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Propét brings game-changing ideas to footwear with stabilizing technology and variable flexibility

February 25, 2015

By LER staff The New Year will find Propét USA continuing its expansion of its comfort and therapeutic footwear offerings.

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A global mission to spread clubfoot treatment, training to those in need

February 25, 2015

By Samantha Rosenblum More than 50 years ago orthopedic surgeon Ignacio V. Ponseti, MD, developed a technique to correct congenital clubfoot

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SureStep continues its longtime commitment to education with a new vehicle for learning

February 25, 2015

By P.K. Daniel Receiving a prestigious award in 2014 has inspired SureStep CEO Bernie Veldman, CO, to expand the company’s 2015 offerings in several key areas: education and innovative products to address “W” sitting and head drop. At its 2014 annual conference the National Down Syndrome Congress honored Veldman with that year’s Exceptional Meritorious Service Award, given to individuals who have made significant contributions to persons with Down syndrome and their families

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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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OHI’s overriding goal is to deliver ever-greater value to its customers

February 25, 2015

By LER staff When Frazier Healthcare acquired Orthotic Holdings, Inc. (OHI) in April 2013, they saw an opportunity to build a lower extremity juggernaut. The strategy, in an increasingly fragmented market, was to unite several leading brands, leverage the collective experience of seasoned managers, and present a singular and comprehensive lower extremity solution.

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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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Acor Orthopaedic responds to customer need for better-quality laminates

February 24, 2015

By Larry Hand Listening to its customers and acting on their wishes is paying dividends for Acor Orthopaedic, a manufacturer and supplier of orthopedic materials and orthoses based in Cleveland, OH. When customers asked for more durable laminates, Acor updated its manufacturing processes to supply just that. “Acor has changed its materials handling processes,” Director of Sales Joseph Merolla told LER .

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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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