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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

July 2012

Program educates hammertoe patients

Arlington, TN-based Wright Medical Group last month launched its MiToe patient outreach program to increase patients’ awareness of treatment options for hammertoes. Wright introduced the program to practitioners at the June meeting of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, … Continue reading

July 2012

Track continuing ed credits online

Health and fitness professionals can now go online to earn continuing education credits (CECs) from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The ACSM’s new education platform, at www.onlinelearning-acsm.org, offers a wide selection of continuing education opportunities, including multimedia video … Continue reading

July 2012

AOPA hosts Medicare coding seminar

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is hosting its popular “Mastering Medicare: Coding” course in downtown Seattle August 6-7. Participants will learn about how to code new complex devices through interactive discussions with AOPA experts, billing rules for Medicare … Continue reading

June 2012

Skechers settles for $50 million but stands by advertising claims

Manhattan Beach, CA-based Skechers USA will pay $50 million to settle deceptive advertising complaints made by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 44 states, and the District of Colombia. Skechers settled the complaints on May 16 but continues to defend its … Continue reading

June 2012

BioMedix grant funds PAD testing

St. Paul, MN-based BioMedix, a healthcare information technology solutions provider, joined with the Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) in May to promote amputation prevention through aware­ness and early detection of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). BioMedix gave WesternU College of … Continue reading

June 2012

O&P networking site continues growth

O&P Social, a network for O&P professionals, students, patients, caregivers, and vendors launched in June 2011, now boasts 1100-plus members worldwide. “O&P Social is the only community of its kind in the industry that supports real-time communication between practitioners, technicians, … Continue reading

June 2012

ABC sponsors first-ever design contest for O&P technicians at annual meeting

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) will sponsor the first-ever Technical Fabrication Contest offered by the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and the Orthotic & Prosthetic Technological Association (OPTA) and premiering at the AOPA … Continue reading

June 2012

Total Gym garners award for training equipment from medical wellness group

San Diego-based Total Gym was deemed Best in Class for medical wellness training equipment by the Medical Wellness Association (MWA) at the 10th annual Medical Wellness Forum at the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association’s 2012 International Convention, held March … Continue reading

June 2012

OPAF, First Volley score USTA grants

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) awarded the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) and its First Volley adaptive tennis clinics several grants last month. USTA Serves, the organization’s national charitable foundation, gave First Volley an $8000 matching grant to … Continue reading

June 2012

Canadian pedorthists pen guidelines

At its annual symposium in April, the Pedorthic Association of Canada (PAC) launched its first Clinical Practice Guidelines. The comprehensive manual was written by 60 Canadian pedorthists and reviewed by 33 foot professionals from Canada, the US, the UK, and … Continue reading

June 2012

Delcam names orthotics forum speakers

Birmingham, UK-based Delcam has announced some of the speakers who will take part in its Orthotics Technology Forum, scheduled for July 12-13 at the University of Salford in Manchester, UK. Speakers will include Chris­to­pher Nester, PhD, School of Health Sciences, … Continue reading

June 2012

Aetrex upgrades scanning software

Teaneck, NJ-based Aetrex has introduced the iStep 8.0, the latest version of its foot scanning software. The software, available for use in select retail stores to help shoppers select shoes that best meet their individual needs, measures foot size and … Continue reading

May 2012

Orthofix inks agreement to sell Breg to private equity firm for $140 million

Lewisville, TX-based Orthofix International signed an agreement on April 24 to sell Breg, its sports medicine business, to Chicago-based Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic private equity firm focused on the healthcare industry. Water Street is expected to close on … Continue reading

May 2012

Preliminary research supports use of advanced wound care product

The AutoloGel System, made by Gaithersburg, MD-based Cytomedix, shows efficacy for healing chronic wounds, according to three posters presented at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC), held in Atlanta in April. The system uses an individual’s own blood to … Continue reading

May 2012

Arthritis Foundation recognizes on-the-move orthopedic surgeon

At its April Women on the Move Luncheon in New York City the Arthritis Foundation honored Alexis Chiang Colvin, MD, assistant professor of sports medicine in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Mount Sinai School … Continue reading

May 2012

Cyclist with CMT begins ride across US on elliptical bike to benefit foundation

Last month Andreas Johansson, a Swedish cyclist with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) began a nearly 6000-mile cross-country journey on an ElliptiGo 8C elliptical bike that will take him from New York City to Seattle and then down to his finishing point … Continue reading

May 2012

Biomedix earns best company nod

Minnesota Business magazine has named Saint Paul, MN-based BioMedix one of its “100 Best Companies to Work For,” a list that recognizes businesses that make an impact and set a standard of excellence for others to follow. BioMedix, a medical … Continue reading

May 2012

ABC announces changes for assistants

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC) announced last month that requirements for its certified orthotic/ prosthetic assistant designation will change as of January 1, 2013. Individuals seeking ABC assistant certification have until September 30 to … Continue reading

May 2012

DM Systems goes green, reduces environmental impact, saves dollars

Evanston, IL-based DM Systems made a series of environmental efforts in 2011, including upgrading its lighting to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and implementing a bicycle-friendly commuter policy for employees, according to its first environmental sustainability report, released last month. DM, … Continue reading

May 2012

Rehab center demos new exoskeleton that helps paralyzed patients walk again

In April, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, CA, debuted the ReWalk exoskeleton robot, which can help people with lower-limb paralysis walk again. As the crowd of spinal cord injury patients, their families, and press watched, 36-year-old Agnes … Continue reading

May 2012

Trigger point author speaks at June events

Author and continuing education instructor Valerie DeLaune will lecture on trigger points at two June conferences. DeLaune has written books on trigger point therapy for foot, ankle, leg, and knee pain and for repetitive strain injuries. She is scheduled to … Continue reading