Category Archives: Archives

June 2010

DryPro Prosthesis Protector

Dry Corp offers the new DryPro prosthesis protector, which fits over the prosthesis to offer complete waterproof protection. The DryPro prosthesis protector is engineered with a patented watertight vacuum seal that stays secure until the seal is released. A hand … Continue reading

June 2010

Endolite Echelon Foot

Endolite offers the newly introduced Echelon foot. The Echelon foot is specifically designed for the low- to high- impact K3 amputee who may also enjoy occasional recreational athletic activities. Lightweight and dynamic, the Echelon foot utilizes independent hydraulics to control … Continue reading

June 2010

Market Mechanics


• 125th anniversary
• Adding AFOs
• Insoles for DOMS
• Ice hockey deal

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June 2010

In the moment: Sports medicine

After more than a decade of discord and sometimes contentious debate, biomechanists appear moving toward a consensus that the mechanism of anterior cruciate ligament injury cannot be wholly attributed to either the frontal or sagittal planes but is in fact multiplanar.

Plus: • Shoes and knee OA • Foot strike patterns

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June 2010

Heel pain revisited: New guidelines emphasize evidence

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons’ revised guidelines for heel pain treatment reflect lower extremity healthcare’s increasing focus on evidence-based medicine, including hundreds of references as well as helpful diagrams. But clinical experience is still essential to the therapeutic process. By Cary Groner

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June 2010

Out on a Limb: Thinking globally

There are a lot of reasons you might not want to leave the country these days. Terrorism. The economy. Language barriers. Maybe you just feel there’s no need – you can have a perfectly good vacation, and even update your professional credentials at the same time, without the hassle of renewing your passport or trying to remember where you put the darned thing.

by Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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June 2010

Outreach efforts in Haiti alter lives on both sides

Clinicians who have volunteered their time in Haiti since the January earthquake have helped restore mobility and independence to a new generation of amputees.

By L.W. Barnes

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June 2010

Making a difference, one pair of shoes at a time

As it turned out, donating a million dollars worth of shoes was the easy part. Then there was the daunting–but rewarding–task of getting the shoes to those who needed them in Haiti.

By Todd Carter

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June 2010

Surgical site infection risk in patients with diabetes

Surgical procedures are often unavoidable in patients with diabetes, and can even help reduce future risk of ulceration. But high postoperative infection rates in this patient population pose additional challenges to practitioners.

by Ryan L. McMillen, DPM, Nicholas J. Lowery, DPM, and Dane K. Wukich, MD

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June 2010

Postural control deficits: the role of foot orthoses

The mechanism by which foot orthoses improve postural control remains uncertain, but research suggests that it may stem from improvements in sensory feedback or changes in center of pressure that in turn affect joint moments.

By Douglas Richie, DPM

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June 2010

Microfracture outcomes in pro basketball players

Research suggests that more than three-quarters of professional basketball players return to play following microfracture surgery, but may not regain their previous level of athletic performance.

By Nirav H. Amin, MD, Martin J. Morrison III MD, Douglas L. Cerynik, MD, and James Tom, MD.

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May 2010

Aircast Airheel Brace

DJO introduces the Aircast Airheel brace which is specifically designed to treat plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and heel pain. Using two interconnected aircells located under the foot arch and the back of the heel, the brace applies pulsating compression with … Continue reading

May 2010

Body Armor Night Splint

The new Body Armor Night Splint from Darco provides a specific and sustained stretch to the plantar fascia by actively and comfortably loading the windlass mechanism. A toe strap dorisflexes the first metatarsophalangeal joint, which stretches the plantar fascia and … Continue reading

May 2010

YogaToes

YogaToes is a new foot stretching, aligning, and conditioning system designed to treat or prevent multiple foot conditions including hammertoes, bunions, and plantar fasciitis. The device is engineered from soft, hypoallergenic medical gel that is BPA- and latex-free, and made … Continue reading

May 2010

Sher Custom Embossed Orthotics

Promote your business name and logo with Sher Brand Custom Embossed Leather Orthotics from Sroufe Healthcare Products. Customizing a quality product with your embossed name and logo allows you to promote your business and retain customers for repeat orders. Custom … Continue reading

May 2010

Slip-Resistant Athletic Shoes

Drew Shoe Corporation introduces its new line of slip-resistant athletic shoes, available in four styles: Men’s lace-up (Atlas), Men’s Velcro (Apollo), Women’s lace-up (Hara), and Women’s Velcro (Venus). The shoes feature a removable, dual-density footbed with added heel cushion pad, … Continue reading

May 2010

KeepingPace KPO96 Shoe

KeepingPace, manufacturer of children’s orthopedic footwear, announces the arrival of their girls’ Mary Jane, style KPO96. Designed to accommodate an- kle foot orthoses and adaptive footwear needs, the KPO96 features extra depth-extra widths, a flexible fit, full toe box, molded … Continue reading

May 2010

Tri-Series AFOs

Eastern Podiatry Laboratories introduces three new AFOs: the Tri-Lock, Tri-Flex, and Tri-Motion. The Tri-Lock AFO is a plastic reinforced, leather covered ankle gauntlet. It is available in 11 leather colors and three nubuck colors, four closure types, two standard heights … Continue reading

May 2010

Digital Foot Scanning

iStep Wave Aetrex Worldwide introduces the iStep Wave – a completely wireless foot scanning technology that captures three essential elements of feet: foot size, arch type, and pressure points.  The iStep Wave features 3,744 gold-plated barometric sensors and 1,326 infrared … Continue reading

May 2010

Economic downturn has upside for your practice

Call it rose colored glasses, or simply being the eternal optimist. Whatever you call it, historical evidence suggests that certain companies can trace their phenomenal business successes to decisions made during severe recessions.

By Jason Kraus

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May 2010

Runners and shoes: The knowledge gap

Long-distance running continues to be a popular recreational pursuit in the U.S. The running boom of the 1970s opened the door for mass participation in road races and marathons, and today there are an estimated 36 million runners in the U.S. Increased participation, however, has led to an increased number of injuries as well. The yearly incidence of running injuries is estimated to be between 37% and 56%.

by Ryan C. Enke, MD

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May 2010

PLANTER’S PUNCH: Kicking and ACL injury risk

Most studies of kicking in soccer have focused on the kicking leg. But the biomechanics of the plant leg, which often functions at odd and unexpected angles, may have greater implications for injury.

By Sarah E. Clagg, DPT, Angela R Warnock, MPT, and James S. Thomas, PT, PhD

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May 2010

Out on a limb: Weakness in numbers

Sometimes it’s hard to tell when it’s spring in New England, particularly when there are frost warnings in late April and the local hockey and basketball teams are still playing well into May. But one telltale sign is when the air is abuzz with baseball statistics. By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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May 2010

Plantar shear: Casting light on ‘dark matter’

Researchers and practitioners are gradually realizing that peak plantar pressure may not be as useful for predicting and preventing diabetic foot ulcers as previously thought, and are beginning to refocus their attention on plantar shear.

By Metin Yavuz, PhD

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May 2010

Yoga practice enhances management of knee OA

Research suggests that a tailored yoga practice can help reduce pain and improve function in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Potential mechanisms include strengthening, improving flexibility, and altering gait biomechanics. by Richa Mishra, MD, and Sharon L. Kolasinski, MD

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