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Kinetic Research: Carbon Fiber Orthopedic Braces

June 23, 2015

AFO Mechanics Composite material advances over the past 10 years have improved the design creativity and possibility for clinical orthotists worldwide. In the past, an ankle orthosis required a completely solid and fully encompassing design in order to attain the mechanical control, durability and ultimately the function needed for corrective ankle varus bracing.

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Diane Covington: AFOs positively impact every aspect of her dynamic life

June 23, 2015

By Jordana Bieze Foster It’s a happy coincidence that Diane Covington lives just a few miles from a New Balance store, for two reasons. The brand’s sporty and comfort styles are perfectly suited for Covington’s life on the go. And they come in widths that can accommodate the ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) that make her active lifestyle possible

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Brennan Ryan: With AFOs and cool sneakers, this 10-year-old can be a regular kid

June 23, 2015

By Robyn Parets If you ask Brennan Ryan what his favorite after-school activities are, he’ll tell you, “Basketball, baseball, flag football, and Cub scouts.” Ask him what his favorite part of school is and he’ll answer, “Recess.” This isn’t surprising considering that Brennan Ryan is 10 years old and in fourth grade. “He’s a regular boy. He likes sports and has a ton of friends,” said Kathy Ryan, Brennan’s mother.

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Jeff Seitzer: AFOs and staying fit help manage his mild symptoms

June 23, 2015

By Robyn Parets It’s hard to imagine that a 56-year-old man who swims, plays golf, works out, and even practices yoga has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). But Jeff Seitzer, who was diagnosed more than 40 years ago, has managed to keep his symptoms at bay. He believes staying fit and flexible has been the key to maintaining his active lifestyle

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Dual-task gait: The potential influence of orthotic devices

June 23, 2015

Clinicians know walking while performing a secondary task can be particularly difficult for elderly patients or those with neuromuscular impairments. But new research suggests the use of orthotic devices may improve dual-task gait, which could significantly improve quality of life.

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Lower-body focus could help youth baseball player arms

June 4, 2015

Studies link hip, shoulder function By Chris Klingenberg Kids grow up thinking that throwing a baseball hard is all about strength in the arm and shoulder, but new evidence suggests that muscle strength and range of motion in the hip affect shoulder function during throwing in youth baseball players.

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Dr. Comfort expands functional insert line

June 4, 2015

Milwaukee, WI-based Dr. Comfort reported in April that it has broadened its custom functional insert line to include its Exos thermoformable technology. The Exos-constructed func­tional inserts come with an Exothermix heat patch that allows practitioners to apply heat to the specific part of the insert in need of adjustment.

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Aortha announces full launch of 3D insoles

June 4, 2015

Aortha in late April announced that it will move forward in early 2016 with a full launch of its 3D-printed insole technology. The company previewed its technology, which can print a pair of custom, multidensity insoles in an hour, at the British Association of Prosthetists & Orthotists Conference in Manchester, UK, in March, as well as at the combined meeting of the Pedorthic Association of Canada and Prescription Foot Orthotic Laboratory Association in Vancouver, Canada, in April. The OrthaPrint 3D printer uses OrthaFlex material, which has high elasticity to allow for high-speed printing.

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Cur crowdfunds personal TENS device

June 4, 2015

San Francisco-based Cur on May 13 launched a crowdfunding campaign for its personal, miniaturized TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) device for treatment of chronic muscle, joint, and nerve pain. Designed in partnership with Huge Design, the San Francisco industrial design studio behind the Nike Fuelband, Jibo robot, and Sonos products, Cur’s eponymous device features adhesive reusable gel pads that can be used anywhere on the body and intelligent biometric sensors that automatically measure and match pulses to the user’s response. The Cur will undergo clinical evaluation this spring and summer and the company anticipates Food and Drug Administration clearance sometime this fall.

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Thesis designs high-performance heels

June 4, 2015

Los Angeles-based Thesis Couture will open a reservation list this fall for a limited run of high-end stilettos designed to reduce the load on the ball of the foot and make fashion footwear more comfortable and less damaging to feet. The shoes, made from ballistic-grade polymer and thermoplastic polyurethane, are being designed by a team that includes an astronaut, a fabricator who previously worked for the US military, and Andy Goldberg, OBE, an orthopedic surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London, UK.

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