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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

June 2014

Geelong to host pedorthic symposium

The Pedorthic Association of Australia announced in May that it will host the 2014 International Pedorthic Symposium, scheduled for September 12-14 in Geelong, Victoria. Continue reading

June 2014

OHI aquires PedAlign, new investor

Ronkonkoma, NY-based custom device manufacturer Orthotic Holdings, Inc (OHI) on May 27 announced its acquisition of PedAlign, a San Diego-based foot orthotic company that offers practitioners a fully digital orthotic solution. Continue reading

June 2014

Red Cross honors Ottobock blogger

The Minnesota branch of the American Red Cross in May selected Ottobock blogger and above-knee amputee Kate Ross for its “Give Life Hero” award, which recognizes individuals whose commitment to blood donation plays an important role in their communities. Continue reading

May 2014

RCT finds lower diabetic reulceration rates with DIApedia custom orthoses

A single-blinded multicenter randomized controlled trial of shape- and pressure-based in-shoe orthoses manufactured by State College, PA-based DIApedia shows the experimental insole reduced ulcer recurrence significantly better than three standard-of-care orthoses, though the experimental insole had no significant effect on the occurrence of nonulcerative lesions, according to research published April 23 in Diabetes Care. Continue reading

May 2014

Ottobock shifts services to Salt Lake City

Minneapolis, MN-based Ottobock in April announced the relocation of its fabrication and after-sales service operations from Minneapolis to Salt Lake City, UT. Continue reading

May 2014

Merck’s sprifermin slows cartilage loss

A proof-of-concept trial published in April in Arthritis & Rheumatology reported that intra-articular injection of 100µg sprifermin (recombinant human fibroblast growth factor 18), made by Merck Serono S.A. of Geneva, Switzerland, reduced loss of total femorotibial joint cartilage thickness and volume in the lateral knee compartment of patients with knee osteo­arthritis. Continue reading

May 2014

Vibram settles suit, must pull problem ads

Concord, MA-based Vibram USA agreed in May to settle a class action lawsuit that claimed the company made false advertising claims for its minimalist FiveFingers footwear, which are designed to mimic barefoot running. Continue reading

May 2014

Aspetar to host groin pain conference

Aspetar, a hospital for ortho­paedics and sports medicine in Doha, Qatar, is soliciting abstract and poster submissions for its first World Conference on Groin Pain in Athletes. The conference is scheduled for November 1-3 at the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence Auditorium in Doha. Continue reading

May 2014

GlobalData predicts double-digit growth for surgical foot and ankle device market

A leading international research and consulting firm predicts double-digit growth for surgical foot and ankle devices, according to April remarks by Linda Tian, MSc, an analyst for the company, London-based GlobalData. Continue reading

May 2014

DuPont drink aids amino acid delivery

A randomized double-blind trial published in April in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that drinking a protein blend of soy, casein, and whey after resistance workouts extends duration of amino acid delivery to the vastus lateralis muscle compared with a single-source protein drink. Continue reading

May 2014

Groups fund concussion-MSK injury study

A joint committee of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) in April awarded Daniel Herman, MD, PhD, its 2014 ACSM Foundation-AMSSM Foundation Clinical Research Grant. Continue reading

May 2014

BOC makes key management changes

The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC), based in Owings Mills, MD, announced in April some key management changes to facilitate integration of its certification and accreditation departments and create a consolidated approach to credentialing. Continue reading

May 2014

Event to honor Benno Nigg retirement

The University of Calgary in Canada will celebrate the retirement of internationally known biomechanist Benno M. Nigg, Drscnat, Drhc, at its International Calgary Running Symposium, scheduled for August 14-17. Continue reading

May 2014

AlterG offers treadmill referral program

Fremont, CA-based AlterG is now offering a referral program for practitioners who use the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill in their physical therapy clinics. Continue reading

May 2014

Harvest Tech tests stem cell therapy in CLI

Plymouth, MA-based Harvest Technologies is following up favorable pilot study results with a larger trial of its of autologous bone marrow aspirate concentrate product for treatment in patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI). Continue reading