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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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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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