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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

October 2010

Pressure experts discuss standards

Researchers, engineers, and practitioners interested in gait analysis convened at the i-FAB meeting in Seattle to discuss and refine an international consensus statement on standardization of  pressure measurement devices that is currently in development. The initiative, which has the support … Continue reading

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, 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