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Podiatry firm wins award
Podiatry firm wins award
THE owners of a Lewisham-based podiatry business and founders of not-for-profit organisation Undefeeted have received a top award from the Key Person of Influence programme, run by Entrevo UK. 
Key Person of Influence is a nine-month leadership and business development programme that has, so far, helped more than 1,000 entrepreneurs across the globe develop their businesses.  
The award recognises such feats as the launch of Peter Alton's book 'Undefeeted by Diabetes', which is the spearhead of the Undefeeted campaign, drawing on the author's 27 years' experience as a podiatrist fixing feet and his personal journey with diabetes.  
The Undefeeted team are pictured receiving their award from the Key Person of Influence programme.

Football mad brothers' new feet are a dream Christmas present
BROTHERS Kian and Callum Jarram received the best Christmas present they could have dreamed of when they received new silicone prosthetic feet. 
Both boys were born with Adams Oliver Syndrome, a condition that affects the growth of their hands and feet. The syndrome is an extremely rare condition that also affects the boys' father, Jon, who has undergone multiple amputations due to the condition, and now wears a prosthetic leg and foot.  
The boys have shortened hands, feet, fingers and toes and Callum has also undergone an amputation to his foot. Jon, Kian and Callum are thought to be the only people in the UK to have Adams Oliver Syndrome. 
Brothers Kian and Callum Jarram from Leicester are pictured receiving their new prosthetic feet.

Better rehab technique gets Kerryn on his feet after just three hours
Better rehab technique gets Kerryn on his feet after just three hours
PATIENTS receiving a new hip at Ormskirk hospital are getting back on their feet faster with the help of better rehabilitation techniques. 
Thanks to the new approach Kerryn Bailey, 54, was walking on his new hip with support three hours after returning from surgery. He went home the next day.  
He said: 'I was using a frame at first and then sticks. The crutches were gone after two weeks and by week four I was feeling back to normal.' 
Kerryn Bailey is pictured with consultant orthopaedic surgeon Matthew Cartwright-Terry.

University to support development of innovative tools to enhance agility
University to support development of innovative tools to enhance agility
GLASGOW Caledonian University is working with PAL Technologies Ltd and the University of Strathclyde on an innovative project to aid the recovery of stroke survivors and amputees. 
The new AGILE (Ambulatory Guidance for Interactive Locomotion Enhancement) project will involve the development of patient-centred training tools, for use at home and in the community, to improve walking abilities. 
The wireless-based technology will offer cloud-based data management and visualisation to allow both the patient and their therapist to share ongoing progress and goal attainment, thereby increasing the chances of a more successful rehabilitation.

Academic is first physio to receive educational title
Academic is first physio to receive educational title
A UNIVERSITY of Central Lancashire academic has become the first physiotherapist in the west to receive an elite educational title. 
Professor James Selfe (pictured), from the School of Health Sciences, is believed to be only the second physio in the world to be awarded a Doctorate of Science. 
The academic has a special interest in the management of musculoskeletal disorders, in particular the patellofemoral (kneecap) joint of the knee.

FitzKidz works to improve its paediatric footwear offering, service and quality
FitzKidz works to improve its paediatric footwear offering, service and quality
At FitzKidz by Ortho Europe we have been working over the past 12 to 18 months to improve our offering, service and quality across our paediatric footwear.  
By working with patients, clinicians, and technicians we have produced a range of footwear that we feel will meet all clinical and functional requirements for all your needs. 
All of our footwear range is manufactured in the UK by a dedicated technical and design team who can provide tailored solutions for every individual need. 
Manufacturing our products in the UK means we have full control of our pricing and can deliver a cost effect solution to you.  
As we are the manufacturer rather than the distributor we can control and deliver these savings, for example there is no charge for split sizes, or for fastening/ sole/ stiffener or shank options or lasts.  
In addition we are able to offer one of the quickest turn around on the market; 10 working days or a five-day fast track service.  
Since the launch of our new catalogue in August, we have been working closely with our customers and clinicians on a project of continuous improvement and we are soon to offer additional styles contrived by the knowledge provided to us by our loyal customers. 
Likewise, working with clinicians all over the UK, France and Holland we have made advancements in the build of our shoes, most recently the addition of BOA closures across our footwear range.  
By understanding the needs and wants of our customers and obtaining essential information from clinicians we are repeatedly able to keep FitzKidz at the forefront of the market , knowing that each new improvement is formed on the basis of real research and feedback.  
These relationships enable us to design footwear solutions that are the perfect fit, style and design.  
With fully customisable options available for each of our designs, no request is too much and we are able to adapt our products to suit the patient's needs.  
Having clinicians follow our five simple steps of choosing the correct last, upper style, heel stiffener, shank and sole unit - means that the whole process of designing and ordering the correct footwear is completed in a structured and clear technique.  
In essence we can offer a tailored solution at a stock pricing point. 
We look forward to on-going improvement of our product range to keep it prominent in today's orthotic market based on our forward thinking process of development with the help of our customers and clinicians.
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