Category Archives: Archives

April 2011

Foot science meets wine in Napa

Practitioners with a passion for both wine and continuing education can enjoy both at the “Science of the Foot” conference scheduled during the October wine harvest in Napa, CA. The event, co-sponsored by Napa-based Prolab Orthotics and the Western University … Continue reading

April 2011

Alpha Orthotics offers screening tool for bunion self-assessment

Alpha Orthotics announced in March the availability of a simple clinical screening tool, the Manchester scale, for patients to self-assess the severity of their hallux valgus. The Manchester scale includes standardized photographs of feet with four grades of hallux valgus … Continue reading

April 2011

PHI earns ‘ready to rocket’ status

Progressive Health Innovations (PHI), manufacturers of the AFX foot and ankle strengthening device, has been named one of the top health technology companies in British Columbia, as determined by the market strategy and consulting firm Rocket Builders. After two years … Continue reading

April 2011

SureStep offers three April courses

South Bend, IN-based SureStep will offer three different courses in the latter part of April, in multiple geographic locations. The shortest course, good for 2.0 continuing education units, is titled “Making BIG Changes in Little Lives.” Topics will include the … Continue reading

April 2011

Boa Technology means business regarding medical device market

Denver-based Boa Technology, maker of the Boa Closure System that is featured on a number of O&P devices, in late March underscored its commitment to the medical device market with the launch of a new Medical Business Unit. “As we … Continue reading

April 2011

ABC seeks nominees for director slots

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC) is seeking nominees for four positions on its Board of Directors, the organization announced in late March. The open positions are for three directors and one public member director. … Continue reading

April 2011

Kneehab XP bests NMES for quad strengthening after ACL surgery

The Kneehab XP Quadriceps Therapy System is more effective for increasing knee extensor muscle strength after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction than standard rehabilitation or conventional neuromuscular electrical stimulation, according to a German study published in the American Journal of Sports … Continue reading

April 2011

Delcam to host May conference in Bath on orthotic technology

CAD-CAM technology developer Delcam will host a global conference on orthotic technology May 19 and 20 at the University of Bath in the U.K. The Orthotic Technology Forum will focus on discussing new technologies and processes designed to assist practitioners … Continue reading

April 2011

DJO Global embraces footwear with $258.4-million deal to acquire Dr. Comfort

In a move that had followers of the lower extremity device mar- kets buzzing, orthopedic device manufacturer DJO Global in April finalized a deal to acquire dia- betic footwear company Dr. Comfort for approximately $258.4 million in cash. DJO’s mid-March … Continue reading

April 2011

Sprained Ankle Orthosis

G&W Heel Lift introduces the sprained ankle orthosis (SAO), which gives the common ATF inversion ankle sprain time to heal while the patient remains ambulatory. The SAO is a heel cup with an extended lateral 15° wedge meant to be … Continue reading

April 2011

Adventure Line by pediped

The pediped Spring/Summer 2011 collection debuts with the new Adventure Line, an innovative collection of eco-friendly, machine washable, water-safe shoes. The new collection, an expansion of the popular pediped Flex line, offers style, protection, and comfort in and out of … Continue reading

April 2011

Tiger Tail Muscle Massager

Pressure Positive has added the Tiger Tail Rolling Muscle Massager, 18″ to its line of massage tools. The patent-pending Tiger Tail Rolling Muscle Massager is a dense foam covered, muscle-friendly self care massage tool that helps the user apply rolling … Continue reading

April 2011

PRx II Orthotic

In response to customer requests, Allied OSI Labs developed the PRx II orthotic featuring the company’s Performance RX shell material. The material is comparable to graphite in rigidity but without the bulk. Customers had requested an orthotic product specifically using … Continue reading

April 2011

Achilles Contracture Management Orthosis

Pro-Tech Orthopedics offers the Achilles Contracture Management Orthosis as an alternative to serial casting. The total contact ambulatory boot is removable and the angle can be adjusted at the ankle. Patients should be seen weekly to be remeasure and have … Continue reading

April 2011

Movement System Textbook

A new textbook, Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Extremities, Cervical and Thoracic Spines, is available from OPTP. Extensively illustrated and evidence-based, the book provides an organized and structured method to help practitioners analyze the mechanical causes of movement system … Continue reading

April 2011

American Indian Diabetic Shoes

Sole Nation Health, an American Indian owned company dedicated to preventing diabetic foot problems, offers the Sacred Trail signature shoe collection: men’s Chukka 209 “Desert Tracker” and Oxford 204 “Pathwalker”, and women’s Oxford 103 “Cloudwalk” and Velcro 101 “Featherwalk”.  A … Continue reading

April 2011

PediFoot Shoes and Inserts

Podiatry Enterprises’ PediFoot brand now offers HCPCS Code A5500 Shoes and Code A5512 Inserts. The shoes are made of quality leather and engineered for the diabetic foot. Shoes are offered in women’s sizes 5-11, and men’s sizes 7-14 and in … Continue reading

April 2011

Zoraflexx Medical Paste

Williams Technology International offers Zoraflexx patented medical paste. Composed of natural ingredients, Zoraflexx is engineered to relieve pain and reduce swelling associated with arthritic conditions and sports-type injuries. The paste is designed to create its own barrier after application, thereby … Continue reading

April 2011

Spenco Total Support Insole

The Spenco Total Support insoles product line features cost-effective, over the counter insoles as a preliminary alternative to higher priced custom orthotic devices. With a suggested retail price of $34.99, the Total Support insole features advanced arch support, deep heel … Continue reading

April 2011

Sof Sole Coolmax Socks

Sof Sole introduces the Coolmax Sock Series, designed for a range of applications from recreational activities to daily fitness routines. The low-cut socks feature Coolmax moisture-wicking fiber that pulls moisture away from the skin, leaving feet cool and dry. The … Continue reading

April 2011

Breg Mini Walker Boot

Breg, the sports medicine division of Orthofix International, has introduced one of the industry’s only walker boots for pediatric patients. Breg’s Mini Walker Boot provides protection for stable fractures and ankle sprains in young patients.  As a comfortable alternative to … Continue reading

April 2011

Sprain in the Forecast: Epidemiology and risk factors for ankle sprain

Analysis of the epidemiology of ankle sprain has revealed modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. Understanding these will allow practitioners to help athletes minimize their risk of acute injury and chronic sequelae.

By CPT Brian R. Waterman, MD; Joseph R. Langston, BS; Kenneth L. Cameron, PhD, ATC; LTC Philip J. Belmont, Jr, MD; and LTC Brett D. Owens, MD

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April 2011

Out on a limb: Image is everything

Patients have multiple reasons for not complying with a practitioner’s recommendations. Most of them are familiar by now: inconvenience, discomfort, aesthetics, forgetfulness, failure to understand the consequences of not complying.

by Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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April 2011

Fighting back against medical identity theft

The digital age has ushered in many opportunities and threats that a decade ago didn’t even exist. Whether it’s social networking fueling revolutions in far-away lands or blogs giving voice to ordinary people, we know we aren’t in Kansas anymore!

By Jason Kraus

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April 2011

In search of a mechanism for foot orthoses’ effects

The seemingly endless quest to discover why foot orthoses relieve symptoms is veering away from skeletal alignment and toward somatosensory variables, though some still insist that kinematics play a role as well.

by Cary Groner

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