December 2009 | Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.

The tooling for making the molding dummies for Tamarack Flexure Joints™ and Tamarack Dorsiflexion Assist Flexure Joints™ was replaced this fall. This gave us the opportunity to make some minor improvements. We’ve designed the new tooling to produce the parts more efficiently, and were very careful not to change the shape or size of the […]

If you’re a Twitter user, we hope you’ll follow @TamarackHTI to stay current with news about Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc., Inside Tamarack blog posts, and other orthotic/prosthetic, pedorthic, podiatry and friction management news. We have a lot of exciting product updates & launches in store for 2010. We look forward to hearing from our customers! […]

On behalf of everyone at Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, I’d like wish all our customers, friends and business partners a safe and wonderful Christmas and holiday season. Holiday Hours, in observance of Christmas and New Years Day Tamarack will be closed December 24-27th, returning to normal business hours on Monday December 28th, 2009. We will also […]

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 […]

Plagiocephaly (or “Plagio”) is a deformation of the skull caused by repeated & consistent external pressure such as utero constraint, back sleeping or as a result of prematurity or another disorder. 1 in 300 infants exhibit some form of plagiocephaly, although the most serious developmental incidence is just 0.4 to 1 per 1,000 live births. […]

An article in the December 2009 issue of O&P Almanac, entitled “University of Michigan Advances Tissue Engineering”, reveals that researchers are identifying ways to recreate the sense of touch with artificial limb users. Funded by the Department of Defense, the research project developed from the need for better prosthetic devices for wounded troops. Traditional upper-extremity […]

This news item will not be in our employee recruitment brochure: I was at a conference last Wednesday, the day of the big snowstorm in the Midwest. When I came into my office on Thursday, I found a snow drift in my office. It wasn’t as big as the ones outside, but it did reach […]

The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists 36th Annual Meeting and Symposium is coming up soon – Feb 24-27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. You can view the program at www.academyannualmeeting.org. If you see patients with diabetic / neuropathic foot problems and are looking for an edge in ways to address commonly seen problems, please consider […]

Excessive shear stresses on the foot can cause a variety of problems. One of those problems is a condition called metatarsalgia. Metatarsalgia generally refers to pain in the metatarsal region of the foot, i.e., the area in front of the arch and behind your toes that includes the ball of your foot. The primary symptom […]

We discussed the disadvantages of moleskin for treating skin trauma in an earlier blog entry, Moleskin: Review of an Outdated Foot Care Remedy. In Blogs, Listservs, and other locations, however, we continue to read recommendations from orthotists to use moleskin to manage skin irritation caused by orthotic devices. Moleskin has three disadvantages: First, it is […]