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Comfortmaxx Orthoses

August 29, 2014

New from Footmaxx is the Comfortmaxx hand-crafted custom orthosis line featuring 100% merino wool and designed with comfort in mind. Merino wool helps keep feet warm in cold months and cool in hot months, and helps eliminate odor, all of which provide year-round support and comfort.

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EVO Quatro Ankle Stabilizer

August 29, 2014

The new EVO Quatro Ankle Stabilizer from Med Spec is a low-profile version of the EVO Ankle Stabilizer.

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Orthoflex Thermoplastic

August 29, 2014

Orthoflex, new from Allied O&P Supply, is a flexible, formable thermoplastic material designed for below-knee socket liners, above-knee socket liners, ankle foot orthosis cushioning, inner booties, shock absorption, and other orthotic and prosthetic applications. The strong, durable material is designed to be easily formable through all standard processes, drape form, blister form, and vacuum forming. Recommended oven temperatures are between 280°-325° depending on thickness.

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Arcopedico Cork Sandals

August 29, 2014

Arcopedico USA takes a refreshing look at women’s comfort footwear with its cork sandals. The sandals feature bright hues, flirty wedges, leather and knit straps, anti-slip thermal rubber, and lightweight soles made from natural Portuguese cork.

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Early focus on gross motor skills may benefit children with autism

August 29, 2014

This child, aged nearly 4 years, was diagnosed with microcephaly, autism spectrum disorder, and hypotonia.

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BMI does not drop after surgical realignment for Blount disease

August 29, 2014

An adolescent male patient with left-sided Blount dis- ease who continued to gain weight despite realign- ment of his leg. (Photo courtesy of Sanjeev Sabharwal, MD, MPH.) Weight loss requires other tactics By Hank Black Surgical correction of the varus alignment that is characteristic of Blount disease does not lead to greater patient activity or reduction in body mass index (BMI), according to a recent study

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Analysts predict sluggish market for robotic orthopedic surgery systems

August 29, 2014

London, UK-based market information firm GlobalData reported in July that computer-assisted and robotic surgery are expected to remain the reserve of top-tier hospitals, mostly in developed countries, and that the technology has been slow to gain general acceptance. Robotic surgeries will have a minimal impact on the orthopedic power tools market, which is forecast to be worth almost $1.7 billion by 2020, reported GlobalData, which also noted the cost-effectiveness of robotic devices for high-volume surgeries, such as large joint reconstruction and spinal fusion, remains to be justified, particularly in the current economic climate.

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Pedorthic groups announce symposium

August 29, 2014

The Pedorthic Association of Canada (PAC) and the Pre­scription Foot Orthotic Laboratory Association (PFOLA) announced in July the two organizations will partner for the annual PAC Symposium in 2015. The event is scheduled for April 17-18, 2015, in Vancouver, Canada, and its theme is “Biomechanics and the Future of Footcare.” More information on the 2015 PAC Symposium will be available at pedorthic.ca and pfola.org in September.

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DME admins to reject claims with errors

August 29, 2014

Beginning September 1, paper claims that are billed with incorrect modifiers will be returned as “unprocessable,” according to Nash­ville, TN-based CGS Administrators, the Jurisdiction C Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor (DME MAC).

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Insoles decrease sensitivity to pain

August 29, 2014

A study epublished on July 16 reported that shock-absorbing insoles (SAIs) made by Otto Bock Scandinavia in Norrköping, Sweden, reduce pain sensitivity and perception in young soccer players playing on artificial turf. Danish investigators randomized 75 premier youth league players aged 14 to 18 years to their usual insoles or SAIs. They assessed pressure pain threshold (PPT) after three and six weeks of training on artificial turf and found that PPT increased significantly more in the SAI group compared with controls.

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