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Ankle fracture patients have elevated levels of synovial biomarkers for OA

May 12, 2015

Patients with acute intra-articular ankle fractures demonstrate elevated levels of biomarkers that are commonly associated with osteoarthritis, suggesting that the degenerative process that leads to OA in the majority of ankle trauma patients begins in the acute phase, according to research from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

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SenMoCOR Rehab System

April 26, 2015

SenMoCOR (Sensory Motor Control-Oriented Rehabilitation) offers the user and the clinician immediate visual feedback regarding sensory motor control with an easy-to-wear laser and laser targets. Developed by the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine-US and available from OPTP, the SenMoCOR system stimulates implicit learning, allowing users to internalize their movement errors and self-correct. Using the three included straps, the laser can be positioned for hip, knee, or ankle control; the user can then aim the laser at the target and guide a feedback dot using controlled body movements.

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Curbell Transfer Paper Website

April 26, 2015

Curbell Plastics is introducing myDesignOandP.com, a new website that allows patients to explore patterns and colors of transfer papers to personalize thermoplastic orthotic and prosthetic devices. Involving patients, and pediatric patients in particular, in the selection of colors and patterns that appeal to them increases the likelihood that they will wear their O&P devices as prescribed.

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Dynamic Chopart Gait Stabilizer

April 26, 2015

Hersco offers a new Dynamic Chopart Gait Stabilizer as the latest addition to its line of ankle foot orthoses (AFOs). The new Dynamic Chopart Gait Stabilizer is an AFO designed for Chopart amputees who wish to remain active. Addressing concerns about AFOs feeling stiff and unnatural, this new AFO features a hinged ankle and flexible foot plate with a segmented dynamic filler that allows flexion before providing a ‘stop,’ which protects the resi­duum and prevents shoe vamp collapse

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ManukaMed Honey Dressing

April 26, 2015

ManukaMed USA has launched an improved version of its ManukaHD Lite honey-impregnated dressing, designed to provide active absorption of wound exudates and maximum exposure to medical-grade Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka) honey. The high sugar levels in the honey create osmotic pressure, which helps promote autolytic debridement of necrotic tissue. Improvements relate to the way Manuka honey is impregnated into the absorbent gelling fiber and to the standards of testing

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Techmax Epoxy Resin

April 26, 2015

Streifeneder USA now offers Techmax Epoxy Resin, a new adhesive formulated specifically for technicians in the orthotics and prosthetics industry.

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Lim gains partners for prosthetic socket

April 26, 2015

Lim Innovations reported in March that it has generated more than 10 clinical partners and providers for its Infinite Socket, which the San Francisco-based company launched in limited market release in September 2014.

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Vionic founder Phillip Vasyli killed

April 26, 2015

Podiatrist Phillip Vasyli was stabbed to death in his home in Old Fort Bay on New Providence Island, Bahamas, on March 24. He was 59. Bahamian authorities have charged his wife, Donna Vasyli, with his murder

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Ankle exoskeleton lowers energy costs

April 26, 2015

A letter published online April 1 by Nature reported that an unpowered exoskeleton reduces the metabolic cost of walking by 7.2 ± 2.6% for healthy human users under natural conditions, savings comparable to those with powered devices. The device’s inventors, scientists at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, North Carolina State University in Raleigh and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, call their creation the “ankle exo.” The lightweight elastic device acts in parallel with the user’s calf muscles, offloading muscle force to reduce metabolic energy consumed in contractions. It uses a passive mechanical clutch to hold a spring as it is stretched and relaxed by ankle movements when the foot is on the ground.

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Hallux valgus and plantar pressure measurement

April 21, 2015

Researchers and clinicians have found that plantar pressure assessment can help document the dynamic effects of hallux valgus surgery, postoperative physical therapy, and footwear or orthotic interventions, particularly in cases involving less than optimal results after surgery.

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