Cover Story

Driving safety: The effects of lower extremity impairment

The question of when or if it’s safe for patients to drive after surgery or while wearing a lower extremity orthotic device is one practitioners should address. But, in the absence of formal guide­lines, clinicians’ advice is often inconsistent.

By Hank Black

Publisher Message

Rich Dubin, Publisher
Publisher’s memo: One to grow on

Another year has passed, filled with new and exciting developments for LER. With all the growth that we have experienced in the past year, it was necessary to expand our editorial team with promotions to Emily Delzell and P.K. Daniel, who are now senior editor and associate editor, respectively.

By Richard Dubin

Editor Message

Out on a limb: The NBA takes on fatigue

After a season in which too many of its most market­able stars spent too much time in street clothes, the National Basketball Association (NBA) is making a commitment to injury prevention. Interesting, however…

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

French Connections:

Coverage of the 2015 ISPO World Congress

7ISPO-iStock15629891-copyIn orthotics and prosthetics, practitioners increasingly are learning that making personal connections with patients is as important as connecting patients with the right devices. At the June meeting of the International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics, clinicians and researchers from around the world met in Lyon, France, to discuss the most effective ways of accomplishing both objectives.

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By Jordana Bieze Foster


Foot07-15cvr-smOne of the defining characteristics of the foot health world is that it’s always changing. The most obvious reason for this, of course, involves shoes. No other healthcare specialty has its own corresponding segment of the fashion industry, and no other patient population is as significantly influenced by fashion trends.

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By Jordana Bieze Foster


Iliotibial band syndrome and running mechanics

The mixed findings of several cross-sectional studies seem to suggest that no specific biomechanical variables are unequivocally associated with iliotibial band syndrome in either men or women, which underscores the importance of assessing each patient individually

By Eric Foch, PhD

Diabetic foot conference weighs offloading issues

Offloading was a hot topic at the recent meeting of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot in the Netherlands. Diabetic foot experts in attendance discussed new research on offloading strategies and updated the organization’s practice recommendations.

By Cary Groner

Role of early rehab stages after ACL reconstruction

Traditionally, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction outcomes have been assessed preoperatively and several months postoperatively, but new research suggests the early postoperative stages of recovery may also significantly affect self-reported outcomes.

By Caitlin J. Miller, PT, DPT, and Jesse C. Christensen, PT, DPT, SCS