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September 2012

Foot and ankle group names new VP, receives funds for educational mission

The American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics (ACFAP) appointed Louis J. DeCaro, DPM, West Hatfield, MA, vice president at the American Podiatric Medical Association’s (APMA) national convention, held last month in Washington DC. Decaro, who is medical director and … Continue reading

September 2012

Register for “Innovative to the Bone”

On October 29 and 30 the Cleveland Clinic will hold its 10th annual Medical Innovation Summit, which this year focuses on advances in orthopedic technology, including those in concussion detection, joint replacement, and regenerative medicine. More than 1000 executives, investors, … Continue reading

September 2012

Ski country hosts bootfitting courses

Jackson Hole Boot Camp, based in Jackson Hole, WY, is a fitting and medical education program that blends pedorthics and sports medicine to help medical professionals and gear industry employees learn biomechanics and advanced ski boot fitting skills for sports … Continue reading

September 2012

PFA plans for Little Rock symposium

The Pedorthic Footcare Association will hold its 53rd annual symposium November 1-3 in Little Rock, AR. Symposium guests can earn continuing education credits while checking out more than 100 exhibitors between educational sessions covering topics from wound care to running … Continue reading

September 2012

Össur Americas partners with OPIE

Gainesville, FL-based OPIE Software announced in September that Össur Americas, based in Foothill Ranch, CA, has agreed to be an integrated supplier within the OPIE Software system and on the website oandp.com. The integration will allow OPIE Software users and … Continue reading

September 2012

German group grows compression division

Bayreuth, Germany-based medi, a medical device company that produces a variety of products, has bought San Diego-based CircAid to expand its compression therapy division. CircAid specializes in compression garments for treatment of lymphedema, venous disease, and other edema-related disorders while … Continue reading

September 2012

Symposium highlights Ponseti method

The University of Iowa in Iowa City will host the Ponseti International Association’s 2012 International Clubfoot Symposium, which focuses on approaches, treatment, and outcomes of the Ponseti method and promotes community building among healthcare providers involved in the treatment of … Continue reading

September 2012

ComfortFit offers flat-rate repair prices

Roselle, NJ-based ComfortFit Labs new single flat-rate repair price of $30 includes repair and refurbishing of foot orthoses made by any lab with all work guaranteed for six months. Repair services include new top and bottom covers, new posting, arch … Continue reading

September 2012

Levy & Rappel launches new website

Saddle Brook, NJ-based Levy & Rappel’s new website went live the first week of September. Its new features include an easily navigable design, a section on the use of its foam impression product, LevyFoam, and a mechanism for submitting e-mail … Continue reading

September 2012

ABC creates new accreditation program

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) has developed the first comprehensive accreditation program for central fabrication facilities in the orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic professions. The new program will follow the same model as ABC’s current … Continue reading

September 2012

Dralla announces awards for 2012

The Rockaway, NJ-based Dralla Foundation in August awarded its third round of grants to nonprofits that share the foundation’s mission of supporting the aspirations of children and adults with disabilities. Dralla will provide $35,000 in funds to 23 US organizations … Continue reading

September 2012

ACL workshop scheduled for November

The Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University Sports Medicine program are scheduled to hold their 10th annual workshop on prevention, training, and rehabilitation for athletes at risk for anterior cruciate ligament injuries on … Continue reading

September 2012

University adds advanced biomech lab

High Point University in NC is creating an advanced biomechanics and human physiology/ performance lab. The 13,150 square-foot lab is under construction and will facilitate study of injury prevention and rehabilitation methods as well as methods to improve human physiologic … Continue reading

September 2012

Medical device conference seeks papers

University of Minnesota organizers of the Design of Medical Devices Conference, scheduled for April 9-11, 2013, in Minneapolis, are seeking original two-page papers that demonstrate new technologies and applications in medical device design from academic and industry researchers, clinicians, and … Continue reading

August 2012

US sprinter will debut prosthetic running foot at Paralympic games

US Paralympic track and field athlete Richard Browne will compete in the London games wearing Freedom Innovations’ Catapult Running Foot, a high-tech prosthetic designed to maximize energy return. Browne is slated to compete in the 100-m dash and the high … Continue reading

August 2012

DJO Surgical inks deal with researchers to develop osseointegrated prosthesis

San Diego-based DJO Global’s surgical business unit signed a deal in July with the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, to develop an alternative to traditional socket technology, a percutaneous osseointegrated prosthesis (POP) for above the knee amputees. The POP … Continue reading

August 2012

Napa Valley hosts foot pathology event

Napa, CA-based ProLab Orthotics and the College of Podiatric Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA, will hold “Solutions to Foot Pathology” in the Napa Valley  October 19-21. During the seminar, which coincides with the annual grape harvest, faculty … Continue reading

August 2012

Superfeet opens UK operations center

Ferndale, WA-based Superfeet Worldwide assumed direct responsibility in July for all its European distribution through a new operations center in Edinburgh, Scotland. Superfeet will also begin distributing its products and systems directly to retailers in the UK and Ireland. The … Continue reading

August 2012

Gait and foot function seminars scheduled

Boston-based Tekscan is slated to host three gait and foot function analysis seminars this fall on plantar pressure mapping technology. Seminars are scheduled for September 15-16, Washington DC; October 13-14, Fort Worth, TX; and November 17-18, Toron­to, Canada. For more … Continue reading

August 2012

Texas podiatric foundation awards grants

Commerce City, CO-based Mile High Orthotics Lab helped fund the first annual scholarship grants awarded June 30 by the Texas Podiatric Medical Foundation at its state meeting in Galveston. The recipients of the grants, which were open to Texas residents … Continue reading

August 2012

i-FAB-PG publishes consensus on PMD

An international scientific group has published its final consensus document on plantar pressure measurement devices. The Pedobarographic Group of the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics (i-FAB-PG) released the paper in July, presenting the group’s consensus on the definition and standardization … Continue reading

August 2012

Pennsylvania sets licensure standards

In July Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett approved HB 48, which amends the Pennsylvania Medical Practices Act of 1985 to provide for licensure of prosthetists, orthotists, pedorthists, and orthotic fitters. The new law sets standards of professional conduct and requires practitioners … Continue reading

July 2012

Study shows adjustable AFO reduces pain, allows return to active lifestyle

The Revolution ankle foot or­thosis (AFO) from Brooklyn, NY-based American Orthopedics Manufacturing Corporation (AOMC) improves symptoms of pain and associated disability and helps patients return to activity, according to a case series from researchers at Gifford Medical Center’s Sharon Sports … Continue reading

July 2012

Pressure-sensing insole for diabetic neuropathy poised to enter market

Canadian medical technology company Orpyx will release its first product, the SurroSense Rx, later this year, reported the company’s CEO and president, Breanne Everett, MD, a resident in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Calgary. … Continue reading

July 2012

BOC introduces emeritus designation

The Board of Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC) is recognizing the knowledge that comes from years of hands-on O&P experience with the introduction of its Emeritus status category. Emeritus status, given to those who are no longer practicing but still retain the … Continue reading