Category Archives: Archives

March 2010

Initiate weightbearing early after hip fracture

The improved outcomes seen with early ambulation go beyond gait and function. Because independence is so closely tied to mortality, proper rehab may also help patients live longer.

By Paula Richley Geigle, PT, PhD, Karen Lynn Gordes, PT, DScPT, Kimberly Dodson, and Gene Shirokobrod

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March 2010

Active Stance: Orthoses – Functional relevance of the arch

The closer foot posture measures get to describing the medial longitudinal arch and plantar vault, the more applicable they are to the dynamic gait cycle.

By Stu Currie, DC; Don Bursch, PT, OCS; and Ed Glaser, DPM

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March 2010

Preoperative exercise boosts TKA outcomes

An evidence-based exercise regimen, designed to enhance knee strength and the ability to complete functional tasks, may speed recovery following total knee arthroplasty in patients with knee OA.

By Kent Brown, MS, CSCS; Joseph A. Brosky Jr., PT, MS, SCS; Dave Pariser, PT, PhD; and Robert Topp, RN, PhD

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March 2010

In the moment: Footcare

Across the spectrum of lower-extremity diabetes care—from education to conservative intervention to surgery—practitioners have plenty of room for improvement, according to research presented in February at the annual meeting of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Plus: • New mod for met pain • Flat feet and bracing • PT post-bunionectomy

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March 2010

In the moment: Rehabilitation

The promise of platelets: People are talking about platelet rich plasma . The nonsurgical therapeutic technique has been credited with a SuperBowl comeback, and it’s been criticized in one of the most-respected journals in the literature. Not surprisingly, some are wondering if it’s too good to be true.

Plus: • Achilles benchmarks • Hip strength and PFP • AFOs and hemiplegia

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March 2010

Market Mechanics

• Shoes for first walkers
• Inclusive body myositis
• Central fab consistency
• Insole for OA pain

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February 2010

Out on a Limb: Ad salutem

As true as it is in advertising, it may be even more true in healthcare. As evidence, this issue features not one but two articles on the ongoing battle to improve patient compliance—a battle practitioners have been fighting since even before the halcyon days of the three martini lunch. By Jordana Bieze Foster

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February 2010

Entegra SV Knee

Hosmer introduces a smaller version of the Entegra Knee, the Entegra SV Knee. The Entegra SV Knee has hydraulic swing phase control and is constructed with durable, lightweight aluminum alloy. Its compact design is perfect for smaller patients and cases … Continue reading

February 2010

Sher Half-Sole Inserts

Sroufe Healthcare introduces the Sher Comfort Series of Half-Sole Inserts to support the foot and help relieve pain caused by foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, weak or fallen arches, and aching, geriatric, or fatigued feet. Anatomically formed with a … Continue reading

February 2010

J-Gel Pressure Relief

JMS Plastic Supply introduces J-Gel for use wherever pressure relief and shear reduction is required. J-Gel is a low-durometer, high performance polyurethane gel with an adhesive backing that can be easily applied to any foot orthotic, brace or footwear product … Continue reading

February 2010

Gersh Day Splint

The Gersh Day Splint is designed for daytime use in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Other indications include Achilles tendinitis, posterior tibial tendinitis, peroneal tendinitis, extensor tendinitis, and drop foot. The splint provides a passive continual gentle stretch, to reduce … Continue reading

February 2010

Orthofeet Tie-Less Shoes

Orthofeet is adding more great looking models to its Tie-Less shoes collection, which allows users to wear regular lace-up shoes without needing to tie them. The modification of laces with hook-and-loop straps offers an easy way of fastening without tying, … Continue reading

February 2010

Simplifying alignment for transtibial prostheses

This three-step approach, based on a vertical alignment axis, offers a low-tech alternative for prosthetic alignment in developing nations, but also has applications in developed countries as
a simple clinical test to identify gait deviations.

By Yeongchi Wu, MD

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February 2010

SpiderTech Kinesiology Tape

SpiderTech kinesiology tape from Nucap Medical is now available in the United States, in pre-cut and roll formats. SpiderTech includes 12 pre-cut, pre-designed, pre-packaged therapy solutions. The SpiderTech is easy to use for more efficient application, expanding clinical skill sets … Continue reading

February 2010

iQube 3D Scanner

CAD-CAM software supplier Delcam introduces iQube, a versatile tool that allows users to scan what they want, when they want and how they want. Whether scanning a foot, a cast or a foam box impression, iQube can produce a high … Continue reading

February 2010

TurboSonic Vibration Therapy

TurboSonic USA introduces its TurboSonic sonic vibration therapy system, the industry’s first major advancement to whole body vibration (WBV) therapy since its introduction by Russian cosmonauts in the 1970s. TurboSonic uses a speaker system with a new magnetic circuit in- … Continue reading

February 2010

Partial foot amputation: Evidence for device use

Orthotic and prosthetic intervention for partial foot amputation is intended to restore the effective foot length and normalize gait and function. Research is only beginning to examine whether current interventions are up to the challenge.

By Michael P. Dillon, BP&O (Hons.), PhD

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February 2010

Keys to compliance in O&P: Practitioners share their success stories

Perfect compliance is probably too much to hope for. But patient education, diligent follow-up, empathy and a little imagination can go a long way toward improving device wear rates and clinical outcomes.

By L.W. Barnes

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February 2010

Marketing risk: Beyond diabetic foot education

Tactics borrowed from the advertising world could be just what is needed to effectively communicate the risks of foot ulcers and amputation to patients with diabetes and improve outcomes as a result.

By Jeffrey M. Robbins, DPM, Gerald Strauss, PhD, and Jennifer Regler, DPM

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February 2010

Data suggest proximal links to ankle instability

Research suggests that individuals with chronic ankle instability are also likely to have impaired neuromuscular function at the knee and hip – findings that could change your approach to preventing recurrent ankle sprains.

By Phillip A. Gribble, PhD, ATC

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February 2010

Active Stance: ACL injury in women – Tracking a ‘black swan’

A high school forward rebounds the basketball, as she has thousands of times before. She lands with a flat foot, extended knee, and torso leaning awkwardly sideways, as her knee buckles inward. An audible pop is heard and felt as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her knee tears and ends her season, compromising her hopes of a college scholarship and perhaps even her expectation of a long, active, and healthy life.

by Timothy E. Hewett, PhD

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February 2010

In the Moment: O&P

Amputees fight another day: Better care increases return-to-duty rates

U.S. military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are no less likely to suffer an injury requiring amputation than their counterparts who served in previous conflicts, but such an injury is far less likely to keep today’s soldiers from returning to duty.

Plus:
• Balance, more than foot positioning, may affect amputee stair ambulation
• Time to stabilization fails to detect effect of ankle brace on stability

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February 2010

In the Moment: Neuromuscular

CP: Means sap strength data:Subgroup analysis may be key to gait link

Gait researchers’ frustrations in demonstrating benefits of strength training in children with cerebral palsy can be traced to the heterogeneity of the study population, according to a National Institutes of Health study that offers some insight as to which patients are most likely respond.

Plus:
• Treadmill outperforms outdoor walking for stroke rehabilitation
• Ankle weakness, not instability, explains reduced speed after TBI

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February 2010

In the Moment: Sports Medicine

Walk this way: Heels first: Rearfoot strike pattern uses less energy

Forefoot strike patterns, particularly those of the barefoot variety, have generated a lot of buzz in running circles lately. But a University of Utah study suggests that rearfoot strike patterns have advantages as well.

Plus:
• Shoe-surface combination with lowest risk of ACL injury pairs cleats with grass
• Gender affects response to eccentric training for Achilles tendinopathy

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February 2010

Market Mechanics

• Lower-extremity companies dig deep to help earthquake victims in Haiti
• JMS honors injured soldiers’ spirit
• Delcam debuts orthotic website
• Otto Bock backs Paralympic exhibit

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