Category Archives: Archives

October 2010

Interactive Foot and Ankle DVD

The Interactive Foot and Ankle DVD-ROM from Primal Pictures is a comprehensive and detailed DVD-ROM image library and reference tool for an in-depth view of foot and ankle anatomy. Users can choose from hundreds of highly detailed and labeled views … Continue reading

October 2010

Leg Loop Leg Lift

Designed for people with limited or no use of their lower extremities, Maddak’s new Leg Loop Leg Lift helps patients to safely reposition the leg and foot while reducing the chance of dropping the affected limb, which could cause bruising … Continue reading

October 2010

Ankle Shield Pads

Ouchless Technologies introduces new patented Ankle Shield Pads designed to eliminate inflammation and speed recovery after ankle injury. When used with a standard tape job or brace, the pads also guard against inversion sprains. The contoured pad fits comfortably over … Continue reading

October 2010

Sof Sole Airr Insole

Sof Sole announces the new Airr performance insole, engineered with special air pocket cushioning technology to create a better running experience for both amateur and professional athletes. The design applies the concept of air bag technology to the foot, with … Continue reading

October 2010

FitFlop Mukluks

FitFlop offers classic short and tall Mukluks equipped with an ergonomically shaped, muscle-toning Microwobbleboard midsole and a breathable, deluxe sheepskin upper. FitFlop footwear is biomechanically engineered to help tone and tighten leg muscles during walking, based on the Microwobbleboard technology … Continue reading

October 2010

Military Medicine: What it means for civilian practitioners

The military – a wellness utopia of active and healthy young adults who must maintain fitness and weight standards to remain in good standing. Personnel medical histories are part of vast military databases that practitioners and researchers use to chart trends and examine the evolution of treatments. Unlike with civilian medicine, patients and their outcomes can be followed through years-long stretches, offering a view that is otherwise hard to come by.

By L.W. Barnes

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October 2010

Out on a Limb: Cold cuts

For centuries, the Greeks set the bar for the rest of the world to follow—in architecture, in literature, in medicine. Now they appear to be setting a new kind of example in health care. But we can only hope the rest of the world knows better than to follow their lead this time around.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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October 2010

Strengthening the case for carbon fiber AFOs

Clinicians are already embracing carbon-fiber ankle foot orthoses, which provide a dynamic assist and may even help strengthen calf muscles in patients with foot drop. Now, slowly, research is exploring how these devices can best be used.

by Cary Groner

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October 2010

Plantar pressure and gait in patients with diabetes

Researchers have explored numerous offloading strategies to decrease plantar pressures in patients with diabetes, but few have studied whether making a deliberate change to a patient’s walking pattern might have a similar effect on pressure distribution.

by Mansoo Ko, PhD

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October 2010

Splinting and stretching for plantar fasciitis pain

Evidence suggests that calf muscle stretching, whether manually or with the aid of a brace or splint, can help alleviate plantar fasciitis pain. What’s less clear is which protocol is most effective.

By Neena K Sharma, PT, PhD, CMPT, and Gurpreet Singh, PT

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October 2010

Stair negotiation alters stability in older adults

Nowhere are the effects of aging on gait mechanics and neuromuscular control more apparent than on the stairs, an all- too-common site of fall-related injuries in older adults. Prevention starts with understanding the unique demands of stair ascent and descent.

By Alison C. Novak, MSc, Samantha M. Reid, MSc, Patrick A. Costigan, PhD, and Brenda Brouwer, PhD

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October 2010

OA bracing may bolster prehabilitation protocols

Preoperative exercise has been shown to improve total knee arthroplasty outcomes, but may not be feasible in patients with severe pain. Bracing and other offloading methods may be able to help.

By John Kenney, CO, and Robert Hamblen, MD

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October 2010

Insoles stand test of time

Six months may be too soon to replace – Diabetic insoles may not need to be replaced as frequently as previously thought, according to research from the U.K. presented in September at the second International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics (i-FAB) conference.

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October 2010

MRI reveals intrinsic muscle atrophy in patients with plantar fasciitis pain

Plantar intrinsic foot muscles associated with plantar fasciitis have significantly smaller cross sectional area than those in healthy feet, according to research from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.

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October 2010

History of clubfoot treatment affects kids’ activity only slightly by age of 10

Children treated for clubfoot as infants grow up to be active 10-year-olds who can keep pace with their peers during almost all activities, according to research from the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

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October 2010

EMG characterizes FAI

Altered activation isn’t just at the ankle – Two studies presented at the second International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics conference add to the evidence that treatment of chronic ankle instability should focus on improving feed-forward neuromuscular control mechanisms.

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October 2010

Rearfoot motion in runners responds to pronator-supinator strengthening

Strength training focused on the pronation and supination affects rearfoot motion in runners to a greater extent than traditional plantar- and dorsiflexion training, according to research from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

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October 2010

Study identifies gender differences in biomechanics of kicking in soccer

Gender differences in leg alignment and muscle activation during a soccer kick may in turn help explain gender differences in knee injury risk, according to research from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

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October 2010

AFX improves jump height, balance

The Ankle Foot Maximizer (AFX) from Progressive Health Innovations can significantly improve performance in college basketball players, according to research from the University of British Columbia presented in September at the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics (i-FAB) meeting. Seven players … Continue reading

October 2010

Pressure experts discuss standards

Researchers, engineers, and practitioners interested in gait analysis convened at the i-FAB meeting in Seattle to discuss and refine an international consensus statement on standardization of  pressure measurement devices that is currently in development. The initiative, which has the support … Continue reading

October 2010

JMS Plastics shows its purple heart

In honor of Pancreatic Cancer Month, JMS Plastics will donate a portion of the November sales of its new purple materials: Neolon, J-foam HR EVA, and lavender swirl EVA. Purple is the official color of Pancreatic Cancer Month. Qualifying sales … Continue reading

October 2010

Organization honors Haiti volunteers

At its Celebrate the Nations reception in September, Physicians for Peace honored the many organizations and individuals behind its ongoing efforts in Haiti. Mary Anne Kramer-Urner, PT, the organization’s first volunteer at the Haitian Amputee Clinic at Albert Schweitzer Memorial … Continue reading

October 2010

Levy & Rappel owner will be missed

Bob Kramer, owner of Saddle Brook, NJ-based Levy & Rappel, died on Sept. 25 after a long battle with prostate cancer. Kramer, a retired dentist, bought the orthotics company in 1993 and embraced its longstanding commitment to individual customer attention. … Continue reading

October 2010

FitFlop affects foot motion, loading

The FitFlop flip flop, which has been anecdotally reported to reduce lower extremity and low back pain, significantly alters foot motion and loading, according to research presented at the i-FAB meeting in September. In 17 asymptomatic female subjects, researchers from … Continue reading

October 2010

BOC announces new website launch

The Board of Certification/Accreditation, International, announced in September the launch of its new website, www.bocinternational.org. The new design makes it fast and easy for visitors to obtain information on BOC, certification, and facility accreditation. It also provides directories of certificants … Continue reading