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January 2017

AAOP names new executive director, invests in O&P research initiatives

The Washington DC-based American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) announced in December its appointment of Chellie Hollis Blondes as executive director. Blondes has more than 25 years of management experience in the nonprofit healthcare industry and has served as… Continue reading

January 2017

Data back AposTherapy device for hip OA

Israeli researchers reported in January that New York, NY-based AposTherapy’s biomechanical shoe-like device, which modulates center of pressure during walking, was associated with improved gait measures and quality of life (QOL) in a yearlong longitudinal study of patients with hip osteoarthritis. Continue reading

January 2017

AAOS to launch open access journal

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) reported in December that it is accepting submissions for its new online-only journal, JAAOS: Global Research & Reviews, which will serve as an open access companion title to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). Continue reading

January 2017

Pedorthic org calls for scholarship bids

The Beaver Dam, WI-based Pedorthic Foundation in December announced that its scholarships for pedorthic education and training for students and continuing education for credentialed pedorthists and retail footwear professionals are open for application. Continue reading

January 2017

DJO Global appoints Shirley president, CEO

San Diego-based DJO Global in November appointed Brady Shirley president and CEO, succeeding Mike Mogul. Shirley most recently served as the president of DJO’s surgical business and was previously CEO and director of Innovative… Continue reading

January 2017

Cefalu to lead ADA science, medicine

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) in January appointed William T. Cefalu, MD, its chief scientific and medical officer (CSMO) and reported the renowned physician, educator, and researcher will begin serving in this role on February 20. He replaces Robert E. Ratner, MD, who retired on December 31 after serving as CSMO for nearly five years. Continue reading

January 2017

16th ISPO congress set for Cape Town

The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) reported in December that its 16th World Congress is slated for May 8-11 in Cape Town, South Africa. “Assistive technology for all” is the motto for the biennial event, which this year will… Continue reading

January 2017

Freedom’s Carkhuff joins COPA board

Irvine, CA-based Freedom Innovations in November announced that Maynard Carkhuff, its vice chair and chief innovation officer, was elected to the California Orthotic & Prosthetic Association’s (COPA’s) board of directors at that organization’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Continue reading

January 2017

BOC board announces 2017 officers

The Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) announced in January that it has elected its 2017 executive committee and made two additions to its board. Continue reading

January 2017

Wiley, ASBMR journal open for submissions

Hoboken, NJ-based John Wiley and Sons and The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) in January opened submissions for its new open access peer-reviewed publication, JBMR Plus. Continue reading

January 2017

Algeos forecasts strong growth in 2017

Medical products specialist Algeos, headquartered in Liverpool, UK, reported on December 28 that the business had achieved a turnover of £11.2 million and profit before tax of £400,000 during the last 12 months and predicted turnover will grow to at least £11.8 million during 2017. Continue reading

January 2017

Dr. Comfort shoe improves foot pressure

Biomechanists from the UK reported in January that an off-the-shelf medical grade shoe made by Mequon, WI-based Dr. Comfort was associated with increased comfort and reduced forefoot pressure compared with participants’ preferred shoes. Continue reading

January 2017

Pacers use PhysiMax for injury prevention

Indianapolis, IN-based PhysiMax Technologies in December announced the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Indiana Pacers will use its real-time visual analysis technology to assess player injury risk. Continue reading

January 2017

AOPA calls for 2017 world congress papers

The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) in December called for submissions for its 2017 World Congress, scheduled for September 6-9 in Las Vegas. Continue reading

January 2017

Medline wins podiatry GPO contract

Responding to US Bureau of Labor statistics that estimate employment of podiatrists is expected to grow 14% by 2024, Northfield, IL-based Medline in November announced a collaboration with Indianapolis, IN-based Talar Capital Partners (TCP), a podiatry-specific Group Purchasing Organization (GPO). Continue reading

January 2017

USOC names Paralympian to board

The Colorado Springs, CO-based United States Olympic Committee (USOC) on January 3 announced its addition of Cheri Blauwet, MD, as an independent member of its board of directors. Continue reading

January 2017

Growth forecast for global orthotic mkt

A to Z Research reported in September that the global foot orthotic insoles market, valued at approximately $2.637 million in 2015, is expected to reach approximately $3.678 million by 2021, growing at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of around 5.6% between 2016 and 2021. Continue reading

January 2017

Hanger foundation awards $424K in 2016

The Austin, TX-based Hanger Charitable Foundation in December completed its final round of 2016 grants, awarding $225,000 to five nonprofits, the foundation reported. These awards bring the foundation’s total 2016 grants awarded to more than $424,000, given to 25 organizations, according to a Hanger release. Continue reading

November 2016

Hanger foundation funds 2016 grants

The Austin, TX-based Hanger Charitable Foundation in October awarded $17,500 to four grant recipients, concluding its third round of 2016 grants. Continue reading

November 2016

biodesigns socket ups walking distance

Westlake Village, CA-based biodesigns in November reported a recent 13-patient study showed its alternative transfemoral socket outperformed a standard-of-care socket in improving amputees’ balance confidence and walking capacity. Continue reading

November 2016

Spenco sends shoes to disaster victims

Waco, TX-based Spenco Foot­wear donated 1000 pairs of shoes, sandals, and slippers to Haitian victims of Hurricane Matthew, which devastated the island nation in early October. Continue reading

November 2016

NBA, AT orgs join to grow youth access

The New York, NY-based National Basketball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (NBSCA) in October announced it would form a scientific advisory panel of four experts from various fields within the strength and conditioning community to provide continuing education and sharing of best practices to its members. Continue reading

November 2016

Össur users sweep medals in Cybathlon

Reykjavik, Iceland-based Össur reported in October that amputees wearing its technologies dominated the lower limb competition at the inaugural Cybathlon games in Zurich, Switzerland, claiming all three medals in the leg prosthesis race. The Cybathlon is the first global competition… Continue reading

November 2016

Curbell names Airlite vendor of the year

Orchard Park, NY-based Curbell Plastics in October named Airlite Plastics its 2015 Vendor of the Year. Omaha, NE-based Airlite  makes plastic packaging as well as a variety of extruded plastic sheet materials for the O&P industry. Continue reading

November 2016

Phoenix launches to sell molded devices

Lake Placid, FL-based Phoenix Molded Shoes, Inserts, and Braces opened its doors on September 12. The manufacturer is emphasizing communication with its practitioner customers about its services and lower extremity custom devices, which include accommodative and functional orthoses. Continue reading