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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

November 2015

AMP1 team showcases stand-up skills

AMP1, the stand-up amputee basketball team sponsored by Irvine, CA-based Freedom Innovations, showcased its skills in the October “Duel In The Desert” event in Phoenix, AZ. A red AMP1 team played its blue counterpart, with… Continue reading

November 2015

Ossur hosts Boston bombing survivors

Boston Marathon bombing survivors Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky in September visited Össur’s global headquarters in Reykjavik, Iceland, to discuss their experiences as recent amputees and to learn about innovations in prosthetic limbs. Continue reading

November 2015

AAOS clarifies guidance for ACL injuries

The Rosemont, IL-based American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in October released a new appropriate use guideline for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury to clarify recommendations from its 2014 ACL injury guidelines. Continue reading

November 2015

Kingetics awarded for advanced materials

The American Composite Manufacturing Association and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering honored Kingetics for its creativity with application of advanced materials at the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) in October in Dallas, TX. Continue reading

November 2015

OHI acquires custom orthotic lab Footbon

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Orthotic Holdings (OHI) in October acquired the custom foot orthotic laboratory Footbo ̄n. Paul Langer, who founded Huntington, NY-based Footbo ̄n in 2009, has joined OHI’s Langer Biomechanics as… Continue reading

November 2015

Dates set for World Congress of Podiatry

The International Federation of Podiatrists and the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association in October announced that the 2016 World Congress of Podiatry is scheduled for May 26-28 in Montreal, Canada. Continue reading

November 2015

Cadence Kickstart studied for stroke rehab

Seattle, WA-based Cadence Biomedical in October announced a National Institutes of Health-funded research collaboration with the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) to study stroke survivors’ ability to adapt and… Continue reading

November 2015

Tamarack wins business award for textiles

Minneapolis-based Minnesota Business Magazine in September awarded Tamarack Habilitation Technologies its Minnesota Manufacturing Award in the New Products: Textiles category. Continue reading

October 2015

AOPA honors advocates, student O&P poster winners at National Assembly

The Washington, DC-based Ameri­can Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on October 9 recognized the three recipients of its Ralph R. “Ronney” Snell Legislative Advocacy Award at its National Assembly in San Antonio, TX. Continue reading

October 2015

Delcam division is now Autodesk Footwear

Birmingham, UK-based Delcam announced in September the renaming of its Delcam Orthotic Insole Solutions division to Auto­desk Footwear. Continue reading

October 2015

FootcareXpress sponsors USA Rugby

Miami, FL-based Footcare­Xpress reported in September its new partnership with USA Rugby. The company is supporting the USA Rugby teams as they play in this month’s 2015 World Cup and prepare for the 2016 Summer… Continue reading

October 2015

Rehab Systems, OPAF host golf clinics

Rehab Systems Orthotics and Prosthetics and the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) in September hosted First Swing Learn to Golf clinics in Boise and Twin Falls, ID, where the company has facilities. Continue reading

October 2015

Fillauer opens new manufacturing facility

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce proclaimed October 1 Fillauer Day and hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the company’s new manufacturing facility in the Tennessee city. Continue reading

October 2015

Society works to raise gout awareness

The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society (GUAES) in September released a series of four educational brochures to raise awareness of the serious complications of gout, including heart and kidney disease, diabetes, and stroke. Continue reading

October 2015

Biom relaunches its brand as BionX

Bedford, MA-based iWalk, also known as Biom, on September 29 unveiled its new name, BionX, and logo during a presentation at the Ladenburg Thalmann Healthcare Conference in New York City. Continue reading

October 2015

AlterG contest celebrates PT month

Fremont, CA-based AlterG is celebrating October’s National Physical Therapy month with its PT of the Month contest. Go to learn.alterg.com/pt-month by October 23 to nominate a physical therapist. Continue reading

September 2015

Opposition to Medicare prosthetic care draft grows; experts, amputees join fight

Scientists disavowing the use of their research by Medicare officials to justify proposed prosthetic limb reimbursement changes, the social media campaign #not­aluxury, and protests led by amputee rights groups and professional O&P organizations are among the voices protesting the proposed rule change. Continue reading