Watch Kevin Rosenbloom’s Firefly Webinar

In September Firefly brought you another world class speaker from the field of podiatric medicine, Kevin Rosenbloom. Watch it now.

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 presentation aims to share Dr MacLean’s knowledge relating to the influence the foot has on lower extremity dynamics and the importance the hips play in this regard.

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 presents for the second edition of our Firefly Gold series – in her 10 minutes injection of clinical gold, Sarah discusses the treatment of plantar fasciopathy among elite athletes.

A chat with the Firefly Ambassadors

Our three Firefly ambassadors recently sat down with Firefly founder Martin McGeough to discuss their careers to date, why they chose to follow the path of podiatric medicine and what they get up to outside of the clinic.

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

Introducing The FIREFLY ambassadors

It’s fitting on International Women’s Day 2021 we introduce Firefly Orthoses’ first three Ambassadors. Our Ambassadors’ are a group of podiatrists whose inspiring work is driving podiatric medicine forward!

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!