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May 2012

Zimmer launches app for OA patients

Warsaw, IN-based Zimmer has developed Arthritis 411, an iPad application designed to help individuals with knee and hip osteoarthritis learn more about their condition and treatment options. The app offers a library of simple animations and videos as well as … Continue reading

May 2012

PT course focuses on kinesiology tape

Boise, ID-based Spider Tech will work with Canadian digital education development company Collarborans to offer educational courses for physical therapists interested in learning more about the company’s precut, apply-by-the-numbers kinesiology tape. Toronto-based Collaborans offers interactive digital education and seminars for … Continue reading

May 2012

Bike-a-thon supports disabled kids

Edward Glaser, DPM, of Lyles, TN-based Sole Supports has partnered with Charles C. Southerland, DPM, professor in the School of Podiatric Medicine at Barry University in Miami, FL, to support the Yucatan Crippled Children’s Project, the medical mission Southerland founded … Continue reading

April 2012

Class action lawsuit alleges deceptive claims about barefoot-simulating shoes

Concord, MA-based Vibram USA was named in late March as the defendant in a class action lawsuit filed in the US District Court in Massachusetts that alleged the company made deceptive claims about health benefits of its FiveFingers running footwear. … Continue reading

April 2012

Switch to Allard carbon composite AFOs increases calf circumference, study finds

Research presented in March at the American Association of Orthotists & Prosthetists meeting in Atlanta reported that switching patients with foot drop from a molded plastic ankle foot orthosis (AFO) to energy reflecting carbon open-heel AFOs made by Rockaway, NJ-based … Continue reading

April 2012

Baylor announces new O&P master’s degree program will debut in 2013

Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston will introduce a new Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics degree program through its School of Allied Health Sciences. The 2.5-year program, which will consist of one year of basic science education … Continue reading

April 2012

TheraTogs launches certified fitter program, sets first workshop dates

Telluride, CO-based TheraTogs announced its Certified Thera-Togs Fitter (CTF) program, a new nationwide workshop series designed to sharpen the clinical skills of physical, occupational, and speech therapists, orthotists, and physiatrists who fit and customize TheraTogs orthotic systems. CTF Level I … Continue reading

April 2012

ComfortFit promotion offers customers free orthotic topcover personalization

Roselle, NJ-based ComfortFit Labs will add practitioners’ custom logo to its prefabricated Comfort Dress and Comfort Active orthotics at no charge and will waive freight charges with a purchase of 100 or more inserts. The Comfort Dress is a functional … Continue reading

April 2012

Apelqvist receives 2012 Olmos award for advocacy in amputation prevention

Noted physician, educator, and international expert on the diabetic foot and wound management Jan Apelqvist, MD, PhD, received this year’s Edward James Olmos Award for Advocacy in Amputation Prevention at the 10th Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon), held in Los … Continue reading

March 2012

South Dakota passes bill capping patients’ copays for physical therapy

On February 27 South Dakota Gov Dennis Daugaard signed House Bill 1183, legislation promoted by the South Dakota Physical Therapy Association (SDPTA) that reduces out-of-pocket expenses for patients. HB 1183 limits the amount health insurers can charge patients for out-of-pocket … Continue reading

March 2012

Surgeons pioneer first remote-control internal limb lengthening system

Orthopedic surgeons at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD, recently performed the first tibial implantation in North America using a novel externally controllable internal limb lengthening system. Shawn Standard, MD, head of pediatric orthopedics at Sinai’s International Center for Limb Lengthening … Continue reading

March 2012

Book focuses on female athletes

Warren Potash’s recently released book, They’re Not Boys: Safely Training the Adolescent Female Athlete, is designed to help teenaged female athletes and their parents understand that young women who participate in athletics have a higher risk of injury. Potash also … Continue reading

March 2012

PFA has new address, phone numbers

As of March 1, the Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) office address is: Pedorthic Footcare Association, 8400 Westpark Drive, second floor, McLean, VA 22102. The PFA’s new phone number is 703/610-9035 or 800/ 673-8447. The new fax number is 703/995-4456. The … Continue reading

March 2012

Corflex finalizes soft goods contract

Manchester, NH-based Corflex, a veteran-owned manufacturer of orthopedic rehabilitation products, has won a supplier diversity agreement with Irving, TX-based Novation for orthopedic soft goods. The three-year deal offers market competitive pricing. Novation established a supplier diversity program committed to supporting … Continue reading

March 2012

DJO Global establishes fellowship award

Vista, CA-based DJO Global, a global provider of medical devices for musculoskeletal health, vascular health, and pain management, established in February the DJO Cross Fellowship Award program in honor of recently retired Chief Executive Officer Les Cross. DJO Global will … Continue reading

March 2012

Amniox launches amniotic membrane technology in lower extremity markets

Marietta, GA-based Amniox Medical has introduced Neox products, cryopreserved human amniotic membrane grafts that maintain their innate biological and healing potential, to lower extremity practitioners. Amniox premiered the grafts at the 2012 Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of … Continue reading

March 2012

Maddak sponsors networking, education program for occupational therapists

Pequannock, NJ-based Maddak launched a program in February designed to create a partnership between occupational therapists and the company, which manufactures products that simplify tasks of daily living, including eating, drinking, dressing, grooming, bathing, and toileting. According to Maddak, the … Continue reading

March 2012

Foundation supporting disabled calls for 2012 grant applications

The nonprofit Dralla Foundation, established last year by Rockaway, NJ-based Allard USA, has set a May 1 deadline for 2012 grant requests. The foundation awarded 13 inaugural grants in 2001, its first year. Awardees further the foundation’s mission of providing … Continue reading

March 2012

PDAC assigns reimbursement codes for Active Innovations ankle braces

Active Innovation, the medical division of Gardner, KN-based company Active Ankle, has secured pricing, data analysis, and coding (PDAC)-approved reimbursement codes for its product line. The approved billing code for the CF Pro is L1971. The CF Pro is a … Continue reading

March 2012

Sydney will host global shoe congress

The Australian Pedorthic Medical Grade Footwear Association will hold the 18th World Congress of Orthopaedic Shoe Technicians and Pedorthists in Sydney, Australia, March 29-31. The program will feature topical keynote speakers, discussion groups, and presentations focusing on the congress theme, … Continue reading

March 2012

NYCPM presents biomechanics seminars

The New York College of Podiatric Medicine is presenting a se- ries of one-day courses for foot health practitioners. Mastering Biomechanics topics include patient biomechanical assessment, prescription writing, practice management pearls, and billing, coding, and compliance review. Presentations will be … Continue reading

February 2012

Nike, Össur collaborate on running sole for Reinertsen, other amputee athletes

Beaverton, OR-based running shoe giant Nike has introduced the Nike Sole, which uses state-of-the art design to create a lightweight, durable composite sole that interfaces easily with Össur’s Flex-Run prosthetic blade for amputee athletes. Nike designed the new Nike Sole … Continue reading

February 2012

FootCentric announces therapy course, therapeutic footwear fashion show

Chapel Hill, NC-based education company FootCentric continues its learning events with a two-day course for physical therapists on manual therapy for the foot and ankle. The event is scheduled for April 28-29 at the Comprehensive Physical Therapy Center
 in Chapel … Continue reading

February 2012

Pediped updates styles for spring

Henderson, NV-based Pedi­ped’s spring and summer collection offers more than 75 new styles and color combinations in the company’s three signature lines for children—Originals, Grip ‘n’ Go, and Flex—and has also expanded its Adventure line. Highlights include a new slip-resistant … Continue reading

February 2012

Allard employee, marathoner runs to boost foot drop awareness

Rockaway, NJ-based Allard USA announced its new manager of community outreach, Beth Deloria, will compete in 20 half marathons this year to inspire others with foot drop, which for Deloria was caused by severe spinal trauma and subsequent surgery. Already … Continue reading