Cover Story

The rise and fall of minimalist footwear

Once thought by some to be the next big thing in running, minimalist footwear has been scrutinized in recent years by researchers and class-action plaintiffs who claim the shoes do not provide the same benefits as barefoot running…

By Cary Groner

Publisher Message

Rich Dubin, Publisher
Publisher’s memo: Rewards of listening

I have been in the lower extremity publishing space for 25 years, and one thing I have realized is that listening is the key to learning.

Richard Dubin, Publisher

Editor Message

out on a limb: Five-year milestones

In the five years since the launch of Lower Extremity Review, some things about lower extremity healthcare haven’t changed much. Diabetes is still an epidemic. Stem cells are still the next big…

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

Special Section

CONFERENCE COVERAGE: Orthotics Technology Forum 2014


Lower extremity clinicians, orthotic lab owners and managers, and technology experts convened in Chicago in June to discuss the technical and clinical implications of new advances in orthotic design and manufacturing technology.

Sponsored by an educational grant from…


Thank You to Our Advertisers

A special thanks to the advertisers

As we celebrate our 5th anniversary here at LER Magazine, we want to say “thank you” to the advertisers who were a part of this special anniversary issue, and to all of the advertisers who have made these 5 years possible!

A Special Thanks to Our Manuscript Authors

Thanks to our manuscript authors!

magazine is only as good as the words that fill its pages, and LER is no exception. As we celebrate our fifth anniversary, we’d like to sincerely thank the many researchers and practitioners who have contributed manuscripts…


Functional movement tests and injury risk in athletes

Efficient, low-cost, field-ready functional movement tests may be useful in preparticipation physicals to identify and provide preventive treatment for individuals with an elevated risk of injury, as well as aiding return-to-sport…

By Kathryn Schwartzkopf-Phifer, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, and Kyle Kiesel, PT, PhD, ATC

Studies explore statin use for lower limb indications

A growing body of research suggests that statins may help improve not just cardiovascular outcomes but also those associated with lower extremity conditions such as peripheral arterial disease and knee…

By Larry Hand

Revisiting the status quo for AFO strap placement

Conventional wisdom says dorsal straps for ankle foot orthoses should be positioned at a certain angle to resist heel rise. Now preliminary research from Georgia Tech is calling that practice into question…

By P.K. Daniel

Foot ulceration in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Research has identified ankle-brachial index, loss of sensation, and deformity as predictors of foot ulceration in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and also suggests that ulceration influences…

By Jill Firth, PhD, BSc (Hons), and Heidi J Siddle, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)