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May 2011

Flexcin survey of arthritis sufferers reveals uneven levels of support

A national online survey of arthritis sufferers conducted by Fort Myers, FL-based supplement manufacturer Flexcin International suggests that women feel they receive less support than their spouses and that co-workers offer more support than family. The survey, conducted in April, … Continue reading

May 2011

Scandinavian entrepreneur launches CSUS to focus on American business

Scandinavian orthopedic bracing entrepreneur Peter Allard has launched a new company, CSUS, to focus on business opportunities in the Americas. Allard acquired Camp Scandinavia in 2006 from his father Bertil and has maintained it as a family-owned company while expanding … Continue reading

April 2011

Foot science meets wine in Napa

Practitioners with a passion for both wine and continuing education can enjoy both at the “Science of the Foot” conference scheduled during the October wine harvest in Napa, CA. The event, co-sponsored by Napa-based Prolab Orthotics and the Western University … Continue reading

April 2011

Alpha Orthotics offers screening tool for bunion self-assessment

Alpha Orthotics announced in March the availability of a simple clinical screening tool, the Manchester scale, for patients to self-assess the severity of their hallux valgus. The Manchester scale includes standardized photographs of feet with four grades of hallux valgus … Continue reading

April 2011

PHI earns ‘ready to rocket’ status

Progressive Health Innovations (PHI), manufacturers of the AFX foot and ankle strengthening device, has been named one of the top health technology companies in British Columbia, as determined by the market strategy and consulting firm Rocket Builders. After two years … Continue reading

April 2011

SureStep offers three April courses

South Bend, IN-based SureStep will offer three different courses in the latter part of April, in multiple geographic locations. The shortest course, good for 2.0 continuing education units, is titled “Making BIG Changes in Little Lives.” Topics will include the … Continue reading

April 2011

Boa Technology means business regarding medical device market

Denver-based Boa Technology, maker of the Boa Closure System that is featured on a number of O&P devices, in late March underscored its commitment to the medical device market with the launch of a new Medical Business Unit. “As we … Continue reading

April 2011

ABC seeks nominees for director slots

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC) is seeking nominees for four positions on its Board of Directors, the organization announced in late March. The open positions are for three directors and one public member director. … Continue reading

April 2011

Kneehab XP bests NMES for quad strengthening after ACL surgery

The Kneehab XP Quadriceps Therapy System is more effective for increasing knee extensor muscle strength after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction than standard rehabilitation or conventional neuromuscular electrical stimulation, according to a German study published in the American Journal of Sports … Continue reading

April 2011

Delcam to host May conference in Bath on orthotic technology

CAD-CAM technology developer Delcam will host a global conference on orthotic technology May 19 and 20 at the University of Bath in the U.K. The Orthotic Technology Forum will focus on discussing new technologies and processes designed to assist practitioners … Continue reading

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