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July 2011

Medco to carry Progressive Health Innovation’s Ankle Foot maXimizer

Progressive Health Innovations, the Port Moody, B.C.-based manufacturer of the Ankle Foot maXimizer (AFX), has reached a distribution agreement with Medco Sports Medicine, a division of Patterson Medical and the largest supplier of medical products to athletic trainers in the … Continue reading

July 2011

Art de Cure event raises $25,000 for American Diabetes Association

Art de Cure’s Albany, NY, board members presenteda $25,000 check to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) on June 3 at the Tour de Cure VIP Awards Dinner. The money was raised at a benefit held in the Art de Cure … Continue reading

July 2011

Ballet dancers say Muscle Angel massagers keep them on their toes

Boston Ballet Company dancers and physical therapists recently endorsed the hand-held massagers from Muscle Angels, part of Brookline, MA-based Norbis Innovations. Kelsey Hellebuyck, corps de ballet member, said she uses two Muscle Angels to work both sides of her body … Continue reading

July 2011

Shavelson gets patent for foot typing system, foot-type specific orthotics

Dennis Shavelson, DPM, recently received a U.S. patent for his Functional Foot Typing (FFT) method, FFT Pre-Orthotic Padding system, and Foot Centring orthotics. Shavelson’s FFT system identifies four possible types for both the rearfoot and the forefoot: rigid, stable, flexible, … Continue reading

July 2011

PMD consensus document available for online feedback through July 31

Efforts to standardize protocols for plantar pressure measurement devices (PMDs) so data can be more easily interpreted and compared by scientists and clinicians have produced a draft consensus document, “Agreement on PMD hardware performance assessment,” that is open for comment … Continue reading

July 2011

Maddak launches new website

Pequannock, NJ-based Maddak’s new website at www.maddak.com features more than 400 Ableware self-help products. The company calls it a complete resource for ADL (aids for daily living) for home medical equipment distributors, health care professionals, and end users. The website … Continue reading

July 2011

ACFAOM announces October dates for 2011 annual conference in Orlando

The annual American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM) conference, scheduled for October 27 through 30 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL, will feature the latest information for clinicians involved in the nonsurgical care … Continue reading

July 2011

AOPA reveals plans for U.S.-based World Congress of O&P in 2013

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) announces the 2013 World Congress of Orthotics & Prosthetics, which will take place September 18 through 21, 2013, at the Gaylord Palm Resort in Orlando. For more information or to learn how to … Continue reading

June 2011

Edser FlopThotics

Edser Orthotic Labs FlopThotic is a custom-made flip-flop fabricated from a cast or 3D foot scan. Its base is direct milled to the corrected foot form. Accommodations, wedges, and heel lifts can be incorporated into the FlopThotic. After milling and … Continue reading

June 2011

Delrin AF Orthotic Material

Earthwalk introduces Delrin AF, an orthotic fabrication material engineered for strength, stiffness, dimensional stability, impact resistance, and wear resistance comparable to industrial metals. It’s suitable for fabricating dress orthotics and orthoses for obese patients, and its compact density and high … Continue reading

June 2011

Anodyne Circulation Therapy

Anodyne Therapy introduces the Anodyne Freedom 300, designed to provide foot and leg pain relief by increasing foot and calf circulation. The pain relief technology delivers two 30-minute treatments in between a 20-minute cooling cycle and has an auto shut-off … Continue reading

June 2011

Aqua Massage Exam Table

Aqua Massage International has launched a pullout therapy/examining table for the Aqua PT Pro, AMI’s dry hydrotherapy medical model. The dual-purpose table features a full-length retractable cushion assembly that conserves table space and can be pulled out so the area … Continue reading

June 2011

Archmolds Heat Molded Insole

Archmolds’ heat moldable insole is designed to allow footwear to custom mold to the wearer’s unique foot shape. As the insole cools in the shoe, it molds to the foot’s shape without compromising arch support.  The product contains an antibacterial … Continue reading

June 2011

EZ-Stride Floor Reaction AFO

The EZ Stride floor reaction carbon composite AFO from Spinal Solutions is offered in prefabricated, custom-to-measure, or custom-to-cast versions. It can be made to spiral laterally or medially and is available in an anterior or posterior configuration. Plantar or dorsiflexion … Continue reading

June 2011

Ultraflex ADR KAFO

Adult and pediatric patients with gross lower extremity weakness and knee instability have a new Adjustable Dynamic Response (ADR) option. The ADR knee ankle foot orthosis (KAFO), featuring the UltraSafeStep KO knee component, is designed to address quadricep weakness or … Continue reading

June 2011

NonyX Clarifying Nail Gel

Xenna’s new NonyX nail gel is designed to clear discoloring keratin debris from under nails. When applied to dark or yellowed nails the clarifying nail gel breaks down and removes discolored build up. With regular use the gel helps keep … Continue reading

June 2011

KeepingPace Sport Sandal

KeepingPace, manufacturer of children’s orthopedic footwear, has launched a sport sandal designed to accommodate inserts and ankle foot orthoses. The KPSAND sandal has a rear heel Velcro strap for easy donning and doffing. An ultra lightweight EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) … Continue reading

June 2011

Footwear Line From Langer

Langer’s therapeutic footwear line for 2011 is selected to provide the closest fit and maximum comfort. Langer’s catalog explains which shoes can accommodate foot orthotics and ankle foot orthoses, as well as those that meet Therapeutic Shoe Bill criteria. The … Continue reading

June 2011

Fabrifoam Toe Fx Wrap

Fabrifoam introduces the Toe Fx wrap, a safe, conservative treatment for minor nondisplaced fractures or for postsurgical use. Its adjustable compression and support secures two or three toes, stabilizing fractures and immobilizing toes during healing. It can be wrapped around … Continue reading

June 2011

Breg Square Toe Post-Op Shoe

The Post-Op Shoe with Square Toe is the latest entry in Breg’s line of shoes for foot protection. This post-op shoe features a square toe that acts as a bumper to maximize forefoot and toe protection. The shoe has a … Continue reading

June 2011

Pronation in runners: Implications for injury

Pronation is a necessary component of normal running biomechanics, facilitating shock absorption and stabilization. But abnormal levels of pronation, whether restricted or excessive, can alter gait patterns in ways that can potentially increase the risk of running-related injuries.

By Tracy A. Dierks, PhD

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June 2011

Mysteries of O&P devices and energy expenditure

Ankle foot orthoses and other O&P devices allow patients to walk faster, for longer periods of time, with a more biomechanically efficient gait. It seems logical that energy costs would decrease as a result. But that’s been surprisingly difficult for researchers to prove.

By Cary Groner

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June 2011

Global lessons improve amputation prevention

Interdisciplinary foot screening and limb salvage programs in this country and around the world have successfully reduced diabetic foot ulceration and amputation rates, and in doing so have inspired others to initiate similar prevention programs in their own countries.

By Emily Delzell

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June 2011

Functional knee bracing and athletic performance

Functional knee braces can’t be effective if athletes won’t wear them, and many athletes won’t wear them because they fear their athletic performance will be negatively affected. But early research suggests that athletes accommodate to knee brace wear almost immediately.

By Neetu Rishiraj, ATC, PhD, Jack E. Taunton, MSc, MD, Robert Lloyd-Smith, MD, William Regan, MD, and Navin Prasad, MSc, MD

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June 2011

Lack of laxity in CAI

Revised approach may be needed
Patients with chronic ankle instability demonstrate impaired plantar sensation but, surprisingly, do not exhibit increased ligament laxity, according to two studies presented in June at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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