Category Archives: Company Profiles

December 2013

Tekscan: No pressure here – Tekscan looks to streamline clinical care

The financial crisis of the past few years has taken a toll on many US companies, but that hasn’t been the case for Tekscan. The Boston-based developer of tactile pressure measurement systems and software crossed the 100-employee mark in 2012. It can also claim a 10% growth in the sales of medical biomechanical products in the past year.

By Shalmali Pal

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December 2013

ProtoKinectitcs: Today’s most advanced technology and expertise applied to gait analysis

According to ProtoKinetics cofounder Michael Rowling, intensive patient evaluation and gait analysis are essential for advanced orthotic and prosthetic design, evaluation of gait, and tracking patient progress in physical therapy.

By LER staff

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December 2013

DOLA Orthotics Lab: Australian podiatrists reach US shores with a total digital clinic solution for custom foot orthoses

International boundaries are notoriously porous in the face of technological advances, and the fast pace of change in the world is now affecting even the field of foot orthoses. For DOLA Orthotics Lab, recent improvements in CAD-CAM, scanners, and international shipping have led to rapid growth across Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. The company is now poised to establish a beachhead in the United States.

By Cary Groner

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December 2013

Delcam Healthcare Solutions: CAD-CAM built to fit you and your business

Delcam is a supplier of advanced CAD-CAM solutions for various manufacturing industries. Customers can use Delcam’s technology to move seamlessly from concept to reality in the design and creation of products with complex shapes, making it the ideal solution for custom orthotic design and manufacture.

By LER staff

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December 2013

Propét USA: bringing game-changing ideas to footwear

Propét USA is marching into 2014 by expanding its line of comfort and thera­peutic shoe styles. In collaboration with its first podiatric advisor, foot and ankle surgeon Harold Schoenhaus, DPM, Propét is offering a new line of sandals and flip flops featuring its new Rejuve Motion Technology, a stabilizing heel cup that minimizes pronation, as well as the Propét Preferred AdaptaStep, a recovery shoe with variable flexibility to promote healing and comfort after surgery or trauma.

By Andria Segedy

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December 2013

MD Orthopaedics: A global mission to spread clubfoot treatment, training to those in need

More than 50 years ago orthopedic surgeon Ignacio V. Ponseti, MD, developed a technique to correct congenital clubfoot. The Ponseti method corrects the deformity through the use of serial casts followed by application of a specialized brace, and is now the preferred method of treatment worldwide.

By Samantha Rosenblum

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December 2013

SureStep: A stabilizing force for low-tone patients

Bernie Veldman, CO, had been practicing for years when his young son’s condition—severe pronation similar to that experienced by children with hypotonia—led him to add to his clinical work a focus on research and development and eventually, to form a company to offer his solutions to other practitioners.

By PK Daniel

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December 2013

Townsend: “Customized” OTS braces make life better for fitters and patients

Sometimes a simple idea turns into a significant business strategy. That’s certainly the case with Townsend’s “customized” OTS (off-the-shelf) knee braces.

By Larry Hand

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December 2013

Spenco Medical: Organization takes pride in founder’s pioneering spirit

When it comes to shoe insoles, the majority of users will agree on two points: Insoles should be comfortable and eminently forgettable.

By Shalmali Pal

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December 2013

medi: Launching foot and ankle division to offer cutting-edge, advanced products

When Ed Wilbourne attended the annual meeting of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) in Washington, DC, a couple of years ago, he was eager to see what had changed in the world of foot orthoses since his previous visit 20 years earlier.

By Cary Groner

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December 2013

Ovation Medical: Innovative research and design with both practitioner and patient in mind

When Jeff Haines and his business partner, Tracy Grim, started Ovation Medical in 2010, it was like getting the old band back together. The two had collaborated successfully for years at Royce Medical before Haines sold the company to Ossur in 2005.

By Cary Groner

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December 2013

PAL Health Technologies: Dedicated to being an industry leader in customer service and orthosis precision

PAL Health Technologies was established in 1976, beginning its legacy in the ortho­tic industry in Pekin, IL. It has since expanded its inventory to include a comprehensive catalog of corrective lower extremity devices, including custom foot orthoses, diabetic and accommodative inserts, ankle braces, and therapeutic shoes.

By P.K. Daniel

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December 2013

Langer Biomechanics: Quality, innovation, and education

Langer Biomechanics provides a broad array of products to keep patients mobile. The company philosophy is to leverage innovative technology, relevant client-focused services, and medical education to secure its market leader position in foot orthoses, ankle foot orthoses (AFOs), and other durable medical equipment (DME) products.

By LER Staff

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December 2013

Quikiks: gears up for first production run of hands-free shoes, available in early 2014

Perhaps watching television can be good for you. About six years ago, Steve Kaufman was watching the late-night CNBC show “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch,” during which successful entrepreneurs tell how they got started in business. At the end of the show, the host would challenge viewers to come up with their own big ideas.

By Larry Hand

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December 2013

Orthofeet: Rededicated to founding principles with new leadership, shoe styles, and more

For Orthofeet, the New Jersey-based designer and manufacturer of medical footwear for adults with diabetes, 2013 was a year of major transitions. In the past 12 months the company welcomed a new chief executive officer (CEO), doubled its sales force, switched to a larger factory, and initiated a grassroots education alliance with the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).

By Hank Black

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December 2013

Apex: a division of Aetrex Worldwide, expands with two new footwear lines

Aetrex Worldwide offers patient solutions with style. Two new lines launched in the fall of 2013 continue to expand the market for shoes that offer flexible fitting options for people with diabetes, arthritis, and other painful foot conditions, as well as uppers that are both comfortable and fashionable.

By Larry Hand

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December 2013

Levy & Rappel: Long-established company continues to move with the times

David Kramer, CPed, didn’t start out to build a career in custom foot orthotics; the tendency just ran in the family.

By LER staff

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December 2013

Algeos USA: Global reach on sourcing, with a personalized sales approach

Based in Santa Monica, CA, with a 5000-square-foot warehouse in nearby Riverside, Algeos USA (algeos.us) can bring the materials world to your door if you’re involved in orthotics, prosthetics, or podiatry. In 2014 the company is focusing on expanding their materials offerings and anticipating the opening of an additional warehouse in the northeast US within the year.

By Larry Hand

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December 2013

ACOR: Wholesaler offers wide variety to fit practitioner preferences

By LER staff Cleveland, OH-based Acor Orthopaedic is a manufacturer and supplier of pedor­thic products, including foot orthoses, diabetic shoes, comfort footwear, custom orthopedic footwear, and orthotic materi­als. Acor is owned by brothers Greg Alaimo, CP, and Jeffrey Alaimo, CPO, … Continue reading

December 2013

Mile High Orthotics Lab: Emphasis on customer, community relationships

Mile High Orthotics Lab (MHOL) is a young company that bases its success on staying at the forefront of technology while emphasizing client and community relationships.

By Hank Black

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December 2013

Richie Brace: Eponymous brace remains mainstay of evolving company

In 1996, after 15 years of sports podiatry practice, Douglas Richie, DPM, was frustrated by the ongoing challenge of fitting sport ankle braces to patients who also wore custom foot orthoses. The two products should have worked naturally together, but, because neither was made with the other in mind, the result was often ungainly and uncomfortable.

By Cary Groner

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December 2013

American Orthopedics: Innovation, customization accelerate growth

Product innovation, customization to individual needs, and private-label manufacturing services for other brands have driven continual growth at American Orthopedics Manufacturing Corporation in Mt Vernon, NY. After all, it was innovation that jumpstarted the company: In 1962 podiatrist Jack Silverman, DPM, who founded the company in 1948, received a patent for exclusive manufacturing techniques for custom-molded shoes.

By LER staff

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December 2013

Arizona AFO: Investing in excellence to ensure continued leadership through innovation

“Pioneers in the development of the custom leather ankle gauntlet, Arizona AFO will continue to stay true to our legacy of delivering industry-leading craftsmanship with top-tier customer service,” said Elliott Yamada, vice president of marketing and business development for Orthotic Holdings, Inc. (OHI), which owns Mesa, AZ-based Arizona AFO.

By LER staff

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December 2013

Bracemasters: Designing for a range of patients, from pediatrics to seniors

Bracemasters International is a 16-year-old company, headquartered in New Berlin, WI, that began as a manufac­turer of custom prosthetics and orthotics for a broad range of lower extremity patients. In 2008, the company switched gears to focus on expanding custom lower extremity orthotics for both pediatric and adult patients with a range of conditions and introduced evidence-based education for clinicians designed to improve outcomes with its products.

By LER Staff

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December 2012

Townsend: Custom service for the off-the-shelf price

At Townsend Design, an orthotics products manufacturer in Bakersfield, CA, even off-the-shelf (OTS) products can become custom configured, and at no additional charge.

By Larry Hand

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