lower extremity review

Double bonus: AFOs improve dual-task gait in 2 ways

April 14, 2015

Wearing ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) is associated with both physical and cognitive performance during dual-task gait in children with myelomeningocele, according to research presented in February at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) in New Orleans.

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Where Can I Learn More About Biomechanics?

March 31, 2015

Residents and practitioners always ask me where they can go to learn more about lower extremity biomechanics. The obvious reason is their desire to improve their foot orthotic therapy skills and decision making for reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. I have found the answer to this question to be elusive

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OHI expands lower extremity offerings with Apex foot health division purchase

March 27, 2015

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Orthotic Holdings Inc (OHI) has purchased Aetrex Worldwide’s Apex Foot Health & Wellness division, the companies reported on March 3. The new entity will be known as Apex Foot Heath Industries, LLC, and will stay at Apex’s current location in Teaneck, NJ

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BOC is OPAF Silver Sponsor for 5th year

March 27, 2015

The Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) announced in February that the Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) is for the fifth consecutive year a Silver Level Sponsor with a $5000 contribution for OPAF and its First Clinics. The First Clinics provide adaptive recreational opportunities for those with physical or mobility challenges.

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Sols offers direct-to-consumer insoles

March 27, 2015

New York City-based Sols announced in late February that it has secured $11.1 million in a Series B funding round to boost its consumer product pipeline. The digital insole manufacturer will use the infusion of capital to prepare for its second-quarter launch of direct-to-consumer 3D-printed insoles, according to a company release. Patients will be able to use a smartphone app to scan their feet, upload scans, and place insole orders online.

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Becker Orthopedic consolidates ops

March 27, 2015

Becker Orthopedic announced in February that it is consolidating operations at Albany, OR-based Becker Oregon with Becker Orthopedic’s main central fabrication services at the company’s headquarters in Troy, MI. Having a single, centrally located facility will increase efficiency, expand capacity, and improve customer and technical support, according to a company release.

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Spenco 2nd Skin sales on the rise

March 27, 2015

Waco, TX-based Spenco reported in early March that sales of its 2nd Skin first aid products have climbed steadily over the last two years, rising 9% in 2013 and 11% in 2014.

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AlterG partners with PT provider network

March 27, 2015

Fremont, CA-based AlterG reported on February 25 its new partnership with the national Physical Therapy Provider Network (PTPN), based in Calabasas, CA. The collaboration will allow the PTPN’s independent rehabilitation providers to get education about AlterG technology, which includes the Anti-Gravity Treadmill and the Bionic Leg, and advice for branding and marketing their businesses.

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Hewett to head Mayo sports med research

March 27, 2015

Sports medicine expert Timothy E. Hewett, PhD, will join the Mayo Clinic on July 1 as director of sports medicine research and biomechanics. Hewett will join the Roches­ter, MN-based organization from Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, where he is professor in the departments of physiology and cell biology, family medicine, orthopaedics, and biomedical engineering and director of research for OSU’s Sports Health & Performance Institute.

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NATA gives first youth sports safety awards

March 27, 2015

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association on March 2 presented its inaugural Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Award to three recipients at the annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Irvine, TX.

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