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March 2015

OHI expands lower extremity offerings with Apex foot health division purchase

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Orthotic Holdings Inc (OHI) has purchased Aetrex Worldwide’s Apex Foot Health & Wellness division, the companies reported on March 3. The new entity will be known as… Continue reading

March 2015

Olympic marathoner’s family sues Vibram

The family of Olympic mara­thon runner Abebe Bikila in February filed a lawsuit in Tacoma, WA, federal court seek­ing up to $15 million in damages from minimalist foot­wear maker Vibram for… Continue reading

March 2015

AOPA invites O&P research proposals

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on February 27 unveiled its slate of 2015 RFPs (request for proposals), inviting O&P research project submissions. Continue reading

March 2015

BOC is OPAF Silver Sponsor for 5th year

The Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) announced in February that the Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) is for the fifth consecutive year a Silver Level Sponsor with a… Continue reading

March 2015

Tenex minimally invasive fasciotomy system eases plantar fasciitis pain

Data presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology annual meeting in March in Atlanta show percutaneous ultrasonic fasciotomy using Tenex Health’s technology relieves plantar fasciitis pain. Continue reading

March 2015

Olympian opens Algeos Innovation Suite

Olympic heptathlete Kelly Sotherton on February 24 officially opened Algeos’s £50,000 ($74,000) state-of-the-art medical technology center at Birmingham Metropolitan College’s Matthew Boulton Campus in the UK. Continue reading

March 2015

Sols offers direct-to-consumer insoles

New York City-based Sols announced in late February that it has secured $11.1 million in a Series B funding round to boost its consumer product pipeline. Continue reading

March 2015

JCSMS poster pick shows good results for percutaneous fibular fracture repair

The coauthor of the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science’s (JCSMS) pick for Graduate Student Fellow Poster presented his work on February 21 at the JCSMS annual meeting in Memphis, TN, showing good results for… Continue reading

March 2015

Becker Orthopedic consolidates ops

Becker Orthopedic announced in February that it is consolidating operations at Albany, OR-based Becker Oregon with Becker Orthopedic’s main central fabrication services at the company’s headquarters in Troy, MI. Continue reading

March 2015

Spenco 2nd Skin sales on the rise

Waco, TX-based Spenco reported in early March that sales of its 2nd Skin first aid products have climbed steadily over the last two years, rising 9% in 2013 and 11% in 2014. Continue reading

March 2015

AlterG partners with PT provider network

Fremont, CA-based AlterG reported on February 25 its new partnership with the national Physical Therapy Provider Network (PTPN), based in Calabasas, CA. Continue reading

March 2015

Hewett to head Mayo sports med research

Sports medicine expert Timothy E. Hewett, PhD, will join the Mayo Clinic on July 1 as director of sports medicine research and biomechanics. Continue reading

March 2015

UK unis to host international PFP events

The University of Manchester and the University of Central Lancaster in the UK announced in February plans to host two international events on patello­femoral pain this September. Continue reading

March 2015

NATA gives first youth sports safety awards

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association on March 2 presented its inaugural Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Award to three recipients at the annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Irvine, TX. Continue reading

March 2015

Triton device debuts at Hanger event

Birmingham, AL-based Hanger on February 3 debuted its Triton smart ankle at the annual Hanger Education Fair and National Meeting in Las Vegas, where practitioners fit two amputee patients with the microprocessor-controlled prosthetic ankle-feet. Continue reading

February 2015

Trial finds Pluristem product safe, improves post-THA muscle strength

A phase I/II trial of Pluristem Therapeutics’ expanded placental cell product for treatment of muscle injury after total hip arthroplasty (THA) found significant improvements in maximal voluntary muscle contraction force six months postsurgery in both operated and nonoperated gluteal muscle. Continue reading

February 2015

Sigvaris partners with wound-care expert

Compression garment manufacturer Sigvaris in January partnered with physical therapist and wound care and lymphedema management expert Robyn Bjork, MPT, CWS, WCC, CLT-LANA, CLWT, to help support innovation for patients with lymphedema, chronic venous insuffi­ciency, and venous ulcers. Continue reading

February 2015

13th DFCon event scheduled for March

The 13th Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFcon) 2015 is scheduled for March 19-21 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. Continue reading

February 2015

Hanger revamps peer support program

Birmingham, AL-based Hanger Clinic in early 2015 changed the name of its Amputee Empowerment Partners Peer Support Program to the AMPOWER program (empoweringamputees.org). Continue reading

February 2015

PT foundation awards $2.5M COE grant

The Alexandria, VA-based Foundation for Physical Therapy announced February 5 that it has awarded Brown University in Providence, RI, $2.5 million to establish the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) over the next five years. Continue reading

February 2015

Arcopedico donates 2200 pairs of shoes

Sparks, NV-based Arcopedico USA reported on February 3 that it has gifted more than 2200 pairs of its Portuguese-made comfort footwear to young women in villages throughout Haiti. Continue reading

February 2015

BOC reaccredited, elects 2015 board

The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) reported February 11 that the National Commission for Certifying Agencies has reaccredited its pedorthist certification program for ano­ther five-year period. Approximately 275 professionals are currently certified as BOC pedorthists (BOCPDs). Continue reading

February 2015

PFA welcomes Meanwell memorial fund gifts

The Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) invites its members to contribute to a memorial fund for the family of Bill Meanwell, CPed, a longtime PFA member and pedorthist who died on November 14, 2014, in Broken Arrow, OK. Continue reading

February 2015

Ottobock awards $1000 photo contest prize

Ottobock North America has named Carlos Gonzalez of San Francisco, CA, winner of its 2014 C-Leg Heroes photo contest grand prize. Continue reading

February 2015

FDA clears MedShape’s bone-sparing plate

Atlanta-based MedShape noted on February 2 that the US Food and Drug Administration has given 510(k) clearance to its 3D-printed FastForward Bone Tether Plate, a primary component of the company’s FastForward Bunion Correction System. Continue reading