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Diane Covington: AFOs positively impact every aspect of her dynamic life

June 23, 2015

By Jordana Bieze Foster It’s a happy coincidence that Diane Covington lives just a few miles from a New Balance store, for two reasons. The brand’s sporty and comfort styles are perfectly suited for Covington’s life on the go. And they come in widths that can accommodate the ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) that make her active lifestyle possible

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Brennan Ryan: With AFOs and cool sneakers, this 10-year-old can be a regular kid

June 23, 2015

By Robyn Parets If you ask Brennan Ryan what his favorite after-school activities are, he’ll tell you, “Basketball, baseball, flag football, and Cub scouts.” Ask him what his favorite part of school is and he’ll answer, “Recess.” This isn’t surprising considering that Brennan Ryan is 10 years old and in fourth grade. “He’s a regular boy. He likes sports and has a ton of friends,” said Kathy Ryan, Brennan’s mother.

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Jeff Seitzer: AFOs and staying fit help manage his mild symptoms

June 23, 2015

By Robyn Parets It’s hard to imagine that a 56-year-old man who swims, plays golf, works out, and even practices yoga has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). But Jeff Seitzer, who was diagnosed more than 40 years ago, has managed to keep his symptoms at bay. He believes staying fit and flexible has been the key to maintaining his active lifestyle

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Orthotic devices and CMT: Everyone deserves an aha! moment

June 23, 2015

This guide to orthotic devices for people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease has been a dream of mine for a long time. I was diagnosed with CMT1A at the tender age of 18 months, but didn’t learn about orthotic devices for CMT until 2007, when I started a support group in Atlanta. Up to that point, I thought ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) were for the aged and infirm—something that, at age 35, I didn’t think I was.

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Obese children develop knee malalignment as they mature

June 4, 2015

Effect might increase future OA risk By Emily Delzell As obese children undergo the rapid physical changes of puberty, they develop knee malalignment that could potentially contribute to development of knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to recent research from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. “Children start in varus and, typically, around age seven or eight, progress to normal alignment. Our study found that obese children begin with slightly higher varus [than nonobese children] that moves to greater valgus alignment in late puberty,” said study lead author Sharon Bout-Tabaku, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s.

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Aortha announces full launch of 3D insoles

June 4, 2015

Aortha in late April announced that it will move forward in early 2016 with a full launch of its 3D-printed insole technology. The company previewed its technology, which can print a pair of custom, multidensity insoles in an hour, at the British Association of Prosthetists & Orthotists Conference in Manchester, UK, in March, as well as at the combined meeting of the Pedorthic Association of Canada and Prescription Foot Orthotic Laboratory Association in Vancouver, Canada, in April. The OrthaPrint 3D printer uses OrthaFlex material, which has high elasticity to allow for high-speed printing.

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Thesis designs high-performance heels

June 4, 2015

Los Angeles-based Thesis Couture will open a reservation list this fall for a limited run of high-end stilettos designed to reduce the load on the ball of the foot and make fashion footwear more comfortable and less damaging to feet. The shoes, made from ballistic-grade polymer and thermoplastic polyurethane, are being designed by a team that includes an astronaut, a fabricator who previously worked for the US military, and Andy Goldberg, OBE, an orthopedic surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London, UK.

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NBA signs Stance as official sock provider

June 4, 2015

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and San Clemente, CA-based sock-maker Stance in April signed a deal making the manufacturer the NBA’s official on-court performance sock provider. Starting next season, NBA teams will choose from among a number of Stance sock options, which, in a league first, will display a sock company logo.

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Sigvaris, ILWTI offer wound care course

June 4, 2015

Compression hosiery company Sigvaris and the Hayward, WI-based International Lymphedema & Wound Care Training Institute (ILWTI) announced in April that they’re partnering to provide a dual certification program in wound care and lymphedema.

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APMSA recognizes ComfortFit for service

June 4, 2015

The American Podiatric Medical Students Association (APMSA) named Roselle, NJ-based ComfortFit Labs its Company of the Year in April at the organization’s annual Corporate Advisory Board meeting. The APMSA presents the honor to a valued corporate part­ner who has displayed meritorious service and support to the podiatric student organization.

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