Category Archives: Archives

October 2009

Bracing vs athletic performance: Why not both?

The sports medicine practitioner has two goals: one, to keep the athlete healthy, and two, to help that athlete perform to the best of his or her ability. But when it comes to lower extremity bracing, those two objectives sometimes butt heads.

By Cary Groner

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October 2009

Market Mechanics

• BMD responds best to Reclast infusion in hip fracture patients at highest risk
• Cascade Dafo expands digital process
• Hanger OKs rollout of V-Hold socket
• AAOP announces new meeting dates
• Cincy experts organize ACL workshop

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October 2009

Redi-Thotics Ultra

Redi-Thotics Ultra is a unique orthotic designed to reduce rear foot motion and increase midfoot stability. Ultra-thin and rigid, the Ultra cradles the arch, preventing medial and longitudinal arch bruising. The Ultra is designed with a Rylon support system, not … Continue reading

October 2009

Exoform Dorsal Night Splint

The Exoform Dorsal Night Splint is designed for treatment of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, drop foot and post-static pain. The semi-rigid plantar pad reduces discomfort along the sides of the foot while providing an improved angle of dorsiflexion. The non-slip … Continue reading

October 2009

E-Mag Active KAFO

Easy to fit with simple onboard programming, the E-Mag Active controller electronic stance KAFO actually calibrates itself to capture the user’s unique gait pattern. The E-Mag Active can also be easily reprogrammed for changes in the user’s gait, which adds … Continue reading

October 2009

Dr. Comfort Diabetic Sandals

Diabetic footwear has never been this cool!  Dr. Comfort, the company that brought comfort and style to the industry, has launched a new line of men’s diabetic sandals that offers great looks and breathability. The new Beachcomber and Fisherman sandals … Continue reading

October 2009

ComfiHips Hip Protectors

ComfiHips hip protectors, designed in conjunction with a study at the University of Florida, are composed of an undergarment with inside pockets positioned over the greater trochanter bones. Specialized state-of-the-art pads, which absorb up to 87% of impact upon lateral … Continue reading

October 2009

Alegria Shoes and Clogs

Integrity Orthotics introduces the stylish Alegria fall shoe and clog line.  A huge array of styles and colors is available, all sharing the same deep, orthotic-friendly foot bed. The introduction of this line at the 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting of … Continue reading

October 2009

Practice Tactics: Assess, then exceed patient expectations

As patients pay more for healthcare, they will expect more from the patient experience. The most successful practices will be those that are best able to meet — and exceed — those expectations.

By Jason Kraus

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October 2009

Pain Relief Max Cream

Dr. Swaim’s Natural Skin Care’s line of skin care essentials designed by and for podiatrists includes a new treatment for neuropathic pain in the Pain Relief Max cream. The cream is made with all natural analgesics formulated in a hemp/emu … Continue reading

October 2009

Eldorado Z-Axis Climbing Foot

The Eldorado Z-Axis prosthetic climbing foot features a revolutionary, compact design. It is only seven inches long but provides superior control, loading, leverage and proprioception. The unique foot is constructed with a high strength keel for stability and a compliant … Continue reading

October 2009

In the Moment: Sports Medicine

Alter footfall? Not so fast

Natural running pattern may be best – Websites all over the internet claim that runners who use a rearfoot strike pattern can run more efficiently and prevent injury by converting to a midfoot or forefoot strike pattern. But, as if we needed another reason to distrust information found online, studies of these variables suggest otherwise.

Plus: Skateboarding shoes • ACL do-overs • PTTD protocols

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October 2009

Controlling drop foot: Beyond standard AFOs

The basic goal is to improve toe clearance during swing and provide stability during stance, but new orthotic technologies do much more.

By Jeremy Farley, CPO/L

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October 2009

Orthoses: Alternatives for midfoot arthritis pain

Full-length carbon graphite orthoses may improve outcomes through load redistribution and forefoot motion control.

By Smita Rao, PT, PhD

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October 2009

Balancing risks, rewards of athletic shoe traction

Research suggests that traction on modern artificial turf can vary depending on cutting angle.

By Michelle Sabick, PhD; Benjamin Cooper, MS; Seth Kuhlman, MS; and Ronald Pfeiffer, EdD, LAT, ATC

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October 2009

Functional hallux limitus: Diagnosis and treatment

Once identified, functional hallux limitus can be effectively managed with orthotic devices.

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October 2009

Diabetes: Improving foot care compliance

More favorable diabetic foot ulcer outcomes will require a better understanding of why patients don’t comply.

By Ryan Crews, MS, CCRP

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September 2009

Bunion Aid

Bunion Aid is an award-winning hinged foot splint that relieves bunion pain. It is clinically proven to correct mild to moderate bunions (hallux valgus) and maintain post-surgical fixation of the toe, reducing rehab time. The splint can be worn at … Continue reading

September 2009

Easy Slip-On Shoes

The new Easy Slip-On Shoes from Orthofeet offer the slip-on look with the comfort of adjustable strap shoes. The shoes feature hook and loop straps that provide a wide opening for easy on/off. The two-way strap system allows the user … Continue reading

September 2009

TORCH Walker

American Shoe has launched the TORCH Walker (Total contact Orthotic Restraining Custom Hybrid) to replace the C.R.O.W. This new design combines the support and positioning of a traditional AFO with the accommodation and functionality of custom molded footwear. The TORCH … Continue reading

September 2009

Swing Phase Lock 2

The Swing Phase Lock 2 is an updated version of Fillauer’s most popular stance control orthotic joint. New features include an extended wear bumper, security stops at 15 and 32, teflon bushings for longer wear, and a PEEK high wear … Continue reading

September 2009

UltraSafeGait ADR-AFO

Ultraflex announces the launch of the UltraSafeGait pediatric ADR-AFO. The pediatric version is now available in markets around the world, including the United States. The UltraSafeGait Adjustable Dynamic Response ADR-AFO pediatric version now completes the adjustable dynamic response product line … Continue reading

September 2009

Otto Bock CPM Devices

Featuring state-of-the-art electronics, the LiteLift Pro Knee and 480E Pro Series Knee CPM devices from Otto Bock are the first in a series of continuous passive motion devices to use the Pro (for “progres- sive”) controller that cross-platforms to each … Continue reading

September 2009

Medi USA Knee Braces

Medi USA announces the distribution of two new knee braces for the treatment of unicompartmental osteoarthritis knee pain. The single-upright M.3 OA knee brace is designed for patients who suffer from unicompartmental osteoarthritis knee pain but do not need the … Continue reading

September 2009

ControlTecc Foot Beds

ControlTecc breathable foot beds provide superior biomechanical support and performance. The device consists of a firm arch shell with a deep heel seat for full control of the heel and arch. The special arch peg design helps to keep the … Continue reading