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September 2011

Langer Biomechanics offers fall seminars, free workshops

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Langer Biomechanics announced new educational offerings for practitioners specializing in lower extremity healthcare with its Comprehensive Orthopedic Man­agement of Lower Extremity Ailments (COMLEA) seminar series and the debut of the no-cost After Hours Ankle Foot Orthoses Workshop program. … Continue reading

September 2011

FDA clears DynaNail for ankle fusion

Atlanta, GA-based medical device company MedShape Solutions announced in August that it has received 510(k) market clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for its DynaNail, an intramedullary fusion nail intended for tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis procedures. The DynaNail incorporates a shape … Continue reading

September 2011

Annual symposium on ACL injuries relocates to Ohio State University

The Ohio State University Sports Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center will host the 9th Annual ACL Workshop on October 22 in a new location: the OSU campus in Columbus, OH. The symposium offers laboratory and clinic-based risk … Continue reading

September 2011

R&B inks deal with Roadrunnerfoot

Tampa, FL-based R&B Medical Distributors, an importer and distributor of O&P components that opened its doors in January, announced in August an exclusive distribution partnership with Roadrunnerfoot Engineering, based in Milan, Italy. Roadrunnerfoot produces and sells carbon fiber feet, orthoses, … Continue reading

August 2011

Study supports Heelift to lower risk of pressure ulcers after hip fracture

The Heelift Suspension Boot from Evanston, IL-based DM Systems can significantly reduce the risk of pressure ulcers in patients recovering from hip fracture, according to a study from Northern Ireland published in the July issue of the Journal of Wound … Continue reading

August 2011

Masterfit University courses hone snowsports boot fitting expertise

Lower extremity practitioners who are involved or interested in snowsports boot fitting can learn the relevant skills while earning continuing education credits through Briarcliff Manor, NY-based Masterfit University. Designed and taught by certified pedorthists with more than 225 years of … Continue reading

August 2011

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association marks September for awareness

The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA) has announced plans for National Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder Awareness Month in September 2011. The CMTA will host local, national, and global events to raise awareness of this degenerative neuromuscular disease. CMT Global Day is scheduled for September … Continue reading

August 2011

PAL updates XtremityOne software for diabetic orthotic management

Pekin, IL-based PAL Health Technologies announced in August the release of Version 3 of its XtremityOne software for computer-assisted orthotic management of diabetic foot ulcers. XtremityOne is a portable, integrated unit that captures scanned foot images, allows for image manipulation … Continue reading

August 2011

littleSteps orthosis line expands to include larger children’s sizes

Middlebury, CT-based Nolaro24 has added new sizes to its littleSteps product line of pediatric orthotic devices. littleSteps now come in sizes 6 and 7, so the entire line now accommodates shoes ranging from toddler size 8.5 to children’s size 6. … Continue reading

August 2011

CastCooler extends global reach with distribution in Middle East

CastCooler is now bringing relief to some of the hottest places on the planet. The Colorado Springs, CO-based company announced in July its plans to begin distribution in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Lebanon, and Turkey—starting with … Continue reading

July 2011

Delcam opens orthotic demo center, updates design/manufacture software

Fort Myers, FL-based Delcam’s new demonstration center in Windsor, Ontario, will allow the company’s application engineers to reproduce client problems to find quick solutions, provide a venue for demonstrating applications of its digital technology, which covers a range of products … Continue reading

July 2011

JMS Plastics Supply broadens scope with Orthofeet insoles, shoes, socks

On July 1 Neptune, NJ-based JMS Plastics Supply began selling Orthofeet’s therapeutic shoes, diabetic insoles, and therapeutic socks. Orthofeet’s shoes and orthotics are approved by Medicare and meet the requirements of the Therapeutic Shoe Bill. The shoe line is appropriate … Continue reading

July 2011

Medco to carry Progressive Health Innovation’s Ankle Foot maXimizer

Progressive Health Innovations, the Port Moody, B.C.-based manufacturer of the Ankle Foot maXimizer (AFX), has reached a distribution agreement with Medco Sports Medicine, a division of Patterson Medical and the largest supplier of medical products to athletic trainers in the … Continue reading

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