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October 2010

JMS Plastics shows its purple heart

In honor of Pancreatic Cancer Month, JMS Plastics will donate a portion of the November sales of its new purple materials: Neolon, J-foam HR EVA, and lavender swirl EVA. Purple is the official color of Pancreatic Cancer Month. Qualifying sales … Continue reading

October 2010

Organization honors Haiti volunteers

At its Celebrate the Nations reception in September, Physicians for Peace honored the many organizations and individuals behind its ongoing efforts in Haiti. Mary Anne Kramer-Urner, PT, the organization’s first volunteer at the Haitian Amputee Clinic at Albert Schweitzer Memorial … Continue reading

October 2010

Levy & Rappel owner will be missed

Bob Kramer, owner of Saddle Brook, NJ-based Levy & Rappel, died on Sept. 25 after a long battle with prostate cancer. Kramer, a retired dentist, bought the orthotics company in 1993 and embraced its longstanding commitment to individual customer attention. … Continue reading

October 2010

FitFlop affects foot motion, loading

The FitFlop flip flop, which has been anecdotally reported to reduce lower extremity and low back pain, significantly alters foot motion and loading, according to research presented at the i-FAB meeting in September. In 17 asymptomatic female subjects, researchers from … Continue reading

October 2010

BOC announces new website launch

The Board of Certification/Accreditation, International, announced in September the launch of its new website, www.bocinternational.org. The new design makes it fast and easy for visitors to obtain information on BOC, certification, and facility accreditation. It also provides directories of certificants … Continue reading

October 2010

Cincy ACL workshop slated for Nov. 6

The anterior cruciate ligament experts at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital will host a one-day ACL workshop on Nov. 6, covering injury mechanisms, screening, prevention, and rehabilitation. Speakers will include Christopher Kaeding, MD, head team physician for the Ohio State University Buckeyes, … Continue reading

September 2010

Breg brace boosts fatigue response

The effect of fatigue on ankle muscle activity during landing from a jump is more pronounced while wearing a Breg Ultra FullCourt ankle brace than when unbraced, according to research from Iowa State University. The brace, made by Vista, CA-based … Continue reading

September 2010

Masterfit offers new shoe courses

Masterfit University, the snowsports industry’s official fit education centers, has expanded its course offerings. Masterfit U’s Masters, Masters-Backcountry Connection and Masters Plus courses individually qualify for continuing education credits from both the American Board for Certification in Orthotics Prosthetics & … Continue reading

September 2010

Diabetes drugs linked to fracture risk

Popular diabetes drugs, including Avandia and Actos, may increase the risk of fracture, according to research from the University of Michigan. From a large prospective database of patients with diabetes, investigators compared 786 patients with fractures and 2657 matched patients … Continue reading

September 2010

Ijinji wins APMA seals of acceptance

San Diego-based Injinji announced in August its receipt of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance for its Ex-Celerator Compression Toesock and InjinjiRX Therapeutic Toesock products. This extends Injinji’s APMA-accepted socks to three. The company’s Performance Series Toesocks … Continue reading

September 2010

ASO device affects knee during cuts

ASO Ankle Stabilizers from Charlotte, NC-based Medical Specialties reduce knee flexion and peak knee abduction moment during cutting maneuvers, which could reduce the risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury, according to research from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Twelve healthy, … Continue reading

September 2010

Cluffy Wedge helps alter pressures

Use of the Cluffy Wedge in combination with a medial arch support significantly alters dynamic plantar pressures in subjects with asymptomatic functional hallux limitus, according to research from the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. The device, from Great … Continue reading

August 2010

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July 2010

APTA endorses WalkAide system from Innovative Neurotronics

The American Physical Therapy Association in June endorsed the WalkAide system, developed by Austin, TX-based Innovative Neurotronics, the development and commercialization subsidiary of Hanger Orthopedic Group . WalkAide, which debuted in 2006, is an intelligent functional electrical stimulation (FES) system … Continue reading

July 2010

Study: Insoles benefit FAI patients

Prefabricated orthoses from Pittsville, MD-based Foot Management can help improve postural stability in patients with functional ankle instability, according to research from Indiana University. Investigators analyzed 40 patients with FAI, 20 of whom wore over the counter Foot Management insoles … Continue reading

July 2010

Launch nears for GPS-enabled shoe

Aetrex Worldwide’s GPS-enabled shoes for Alzheimer’s patients are one step closer to prime time. The Teaneck, NJ-based shoe manufacturer in June became the first commercial customer of Los Angeles-based GTX Corp, with an initial order for 3,000 GPS devices to … Continue reading

July 2010

Endolite gives SPS sole distribution

Alpharetta, GA-based SPS (Southern Prosthetic Supply) announced in July that that it is now the sole distributor of Endolite products within the U.S. All Endolite products may be purchased through any of SPS’ four distribution centers in Georgia, Texas, California, … Continue reading

July 2010

Orthotic Fitters Course makes debut

The American Association of Orthotic Fitters/American Society of Orthopedic Professionals announced in July the Initial Orthotic Fitters Course. The course combines 16 hours of home study with three days of live labs to meet BOC requirements for Certified Orthotic Fitter. … Continue reading

June 2010

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• 125th anniversary
• Adding AFOs
• Insoles for DOMS
• Ice hockey deal

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May 2010

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• Thranhardtrecipients
• APTAendorsement
• DFConawardwinner
• CAMcertification
• Sportssponsorship
• Ergonomicchairs

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April 2010

Market Mechanics

• Orthotic fitters organization debuts, plans first symposium this summer
• STS creates casting sock for Richie
• Diabetic Foot Conference boasts record attendance, honors Joseph
• Redi-Thotics enters the matrix

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March 2010

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• Shoes for first walkers
• Inclusive body myositis
• Central fab consistency
• Insole for OA pain

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February 2010

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• Lower-extremity companies dig deep to help earthquake victims in Haiti
• JMS honors injured soldiers’ spirit
• Delcam debuts orthotic website
• Otto Bock backs Paralympic exhibit

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January 2010

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• Element semirigid ankle brace restricts passive, dynamic inversion in study • Delcam launches new insole software • Compact knee adds therapy mode • APTA podcasts focus on soldier rehab

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November 2009

Market Mechanics

• Ascent-descent studies show benefits of Proprio-Foot adaptive technology
• WalkAide effects persist for 11 months
• Fillauer expands with OTS acquisition
• ProLab launches orthotic web resource

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