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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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Ironman Insoles

August 29, 2014

Spenco introduces new Ironman insoles, specifically engineered to help endurance athletes conquer challenges.

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Square Toe Post-Op Shoe

August 29, 2014

Powerstep’s new Square Toe Post-Op Shoe is designed to provide protection for the foot following surgery or trauma. A rigid heel counter and ankle strap hold the foot securely in place to control motion in the shoe

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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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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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Sigvaris offers education, marks 150 years

August 29, 2014

Peachtree City, GA-based Sigvaris North America is offering several educational opportunities to practitioners who fit compression hose and stockings, the company announced in July. These include ongoing webinars, basic and advanced training courses, a one-day Sigvaris Certified Fitter training session in Boston on September 11, and a two-day seminar on wound care and edema in Peachtree City September 24-25. For more information about these upcoming events, visit sigvariseducation.com

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US district court dismisses AOPA suit

August 29, 2014

In August the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision granting the government’s motion to dismiss the case the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) filed in May 2013 challenging the Medicare program’s actions relating to prosthetic claims, the August, 2011 Dear Physician Letter, and the exclusion of the prosthetist’s notes from having independent value separate from physician notes as documentation support of claims. An AOPA statement noted the court granted the government’s motion to dismiss based on the its finding that “AOPA has failed to establish that this Court has jurisdiction over its claims.” The statement also noted, “The objective of our suit was NOT to have one single claim resolved in favor of a specific O&P firm

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