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A new triplanar paradigm for bunion management

May 19, 2015

The most common paradigm in bunion surgery relies on one or more metatarsal osteotomies to correct the 1-2 intermetatarsal angle and soft tissue balancing to align the first metatarsophalangeal joint, sesamoid apparatus and hallux. Additionally, the most common approach to assessing and defining the anatomy in a bunion, and subsequently choosing the corrective procedure or procedures for bunion correction, utilizes commonly accepted measurements, such as the IMA, the hallux abductus angle and the tibial sesamoid position.

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Ankle fracture patients have elevated levels of synovial biomarkers for OA

May 12, 2015

Patients with acute intra-articular ankle fractures demonstrate elevated levels of biomarkers that are commonly associated with osteoarthritis, suggesting that the degenerative process that leads to OA in the majority of ankle trauma patients begins in the acute phase, according to research from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

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ProTech Met Foot Orthosis

April 26, 2015

Powerstep’s new ProTech Met offers the stability, support and comfort of the company’s ProTech Full Length Orthotic but has the added benefit of a built-in metatarsal pad, which helps spread and cushion the metatarsal heads to alleviate pain in the ball of foot. Other features include a strong, medical-grade foot support; double layer, shock-absorbing EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate)/Poron cushioning for comfort; friction-reducing, antimicrobial topcover fabric; and a deep heel cradle and Poron heel pad to stabilize the heel during heel strike. This full length foot orthosis is available in nine sizes for men and women.

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ManukaMed Honey Dressing

April 26, 2015

ManukaMed USA has launched an improved version of its ManukaHD Lite honey-impregnated dressing, designed to provide active absorption of wound exudates and maximum exposure to medical-grade Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka) honey. The high sugar levels in the honey create osmotic pressure, which helps promote autolytic debridement of necrotic tissue. Improvements relate to the way Manuka honey is impregnated into the absorbent gelling fiber and to the standards of testing

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Techmax Epoxy Resin

April 26, 2015

Streifeneder USA now offers Techmax Epoxy Resin, a new adhesive formulated specifically for technicians in the orthotics and prosthetics industry.

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Soft Opaque Now in Mulberry

April 26, 2015

Sigvaris offers one of the season’s on-trend shades, Mulberry, in its Soft Opaque hosiery collection. With the softness of microfiber and durable, breathable construction, Soft Opaque hosiery is designed to look and feel like designer fashion tights and help keep legs healthy. It features graduated compression, which helps to improve circulation and prevent varicose and spider veins

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Össur, CAF fund 2015 Mobility Clinics

April 26, 2015

Foothill Ranch, CA-based Össur and the San Diego-based Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) in March announced a new multiyear global sponsorship agreement that continues their decades-long collaboration to support people with limb loss. Central to the Össur-CAF agreement is a series of Össur Running and Mobility Clinics for amputees presented by CAF and held annually across the US.

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Lim gains partners for prosthetic socket

April 26, 2015

Lim Innovations reported in March that it has generated more than 10 clinical partners and providers for its Infinite Socket, which the San Francisco-based company launched in limited market release in September 2014.

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Ankle exoskeleton lowers energy costs

April 26, 2015

A letter published online April 1 by Nature reported that an unpowered exoskeleton reduces the metabolic cost of walking by 7.2 ± 2.6% for healthy human users under natural conditions, savings comparable to those with powered devices. The device’s inventors, scientists at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, North Carolina State University in Raleigh and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, call their creation the “ankle exo.” The lightweight elastic device acts in parallel with the user’s calf muscles, offloading muscle force to reduce metabolic energy consumed in contractions. It uses a passive mechanical clutch to hold a spring as it is stretched and relaxed by ankle movements when the foot is on the ground.

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BOC wins sales, customer service Stevies

April 26, 2015

The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC), based in Owings Mills, MD, won three business awards in February at the ninth annual Stevie Awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

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