014

Analysts predict sluggish market for robotic orthopedic surgery systems

London, UK-based market information firm GlobalData reported in July that computer-assisted and robotic surgery are expected to remain the reserve of top-tier hospitals, mostly in developed countries, and that the technology has been slow to gain general acceptance. Continue reading

August 2014

Pedorthic groups announce symposium

The Pedorthic Association of Canada (PAC) and the Pre­scription Foot Orthotic Laboratory Association (PFOLA) announced in July the two organizations will partner for the annual PAC Symposium in 2015. Continue reading

August 2014

DME admins to reject claims with errors

Beginning September 1, paper claims that are billed with incorrect modifiers will be returned as “unprocessable,” according to Nash­ville, TN-based CGS Administrators, the Jurisdiction C Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor (DME MAC). Continue reading

August 2014

O&P Social launches new platform

O&P Social, a social media site for O&P, pedorthic, and allied health professionals, in July revamped its site, oandpsocial.com, with new functions and features. Continue reading

August 2014

Insoles decrease sensitivity to pain

A study epublished on July 16 reported that shock-absorbing insoles (SAIs) made by Otto Bock Scandinavia in Norrköping, Sweden, reduce pain sensitivity and perception in young soccer players playing on artificial turf. Continue reading

August 2014

Self-adapting dressing reduces costs

Santa Clara, CA-based Osnovative Systems reported in July that a study of its self-adaptive wound dressing showed the product reduced wound care costs by 30%. Continue reading

August 2014

Sigvaris offers education, marks 150 years

Peachtree City, GA-based Sigvaris North America is offering several educational opportunities to practitioners who fit compression hose and stockings, the company announced in July. Continue reading

August 2014

US district court dismisses AOPA suit

In August the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision granting the government’s motion to dismiss the case the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) filed in May 2013 challenging the Medicare… Continue reading

August 2014

Tekscan demos devices at biomech event

Tekscan introduced attendees of the seventh World Congress of Biomechanics, held in Boston July 6-11, to a variety of its lab based biomechanical assessment and application technology solutions. Continue reading

August 2014

ACFAP installs DeCaro as new president

The American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics (ACFAP) installed Louis J. DeCaro, DPM, on July 25 as its new president. DeCaro, who is currently in private practice in West Hatfield, MA, and directs several adult and pediatric biomechanics clinics, specializes in podopediatrics. Continue reading

August 2014

Bacterin filler effective for talar defects

Patients with osteochondral defects of the talus and previously failed microfractures who underwent malleolar osteotomy and implantation of Belgrade, MT-based Bacterin’s allograft bone graft material had positive outcomes at two-year follow-up, according to a study epublished in July by The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery. Continue reading

August 2014

Down syndrome group honors Veldman

The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) on July 12 presented SureStep CEO Bernie Veldman, CO, with its 2014 Exceptional Meritorious Service at its annual conference in Indianapolis. Continue reading