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February 2016

BOC announces slate of 2016 leaders

The Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) on January 14 announced its 2016 board of directors, chair, and executive committee. Continue reading

February 2016

CSUDH unveils O&P education center

California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) on January 14 celebrated the ribbon cutting for its new Orthotics and Prosthetics Education Center in Los Alamitos. Continue reading

February 2016

Össur, Ottobock fund neural device study

Duderstadt, Germany-based Ottobock and Össur, headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland, announced in late January that the two companies have endowed a research trust with $1 million to further development of neural-controlled prosthetic devices. Continue reading

February 2016

Students invent smart mat for diabetes

Jackson State University (JSU) in Mississippi reported in December that a group of its graduate engineering students have designed a “smart mat” that gauges foot temperature in people with diabetes. Data from the mat could give caregivers and physicians early warning of infection. Continue reading

February 2016

Triennial podiatry congress scheduled

The International Federation of Podiatrists and the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association have scheduled the World Congress of Podiatry for May 26-28 in Montreal, Canada. The global congress occurs once every three years and is expected to draw about 1200 attendees. Continue reading

February 2016

Thuasne Group acquires Quinn Medical

The Thuasne Group announced in late January that it has acquired Quinn Medical, a specialized spinal bracing company based in San Clemente, CA. The purchase increases Thuasne’s investment in the US market and diversifies the portfolio of orthopedic products available through its European subsidiaries and global network of medical device distributors. Continue reading

February 2016

medi USA expands national sales force

Whitsett, NC-based medi USA announced in January a national expansion of its sales force. The changes will better serve its customer base, increasing its reach and frequency to foster increased market share growth, according to a company release. Continue reading

February 2016

OTWorld will meet in Leipzig in May

The German Association of Orthopaedic Technology plans to hold the OTWorld International Trade Show and World Congress May 3-6 in Leipzig. Continue reading

January 2016

Surestep, Midwest Orthotics convert to employee stock ownership plan

South Bend, IN-based Surestep and Midwest Orthotics employees on January 13 celebrated the 50th birthday of founder Berne Veldman, CO, but got their own gift when Veldman and his wife Pam Veldman announced the companies had transitioned to a 100% Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), a qualified retirement benefit that holds company stock. Continue reading

January 2016

Campbell is Hanger’s chief clinical officer

James Campbell PhD, CO, FAAOP, joined Austin, TX-based Hanger Clinic in November 2015 as chief clinical officer. Campbell joined Hanger after 17 years at Becker Orthopedic in Troy, MI, where he was most recently executive vice president for clinical services and research and product development, manufacturing engineering, quality, regulatory affairs, and central fabrication. Continue reading

January 2016

Anodyne launches iPad scanner app

Milwaukee, WI-based Anodyne in January introduced iPad Scanner-based ordering for A5513 custom inserts and L5000 toe fillers. The free app, said Anodyne cofounders Bobby Kanter and Brian O’Reilly, improves suppliers’ operational efficiency as they can avoid foam impression costs and benefit from short turnaround times. Continue reading

January 2016

BOC’s Zacharias chairs ICE board

Claudia Zacharias, MBA, CAE, president and CEO of the Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation, is now serving as board chair of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) Board of Directors. Continue reading

January 2016

Exo-L ankle brace limits risky motion

A Dutch-designed ankle brace limits the inversion–plantar flexion motion responsible for most ankle sprains without limiting plantar flexion or dorsiflexion, according to results of a 12-person study published in November 2015 in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Continue reading

January 2016

Ottobock brings Bionx ankle to Europe

Duderstadt, Germany-based Ottobock reported in December that it has inked an exclusive deal with Bionx to distribute the Bedford, MA-based company’s motor-driven ankle in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Scandinavia. Continue reading

January 2016

PediFix marks 130 years at APMA event

Quincy, MA-based PediFix Footcare Company celebrated its 130th anniversary with customers and friends at the October 2015 American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Region One Conference in Boston. Continue reading

January 2016

AAOP webinar teaches evidence use

The American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (AAOP) in December released a webinar designed to help practitioners understand systematic reviews and bridge the gap between evidence and practice. Continue reading

January 2016

AAOS issues guidance on TKR, hip fracture and rehab, OCD knee in kids

The Rosemont, IL-based American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in December released updated clinical practice guidelines on surgical management of knee osteoarthritis, as well as several appropriate use criteria (AUC). Continue reading

January 2016

DRFOP offers online Capabilities archive

The Digital Resource Foundation for the Orthotics & Prosthetics Community, popularly known as DRFOP.org, in December added the 22-year Capabilities archive to its database. Continue reading

January 2016

FDA approves Integra matrix for DFUs

The US Food and Drug Administration on January 7 approved Plainsboro, NJ-based Integra’s Omnigraft Dermal Regeneration Matrix to treat diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) that haven’t healed after six weeks and don’t involve exposure of the joint capsule, tendon, or bone. Continue reading

January 2016

Sensoria pairs apps with its smart socks

Redmond, WA-based Sensoria in January announced two new apps that will pair with its smart socks, which integrate textile pressure sensor technology and send gait and walking activity data to an electronic anklet. Continue reading

January 2016

ACSM issues injury prevention recs

The Indianapolis IL-based American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and five other professional organizations in December 2015 released a new team physician consensus statement that outlines best practices for injury and illness prevention for athletes of all levels. Continue reading

January 2016

AOPA awards mobility contest winners

The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) in December announced the winners of its Mobility Saves Testimonial Contest. Continue reading

January 2016

Orthozone is distributor for Thermoskin

Kilsyth, Australia-based Thermo­skin in January named Blaine, MN-based Orthozone the new exclusive North American distributor of the complete Thermoskin line. Continue reading

November 2015

CMS stays prosthetic coverage draft; AOPA calls the decision a ‘partial win’

The White House announced on November 2 that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will not finalize a controversial draft policy concerning coverage determinations for lower limb prostheses. Continue reading

November 2015

Judges weigh murder charge for Pistorius

Five South African judges are considering the fate of Oscar Pistorius after a November 3 hearing in the Supreme Court of 
Appeal in Bloemfontein. Continue reading