Category Archives: Archives

September 2017

HP, Superfeet pilot 3D retail platform

Palo Alto, CA-based Hewlett Packard (HP) in September announced Ferndale, WA-based Superfeet is piloting in select stores its new retail foot scanning platform that performs dynamic gait analysis of customers’ feet with a combination of 3D scanning and pressure plate technology Continue reading

September 2017

Ottobock develops pediatric knee joint

Austin, TX-based Ottobock HealthCare in September reported it has developed the first everyday prosthesis with hydraulic swing phase control specifically for children. Continue reading

September 2017

Achilles prophecy: Early heel rise linked to later outcomes

Single-leg standing heel-rise test performance one year after Achilles tendon rupture is associated with the long-term recovery of ankle biomechanics, according to research from Gothenburg, Sweden. The findings may have implications for rehab­ilitation after Achilles injury, particularly with regard to relatively demanding activities such as jumping.

By Katie Bell Continue reading

September 2017

Online education helps reduce injuries in trail runners despite poor compliance

An online program designed to educate trail runners about injury prevention is associated with a significant decrease in running-related injury rate, even if runners don’t significantly change their preventive behaviors, according to research from the Netherlands.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

September 2017

Navicular injury in college football players slashes odds of NFL success

National Football League (NFL) prospects with a history of navicular injury are significantly less likely to be successful at the professional level than those without such an injury history, according to research that underscores the importance of restoring gait and function after a navicular stress injury in athletes.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

September 2017

OA accelerants: 4 factors help hasten disease progression

Age and body mass index (BMI)—as well as their interactions with glucose concentration and static femorotibial alignment—contribute to increased risk of accelerated knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to research from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston that could have implications for early diagnosis and intervention in this population.

By Chris Klingenberg Continue reading

September 2017

Study suggests strawberry consumption can benefit obese adults with knee OA

The old adage about an apple a day keeping the doctor away may need to be expanded to include other fruits, in light of new findings that a high level of daily strawberry consumption can relieve pain and reduce markers of disease progression in obese adults with knee osteoarthritis (OA).

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

September 2017

Intraarticular NSAIDs and opioid meds may contribute to cartilage cell death

Treating lower extremity joint pain with intraarticular non­steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioid medications may contribute to cartilage cell death, which could accelerate the progression of osteo­arthritis, according to an in vitro study from Stanford University in California.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

September 2017

Out on a limb: Of opioids and outcomes

Recent efforts to reduce utilization of opioid pain medications for lower extremity joint injuries and surgical rehabilitation have mostly focused on reducing the risk of addiction. But there’s another important reason to be concerned about the use of opioids in these patients—and other popular pain medications as well.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

September 2017

Running shoes and injury risk: Rethinking the importance of cushioning and pronation

In spite of advancements in research and subsequent modifications to running footwear design, rates of running-related injuries have not decreased. That may be because researchers and designers have been focusing on the wrong variables.

By Joseph Hamill, PhD, and Gillian Weir, PhD Continue reading

September 2017

Hemophilia, ankle pain, and orthotic management

The ankle is a frequent site of arthropathy  in patients with hemophilia, but orthotic devices and orthopedic shoes can help relieve this pain. New research suggests that…

By David Oleson, PT, PCS; Katherine Stribling, PT, DPT, PCS; Jamie Beckwith, PT, DPT; Laura Fox, PT, DPT, PCS; Felicity Case, PT, DPT, PCS; Nancy Durben, MSPT, PCS; and Michael Recht, MD, PhD      Continue reading

September 2017

Soft braces: Experts hunt for potential mechanisms

Soft braces are not designed to change lower extremity alignment or joint forces, but research suggests they may influence knee and ankle biomechanics in other ways, including by enhancing proprioception. This line of investigation could open the door to new therapeutic opportunities.

By Stephanie Kramer Continue reading

September 2017

SEBT scores and injury risk in collegiate athletes

Anterior-direction Star Excursion Balance Test performance may most appropriately discriminate between collegiate athletes who are and are not at risk for lower extremity injury, though…

By Mikel R. Stiffler-Joachim, MS; David R. Bell, ATC, PhD; and Bryan C. Heiderscheit, PT, PhD Continue reading

September 2017

Surgery and ulcer healing in patients with equinus

Achilles tendon lengthening and gastrocnemius recession both increase ankle joint dorsiflexion and reduce plantar forefoot pressures in patients with diabetes and equinus deformity, but experts continue to debate which is best for managing forefoot ulcers and minimizing reulceration.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

August 2017

Frontal plane kinematics and risk of ankle sprain

Research suggests that a simple step-down task has a strong relationship with frontal plane ankle kinematics during walking and jump landing, and may be one method of screening or assessing for increased inversion—and, in turn, increased risk of future ankle sprain—in clinical settings.

By Luke Donovan, PhD, ATC; and Mark A. Feger, PhD, ATC Continue reading

August 2017

AFOs and balance issues in peripheral neuropathy

At a symposium in Cape Town, South Africa, an orthotist demonstrated his technique for treating balance issues in patients with peripheral neuropathy using ankle foot orthoses (AFOs), and a team of researchers theorized about evidence-based concepts that could help explain his findings.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

August 2017

Biomechanics of femoral neck fractures in runners

Factors related to joint loading during running contribute to the development of stress fractures in the femoral neck and other lower extremity structures. Research suggests these loading parameters can be reduced by altering running foot strike pattern, stride length, speed, and step rate.

By Mark Riebel, PT, DSc, OCS, SCS Continue reading

August 2017

Clinical prediction rules: Finding a middle ground

Clinical prediction rules (CPRs) are intended to improve patient care, but critics have suggested that—for a number of reasons—the opposite may be true. Lower extremity experts interviewed by are in agreement that, ultimately, even the best CPRs should be only one piece of the clinical puzzle.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

August 2017

House approves AOPA-backed legislation

The Alexandria, VA-based American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) reported the US House of Representatives on July 25 voted to approve a bill that includes an O&P provision recognizing the orthotist-prosthetist’s notes as part of the medical record in Medicare Medical Necessity Determinations. Continue reading

August 2017

BraceLab formed to market Push Braces

Occupational therapist Judy C. Colditz, OT/L, CHT, FAOTA, announced in July that she has formed a new company, Raleigh, NC-based BraceLab, and completed an agreement for it to be the exclusive US distributor of Push Braces, owned by Nea International BV in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Continue reading

August 2017

Vicon unveils Vertex compact camera

Oxford, UK-based Vicon in July released a new 1.3 megapixel compact camera, the Vertex. Continue reading

August 2017

Ottobock hosts adaptive training event

Minneapolis, MN-based Ottobock on August 2 sponsored an adaptive training event the evening before the start of the three-day Amputee Coalition National Conference, held in Louisville, KY. Continue reading

August 2017

Wright highlights foot and ankle systems

Wright Medical Group highlighted three new lower extremity systems at the July 12-15 American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) 2017 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. Continue reading

August 2017

FDA clears foot/ankle In2Bones systems

Memphis, TN-based In2Bones USA reported in July it has received US Food and Drug Administration clearance for its new fracture repair and correction systems. Continue reading

August 2017

APTA reaches 100K-member mark

The Alexandria, VA-based American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in August reported it has achieved a major membership milestone: 100,000 members. Continue reading