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Patients with ankle instability respond to auditory feedback by changing gait

July 28, 2015

Plantar pressure-based auditory feedback is associated with changes in plantar pressure and muscle activation during gait in patients with chronic ankle instability, according to research from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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Running shoe reveal: Study links max cushioning, higher load

July 21, 2015

Researchers from the Spaulding National Running Center at the Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have found that running in highly cushioned shoes is not associated with lower impact forces than conventional running shoes.

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EndoFoam Prosthetic Cover

July 10, 2015

EndoFoam, from Rehabilitation Technical Products, is a two-part prosthetic cover system that creates a uniform cell structure similar to the density of human tissue. Simply secure a finishing mold around the prosthesis, mix the two parts, and pour in the solution. After 10 minutes, the mold is removed, and the result is a fully covered prosthesis with minimal trimming necessary.

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Townsend Active Reliever

July 10, 2015

Townsend Design announces the North American release of the Active Reliever, a soft shell single-upright knee brace for osteoarthritis (OA). This brace, available off the shelf or custom fitted, is designed to relieve pain by reducing load on the affected side of the knee.

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Diabetic Compression

July 10, 2015

Sigvaris announces a new therapeutic compression sock option for patients with diabetes. Constructed with the company’s drirelease yarns and embedded FreshGuard technology, Sigvaris Eversoft Diabetic Socks are designed to wick away moisture and prevent odor, reducing friction and lowering the risk of infection

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Copolymer Polypropylene

July 10, 2015

Copolymer polypropylene is now available from Allied O&P Supply in red, light blue, royal blue, purple, yellow, light pink, and brown. Copolymer polypro­pylene has some flexibility and good crack resistance, but it is more resilient and less rigid than homopolymers, and it processes at a lower tem­perature, all of which facilitate spot modification. The recommended oven temperature is 350° to 375° F.

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Sidekicks Freestyles

July 10, 2015

Allied OSI Labs has expanded the “SideKicks” over-the-counter (OTC) orthotic line, providing a more complete solution for in-office dispensing. The original SideKicks line, launched in 2012, consisted of three full-length OTC foot orthoses in sport and casual shell styles as well as a met-length option. The four new Sidekicks Freestyles feature a semirigid 1/8″ Triton shell (comparable to popular and durable thermoplastic materials), a sleek topcover, a suede bottom cover, and optional rearfoot posting.

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Biodex, Concussion Health offer rehab cert

July 10, 2015

Shirley, NY-based Biodex Medical Systems and Austin, TX-based Concussion Health reported on May 28 that the two companies have completed a preferred vendor partnership to create a concussion management program for Biodex’s rehabilitation facility customers.

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Streifeneder, OPIE partner on purchasing

July 10, 2015

The Gainesville, FL-based OPIE Choice Network and Streifen­eder USA in Tampa, FL, on May 8 announced they have inked two new agreements. The first makes Streifeneder USA’s product catalog available to all users of the OPIE Purchasing System when they become an OPIE Integrated Supplier.

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Össur, SpringActive to license bionic ankle

July 10, 2015

Reykjavik, Iceland-based Össur and Tempe, AZ-based Spring­Active on May 6 jointly announced a licensing agreement between the global provider of advanced prosthetics and the privately held engineering firm that specializes in robotics and powered prosthetic devices. The agreement calls for Össur’s involvement in the final design, manufacturing, and commer­cialization of Spring­Active’s Odyssey all-terrain prosthetic ankle.

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