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NZ Manufacturing 
Catalog

October 29, 2014

NZ Manufacturing has released its newest catalog of 
resistance exercise products designed for rehabilitation, physical therapy, sports training, and fitness applications. The catalog includes a variety of in-water and dry-land swim training products, including StrechCordz products for aqua­tic aerobics and for novice or high-level competitive swimmers and triathletes. TurfCordz products for athletes are designed for strength training, explosive start drills, increasing speed, and improved flexibility

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Contact LT
 Digitizer

October 29, 2014

Amfit announces the release of the Contact LT for digital casting and design of custom foot orthotics. The Contact LT (or “light”) is smaller and lighter than the full-featured Contact Digitizer, but still sturdy enough for full weight-bearing scans. The Contact LT allows 3D contact digital casting using 538 sensor pins under operator variable pressure to obtain plantar contours

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Arcopedico 
Fall Styles

October 29, 2014

Arcopedico USA introduces its fall 2014 line of women’s shoe styles. W12 is a school-inspired Oxford trouser shoe that features across-the-arch support to bolster tired feet, a lace-up upper that conforms to the shape of the foot, and an anatomical footbed.

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AAOS releases new guidelines for hip fracture, ACL injury, infant hip dysplasia

October 29, 2014

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) on September 9 released three new clinical practice guidelines (CPG) featuring evidence-based recommendations for diagnosing and treating hip fractures in patients aged 65 years and older, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, and hip dysplasia in infants aged up to 6 months. “Management of Hip Fractures in the Elderly” includes a number of recommendations aimed at reducing delirium in hip fracture patients, according to W. Timothy Brox, MD, chair of the hip fracture guideline work group.

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Software suppliers Opie, Futura merge

October 29, 2014

Company officers for Gaines­ville, FL-based Opie Software and Clearwater, FL-based Futura International announced the merger of their two companies and introduced a new prac­tice network, the Opie Choice Network, in September at the American Orthotic and Prosthetic 
Association (AOPA) National Assembly in Las Vegas. The newly combined organization has a staff of more than 65 people and brings together more than 1700 locations using Opie or Futura software. The network provides a range of services to optimize the success of its members’ practices while increasing the focus on data in all aspects of an operation, company officials said

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CMS adds two OTS knee orthosis codes

October 29, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and  Medicaid Services (CMS) made effective on October 1 two new off-the-shelf (OTS) knee orthosis codes. These are K0901, for a knee orthosis, single upright, thigh and calf, with adjustable flexion and extension joint (unicentric or polycentric), medial-lateral and rotation control, with or without varus and valgus adjustment, prefabricated, and OTS, and K0902, for a knee orthosis, double upright, thigh and calf, with adjustable flexion and extension joint (unicentric or polycentric), medial-lateral and rotation control, with or without varus and valgus adjustment, prefabricated, and OTS. The codes are OTS versions of L1843 and L1845, respectively, and join the 23 other OTS codes that CMS established as part of the 2014 Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) update.

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Sigvaris calls for photo contest entries

October 29, 2014

Peachtree City, GA-based Sigvaris North America launched a photo contest in October to raise awareness of venous issues and promote leg health. Wearers of the company’s compression socks and hosiery can enter the “Show Us How Sigvaris Makes Your Legs Feel” contest by submitting a “creative” photo on the company’s Facebook or Twitter pages by December 31

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Freedom Innovations knee enters market

October 29, 2014

Irvine, CA-based Freedom Innovations in September released its new microprocessor knee prosthesis.

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Achilles oddity: Heeled shoes may boost load during gait

October 7, 2014

A recent study using innovative technology has questioned the potential role of standard running shoes with slightly elevated heels for the prevention and treatment of Achilles tendon pathology. For many years, inadequate heel offset has been anecdotally implicated as a factor in tendinopathy of the Achilles, and elevating the heel to address this does seem to make sense.

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Compression stockings: Progress and pitfalls Lower Extremity Review

October 1, 2014

netizens Passed n in good faith. Compression stockings: Progress and pitfalls Lower Extremity Review. Research supports the use of compression stockings for managing peripheral edema, venous insufficiency, and venous leg ulcers

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