Firefly Webinar Special: Kevin Rosenbloom

The next Firefly Webinar Special takes place on the evening of Wednesday 15th of September from 8.00pm. We are delighted to present Sports Biomechanist Kevin B. Rosenbloom, CEO of Kevin Root Medical.

Evolutionary Mismatch

Kevin will present on the topic of Biomechanical Evolutionary Mismatch; a journey through time that explores how man has progressed from quadruped to bipod stance and how evolution has changed anatomical structure, lower limb development and the prevailing related diseases and injuries. Kevin will also explore how modern engineering (the development of roads and footwear) have impacted the lower limb over time.

This is a unique presentation that positions our profession in the context of human evolution; emphasising the important role podiatric medicine plays in the interpretation and understanding of human movement.

This is sure to be a very, very special evening – join us!

About Kevin B. Rosenbloom

Sports Biomechanist, foot ankle and lower extremity expert, speaker, empowers clinicians to help patients with sports performance, orthopaedic and biomechanical pathologies. Passionate about helping children at an early age learn about functional and best practices for healthy bodies and physical longevity. Passionate about helping people of all ages live a life of highest longevity. Pioneering functional orthopaedics. CEO and leads a team to provide the best foot orthoses, custom and non-custom shoe inserts and adaptive foot gear for humans in modern evolutionary mismatched environments globally.

 

Webinar Special with Craig Payne

Watch renowned podiatrist Craig Payne deliver a webinar special on the topic of getting the foot orthotic dose right.

Webinar Special with Dr. Christopher MacLean

We are delighted to present one of the world’s leading voices in Biomechanics Dr Christopher MacLean as he delivers a Firefly Webinar Special titled What’s More Important, The Hip or The Foot? – A Biomechanist’s Perspective. Dr. MacLean’s work is helping us understand current evidence-based offloading strategies & integrating medical paradigms.

The webinar was recorded in May 2021 and was followed by a Q&A session.

About Dr. MacLean

Dr. MacLean has been involved in the prescription foot orthotic industry for approximately 30 years first as a Pedorthist, in Educational Marketing, as Director of Biomechanics, and currently as Chair of the Professional Advisory Board at Paris Orthotics Lab Division, Vancouver BC. Chris is the Past President of the Prescription Foot Orthotic Laboratory Association (PFOLA) and Scientific Co-chair (with Dr. Douglas Richie, DPM) of the International Conference on Foot Biomechanics & Orthotic Therapy that is annually sponsored by PFOLA.

Academically, Chris completed a Master of Science (Human Kinetics) at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Jack Taunton. Following this, he completed the Ph.D. (Biomechanics) program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with Dr. Joseph Hamill. His research efforts over the past several years have focused on the mechanism of overuse running injuries and on the dynamic influence of custom foot orthotic and running shoe interventions. Currently, he holds Adjunct professor positions at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. He has presented at over 100 scientific and clinical symposia and has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals.

Medical Device Regulation

News update regarding MDR ROI and NI customers: upcoming changes to the laws around the issuing of medical devices. These will affect many healthcare professionals, including podiatrists, who work in Northern Ireland and any EU member country.  

As the 26th of May 2021 approaches, we have worked on developing and implementing strategies to achieve compliance with the new European Medical Device Regulation MDR 2017/745 and UK MDR 2002. Firefly has engaged with a third-party regulatory consultant and have carried out a regulatory assessment of the requirements of the MDR 2017/745 for Class I Custom-Made Devices.   

MDR compliance means that as custom-made medical device manufacturers we need to comply with the EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) in order to sell within the EU market and Northern Ireland.  For Great Britain (England, Wales, Scotland), The EU Medical Device Directive MDD 93/42EEC is transposed into UK law through the Medical Devices Regulations 2002 (UK MDR 2002).  

Firefly was awarded EN ISO 9001:2015 by the NSAI in 2018 and have taken the necessary steps to integrate the new MDR compliance into our current Quality Management System (QMS) by developing a Regulatory Strategy that ensures we meet the general safety and performance requirements. This award recognises Firefly’s excellence in quality management systems. For our clients, this means you can have confidence that Firefly’s procedures, products and services meet the highest international standards.   

We can confirm the following will be implemented:  

  • Generating and Maintaining Technical Documentation (MDR 2017/745 Annex XIII Section 2)
  • Preparing Instructions for Use and Labelling
  • Providing a Statement that the device conforms to the general safety and performance requirements (MDR 2017/745 – Annex XIII – Section 1)
  • Registering with Competent Authority (HPRA / MHRA) 
  • Post Market Surveillance system
  • Appointment of a Person Responsible for Regulatory Compliance

From 26th May 2021, Firefly Orthoses customers will receive a ‘custom made statement’ to be presented to the patient along with each custom-made and modified device dispatched from Firefly.   

We would suggest that as a prescribing clinician, you refer to the College of Podiatry for guidance and training on the regulations and what is required in your clinical setting. To comply with the regulations, standards of quality and performance need to be recorded and reported. This requires you to provide certain information to your patients as well as documenting details of the product you have issued/prescribed to the patient in your clinic notes.  

If you require any further information regarding same, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

FIREFLY GOLD: Sarah O’Connell

Sarah O’Connell is the presenter for the second Firefly Gold session – in her 10 minutes injection of clinical gold, Sarah discusses the treatment of plantar fasciopathy among elite athletes.

EARTH DAY 2021

Earth Day 2021 makes us think about the decision we make and how they impact our environment. At Firefly, we too have given thought to how our actions have an impact. Find out how we can help you make smarter podiatric related environmental decisions.

FIREFLY GOLD: ZOE WILSON

MSK Podiatrist Zoe Wilson kicked off our FIREFLY GOLD series with her presentation on Adult Acquired Flat Foot & The Richie Brace and you can view it here.

Our new webinar series is designed to introduce to you some of the podiatry professions’ leading practitioners so they can present clinical gold in short-form presentations. Each month we’ll bring you a live presentation that delves straight to the GOLD in quick time – 11 slides in 10 minutes, it’s FIREFLY GOLD

FUSION Scanning demonstration

Watch our super quick FUSION 3D scanning demonstration. With the FUSION app, Podiatrists can scan a patient’s feet in 60 seconds, saving time & money!

Firefly Orthoses Continue to Operate Full Service

In lieu of the announcement by the Irish government that more stringent level 5 COVID-19 restrictions will be implemented across the country until the end of January, we wish to let you know that Firefly Orthoses will continue to operate as normal.

Firefly Orthoses is fulfilling an essential service and as such our Technical and Customer support teams are available between the hours of 8.00am and 2.30pm by phone, Monday to Friday. We endeavour to respond to queries via email with 48 hours.

We are in regular contact with our international suppliers to monitor how the global crisis may impact their ability to supply to us. At the time of writing, we are assured our supply chains will not be hampered.

However, we have observed since the COVID-19 pandemic began, logistics and courier services have experienced delays in delivering goods. Please bear this in mind when scheduling patients’ fitting appointments. If you require devices to be fitted on a specific date, please state this in your order and our customer support team will advise.

We thank you for your continued support of Firefly Orthoses in these challenging times.

Navicular Stress Fracture Webinar

Watch as Firefly presents a webinar on Navicular Stress Fractures.