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January 2017

Algeos forecasts strong growth in 2017

Medical products specialist Algeos, headquartered in Liverpool, UK, reported on December 28 that the business had achieved a turnover of £11.2 million and profit before tax of £400,000 during the last 12 months and predicted turnover will grow to at least £11.8 million during 2017. Continue reading

January 2017

Dr. Comfort shoe improves foot pressure

Biomechanists from the UK reported in January that an off-the-shelf medical grade shoe made by Mequon, WI-based Dr. Comfort was associated with increased comfort and reduced forefoot pressure compared with participants’ preferred shoes. Continue reading

January 2017

Pacers use PhysiMax for injury prevention

Indianapolis, IN-based PhysiMax Technologies in December announced the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Indiana Pacers will use its real-time visual analysis technology to assess player injury risk. Continue reading

January 2017

AOPA calls for 2017 world congress papers

The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) in December called for submissions for its 2017 World Congress, scheduled for September 6-9 in Las Vegas. Continue reading

January 2017

Medline wins podiatry GPO contract

Responding to US Bureau of Labor statistics that estimate employment of podiatrists is expected to grow 14% by 2024, Northfield, IL-based Medline in November announced a collaboration with Indianapolis, IN-based Talar Capital Partners (TCP), a podiatry-specific Group Purchasing Organization (GPO). Continue reading

January 2017

USOC names Paralympian to board

The Colorado Springs, CO-based United States Olympic Committee (USOC) on January 3 announced its addition of Cheri Blauwet, MD, as an independent member of its board of directors. Continue reading

January 2017

Growth forecast for global orthotic mkt

A to Z Research reported in September that the global foot orthotic insoles market, valued at approximately $2.637 million in 2015, is expected to reach approximately $3.678 million by 2021, growing at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of around 5.6% between 2016 and 2021. Continue reading

January 2017

Hanger foundation awards $424K in 2016

The Austin, TX-based Hanger Charitable Foundation in December completed its final round of 2016 grants, awarding $225,000 to five nonprofits, the foundation reported. These awards bring the foundation’s total 2016 grants awarded to more than $424,000, given to 25 organizations, according to a Hanger release. Continue reading

November 2016

Hanger foundation funds 2016 grants

The Austin, TX-based Hanger Charitable Foundation in October awarded $17,500 to four grant recipients, concluding its third round of 2016 grants. Continue reading

November 2016

biodesigns socket ups walking distance

Westlake Village, CA-based biodesigns in November reported a recent 13-patient study showed its alternative transfemoral socket outperformed a standard-of-care socket in improving amputees’ balance confidence and walking capacity. Continue reading

November 2016

Spenco sends shoes to disaster victims

Waco, TX-based Spenco Foot­wear donated 1000 pairs of shoes, sandals, and slippers to Haitian victims of Hurricane Matthew, which devastated the island nation in early October. Continue reading

November 2016

NBA, AT orgs join to grow youth access

The New York, NY-based National Basketball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (NBSCA) in October announced it would form a scientific advisory panel of four experts from various fields within the strength and conditioning community to provide continuing education and sharing of best practices to its members. Continue reading

November 2016

Össur users sweep medals in Cybathlon

Reykjavik, Iceland-based Össur reported in October that amputees wearing its technologies dominated the lower limb competition at the inaugural Cybathlon games in Zurich, Switzerland, claiming all three medals in the leg prosthesis race. The Cybathlon is the first global competition… Continue reading

November 2016

Curbell names Airlite vendor of the year

Orchard Park, NY-based Curbell Plastics in October named Airlite Plastics its 2015 Vendor of the Year. Omaha, NE-based Airlite  makes plastic packaging as well as a variety of extruded plastic sheet materials for the O&P industry. Continue reading

November 2016

Phoenix launches to sell molded devices

Lake Placid, FL-based Phoenix Molded Shoes, Inserts, and Braces opened its doors on September 12. The manufacturer is emphasizing communication with its practitioner customers about its services and lower extremity custom devices, which include accommodative and functional orthoses. Continue reading

October 2016

Ossur acquires Medi Prosthetics, awards second #MyWinningMoment prize

Reykjavik, Iceland-based Össur announced that, effective September 1, it has acquired Medi Prosthetics, a global provider of mechanical lower limb prosthetic components located in Bayreuth, Germany, with total sales in 2015 of $17 million. Össur expects full integration of the business by 2017. Continue reading

October 2016

SmartCEO recognizes BOC head Zacharias

SmartCEO in September named Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) President and CEO Claudia Zach­arias, MBA, CAE, a 2016 Circle of Excellence Award finalist. Continue reading

October 2016

Medi USA invests in Topical Gear wearables

Whitsett, NC-based medi USA announced in September that the compression therapy, orthopedics, spinal bracing, prosthetics, and foot care business has made a strategic investment in a sports medicine company, Topical Gear, headquartered in Lakeway, TX. Continue reading

October 2016

AAOS announces CEO retirement, guidance for infection control and fragility fractures

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in October announced that its CEO, Karen Hackett, will retire in April 2017. During her 14-year tenure as CEO, Hackett has overseen a staff of 250 employees, an annual budget of $60 million, and the opening of… Continue reading

October 2016

Pedorthist Alpert joins Foot Solutions

Atlanta-based Foot Solutions in September announced that Teresa Alpert, CO, CPed, has joined its Aurora, CO, location as director of education for pedorthics. In this role, Alpert works directly with healthcare professionals and their staffs. Before moving to Colorado she was in… Continue reading

October 2016

Ipsen reports extended Dysport-for-CP data

The principal investigator (PI) for a randomized controlled trial of Basking Ridge, NJ-based Ipsen Biopharmaceutical’s Dysport on September 22 reported extension study data on the botulinum toxin type A (ABO) for pediatric patients with cerebral palsy (CP) at the American Academy of… Continue reading

October 2016

AAOP reports rising numbers for O&P jobs

Data from the Washington, DC-based American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP)  in September indicate a number of health trends are continuing to increase demand for O&P practitioners and that robust employment opportunities continue in this sector, despite an overall… Continue reading

October 2016

Data support Smith & Nephew system

London, UK-based Smith & Nephew’s single-use negative pressure wound therapy system can significantly improve outcome predictions and reduce complications after orthopedic surgery using Pico, according to randomized control trial data presented in September at the European Bone and Joint Infection conference in Oxford. Continue reading

October 2016

Muller is CSU Dominguez Hills O&P chair

Gary Sayed, PhD, dean of the College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in October named Mark Muller, CPO, FAAOP, MS, the new chair of the university’s Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics. Continue reading

October 2016

Curbell backs OPAF First Swim and Dance

Orchard Park, NY-based Curbell Plastics reported in September that it helped sponsor the Orthotics and Prosthetics Activities Foundation’s (OPAF) First Swim and First Dance events held in Dallas. Continue reading