medicine

SmartTemp Liner

July 22, 2014

WillowWood’s Alpha SmartTemp Liner brings temperature control to prosthetic liners with Outlast, a heat management technology that was developed for NASA. The product is designed to absorb heat generated by an amputee’s residual limb, which reduces sweating and the amount of moisture within the prosthetic liner. The liner uses one-way stretch Select fabric to control pistoning but still allow circumferential stretch for easy donning.

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Niagara Custom AFOs

July 22, 2014

Niagara Brace announces a new line of custom thermoplastic ankle foot orthoses (AFOs). These braces are made from a cast or computer scan using 3D imaging and CAD-CAM technology, with a standard height 1.5″ below the fibular head; a white polypropylene shell 3 mm, 4 mm, or 5 mm thick; and a Velcro D-ring calf strap with felt tibial pad.

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Leg Health iPad App

July 22, 2014

Sigvaris introduces a new iPad app for practitioners who advise patients about their leg health. The app helps explain the circulatory system and leg health conditions to patients in an illustrative way that is easy to understand.

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OHI acquires Australian Orthotic Group

July 22, 2014

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Orthotic Holdings, Inc (OHI), announced in June its acquisition of the Australian Orthotic Group (AOG,) an orthotic distributorship serving the Australian and New Zealand markets and headquartered in Sydney, Australia. AOG founder Paul Linton has joined the OHI Board of Directors and will lead OHI’s international sales efforts. Linton, former North America sales manager for OHI’s The Orthotic Group brand, founded AOG in 2003

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Justin Blair, Aetrex form partnership

July 22, 2014

Teaneck, NJ-based Aetrex Worldwide, a global distributor of comfort and wellness footwear products, and Justin Blair & Company, a manufacturer and supplier of shoe supplies and foot care products headquartered in Chicago, announced in July that Justin Blair will take over the operations and distribution of Aetrex’s comprehensive orthotic raw material division. The two companies have had a relationship for more than 15 years and formed the partnership to fuel additional research and development, generate overall efficiencies, and drive higher performance and expansion in key growth markets, according to Aetrex Worldwide CEO Larry Schwartz. The partnership is expected to launch in August 2014, Schwartz said

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Athletes with hip flexor tightness have reduced gluteus maximus activation

July 22, 2014

By Jordana Bieze Foster Hip flexor tightness is associated with reduced gluteus maximus activation during an overhead squat, according to findings from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) that are consistent with the “lengthen and strengthen” approach to injury prevention. Investigators compared gluteus maximus activation during an overhead squat in 20 female college soccer players with hip flexor tightness (above horizontal on a modified Thomas Test) and 20 matched controls (15° or more below horizontal).

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Balancing the Risk of Complications in Foot and Ankle Surgical Patients Taking Antithrombotic Medication

July 22, 2014

This review intends to provide guidance regarding perioperative management of anticoagulation and antiplatelet drug therapy as they relate to foot and ankle surgery. Venous and arterial thromboembolism are conditions in which the blood clots inappropriately, causing considerable morbidity and mortality. With an increase in awareness of thromboembolic risk factors and expansion of therapeutic options, more patients are routinely taking antithrombotic medication

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