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April 2011

DJO Global embraces footwear with $258.4-million deal to acquire Dr. Comfort

In a move that had followers of the lower extremity device mar- kets buzzing, orthopedic device manufacturer DJO Global in April finalized a deal to acquire dia- betic footwear company Dr. Comfort for approximately $258.4 million in cash. DJO’s mid-March … Continue reading

March 2011

ABC releases orthotic fitters survey

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics announced in February the release of its 2010 Practice Analysis of ABC Credentialed Orthotic Fitters. ABC last conducted a practice analysis study of the orthotic fitter profession in 2004 and … Continue reading

March 2011

DJO Global announces its new name

Medical device company DJO Incorporated announced in February a name change to DJO Global, Inc., in recognition of the successful completion of key milestones related to the integration of the operational and commercial activities of its global businesses since the … Continue reading

March 2011

Vicon motion capture technology helps design shoes for skateboarders

The use of Vicon’s motion capture technology to help design skateboarding footwear was featured in February during National Engineers Week as an application that could inspire students to consider engineering careers and fields of study. The Sole Technology Institute is … Continue reading

March 2011

Alpha Orthotics posts bunion eBook

Alpha Orthotics, distributor of the hinged Bunion Aid splint, in February released its latest patient education eBook, “When the foot hits the ground from toe to heel: Bunion self-treatment products.” This complimentary eBook provides an overview of non-invasive bunion treatments … Continue reading

March 2011

Allard launches nonprofit foundation

Rockaway, NJ-based Allard USA has formed a non-profit organization, the Dralla Foundation, to address quality of life issues not only for wearers of its devices, but for all individuals with physical challenges. Expanding on the company’s philosophy of providing “support … Continue reading

March 2011

Game Ready cryotherapy device outperforms ice after ACL surgery

Use of the Game Ready compressive cryotherapy device after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is associated with more pain relief and less use of narcotic drugs than ice alone, according to research presented in February at the annual meeting of the … Continue reading

February 2011

PFA updates DMEPOS coding manual

An updated coding manual for foot and ankle devices is now available from the Pedorthic Footcare Association. PFA members can download The January 2011 Updates to Modern Coding for Foot & Ankle DMEPOS  HCPCS Codes – An Analysis, Explanation, and … Continue reading

February 2011

CMS issues new codes for Apligraf

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued two new procedure codes for skin substitute Apligraf, manufactured by Canton, MA-based Organogenesis.  The Food and Drug Administration has approved the bioengineered living cell-based product for treatment of diabetic ulcers … Continue reading

February 2011

MBT study confirms increased ROM

Swiss footwear company Masai Barefoot Technology promotes its shoes’ ability to simulate barefoot walking on an unstable surface. Now research from the U.K. suggests that MBT footwear is actually associated with a range of ankle motion during gait that is … Continue reading

February 2011

Endowment targets women’s health

The Foundation for Physical Therapy is proud to announce a new annual fundraising effort by the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Section on Women’s Health to support research in women’s health physical therapy. “The Endowment for Research Excellence in Women’s … Continue reading

February 2011

Weil Institute receives ACFAS grant to study MRI of plantar plate injuries

Researchers from the Weil Foot & Ankle Institute in Des Plaines, IL, in January were named the recipients of a Clinical and Scientific Research Grant from the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons to study the diagnostic value of … Continue reading

January 2011

Thuasne expands American presence with acquisition of Townsend Design

Bakersfield, CA-based Townsend Design was acquired in January by the wholly-owned North American subsidiary of French orthopedic soft-goods manufacturer Thuasne. Thuasne (pronounced Two Ann) leads the European market in the fabrication and distribution of elastic bandages, non-rigid braces and compression … Continue reading

January 2011

pediped foundation makes debut

Children’s footwear manufacturer pediped is rolling out its new charitable foundation with a fundraiser featuring steep discounts on select styles. During the Purchases with Purpose fundraiser, which runs from Jan. 5 to Feb. 6, select styles available online will be … Continue reading

January 2011

Dr. Comfort sponsors local Tour de Cure

Mequon, WI-based diabetic footwear manufacturer Dr. Comfort has joined forces with the American Diabetes Association as a sponsor for the 2011 Greater Milwaukee Tour de Cure. Taking place Saturday June 18th, at Grafton High School, the Greater Milwaukee Tour de … Continue reading

January 2011

Nigg’s book on sport shoes debuts

A new self-published book from University of Calgary biomechanist Benno M Nigg, PhD, “Biomechanics of Sport Shoes,” is now available. The content of this book concentrates on human locomotion with specific emphasis on mobility and longevity and its application to … Continue reading

January 2011

ACFAS website wins industry award

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons’ consumer website,, has been honored with a Bronze Award for website excellence in Association Trends’ 2010 All-Media Contest. The website was chosen among more than 470 entries in the annual association … Continue reading

January 2011

PFA seeks symposium presentations

The Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) is now accepting presentations for the 52nd Annual Symposium, which will take place Nov. 10-13, 2011 in Albuquerque. The PFA is seeking presentations that address the topics of arthritis, biomechanics, business development, diabetes, general pedorthics, … Continue reading

January 2011

Delcam rolls out 2011 enhancements

Fort Myers, FL-based Delcam has announced new versions of its OrthoModel and OrthoMill software for the design and manufacture of custom orthotic insoles. The major enhancement in the 2011 version of OrthoModel is that it gives users greater control over … Continue reading

November 2010

ABC reinstates assistant certification

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) is pleased to announce the reinstatement of its Certified Orthotic/Prosthetic Assistant certification program. Certified assistants, under the supervision of an ABC certified orthotist and/or prosthetist, may perform orthotic and/or … Continue reading

November 2010

Teen wins Otto Bock art competition

Cali Overcast of Fountain, CO, was only four years old when the 9/11 terrorist attacks took place, but she’s never forgotten the impact it had on her young life. Overcast, winner of Minneapolis, MN-based Otto Bock’s Socket Art Contest, was … Continue reading

November 2010

Feet for Life charity initiative debuts

The Pedorthic Foundation is launching a new charity initiative, called “Feet for Life,” to benefit underprivileged patients with diabetes. The foundation has been given an initial donation of 10,000 pairs of shoes, which will be provided to individuals with diabetes … Continue reading

November 2010

SoleTech announces web redesign

Salem, MA-based SoleTech, a supplier of orthopedic materials and therapeutic footwear, announced in October the launch of a redesigned website at The new website is designed to allow prospective customers to view the company’s complete line of products, download … Continue reading

November 2010

Dubin joins board of Art de Cure

Richard Dubin, publisher and founder of Lower Extremity Review has been named to the board of Art de Cure, a new Albany, NY-based nonprofit organization that works with local artists and healthcare practices to establish art galleries in practitioners’ offices. … Continue reading

October 2010

AFX improves jump height, balance

The Ankle Foot Maximizer (AFX) from Progressive Health Innovations can significantly improve performance in college basketball players, according to research from the University of British Columbia presented in September at the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics (i-FAB) meeting. Seven players … Continue reading