Medline Expands Footprint in Flourishing Foot and Ankle Market with New Implant Systems

Broad range of high quality products focused on enhancing clinical outcomes and operating room efficiency

MUNDELEIN, Ill.--()--A 2015 report indicates that the foot and ankle devices market is expected to reach $5.4 billion by 2020, a compound annual growth rate of 7.2 percent. Furthermore, foot and ankle is one of the largest markets in the small-joint segment. To ensure surgeons are equipped with high quality products, Medline, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical products, recently expanded its foot and ankle line to include a comprehensive foot plating system, hammertoe implant system and biologics products commonly used in foot and ankle procedures.

“Medline is committed to helping surgeons and staff perform at their very best,” says Wes Reed, director, foot and ankle division, Medline. “Through these intelligently designed solutions for foot and ankle surgery, we are helping enhance patient outcomes while saving customers time and improving their bottom line.”

To educate surgeons on Medline’s robust foot and ankle portfolio, the following products will be on display at booth #1612 at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons’ (ACFAS) 74th Annual Scientific Conference in Austin, Texas, February 11 – 13:

  • Medline UNITE® Foot Plating System: The system covers multiple indications for foot reconstruction surgery, including hallux rigidus, hallux valgus, midfoot reconstruction and flatfoot reconstruction. The single tray design contains color-coded instruments and titanium implants arranged in order of procedure flow to promote speed and efficiency. Design surgeon Dr. J Kent Ellington, MD of OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, N.C. said, “Compared to other systems I’ve used in the past, having one tray on the back table makes the system simple and intuitive to use for me and my staff. I’ve had excellent outcomes using the system thanks to the unique plate designs and the strategically located compression slots.”1
  • Medline UNITE® Cannulated Screw System: A comprehensive selection of low-profile headed and headless compression screw options conveniently divided into four compact trays for greater surgery scheduling flexibility, intraoperative ease of use for the staff, and efficient cleaning and sterilization for the facility.
  • Medline BIOLOGICS: DBM Putty and demineralized cancellous sponge products derived from 100% human allograft bone to supplement various foot and ankle procedures including fusions, fractures and osteotomies.
  • Medline ARROW-LOK® Digital Fusion System: Intended to be simple, easy to use and effective, the system provides an alternative to k-wires and offers a unique implant design with several length options to accommodate the wide variations commonly seen in hammertoe patient anatomies.

Recent data shows that nearly 60 million people suffer from hammertoe deformities in the U.S., and approximately 550,000 corrective surgeries are performed each year. In its efforts to expand within the foot and ankle space, Medline recently executed an exclusive distribution agreement with Arrowhead Medical Device Technologies, LLC of Memphis, Tenn., the manufacturer of the ARROW-LOK Digital Fusion System.

For Dr. Scott R. Roman, DPM, FACFAS of Atlanta, Georgia, his experience with hammertoe correction surgeries using traditional k-wires as well as other hammertoe implants led to the idea of designing the ARROW-LOK Digital Fusion System.

“A common challenge with using k-wires is that the contracture (hammertoe deformity) can recur after the wire is removed, as well as a loss of stability. As a permanent intramedullary device, the ARROW-LOK can accommodate virtually any digital anatomy and allows for sustained stability at the fusion site until full healing and consolidation of the bone.”

For more information on Medline’s comprehensive offering of foot & ankle implant systems and biologic solutions, visit

About Medline

Medline is a global manufacturer and distributor serving the healthcare industry with medical supplies and clinical solutions that help customers achieve both clinical and financial success. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill., the company offers 350,000+ medical devices and support services through more than 1,200 direct sales representatives who are dedicated points of contact for customers across the continuum of care. For more information on Medline, go to or to connect with Medline on its social media channels.

1 Dr. J Kent Ellington is a paid consultant.


Stacy Rubenstein, (847) 949-2286

Release Summary

Foot and ankle is one of the largest markets in the small-joint segment. Medline displays expanded line of foot and ankle products at ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference Feb. 11 - Feb. 13.


Stacy Rubenstein, (847) 949-2286