Increasingly, lower extremity experts are being called on to assist with crime scene investigations by analyzing footprints, shoe prints, and the gait patterns of shadowy figures on security videos. For members of this fledgling field, as Sherlock Holmes famously said, the game is afoot.
By Shalmali Pal
A recent study reported that National Football League (NFL) running backs with more than 300 carries in a season are not more likely to miss time with an injury the following season than those with considerably fewer carries. For fantasy football players, this is great news. But for sports medicine experts, it’s a reminder that injury risk rarely can be boiled down to a single parameter.
Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor
2017 IOC World Conference
Athletes in all sports—from gymnastics to volleyball to running—struggle with injuries, and that means injury prevention is top of mind for the global community of sports medicine researchers and clinicians. In March, those experts convened in Monaco at the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport to develop strategies for taking sports injury prevention to the next level. LER ’s exclusive coverage of this event focuses on lower extremity injuries, from ankle sprains to hamstring strains.
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A multidisciplinary joint replacement program is improving patient outcomes, decreasing complications, and shortening hospital stays, which helps to lessen clinical anguish following total knee arthroplasty as well as the financial burden on patients and the healthcare system.
By Katie Mullen, SPT; Jon R. Cook, PT, DPT; Meghan Warren, PT, MPH, PhD; and Tarang Jain, PT, PhD, DPT
Although it has not been shown to be a risk factor for stress fracture in traditional running, the presence of Morton’s foot (a second metatarsal longer than the first) alters running mechanics in ways that may exacerbate the risks of forefoot injury associated with alternative running styles.
By Brian E Stoltenberg, DPT, OCS, CSCS; and Donald L Goss, PT, PhD, OCS, ATC
Uncontrolled deformity, deep infection, and ischemia-hypoxia make up the troublesome triad of confounders associated with healing challenges in patients with diabetic foot ulcers. Clinical examination and intervention in nonhealing patients should focus on these three elements.
By Anna Maria M. Tan, DPM; Michael B. Strauss, MD; and Lientra Q. Lu, BS