2016 Orthotic, Prosthetic, Pedorthic Trade Show Schedule

To assist with planning your 2016 O&P Industry conference planning, we’ve compiled a list of events, dates, and locations for you.

If you find this information useful, we appreciate if you’d share the link with your colleagues by email and social media.

Event Date Location
Hanger Education Fair 1-6 February 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada
Rehab Science & Technology Update 7-10 February 2016 Tel-Aviv, Israel
22nd OPAI National Conference 12-14 February 2016 New Delhi, India
Academy Annual Meeting & Symposium 9-12 March 2016 Orlando, Florida
2016 Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of New Zealand Annual Meeting 18-19 March 2016 Napier, New Zealand
BAPO Conference 2016 18-20 March 2016 Coventry, UK
PrimeFare West 2016 20-21 March 2016 Denver, Colorado
Annual Congress in Technical Orthopedics 27-29 March 2015 Germany
Rehacare & Orthopedic China 2016 25-27 March 2016 Guangzhou, China
Northwest Chapter AAOP Meeting 7-9 April 2016 Bellevue, Washington
Texas Chapter AAOP Meeting 7-9 April 2016 Dallas, Texas
ACPOC 2016 Annual Meeting 13-16 April 2016 Broomfield, Colorado
Ohio Chapter AAOP Meeting 15-16 April 2016 Columbus, Ohio
Jahreskongress Technische Orthopädie 15-17 April 2016 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Georgia Chapter AAOP Meeting 21-23 April 2016 Atlanta, Georgia
PrimeFare Central 2016 22-23 April 2016 Tulsa, Oklahoma
OTWorld 2016 3-6 May 2016 Leipzig, Germany
WOMOPA Annual Meeting 12-14 May 2016 Reno, Nevada
New York State Chapter AAOP Meeting 11-13 May 2016 Albany, New York
Pennsylvania Chapter AAOP Meeting 12-14 May 2016 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
IAAPOC Annual Meeting 19-21 May 2016 Memphis, Tennessee
SOSORT-IRSSD Combined Meeting 25-28 May 2016 Alberta, Canada
10th ISPRM World Congress 29 May-2 June 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Louisiana Association State Meeting 2-4 June 2016 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Amputee Coalition National Conference 9-11 June 2016 Greensboro, North Carolina
PrimeFare East 2016 24-25 June 2016 Nashville, Tennessee
APMA-PFA Combined Meeting 14-17 July 2016 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Florida Chapter AAOP Meeting 14-16 July 2016 Orlando, Florida
Texas Chapter AAOP Meeting 12-13 August 2016 San Antonio, Texas
Virginia Chapter AAOP Meeting 18-20 August 2016 Reston, Virginia
AOPA National Assembly 2016 8-11 September 2016 Boston, Massachusetts
Northern Plains Chapter AAOP Meeting 13-14 October 2016
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tennessee Chapter AAOP Meeting 6-8 October 2016 Nashville, Tennessee
NC/SC Chapter AAOP Meeting TBD TBD
New England Chapter AAOP Meeting TBD TBD
Midwest Chapter AAOP Meeting 3-5 November 2016 Rosemont, Illinois
New Jersey Chapter AAOP Meeting 9-11 November 2016 Atlantic City, New Jersey

If you find that we’ve missed any national or international O&P trade events or have made any errors, please contact us.

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Blister Prevention for Podiatrists

Despite advancements in shoe design as well as sock and insole quality, foot blisters continue to plague active individuals who participate in individual and team sports activities. Even the most seasoned professional athletes are sidelined by blisters; a sign that education and embracing “outside the box” products and technologies are quite logically the missing links to finally eliminating foot blisters once and for all.

Australian Podiatrist, Rebecca Rushton, BSc(Pod) shares her professional experience with treating foot blisters in her new SlideShare presentation, Blister Prevention for Podiatrists. We do want to take a moment to note that this presentation is equally suited for the entire spectrum of healthcare professionals who treat individuals for foot blisters, calluses, and ulceration. Athletic Trainers, Orthotists, Pedorthists, Podiatrists, Therapists, and Wound care nurses are also involved in the care of athletes and patients who suffer from recurring irritation (hot spots) and blisters from footwear and various medical devices.

It’s not just amateurs and weekend warriors who hit the wall when blisters finally sideline them from the field or result in a DNF after training diligently for months to cross the finish line. Some of the biggest names in professional sports have been sidelined by foot blisters (as reported in the media):

Since 1998, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN USA) has sought to help healthcare professionals and athletes resolve nagging foot blister issues through the development of the company’s patented low friction interface technology. ShearBan, a product most commonly known in the O&P industry, is available in sheets and precut patches to address friction & shear in footwear, insoles, and medical devices. 6 years later, Tamarack introduced ENGO Blister Prevention Patches, the consumer-packaged equivalent to ShearBan in the sports medicine and consumer athletics marketplace.

With the support of healthcare professionals and consumers around the world, Tamarack hopes to one day establish ShearBan and ENGO as household names in foot blister prevention and relief. But don’t take our word for it – order a pack for yourself. There’s nothing to lose (the product is guaranteed!) but the memory of painful foot blisters!

>>> Disclaimer: Rebecca Rushton serves as the exclusive Australasian educator and distributor for ENGO Blister Prevention Patches. Rebecca’s interest in this product resulted from her tireless search for an effective, long-lasting solution for her own nagging foot blisters.

Analysis of Medicaid Service Cut Policy Change for Diabetic Foot Services

A recent analysis of the October 2009 Arizona state Medicaid decision to cut certain preventive podiatry services shines a bright, ironic light on the state’s cost-cutting efforts.

Skrepnek, Mills, and Armstrong presented at the 73rd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association that “Through the end of 2011, inpatient admissions had increased 35%, inpatient charges had increased 40%, hospital days per month had increased 24%, and severe aggregate outcomes (including amputations) had increased 47% compared with the 3.75-year period preceding the announcement.

Extrapolated from the above information, Grant H. Skrepnek, PhD, reported

For every dollar “saved,” $48 more was actually spent (on treatment)

This analysis gleams light on the significant value of preventive healthcare intervention; especially with respect to at-risk patient populations, including individuals with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and amputation. Providing individuals at-risk for blisters, callusing, and ulceration with a “margin of safety” through the use of therapeutic footwear, insoles, socks, and targeted friction and related shear interventions such as ShearBan makes good healthcare and financial sense, as echoed in the analysis by Skrepnek, Mills, and Armstrong.

To read the full-text poster presentation, follow the source link below:

Skrepnek GH, Mills, JL, Armstrong DG. Foot-in-Wallet disease: Tripped up by ‘cost saving’ reduction. Presented at 73rd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, Chicago, June 2013.

 

Podiatrist Explains the Cause and Treatment of Foot Blisters

If you’re looking for a simple explanation of why foot blisters occur as well as how to treat blisters and prevent future occurrences, here is a helpful video.

Sports podiatrist, Ian Sadler, explains the cause of foot blisters and a few preventive options to consider:

 

Similar to the dual layer sock concept that Dr. Sadler talks about in the video, ENGO Blister Prevention Patches and ShearBan (both products of Tamarack Habilitation Technologies), create a protective barrier between footwear and human skin to prevent friction (persistent rubbing) from causing irritation, blisters, calluses and diabetic foot ulcers. The ultra low-friction patches apply directly to troublesome areas inside footwear; protecting the skin for weeks (and often longer) before wearing through the patch or peeling away from footwear.

ENGO Blister Prevention Patches are available in a variety of precut shapes and pack sizes. To find a dealer near you, visit http://www.goengo.com/store_locator.aspx

ShearBan is available in 8″x12″ sheets and precut oval patches and distributed worldwide by orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic suppliers. For more information, visit www.shearban.com

Diabetes Atlas Report Reveals Global Impact of Diabetes

Every few years, The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) compiles an updated report on the state of diabetes, worldwide, titled: IDF Diabetes Atlas. The report discusses the various types of diabetes, the global impact and what can be done to prevent and better manage diabetes. The fourth edition is available for online viewing or hardcopy purchase.

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies is interested in collaborating with diabetes educators and healthcare providers to promote the utilization of its friction management interface products as well as develop new technologies to improve diabetic foot health, worldwide. If you’re an educator or practitioner in the field of diabetes management and are interested in sharing your experiences and interests, please contact us.

View the latest IDF Diabetes Atlas online >> www.diabetesatlas.org

For more information about the International Diabetes Federation, visit www.idf.org.

Tamarack is Looking for Guest O&P Bloggers

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies is seeking guest bloggers to write orthotic, prosthetic & pedorthic-related blog posts in 2010.

First introduced in May 2009, the Inside Tamarack blog is a resource for news, commentary & insights about foot care & biomechanics information for the orthotic & prosthetic (O&P) industry. We also write topics relevant to consumers seeking advice about athletic & diabetic foot care.

Let us know if you’d like to get involved with the Inside Tamarack blog. E-mail us: info[at]tamarackhti.com

Tamarack and Richie Announce Distribution Agreement for Richie Ulcer Guard

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies and Richie Technologies announced last Friday that we signed a distribution agreement. The agreement is for distribution of the Richie Ulcer Guard with ShearBan Technology™. The Richie Ulcer Guard is a patch designed for prevention and treatment of diabetic ulcers. Distribution efforts for the Richie Ulcer Guard will mainly focus on the podiatry market. View the full press release.