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August 2016

Spenco execs buy footwear, Silicore rights after Implus buys insole, 2nd Skin lines

Waco, TX-based Spenco Medical Corporation in July announced that four of its executives have purchased the company’s foot­wear and Silicore assets in the wake of the sale of its insole and 2nd Skin first aid lines to Durham, NC-based Implus. Continue reading

August 2016

Fidia Pharma’s gel gives lasting OA pain relief

Parsippany, NJ-based Fidia Pharma USA’s injectable viscoelastic gel significantly improves knee osteoarthritis (OA) pain for up to a year in patients younger than 40 years, according to data presented July 7 at the annual meeting of the… Continue reading

August 2016

FDA OKs Erchonia laser for toe fungus

McKinney, TX-based Erchonia reported in July that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given 510(k) marketing clearance to its low-level laser for onychomycosis. Continue reading

August 2016

Acor offers Prime ordering system

Cleveland, OH-based Acor Orthopaedic recently launched Acor Prime, a simplified system for ordering its products that includes free shipping both ways and a free STS sock with each gauntlet or Richie brace order. Continue reading

August 2016

Össur posts OARSI knee OA protocols for subgroups, first winner of online contest

Össur reported on July 22 that, after a two-day consensus symposium sponsored by the Foothill Ranch, CA-based company, an expert panel has published clinical treatment protocols for three subgroups of patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Continue reading

August 2016

FDA approves Dysport for kids with CP

Basking Ridge, NJ-based Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals announced August 1 that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had given the nod to its abobotulinum­toxinA injection for treatment of… Continue reading

August 2016

APTA issues exercise guidelines for obese kids

The American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) scientific journal, Physical Therapy, in June published guidelines for providing safe and effective exercise interventions for children with obesity. Continue reading

August 2016

Surgeon, patient advocate Pellicore dies

Orthopedic surgeon Raymond Pellicore, MD, died July 17 at age 97. His philosophy and compassionate approach to the treatment of people with limb loss and orthopedic problems lives on in the archives of the… Continue reading

August 2016

E&C passes sports medicine clarity act

The US House Energy and Commerce Committee on July 13 unanimously passed the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (H.R. 921), according to the Carrollton, TX-based National Athletic Trainers’ Association, which has worked to get Congress to… Continue reading

August 2016

Zion predicts $1B gain in insole market

Deerfield Beach, FL-based Zion Market Research predicted in a report issued July 27 that the global foot orthotic insoles market, valued at $2.637 billion in 2015, will reach $3.678 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of around 5.6% between 2016 and 2021. Continue reading

August 2016

OHI VP finishes second Ironman race

Josh White, DPM, cofounder of Milford, CT-based SafeStep and VP of its parent company, OHI, headquartered in Ronkonkoma, NY, on July 24 finished his second Ironman competition. Continue reading

August 2016

Topical Gear device may lower risks to ACL

Data presented in July show Austin, TX-based Topical Gear’s wearable neuromuscular (WNM) device may help reduce anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury risk in young female soccer players. Continue reading

August 2016

Dralla Foundation awards 2016 grants

The Rockaway, NJ-based Dralla Foundation in July released the names of its 2016 grant recipients. The awards fund events for children and adults with physical challenges. Continue reading

August 2016

Amputee Coalition taps Lundquist as CCO

The Manassas, VA-based Amputee Coalition announced in July that Karen Lundquist will join their leadership team as communications officer (CCO). Continue reading

August 2016

Ottobock AFO reduces knee OA pain

A study published July 8 in the Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery found an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) made by Duderstadt, Germany-based Otto­bock significantly reduced pain and stiffness and improved physical function in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Continue reading

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