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September 2016

Footwear thesis wins brevity-based award

The University of South Australia in Adelaide announced in August that PhD candidate Joel Fuller won its 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition for his work exploring the link between trendy minimalist athletic shoes and injury. Continue reading

September 2016

Data detail ConforMis implant benefits

Results from two clinical studies presented at the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction Pan Pacific Orthopaedic Congress, held August 10-13 in Gainesville, FL, show the iTotal CR customized knee replacement made by Bedford, MA-based ConforMis provides superior patient… Continue reading

September 2016

Coral scores 100% in surprise FDA audit

Mineral supplement seller Coral reported in August that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the company a perfect score in a surprise audit. Continue reading

September 2016

OPAF hosts First Swing at NAGA event

The Charlotte, NC-based Orthotics & Prosthetics Activities Foundation (OPAF) on August 15 hosted a full-day First Swing Learn to Golf Training and Clinic as the kickoff event of the National Amputee Golf Association (NAGA) Championships at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, OR. Continue reading

September 2016

Cascade Dafo offers virtual decoration

Cascade DAFO reported in August that its DAFO Creation Station, an online interactive tool for choosing colors and patterns for the Ferndale, WA-based company’s custom DAFOs (dynamic ankle foot orthoses) is available at cascadedafo.com. Continue reading

September 2016

Athletes undergo Quest biomarker tests

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg reported in August that it plans to use Madison, NJ-based Quest Diagnostics’ blood testing service to look for associations between biomarkers and biomechanics, training, recovery, and other variables relevant to sports injury risk in some of its athletes. Continue reading

September 2016

Ability P&O, Freedom Innovations join on study

Exton, PA-based Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics and Freedom Innovations, headquartered in Irvine, CA, in September reported they are collaborating on a study comparing Freedom’s new Kinnex Microprocessor Ankle with a typical carbon fiber prosthetic ankle. Continue reading

September 2016

Chaco brings Tread Labs to retailers

Stoneham, MA-based Chaco’s founder and original designer of its sandals, Mark Paigen, announced on August 18 the wholesale launch of Tread Labs, a new line of orthotic insoles. The insoles’ features include four arch heights in sizes for men and women, easily replaceable Velcro top covers, and a lifetime guarantee. Continue reading

September 2016

OPIE launches Amplitude resource guide

Gainesville, FL-based OPIE Software announced in August that Amplitude Media Group, headquartered in Northglenn, CO, is an integrated supplier. With this partnership, Amplitude Media’s Limb Loss Resource Guide (LLRG) can now be purchased digitally through the OPIE Software platform. Continue reading

August 2016

Spenco execs buy footwear, Silicore rights after Implus buys insole, 2nd Skin lines

Waco, TX-based Spenco Medical Corporation in July announced that four of its executives have purchased the company’s foot­wear and Silicore assets in the wake of the sale of its insole and 2nd Skin first aid lines to Durham, NC-based Implus. Continue reading

August 2016

Fidia Pharma’s gel gives lasting OA pain relief

Parsippany, NJ-based Fidia Pharma USA’s injectable viscoelastic gel significantly improves knee osteoarthritis (OA) pain for up to a year in patients younger than 40 years, according to data presented July 7 at the annual meeting of the… Continue reading

August 2016

FDA OKs Erchonia laser for toe fungus

McKinney, TX-based Erchonia reported in July that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given 510(k) marketing clearance to its low-level laser for onychomycosis. Continue reading

August 2016

Acor offers Prime ordering system

Cleveland, OH-based Acor Orthopaedic recently launched Acor Prime, a simplified system for ordering its products that includes free shipping both ways and a free STS sock with each gauntlet or Richie brace order. Continue reading

August 2016

Össur posts OARSI knee OA protocols for subgroups, first winner of online contest

Össur reported on July 22 that, after a two-day consensus symposium sponsored by the Foothill Ranch, CA-based company, an expert panel has published clinical treatment protocols for three subgroups of patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Continue reading

August 2016

FDA approves Dysport for kids with CP

Basking Ridge, NJ-based Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals announced August 1 that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had given the nod to its abobotulinum­toxinA injection for treatment of… Continue reading

August 2016

APTA issues exercise guidelines for obese kids

The American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) scientific journal, Physical Therapy, in June published guidelines for providing safe and effective exercise interventions for children with obesity. Continue reading

August 2016

Surgeon, patient advocate Pellicore dies

Orthopedic surgeon Raymond Pellicore, MD, died July 17 at age 97. His philosophy and compassionate approach to the treatment of people with limb loss and orthopedic problems lives on in the archives of the… Continue reading

August 2016

E&C passes sports medicine clarity act

The US House Energy and Commerce Committee on July 13 unanimously passed the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (H.R. 921), according to the Carrollton, TX-based National Athletic Trainers’ Association, which has worked to get Congress to… Continue reading

August 2016

Zion predicts $1B gain in insole market

Deerfield Beach, FL-based Zion Market Research predicted in a report issued July 27 that the global foot orthotic insoles market, valued at $2.637 billion in 2015, will reach $3.678 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of around 5.6% between 2016 and 2021. Continue reading

August 2016

OHI VP finishes second Ironman race

Josh White, DPM, cofounder of Milford, CT-based SafeStep and VP of its parent company, OHI, headquartered in Ronkonkoma, NY, on July 24 finished his second Ironman competition. Continue reading

August 2016

Topical Gear device may lower risks to ACL

Data presented in July show Austin, TX-based Topical Gear’s wearable neuromuscular (WNM) device may help reduce anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury risk in young female soccer players. Continue reading

August 2016

Dralla Foundation awards 2016 grants

The Rockaway, NJ-based Dralla Foundation in July released the names of its 2016 grant recipients. The awards fund events for children and adults with physical challenges. Continue reading

August 2016

Amputee Coalition taps Lundquist as CCO

The Manassas, VA-based Amputee Coalition announced in July that Karen Lundquist will join their leadership team as communications officer (CCO). Continue reading

August 2016

Ottobock AFO reduces knee OA pain

A study published July 8 in the Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery found an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) made by Duderstadt, Germany-based Otto­bock significantly reduced pain and stiffness and improved physical function in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Continue reading

July 2016

NIDDK funds study of off-loading AFO

Orthotic & Prosthetic Design and the Program in Physical Therapy at the Washington University School of Medicine, both in St. Louis, MO, reported in June that the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has awarded university investigators a $185,000 grant to develop an off-loading carbon composite ankle foot orthosis (AFO). Continue reading