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Foot orthoses and patellofemoral pain: frontal plane effects during running

Evidence supports the use of foot orthoses for PFP, but their mechanism of action is not well understood. New research suggests the effect of orthoses on timing of frontal plane moments may be an important variable.

By Thomas Gus Almonroeder, DPT, and Kristian O’Connor, PhD

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Out on a limb: Coaches as risk factors

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury experts are increasingly thinking outside the biomechanics box in an effort to better understand the factors that contribute to injury risk, which I think is admirable. But there’s one factor in particular that I wish was receiving more attention.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

Special Educational Series: Pediatrics

Pediatric05-15cvr-smFrom the editor: Don’t wait for them to outgrow it

One of the challenges of parenting is determining when the best course of action is to do nothing and wait for a child to outgrow a phase he or she is going through. And this may be a perfectly reasonable approach to a child’s invention of an imaginary friend or a teen’s obsession with Goth fashion.

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A long, frustrating search for plantar fasciitis relief

My husband Phillip and I used to live in Manhattan Beach, CA, a charming and affluent coastal town just south of Los Angeles. We resided two blocks from the wide, sandy beach. We took advantage of The Strand—a pair of concrete pathways that run for about two miles in front of many multimillion-dollar homes.

By P.K. Daniel

Conference coverage: 7th ACL research retreat

Anterior cruciate ligament injury experts met in Greensboro, NC, to examine the extent to which biomechanics and other less-familiar factors—including joint laxity, fatigue, neurocognitive function, and genetics—may contribute to noncontact injury risk.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

Photo courtesy of Richie Brace.
Dual-task gait: The potential influence of orthotic devices

Clinicians know walking while performing a secondary task can be particularly difficult for elderly patients or those with neuromuscular impairments. But new research suggests the use of orthotic devices may improve dual-task gait, which could significantly improve quality of life.

By Cary Groner

Exergaming: therapeutic benefits in older adults

Increasing numbers of studies are suggesting that exergaming can help improve strength, balance, and other variables in older adults, but clinicians also need to be aware that some aspects of exergaming can present challenges in this patient population.

By Ying-Yu Chao, RN, GNP-BC, PhD

Music therapy and gait: rehab to a different beat

Research suggests the use of rhythmic stimuli for gait rehabilitation can help improve gait and balance in patients with Parkinson disease, stroke, and other conditions, but some questions regarding its overall applicability and optimal delivery method remain.

By Greg Gargiulo