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October 2017

Athletic training students win SWATA grants

The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in September reported the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association awarded scholarships and research grants to three students in its graduate athletic training program at the association’s annual meeting in… Continue reading

October 2017

AOSSM, Aircast back return-to-play study

The Rosemont, IL-based American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and The Aircast Foundation, headquartered in Naples, FL, announced in September that the groups are funding a new grant of up to $150,000 for a clinical research… Continue reading

September 2017

Lower extremity orgs help hurricane victims

Lower extremity organizations and business stepped up to donate resources and funds to victims of September’s devastating hurricanes, Harvey and Irma. Rockford, MI-based Wolverine Worldwide partnered with the American Red Cross… Continue reading

September 2017

G&W Heel Lift celebrates half century

Family owned G&W Heel Lift in August celebrated 50 years of supplying custom heel and foot lifts to its customers. Based in Cuba, MO, the company’s signature product is its cork heel lift, designed to address complications from issues such as altered gait, Achilles tendinitis, and Achilles tendon repair. Continue reading

September 2017

Diabetes Council issues shoe guideline

The Diabetes Council, an educational website for people with type 2 diabetes run by healthcare professionals, in August published a guide to buying therapeutic shoes for people with diabetes. Continue reading

September 2017

AAOS offers Pain Awareness Month tips

The Rosemont, IL-based American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is marking September as Pain Awareness Month by offering comprehensive tips for safe and effective pain relief and safe disposal of prescription pain medications to help minimize opioid use and misuse. Continue reading

September 2017

Amgen drug beats osteoporosis standard

The New England Journal of Medicine on September 11 epublished the results of a trial of more than 4000 postmeno­pausal women with osteoporosis and a previous fragility fracture, in which a monoclonal antibody made by Thousand Oaks, CA-based Amgen outperformed a commonly used and effective osteoporosis medication in preventing new fractures. Continue reading

September 2017

Dr. Comfort prototype improves balance

BMC Geriatrics on September 11 epublished a study examining the effects of prototype footwear made by Mequon, WI-based Dr. Comfort used with textured insoles on balance in older women. Continue reading

September 2017

Rand study backs advanced device use

The Santa Monica, CA-based nonprofit Rand Health in September epublished a study showing advanced prostheses used by transfemoral amputees produce significant improvements in physical function and significant reductions in the incidence of falls and… Continue reading

September 2017

NBA, GE give bone injury grants to HSS

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and GE Healthcare Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Collaboration announced in September they were awarding almost $400,000 for the study of bone stress injuries to two research teams at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in Manhattan. Continue reading

September 2017

AOPA awards Zahedi, others at congress

The Alexandria, VA-based American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) honored Saeed Zahedi, OBE, FREng, BSc, PhD, FIMechE, CEng, RDI, with its Lifetime Achievement Award at its September World Congress in Las Vegas. Continue reading

September 2017

HP, Superfeet pilot 3D retail platform

Palo Alto, CA-based Hewlett Packard (HP) in September announced Ferndale, WA-based Superfeet is piloting in select stores its new retail foot scanning platform that performs dynamic gait analysis of customers’ feet with a combination of 3D scanning and pressure plate technology Continue reading

September 2017

Ottobock develops pediatric knee joint

Austin, TX-based Ottobock HealthCare in September reported it has developed the first everyday prosthesis with hydraulic swing phase control specifically for children. Continue reading

August 2017

House approves AOPA-backed legislation

The Alexandria, VA-based American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) reported the US House of Representatives on July 25 voted to approve a bill that includes an O&P provision recognizing the orthotist-prosthetist’s notes as part of the medical record in Medicare Medical Necessity Determinations. Continue reading

August 2017

BraceLab formed to market Push Braces

Occupational therapist Judy C. Colditz, OT/L, CHT, FAOTA, announced in July that she has formed a new company, Raleigh, NC-based BraceLab, and completed an agreement for it to be the exclusive US distributor of Push Braces, owned by Nea International BV in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Continue reading

August 2017

Vicon unveils Vertex compact camera

Oxford, UK-based Vicon in July released a new 1.3 megapixel compact camera, the Vertex. Continue reading

August 2017

Ottobock hosts adaptive training event

Minneapolis, MN-based Ottobock on August 2 sponsored an adaptive training event the evening before the start of the three-day Amputee Coalition National Conference, held in Louisville, KY. Continue reading

August 2017

Wright highlights foot and ankle systems

Wright Medical Group highlighted three new lower extremity systems at the July 12-15 American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) 2017 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. Continue reading

August 2017

FDA clears foot/ankle In2Bones systems

Memphis, TN-based In2Bones USA reported in July it has received US Food and Drug Administration clearance for its new fracture repair and correction systems. Continue reading

August 2017

APTA reaches 100K-member mark

The Alexandria, VA-based American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in August reported it has achieved a major membership milestone: 100,000 members. Continue reading

August 2017

Össur brace mimics native ACL function

The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine on July 6 epublished study data showing support with an Össur dynamic force anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) brace better matches the angle-dependent forces of a native ACL than a static force ACL brace. Continue reading

August 2017

Orthotic designer John Sabolich dies

John Alan Sabolich, CPO, owner and clinical director of Scott Sabolich Prosthetics & Research in Oklahoma City, OK, died July 23. He was 68. Continue reading

August 2017

AOFAS launches awareness campaign

The Rosemont, IL-based American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) in July launched a consumer awareness campaign and website to help the public recognize the value of seeking a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon for foot and ankle care. Continue reading

August 2017

APMA contributes ‘Choosing Wisely’ list

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) on August 1 published a “Choosing Wisely” list from the Bethesda, MD-based American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Continue reading

August 2017

Pacira’s Exparel cuts post-TKA opioid use

The Journal of Arthroplasty in August published data showing local infiltration analgesia (LIA) with liposomal bupivacaine (LB) made by Parsippany, NJ-based Pacira Pharmaceuticals improves pain scores and reduces opioid use after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) compared with LIA alone. Continue reading