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The rise and fall of minimalist footwear

July 29, 2014

Once thought by some to be the next big thing in running, minimalist footwear has been scrutinized in recent years by researchers and class-action plaintiffs who claim the shoes do not provide the same benefits as barefoot running and may in fact increase the risk of injury in some runners.

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Pluses and minuses of additive and subtractive approaches

July 22, 2014

Options in subtractive milling materials still outnumber those for additive machines.

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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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Innowalk Mobility Device

July 22, 2014

Thanks to a new partnership agreement between Ottobock and Norway-based company Made for Movement, Ottobock has exclusive distribution rights in North America for the Innowalk, a motorized medical device that fits patients with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paraplegia, and muscle disorders. No independent standing or mobility is required to use the Innowalk, and it can be adjusted according to the size, mobility needs, and personal motivation of the user.

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Michigan passes direct PT access law

July 22, 2014

Michigan Gov Rick Snyder signed legislation on July 1 that will allow state residents to go directly to a physical therapist (PT) for evaluation and treatment without physician referral. With the enactment of SB 690, Michigan joins 49 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting some level of direct access to physical therapy. SB 690, which was promoted by the Michigan Chapter of APTA (MPTA) as well as through a direct access grant from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), allows PT visits without physician referral or prescription for up to 21 days or 10 treatment sessions

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Mountain running champ joins Spenco

July 22, 2014

Waco, TX-based Spenco in June signed elite mountain runner Joseph Gray as its newest brand ambassador.

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Streifeneder opens new US sales office

July 22, 2014

Tampa, FL-based Euro International, which has been operating as Streifeneder USA since December 2013, in June became the exclusive North American office of Streifeneder ortho.production, a manufacturer and distributor of orthopedic products and independent company of the Streif­- eneder group headquartered in Emmering, Germany. Streifeneder USA President and CEO Stephanie Olivo-Schulte said, “This collaboration not only fortifies the relationship between the two companies, but makes us one strong entity.” Streifeneder USA, which has launched a new website at streifeneder-usa.com, is a full house supplier of O&P and sports medicine products for orthopedic conditions

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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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