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March 2017

White Sox name Verma head physician

The Chicago White Sox in February named Nikhil N. Verma, MD, head team physician for the Chicago White Sox. Verma is a sports medicine physician with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and director of the Division of Sports Medicine for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. Continue reading

March 2017

Tru-Mold expands era-Medic shoe package

Buffalo, NY-based Tru-Mold in March announced it is extending its Thera-Medic package by applying special practitioner pricing to every shoe in its catalog, including a choice among 13 leather colors, common shoe enhancements such as padded tongues/collars and closure methods, and three pairs of 1/4″ pink and 1/4″ white Plastazote inserts. Continue reading

March 2017

Steadman Clinic completes $68M expansion

The Vail, CO-based Steadman Clinic and Vail Valley Medical Center cut the ribbon on their expanded 26,056-square-foot facility, which includes the new Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute’s surgical skills lab, robotics lab, regenerative medicine lab, biomotion lab, and administrative offices. Continue reading

March 2017

Pedors revamps site for mobile use

Hiram, GA-based Pedors Shoes in February announced its pedors247.com business-to-business ordering website is now fully mobile responsive. Continue reading

March 2017

BOC calls for Newberry award nominees

The Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) in February established the Jim Newberry Award for Extraordinary Service, an honor named after longtime practitioner, BOC board member, and leader James Newberry Jr, BOCP, BOCO, BOCPD, who died last year. Continue reading

March 2017

Amputee makes horse-racing history

Below knee amputee Guy Disney on February 17 at Sandown Park in Esher, UK, became the first prosthesis-wearing jockey to win at a professional racecourse in Britain. Continue reading

March 2017

AOFAS, M2S launch foot/ankle database

The Rosemont, IL-based American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) and M2S, a hospital technology and ser­vices provider headquartered in West Lebanon, NH, in February launched the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Outcomes Research Network (OFAR), a patient-reported outcomes data collection system. Continue reading

March 2017

APMA honors Liswood for podiatric service

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) honored Paul J. Liswood, DPM, with its 2016 APMA Meritorious Service Award in late January at the New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) Foundation for Podiatric Medicine’s Podiatric Clinical Conference and Exhibition. Continue reading

March 2017

Bioness gets FDA clearance for L300 Go

Valencia, CA-based Bioness reported in February that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its functional electrical stimulation device system, which includes thigh and below-knee cuffs, an in-shoe gait sensor, and a wireless control unit. Continue reading

March 2017

AOPA adds OPAI,CMTA as congress partners

The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA), its international partner organizations, and the 2017 World Congress Planning Committee in February announced that two new partners—the Orthotics and Pros­thetics Association of India (OPAI) and the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA)… Continue reading

February 2017

Viamet antifungal appears effective, safe

Research Triangle Park, NC-based Viamet Pharmaceuticals in January reported positive results from its Phase 2b randomized controlled trial of VT-1161 for onychomycosis of the large toenail. VT-1161 is a novel, once-weekly, oral antifungal drug. Continue reading

February 2017

McGirt joins Össur’s knee OA campaign

Foothill Ranch, CA-based Össur in February launched a public education campaign on knee osteoarthritis (OA) featuring professional golfer William McGirt. Continue reading

February 2017

Birkenstock brings vegan sandals to US

Novato, CA-based Birkenstock USA in January introduced vegan footwear, previously available only in Europe, to US markets. Continue reading

February 2017

Apligraf alters genomics of chronic wounds

Science Translational Medicine on January 4 epublished randomized clinical trial results showing Organogenesis’s bioengineered living-cell wound-healing therapy demonstrated a significant change in the genomic profile of treated nonhealing venous leg ulcers (VLUs) compared with standard care. Continue reading

February 2017

Hanger prosthetist teaches AFO design

A prosthetist from Austin, TX-based Hanger in January volunteered his knowledge to a Missouri middle school project that had students designing cardboard and foam ankle brace prototypes that could be used by patients with spastic hemiplegia. Continue reading

February 2017

ACFAS installs 2017 officers and board

The Chicago-based American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) in February installed its 2017-2018 officers and board of directors during the national surgical society’s 75th Annual Scientific Conference in Las Vegas. Continue reading

February 2017

GE Healthcare, NBA call for proposals

Chicago-based GE Healthcare and the National Basketball Association (NBA) in January announced four newly selected research initiatives and issued a call for a third round of research proposals focused on bone stress injuries for the organizations’ Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Collaboration. Continue reading

February 2017

OPAF announces 2017 board, sponsor

The Charlotte, NC-based Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) in January welcomed two new board members for fiscal year 2017. Continue reading

February 2017

NYSPMA draws 2K for podiatric event

Two members of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) Foundation were recognized in January for outstanding achievements at NY17, the group’s Podiatric Clinical Conference and Exhibition. Continue reading

February 2017

AOPA celebrates its 100th anniversary

The Washington, DC-based Amer­ican Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) in February unveiled a commemorative website, AOPA100.org, as part of the association’s yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary. The website features AOPA’s history, an interactive timeline, photo gallery, personal stories from AOPA members, and AOPA’s plans for the future. Continue reading

February 2017

2020 global brace mkt estimated at $4.3B

The global orthopedic brace market is expected to reach $4.3 billion by 2020, at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 5% from 2015 to 2020, according to data published in January by Frampton, UK-based BioPortfolio Reports. Continue reading

February 2017

Avex raises $7.6M for Footbeat launch

Grand Junction, CO-based Avex announced in January that it has secured $7.6 million in Series A financing to fund its Q1 launch of Footbeat, an insole designed to increase circulation through cyclic pressure applied to the arch of the foot. Continue reading

February 2017

Bone Index device gets FDA clearance

Kupio, Finland-based Bone Index in January received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for its second-generation point-of-care device for osteoporosis diagnosis. Continue reading

January 2017

AAOP names new executive director, invests in O&P research initiatives

The Washington DC-based American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) announced in December its appointment of Chellie Hollis Blondes as executive director. Blondes has more than 25 years of management experience in the nonprofit healthcare industry and has served as… Continue reading

January 2017

Data back AposTherapy device for hip OA

Israeli researchers reported in January that New York, NY-based AposTherapy’s biomechanical shoe-like device, which modulates center of pressure during walking, was associated with improved gait measures and quality of life (QOL) in a yearlong longitudinal study of patients with hip osteoarthritis. Continue reading