Category Archives: Archives

April 2010

Compex Performance US

DJO introduces the Compex Performance US electronic muscle stimulator designed to complement training and exercise regimens. An over-the-counter, portable electronic muscle stimulator, the  Compex Performance US features technology approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002. The product utilizes … Continue reading

April 2010

Vancouver 2010: Behind the scenes

Qualifying for the Olympic Games or the Paralympics is about taking athletic performance to the next level. Sometimes it’s also about taking rehabilitation to the next level. That’s where lower extremity practitioners come in. By Cary Groner

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April 2010

Out On a Limb: Up from the wreckage

Have a bad day at the office? At least you didn’t have to worry about not having any electricity. Or clean water. Most of us take these things for granted. But for some practitioners, in places devastated by war or by natural disaster, they are very real concerns that go hand in hand with lower extremity care. By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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April 2010

The epidemiology of plantar fasciitis

Up to 10% of the population may present with heel pain, which underscores the importance of practitioner familiarity with the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis and the associated risk factors.

By Capt. Danielle L. Scher, MD; Lt. Col. Philip J. Belmont, Jr., MD; and Maj. Brett D. Owens, MD

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April 2010

The quest to improve rocker effects in O&P

The roll-over shape, a means of directly measuring rockers during gait, can help determine ways of optimizing orthotic and prosthetic devices so that the resulting gait is as natural as possible.

By Andrew H. Hansen, PhD

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April 2010

Multiple factors affect running shoe selection

The concept of evidence-based running shoe selection is nice in theory, but in fact, the literature is replete with conflicting findings on a range of issues, from arch height to shoe construction.

By Col. Joseph M. Molloy, PT, PhD, SCS, and Maj. Deydre S. Teyhen, PT, PhD, OCS

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April 2010

Pointe shoes complicate biomechanics of ballet

Pointe shoes, which elongate a dancer’s legs and accentuate the beauty of classical ballet technique, come with their own set of biomechanical principles—and their own set of risk factors for injury.

By Selina Shah, MD

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April 2010

Pelvic neutral: Key to balance training

Research suggests that balance exercises can help decrease injury risk and improve performance, particularly in female athletes. But balance training technique can significantly influence results.

By Gretchen D. Oliver, PhD, ATC, LAT

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April 2010

In the moment: Diabetes

The photo shows a hospital scene that under different circumstances might be comical. A patient with a diabetic foot problem lies in a bed, surrounded by practitioners. But none of the practitioners are communicating with each other, and all but one have their backs to the patient.

Plus: • Platelet-rich plasma •Tendon lengthening • TCC utilization

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April 2010

In the moment: knee OA

Two studies presented in March suggest that bracing for knee osteoarthritis may be effective in two patient populations that are not well represented in the OA bracing literature: those with lateral tibiofemoral compartment OA and those with severe disease. Plus: • Effects of footwear • PRP vs hyaluronan

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April 2010

In the moment: sports medicine

Soccer is already the world’s most popular sport, but new research could very well broaden its appeal even further. Multiple studies from Denmark suggest that playing soccer can improve bone mineral density and other musculoskeletal risk factors associated with falls and fractures.

Plus: • FieldTurf vs grass • Pitchers leg it out Continue reading

April 2010

Market Mechanics

• Orthotic fitters organization debuts, plans first symposium this summer
• STS creates casting sock for Richie
• Diabetic Foot Conference boasts record attendance, honors Joseph
• Redi-Thotics enters the matrix

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March 2010

Levy Dynamic AFO

Levy & Rappel introduces the Levy Dynamic. This dynamic ankle foot orthosis is manufactured with double Velcro straps, full custom uprights and a custom functional foot orthotic base. The custom footplate can be full length or trimmed to the metatarsal head or sulcus. … Continue reading

March 2010

Dynamic Walk Single Side

The Dynamic Walk Single Side Orthosis from Centri is a new ankle foot orthosis made of a lightweight moldable carbon fiber composite material. The open heel construction allows for optimal fit and comfort with various shoe types. The Dynamic Walk … Continue reading

March 2010

Iliotibial Band Compression Wrap

The Iliotibial Band Compression Wrap from Pro-Tec Athletics now has a new non-slip backing to minimize migration. The Iliotibial Band Wrap helps reduce pain on the outside of the knee, alleviating conditions of iliotibial band syndrome. Applied above the patella … Continue reading

March 2010

650 APU Articulated AFO

Anatomical Concepts now offers a multifunctional, ambulatory Articulated AFO for patients in the earliest stages of rehabilitation. Benefits of prescribing the 650 APU (Adjustable Posterior Upright) Articulated AFO include heel strike at initial contact, stability in stance phase with the … Continue reading

March 2010

Pediped Flex Children’s Shoes

The Spring/Summer 2010 pediped children’s shoe collection introduces more than 60 new styles including 39 Flex styles. The Flex styles boast new features incorporating the latest materials, including Memory Foam Technology (MFT).  Memory foam allows the shoe to mold to a child’s foot, creating a … Continue reading

March 2010

Redi-Thotics Orthotic Matrix

Redi-Thotics introduces a specific indication orthotic matrix. This comes in response to practitioner demand for an easy to use guide for device selection. The color-coded guide is designed to facilitate proper fit and function of prefabricated orthoses and assist office … Continue reading

March 2010

1M10 Adjust Prosthetic Foot

Otto Bock HealthCare introduces the 1M10 Adjust prosthetic foot, developed specifically for the K2 user, which can be adapted to an amputee’s individual gait pattern without the need for realignment. The heel stiffness is adjustable for a soft, medium or … Continue reading

March 2010

Cryo Pneumatic Knee Splint

Corflex introduces reimbursable cryotherapy. The Corflex Cryo Pneumatic Knee Splint is designed to combine the benefits of pneumatic compression with cold therapy and is reimbursable under L4380.  The simple design allows for easy application and adjustable compression with a self-contained on/off … Continue reading

March 2010

DRAFO DRG

Bracemasters International introduces the DRAFO (Dynamic Response Ankle Foot Orthosis) DRG (Dynamic Response Gauntlet). The DRG is a custom molded ankle gauntlet with a two-part design that features an FDA approved inner liner. It is extremely skin friendly and conformable … Continue reading

March 2010

Keeping MRSA in check: Are you doing enough?

The spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus has clinicians, especially those who treat patients with diabetes, rethinking the way they practice. Experts offer tips for treatment and prevention, starting with what not to wear.

By Cary Groner

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March 2010

Out On a Limb: Pro rated

When hearing about how a therapy has helped a professional athlete, it can be difficult to extrapolate those results to your own patient population. Tiger Woods may have lost Gatorade, but he’ll always have platelet rich plasma. By Jordana Bieze Foster

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March 2010

A three-point approach to testing running shoes

The assessment test—which focuses on heel counter firmness, torsional control, and flexibility—can help in selecting a shoe that will be biomechanically effective as well as comfortable.

By Bruce E. Williams, DPM

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March 2010

Return to football after Achilles tendon rupture

Only two-thirds of NFL skill players ever come back, and those who do find their performance significantly affected. But a prodromal period may offer opportunities for early intervention.

By Khalid Shirzad, MD; John D. Hewitt, MD; Carter Kiesau, MD; and Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA

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