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August 2015

Converse revamps classic shoe for comfort

Boston-based Converse in August launched a new version of its classic Chuck Taylor sneaker, reporting the new shoe is redesigned for comfort with technology from its parent company Nike, headquartered in Beaverton, OR. Continue reading

August 2015

DJO launches wireless stimulation device

DJO Global in July received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to begin sales of the San Diego-based company’s wireless electric muscle stimulation device. Continue reading

August 2015

IOC calls for world conference proposals

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) in July called for proposals for its 2017 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport. Continue reading

August 2015

AOFAS releases plantar fasciitis guide

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) teamed up with Consumer Reports Health to produce a patient handout that it released in July focusing on conservative treatment of plantar fasciitis (PF). Continue reading

August 2015

ETH Zürich announces ‘Cybathlon’ event

Swiss university ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule) Zürich will hold in October 2016 a new championship event for individuals who use advanced assistive devices. Continue reading

August 2015

Rogers renames elastomeric division

Woodbury, CT-based Rogers Corporation on July 29 changed the name of its High Performance Foams Division to Elastomeric Material Solutions to better reflect its growing range of high-performance engineered materials solutions and capabilities to meet customer needs. Continue reading

August 2015

Alliqua markets graft for tendon repair

Langhorne, PA-based Alliqua Biomedical in July reported that its exclusive licensing agreement with Summit, NJ-based Celgene Cellular Therapeutics now includes the right to market an advanced wound care product for podiatric and orthopedic applications. Continue reading

August 2015

Ortho devices report predicts $940M rise

London, UK-based health industry research firm GlobalData reported on July 30 that the global orthopedic braces and orthotics market will rise from $2.56 billion in 2014 to reach just under $3.5 billion by 2021, largely driven by an aging population and patient preference for braces and supports as noninvasive treatment options. Continue reading

August 2015

POI names Bach new editor in chief

The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics in July named Australian biomechanist Timothy Bach, PhD, editor in chief of its flagship journal, Prosthetics and Orthotics International (POI). Continue reading

August 2015

Therafirm sponsors Kenyan runner

Kansas City, KA-based Therafirm and Auburn, ME-based Bedard Pharmacy and Medical Supplies are supporting Kenyan runner Moninda Marube on a cross-country run he began July 1 to raise awareness of human trafficking. Continue reading

August 2015

Nike launches easy-don Flyease high-tops

Beaverton, OR-based Nike on July 18 began selling its new Flyease athletic shoe, designed for quick no-lace donning by people with disabilities, in limited quantities on nike.com. Continue reading

July 2015

NATA inducts its 2015 Hall of Famers

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) on June 25 inducted eight individuals into its Hall of Fame at the NATA 66th Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in St. Louis, MO. Continue reading

July 2015

Therafirm legwear wins retail award

The VGM Group (named for founder Van G. Miller) on June 17 awarded Kansas City, KS-based Therafirm’s new Ease brand compression legwear its Most Innovative Retail Product of 2015 honor at the VGM Heartland Conference in Waterloo, IA. Continue reading

July 2015

AOPA names business award nominees

The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) announced on June 9 the contenders for the 2015 Hamontree Award. Continue reading

July 2015

DonJoy launches retail Performance brand

San Diego-based DJO Global on June 10 launched DonJoy Performance for sale to consumers online and in select retailers nationwide. Continue reading

July 2015

Profoot teams up with NYC FC soccer

Brooklyn, NY-based Profoot hosted a game viewing party on July 7 to celebrate its partnership with the New York City FC, which kicked off its inaugural Major League Soccer season in March. Continue reading

July 2015

Dralla announces 2015 grant recipients

The Rockaway, NJ-based Dralla Foundation on June 10 announced its 2015 grant recipients, who will use their shares of the $30,000 in awarded funds to hold events and programs for adults and children with physical challenges. Continue reading

July 2015

ING Source supports pedorthic education

Hickory, NC-based ING Source, which manufactures the OrthoSleeve line of compression products, announced in July a $60,000 donation to The Robert M. Palmer, MD, Institute of Biomechanics (RMPI), based in Elwood, IN. Continue reading

July 2015

Remington Products is top workplace

Employee engagement research firm WorkplaceDynamics on June 21 named Wadsworth, OH-based Remington Products Company one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces. Continue reading

July 2015

Townsend brace alters knee OA loading

A study epublished June 25 by Prosthetics and Orthotics International found that use of a decompressive knee brace from Bakersfield, CA-based Town­send Design significantly reduced detrimental knee adduction moments in people with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Continue reading

July 2015

Synxsole scores reality show investment

Perth, Australia-based insole company Synxsole scored a $100,000 investment from Australian investor Andrew Banks during the first season of the entrepreneurial reality show Shark Tank Australia, which wrapped up in June. Continue reading

July 2015

Ottobock introduces K2 bionic knee

Austin, TX-based Ottobock on June 26 introduced its Kenevo microprocessor knee, designed for K2 (low mobility potential) amputees, who often have reduced muscle strength and coordination, putting them at high risk for falls. Continue reading

July 2015

I Measure U crowdfunds wearable

Auckland, New Zealand-based I Measure U opened an Indiegogo campaign in June to raise funds for a production run of its I Measure U Run (IMU-Run), a wearable sensor to measure and monitor tibial shock and cumulative load for runners. Continue reading

July 2015

Nepal quake volunteers call for funds

Many of the more than 18,000 individuals injured in the April and May earthquakes that struck Nepal are in need of mobility devices, including prostheses for new amputees, according to the charitable group Handicap International, which now has… Continue reading

July 2015

NBA commits to player health, wellness

In response to a 2014-2015 season marred by numerous injuries, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has partnered with General Electric Healthcare, whose US offices are in Waukesha, WI, to form a… Continue reading