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September 2012

Dralla announces awards for 2012

The Rockaway, NJ-based Dralla Foundation in August awarded its third round of grants to nonprofits that share the foundation’s mission of supporting the aspirations of children and adults with disabilities. Dralla will provide $35,000 in funds to 23 US organizations … Continue reading

September 2012

ACL workshop scheduled for November

The Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University Sports Medicine program are scheduled to hold their 10th annual workshop on prevention, training, and rehabilitation for athletes at risk for anterior cruciate ligament injuries on … Continue reading

September 2012

University adds advanced biomech lab

High Point University in NC is creating an advanced biomechanics and human physiology/ performance lab. The 13,150 square-foot lab is under construction and will facilitate study of injury prevention and rehabilitation methods as well as methods to improve human physiologic … Continue reading

September 2012

Medical device conference seeks papers

University of Minnesota organizers of the Design of Medical Devices Conference, scheduled for April 9-11, 2013, in Minneapolis, are seeking original two-page papers that demonstrate new technologies and applications in medical device design from academic and industry researchers, clinicians, and … Continue reading

August 2012

US sprinter will debut prosthetic running foot at Paralympic games

US Paralympic track and field athlete Richard Browne will compete in the London games wearing Freedom Innovations’ Catapult Running Foot, a high-tech prosthetic designed to maximize energy return. Browne is slated to compete in the 100-m dash and the high … Continue reading

August 2012

DJO Surgical inks deal with researchers to develop osseointegrated prosthesis

San Diego-based DJO Global’s surgical business unit signed a deal in July with the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, to develop an alternative to traditional socket technology, a percutaneous osseointegrated prosthesis (POP) for above the knee amputees. The POP … Continue reading

August 2012

Napa Valley hosts foot pathology event

Napa, CA-based ProLab Orthotics and the College of Podiatric Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA, will hold “Solutions to Foot Pathology” in the Napa Valley  October 19-21. During the seminar, which coincides with the annual grape harvest, faculty … Continue reading

August 2012

Superfeet opens UK operations center

Ferndale, WA-based Superfeet Worldwide assumed direct responsibility in July for all its European distribution through a new operations center in Edinburgh, Scotland. Superfeet will also begin distributing its products and systems directly to retailers in the UK and Ireland. The … Continue reading

August 2012

Gait and foot function seminars scheduled

Boston-based Tekscan is slated to host three gait and foot function analysis seminars this fall on plantar pressure mapping technology. Seminars are scheduled for September 15-16, Washington DC; October 13-14, Fort Worth, TX; and November 17-18, Toron­to, Canada. For more … Continue reading

August 2012

Texas podiatric foundation awards grants

Commerce City, CO-based Mile High Orthotics Lab helped fund the first annual scholarship grants awarded June 30 by the Texas Podiatric Medical Foundation at its state meeting in Galveston. The recipients of the grants, which were open to Texas residents … Continue reading

August 2012

i-FAB-PG publishes consensus on PMD

An international scientific group has published its final consensus document on plantar pressure measurement devices. The Pedobarographic Group of the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics (i-FAB-PG) released the paper in July, presenting the group’s consensus on the definition and standardization … Continue reading

August 2012

Pennsylvania sets licensure standards

In July Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett approved HB 48, which amends the Pennsylvania Medical Practices Act of 1985 to provide for licensure of prosthetists, orthotists, pedorthists, and orthotic fitters. The new law sets standards of professional conduct and requires practitioners … Continue reading

July 2012

Study shows adjustable AFO reduces pain, allows return to active lifestyle

The Revolution ankle foot or­thosis (AFO) from Brooklyn, NY-based American Orthopedics Manufacturing Corporation (AOMC) improves symptoms of pain and associated disability and helps patients return to activity, according to a case series from researchers at Gifford Medical Center’s Sharon Sports … Continue reading

July 2012

Pressure-sensing insole for diabetic neuropathy poised to enter market

Canadian medical technology company Orpyx will release its first product, the SurroSense Rx, later this year, reported the company’s CEO and president, Breanne Everett, MD, a resident in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Calgary. … Continue reading

July 2012

BOC introduces emeritus designation

The Board of Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC) is recognizing the knowledge that comes from years of hands-on O&P experience with the introduction of its Emeritus status category. Emeritus status, given to those who are no longer practicing but still retain the … Continue reading

July 2012

Program educates hammertoe patients

Arlington, TN-based Wright Medical Group last month launched its MiToe patient outreach program to increase patients’ awareness of treatment options for hammertoes. Wright introduced the program to practitioners at the June meeting of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, … Continue reading

July 2012

Track continuing ed credits online

Health and fitness professionals can now go online to earn continuing education credits (CECs) from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The ACSM’s new education platform, at www.onlinelearning-acsm.org, offers a wide selection of continuing education opportunities, including multimedia video … Continue reading

July 2012

AOPA hosts Medicare coding seminar

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is hosting its popular “Mastering Medicare: Coding” course in downtown Seattle August 6-7. Participants will learn about how to code new complex devices through interactive discussions with AOPA experts, billing rules for Medicare … Continue reading

June 2012

Skechers settles for $50 million but stands by advertising claims

Manhattan Beach, CA-based Skechers USA will pay $50 million to settle deceptive advertising complaints made by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 44 states, and the District of Colombia. Skechers settled the complaints on May 16 but continues to defend its … Continue reading

June 2012

BioMedix grant funds PAD testing

St. Paul, MN-based BioMedix, a healthcare information technology solutions provider, joined with the Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) in May to promote amputation prevention through aware­ness and early detection of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). BioMedix gave WesternU College of … Continue reading

June 2012

O&P networking site continues growth

O&P Social, a network for O&P professionals, students, patients, caregivers, and vendors launched in June 2011, now boasts 1100-plus members worldwide. “O&P Social is the only community of its kind in the industry that supports real-time communication between practitioners, technicians, … Continue reading

June 2012

ABC sponsors first-ever design contest for O&P technicians at annual meeting

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) will sponsor the first-ever Technical Fabrication Contest offered by the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and the Orthotic & Prosthetic Technological Association (OPTA) and premiering at the AOPA … Continue reading

June 2012

Total Gym garners award for training equipment from medical wellness group

San Diego-based Total Gym was deemed Best in Class for medical wellness training equipment by the Medical Wellness Association (MWA) at the 10th annual Medical Wellness Forum at the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association’s 2012 International Convention, held March … Continue reading

June 2012

OPAF, First Volley score USTA grants

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) awarded the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) and its First Volley adaptive tennis clinics several grants last month. USTA Serves, the organization’s national charitable foundation, gave First Volley an $8000 matching grant to … Continue reading

June 2012

Canadian pedorthists pen guidelines

At its annual symposium in April, the Pedorthic Association of Canada (PAC) launched its first Clinical Practice Guidelines. The comprehensive manual was written by 60 Canadian pedorthists and reviewed by 33 foot professionals from Canada, the US, the UK, and … Continue reading