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October 2015

Delcam division is now Autodesk Footwear

Birmingham, UK-based Delcam announced in September the renaming of its Delcam Orthotic Insole Solutions division to Auto­desk Footwear. Continue reading

October 2015

FootcareXpress sponsors USA Rugby

Miami, FL-based Footcare­Xpress reported in September its new partnership with USA Rugby. The company is supporting the USA Rugby teams as they play in this month’s 2015 World Cup and prepare for the 2016 Summer… Continue reading

October 2015

Rehab Systems, OPAF host golf clinics

Rehab Systems Orthotics and Prosthetics and the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) in September hosted First Swing Learn to Golf clinics in Boise and Twin Falls, ID, where the company has facilities. Continue reading

October 2015

Fillauer opens new manufacturing facility

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce proclaimed October 1 Fillauer Day and hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the company’s new manufacturing facility in the Tennessee city. Continue reading

October 2015

Society works to raise gout awareness

The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society (GUAES) in September released a series of four educational brochures to raise awareness of the serious complications of gout, including heart and kidney disease, diabetes, and stroke. Continue reading

October 2015

Biom relaunches its brand as BionX

Bedford, MA-based iWalk, also known as Biom, on September 29 unveiled its new name, BionX, and logo during a presentation at the Ladenburg Thalmann Healthcare Conference in New York City. Continue reading

October 2015

AlterG contest celebrates PT month

Fremont, CA-based AlterG is celebrating October’s National Physical Therapy month with its PT of the Month contest. Go to learn.alterg.com/pt-month by October 23 to nominate a physical therapist. Continue reading

September 2015

Opposition to Medicare prosthetic care draft grows; experts, amputees join fight

Scientists disavowing the use of their research by Medicare officials to justify proposed prosthetic limb reimbursement changes, the social media campaign #not­aluxury, and protests led by amputee rights groups and professional O&P organizations are among the voices protesting the proposed rule change. Continue reading

September 2015

NICE updates three diabetes guidelines

The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on August 26 published three updated guidelines for the management of diabetes that emphasize prevention and rapid care of diabetic foot problems and tight glucose control for adults and children. Continue reading

September 2015

AMP 1 team wins at stand-up basketball

The Freedom Innovation-sponsored AMP 1 national team of amputee basketball players in August competed in Los Angeles at the Nike 3on3 Tournament, winning three games of stand-up basketball against able-bodied players in the street basketball and fan festival. Continue reading

September 2015

ASU installs $500K virtual reality gait lab

Alabama State University’s (ASU) Biomechanics and Motor Control Laboratory in Montgomery in August installed an advanced gait analysis device that places patients in virtual reality simulations. Continue reading

September 2015

Bulldog joins Opie as integrated supplier

Gainesville, FL-based Opie Software and Bulldog Tools, of Lewisburg, OH, reported in August that Bulldog is now an integrated supplier within the Opie Purchasing & Inventory System and at oandp.com/shop. Bulldog designs, engineers, and manufactures certified O&P tools and products. Continue reading

September 2015

Bauerfeind partners with NBA trainers

Tampa, FL-based Bauerfeind on July 19 announced a partnership with the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA). Continue reading

September 2015

Allied OSI Labs introduces DME crutches

Indianapolis, IN-based Allied OSI Labs noted in August that it is expanding its over-the-counter and durable medical equipment (DME) line by offering Medicare-reimbursable crutches for in-office dispensing. Continue reading

September 2015

Integra’s membrane speeds DFU healing, company inks deal to sell Tornier ankles

Wound Repair & Regeneration on August 22 epublished results from a pivotal clinical trial showing Integra LifeSciences’s bilayer membrane skin regeneration system closed nonhealing diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) faster than standard care. Continue reading

September 2015

WillowWood exec Joe Arbogast dies

Joseph “Joe” Arbogast, former co-owner and executive vice president of Mt. Sterling, OH-based prosthetic manufacturer WillowWood, died on August 10. Continue reading

September 2015

Insurance issues slow prosthetic market

The global market value for prosthetics will rise slowly in the next few years, from just over $1 billion in 2014 to approximately $1.21 billion by 2021, hindered by reimbursement difficulties, according to an August 25 report by London, UK-based research and consulting firm GlobalData. Continue reading

September 2015

FDA fast-tracks Flexion’s OA injectable

Burlington, MA-based Flexion Therapeutics reported on September 1 that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation for FX006, Flexion’s late-stage lead drug candidate for osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Continue reading

September 2015

Grant will fund study of Cadence device

The Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada and the Quebec Rehabilitation Research Network in August awarded a CA$20,000 grant to Cadence Biomedical’s research collaborators for study of the Seattle-based company’s Kickstart device for stroke recovery. Continue reading

September 2015

Ottobock starts orthotic business unit

Austin, TX-based Ottobock in August announced the creation of a business unit focused on off-the-shelf orthoses, fbracing, and supports. The Activity & Sports Medicine (ASM) unit combines products from Ottobock acquisitions Ortho Rehab, Bio Cybernetics International, and Cybertech and its global portfolio of orthotic solutions. Continue reading

September 2015

Sigvaris lobbys for lymphedema act

Peachtree City, GA-based Sigvaris sponsored an August 8 meeting between a Tennessee congressman and a wound care specialist and other stakeholders who support the Lymphdema Treatment Act. The act would amend the current Medicare statute to allow for coverage of compression supplies. Continue reading

August 2015

NAAOP moves to block Medicare policy that ‘would return amputees to 70s care’

The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics & Prosthetics (NAAOP) in August created a petition calling for the White House to rescind Medi­care’s recently published draft policy for Local Coverage Determination for Lower Limb Prosthetics. Continue reading

August 2015

AOPA names lifetime achievement winner

The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) reported in July plans to honor Thomas V. DiBello, CO, with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 AOPA National Assembly in San Antonio, TX. Continue reading

August 2015

Converse revamps classic shoe for comfort

Boston-based Converse in August launched a new version of its classic Chuck Taylor sneaker, reporting the new shoe is redesigned for comfort with technology from its parent company Nike, headquartered in Beaverton, OR. Continue reading

August 2015

DJO launches wireless stimulation device

DJO Global in July received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to begin sales of the San Diego-based company’s wireless electric muscle stimulation device. Continue reading