Category Archives: MarketMechanics

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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

August 2014

Diabetic shoes cut lower extremity risks

Milwaukee, WI-based Dr. Comfort released results in July of a study showing people with type 2 diabetes who wear therapeutic shoes lower their likelihood of developing foot ulcers and undergoing lower limb amputations. Continue reading

August 2014

CaerVision appoints new director

Frederick, MD-based CaerVision, in July appointed Sarah Brey­meier senior director of its Podiatry Network, which provides educational and marketing content for televisions and monitors in practitioners’ waiting and exam rooms. Continue reading

August 2014

APMA gives Amniox seal of approval

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) in July gave its Seal of Approval to Amniox’s Neox Wound Matrix and Clarix Regenerative Matrix product lines. Continue reading

July 2014

Michigan passes direct PT access law

Michigan Gov Rick Snyder signed legislation on July 1 that will allow state residents to go directly to a physical therapist (PT) for evaluation and treatment without physician referral. Continue reading

July 2014

OHI acquires Australian Orthotic Group

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Orthotic Holdings, Inc (OHI), announced in June its acquisition of the Australian Orthotic Group (AOG,) an orthotic distributorship serving the Australian and New Zealand… Continue reading

July 2014

Mountain running champ joins Spenco

Waco, TX-based Spenco in June signed elite mountain runner Joseph Gray as its newest brand ambassador. On July 6 Gray successfully defended his USA Track & Field Mountain Running … Continue reading

July 2014

Ferber authors biomechanics text

Reed Ferber, PhD, ATC, associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Calgary and director of the Running Injury Clinic in Calgary, Canada, has authored a textbook that focuses on running… Continue reading

July 2014

Streifeneder opens new US sales office

Tampa, FL-based Euro International, which has been operating as Streifeneder USA since December 2013, in June became the exclusive North American office of Streifeneder ortho.production, a manufacturer… Continue reading

July 2014

Ottobock offers amputee fitness app

Minneapolis, MN-based Ottobock released a fitness app in June designed by physical and occupational therapists to support lower limb prosthesis users with a self-managed workout regimen. Continue reading

July 2014

Justin Blair, Aetrex form partnership

Teaneck, NJ-based Aetrex Worldwide, a global distributor of comfort and wellness footwear products, and Justin Blair & Company, a manufacturer and supplier of shoe supplies and foot care products headquartered in Chicago… Continue reading

July 2014

Stable Step purchases Archmolds

West Chester, OH-based Stable Step in May inked a deal to buy Archmolds, and will add the San Diego-based company’s heat moldable insoles to its Powerstep orthotic and support products. Continue reading

June 2014

Paralympic medalist Amy Purdy finishes second on ballroom dance reality show

Adaptive snowboarder and bilateral transtibial amputee Amy Purdy and her dance partner Derek Hough cha-chaed and tangoed their way to a very close second-place spot on the May 20 finale of season 18 of Dancing … Continue reading

June 2014

SureFit will offer BioMedix’s PADnet

Austin, TX-based SureFit Shoes and health information technology company BioMedix signed an exclusive distribution agreement in May allowing SureFit to offer the St. Paul, MN-based company’s PADnet in-office vascular testing devices and collaborative care programs to the podiatric marketplace. Continue reading