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July 2011

Art de Cure event raises $25,000 for American Diabetes Association

Art de Cure’s Albany, NY, board members presenteda $25,000 check to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) on June 3 at the Tour de Cure VIP Awards Dinner. The money was raised at a benefit held in the Art de Cure … Continue reading

July 2011

Ballet dancers say Muscle Angel massagers keep them on their toes

Boston Ballet Company dancers and physical therapists recently endorsed the hand-held massagers from Muscle Angels, part of Brookline, MA-based Norbis Innovations. Kelsey Hellebuyck, corps de ballet member, said she uses two Muscle Angels to work both sides of her body … Continue reading

July 2011

Shavelson gets patent for foot typing system, foot-type specific orthotics

Dennis Shavelson, DPM, recently received a U.S. patent for his Functional Foot Typing (FFT) method, FFT Pre-Orthotic Padding system, and Foot Centring orthotics. Shavelson’s FFT system identifies four possible types for both the rearfoot and the forefoot: rigid, stable, flexible, … Continue reading

July 2011

PMD consensus document available for online feedback through July 31

Efforts to standardize protocols for plantar pressure measurement devices (PMDs) so data can be more easily interpreted and compared by scientists and clinicians have produced a draft consensus document, “Agreement on PMD hardware performance assessment,” that is open for comment … Continue reading

July 2011

Maddak launches new website

Pequannock, NJ-based Maddak’s new website at www.maddak.com features more than 400 Ableware self-help products. The company calls it a complete resource for ADL (aids for daily living) for home medical equipment distributors, health care professionals, and end users. The website … Continue reading

July 2011

ACFAOM announces October dates for 2011 annual conference in Orlando

The annual American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM) conference, scheduled for October 27 through 30 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL, will feature the latest information for clinicians involved in the nonsurgical care … Continue reading

July 2011

AOPA reveals plans for U.S.-based World Congress of O&P in 2013

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) announces the 2013 World Congress of Orthotics & Prosthetics, which will take place September 18 through 21, 2013, at the Gaylord Palm Resort in Orlando. For more information or to learn how to … Continue reading

June 2011

Aetrex opens retail concept store featuring interactive shopping

Teaneck, NJ-based footwear manufacturer Aetrex in May opened the doors to its first retail concept store in nearby Englewood, NJ. The store offers Aetrex’s entire line of men’s and women’s products, including athletic, casual, and dress shoes, sandals, boots, copper … Continue reading

June 2011

pediped sale to benefit children’s charities continues until July 3

Children’s footwear company pediped’s Purchases with Purpose fundraiser to benefit children’s charities will continue through July 3. During this period, select styles of pediped shoes on pediped.com will be marked down as much as 50%.  Half of the dollars from … Continue reading

June 2011

ASOP, AAOF announce first combined technology course

The American Society of Orthopedic Professionals and The American Association of Orthotic Fitters have announced their first combined Orthopedic Technology Course, to be held August 22-26 in Indian Rocks Beach, FL. The new training program for Orthopedic Technology Assistants will … Continue reading

June 2011

Scripps researcher Darryl D’Lima receives award for e-knee work

Scripps Clinic researcher Darryl D’Lima, MD, PhD, received the Nicolas Andry Award from The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons in June for his orthopedic research using the electronic knee prosthesis known as the e-knee. D’Lima directs the research laboratories … Continue reading

June 2011

ABC’s Bridge to Ability donation honors memory of Todd Anderson

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics has donated $10,000 to the Amputee Coalition’s Bridge to Ability Fund in memory of Todd F. Anderson, CP, FAAOP. Anderson, former vice president of business services for Otto Bock Healthcare … Continue reading

June 2011

Allard USA presents Tomorrow’s Orthotic Technology Education

Rockaway, NJ-based Allard USA announces future dates and locations for its two-day educational program “Tomorrow’s Orthotic Technology Education.” TOTE courses are scheduled for June 20-21 in Louisville, KY; June 27-28 in Denver; July 21-22 in Springfield, MA; July 28-29 in … Continue reading

May 2011

Orthopadie + Reha-Technik congress issues call for abstract submissions

The Orthopadie + Reha-Technik international O&P congress has issued a call for papers for its May 2012 meeting in Leipzig, Germany. Technicians, engineers, therapists, and physicians are invited to submit abstracts by September 30. Abstracts may be submitted in German … Continue reading

May 2011

VQ Orthocare announces discount program for former NFL athletes

Rehab device provider VQ OrthoCare, creator of the BioniCare Knee System, has announced the BioniCare discount program for National Football League Players Association (NFPLA) former player members and their families. Irvine, CA-based VQ OrthoCare initiated this discount program to expand … Continue reading

May 2011

Flexcin survey of arthritis sufferers reveals uneven levels of support

A national online survey of arthritis sufferers conducted by Fort Myers, FL-based supplement manufacturer Flexcin International suggests that women feel they receive less support than their spouses and that co-workers offer more support than family. The survey, conducted in April, … Continue reading

May 2011

Scandinavian entrepreneur launches CSUS to focus on American business

Scandinavian orthopedic bracing entrepreneur Peter Allard has launched a new company, CSUS, to focus on business opportunities in the Americas. Allard acquired Camp Scandinavia in 2006 from his father Bertil and has maintained it as a family-owned company while expanding … Continue reading

April 2011

Foot science meets wine in Napa

Practitioners with a passion for both wine and continuing education can enjoy both at the “Science of the Foot” conference scheduled during the October wine harvest in Napa, CA. The event, co-sponsored by Napa-based Prolab Orthotics and the Western University … Continue reading

April 2011

Alpha Orthotics offers screening tool for bunion self-assessment

Alpha Orthotics announced in March the availability of a simple clinical screening tool, the Manchester scale, for patients to self-assess the severity of their hallux valgus. The Manchester scale includes standardized photographs of feet with four grades of hallux valgus … Continue reading

April 2011

PHI earns ‘ready to rocket’ status

Progressive Health Innovations (PHI), manufacturers of the AFX foot and ankle strengthening device, has been named one of the top health technology companies in British Columbia, as determined by the market strategy and consulting firm Rocket Builders. After two years … Continue reading

April 2011

SureStep offers three April courses

South Bend, IN-based SureStep will offer three different courses in the latter part of April, in multiple geographic locations. The shortest course, good for 2.0 continuing education units, is titled “Making BIG Changes in Little Lives.” Topics will include the … Continue reading

April 2011

Boa Technology means business regarding medical device market

Denver-based Boa Technology, maker of the Boa Closure System that is featured on a number of O&P devices, in late March underscored its commitment to the medical device market with the launch of a new Medical Business Unit. “As we … Continue reading

April 2011

ABC seeks nominees for director slots

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC) is seeking nominees for four positions on its Board of Directors, the organization announced in late March. The open positions are for three directors and one public member director. … Continue reading

April 2011

Kneehab XP bests NMES for quad strengthening after ACL surgery

The Kneehab XP Quadriceps Therapy System is more effective for increasing knee extensor muscle strength after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction than standard rehabilitation or conventional neuromuscular electrical stimulation, according to a German study published in the American Journal of Sports … Continue reading

April 2011

Delcam to host May conference in Bath on orthotic technology

CAD-CAM technology developer Delcam will host a global conference on orthotic technology May 19 and 20 at the University of Bath in the U.K. The Orthotic Technology Forum will focus on discussing new technologies and processes designed to assist practitioners … Continue reading