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Building bridges between CAD-CAM hardware and O&P market needs

February 25, 2015

By Samantha Rosenblum In the world of CAD-CAM, TechMed 3D has it all.

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Plant renovation pays off with increased volume, decreased turnaround times for Levy & Rappel

February 25, 2015

By LER staff The end-to-end redesign and renovation of Levy & Rappel’s plant, which began in February 2014 and is now almost complete, means the 85-year-old orthotic device company is now moving at 21st century speeds, said Dave Kramer, CPed, the Saddle Brook, NJ-based company’s owner and president. “The renovation has accomplished all that we wanted and needed it to,” said Kramer. “We’ve increased our volume while at the same time decreasing our overall turnaround times by twenty percent, from five days to four.” The renovation included a total update to equipment and workflow processes in the ankle foot orthosis (AFO) department, decreasing turnaround times for AFOs by almost half.

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P.W. Minor, a classic shoe company, gets new life

February 24, 2015

By Shalmali Pal When new management takes over an established business, the game plan is often “out with the old, in with the new.” When Andrew Young and Peter Zeliff acquired the P.W. Minor shoe company of Batavia, NY, they made a choice to keep the old along with introducing the new.

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Apex, a division of Aetrex Worldwide, offers fashion forward footwear with superior comfort and protection

February 24, 2015

By Larry Hand Apex, a division of Aetrex Worldwide, offers patient solutions with style. Apex footwear collections continue to expand the market for shoes that offer flexible fitting options for people with diabetes, arthritis, and other painful foot conditions, as well as uppers that are both comfortable and fashionable. Apex shoes for people with diabetes are A5500-verified to meet Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Bill (TSB) requirements

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Justin Blair’s acquisition of new orthotic materials division aims to increase innovation, customer service

February 24, 2015

By Brigid Galloway In 1997, Marvin Bearak built a foot care business around a simple, but important, motto: “Doing business, made easy.” Bearak named the business after his son, Justin Blair Bearak, and set out to create a leading supplier to shoe retailers across the country. Over the years, Justin Blair & Company has thrived and continued to add new and innovative products to its line

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Eponymous brace remains mainstay of evolving company

February 24, 2015

By Cary Groner In 1996, after 15 years of sports podiatry practice, Douglas Richie, DPM, was frustrated by the ongoing challenge of fitting sport ankle braces to patients who also wore custom foot orthoses. The two products should have worked naturally together, but, because neither was made with the other in mind, the result was often ungainly and uncomfortable. “I didn’t really know anything about ankle foot orthoses at the time, but no podiatrists did,” Richie said

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Out on a limb: Critical care

February 24, 2015

Emily Delzell, Project editor Hopefully none of the practitioners who read LER will ever have to treat a disease as difficult and as deadly as the Ebola virus that has killed thousands in West Africa, as well as a number of doctors and nurses who traveled there to treat those affected by the outbreak. To care for the sick, prevent spread of disease, and protect themselves from infection, these healthcare workers rely on tons of equipment and supplies, including protective suits and masks, plastic sheeting to construct emergency care units, infrared thermometers to assist with screening, and low-tech yet essential chlorine and soap. Providers meet a less dramatic—but no less important—challenge every day in lower extremity practices, where they rely on good access to specialized products, materials, and services to give their patients the best possible clinical outcomes

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Implications of reduced stride length in running

February 17, 2015

Decreasing stride length during running has been shown to result in biomechanical changes that are associated with reduced loading of biological tissues and, by extension, also may reduce the risk of injuries such as stress fractures, iliotibial band syndrome, and patellofemoral pain.

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Breaking bad: Ankle fracture study highlights mortality

February 10, 2015

Is ankle fracture in the elderly the new hip fracture? Hip fractures in older adults have often been linked to high mortality rates, and a recent study suggests the same may be true of ankle fractures, given that some of the same variables are at play.

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Telemedicine: Bringing diabetic foot care to the small screen

February 10, 2015

Many experts believe that comprehensive acceptance of telemedicine for preven­tion and monitoring of diabetic wounds and other lower extremity care is right around the corner.

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