Category Archives: Archives

June 2017

Plantar sensation fails to explain shift in foot strike during barefoot running

Sensory feedback research from Colorado appears to challenge the popular belief that barefoot runners tend to adopt a forefoot-strike pattern to avoid the discomfort of landing on an unprotected heel. Continue reading

June 2017

NHL study adds to evidence linking concussion, lower body injury risks

A study of National Hockey League (NHL) injuries adds to the evidence suggesting concussion significantly increases the risk of lower body injury in athletes, and vice-versa. Continue reading

June 2017

Forward progress on falls: Studies explore risk factors, intervention

The multiple factors that contribute to the risk of falls in older adults present a complicated clinical puzzle, but researchers are making progress on putting some of those pieces together, as evidenced by several studies presented in late May and early June at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual meeting in Denver. Continue reading

June 2017

Ankle proprioception in older adults diminishes to level of adolescents

Ankle proprioception peaks in young adulthood, and in elderly individuals—even the health­iest—declines to levels similar to those of adolescents, according to research presented in early June at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in Denver. Continue reading

June 2017

Carbon-fiber AFOs help propel patients with PAD while preserving calf muscle

Use of carbon-fiber ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) assists with propulsion in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) without compromising calf muscle integrity, according to research from the University of Montana in Missoula. Continue reading

June 2017

Out on a limb: Valuable testimony

A person’s testimony doesn’t always agree with objective evidence—that’s why some defense attorneys won’t allow their clients to take the stand during a trial, even in their own defense. Similarly, as most clinicians know, patient-reported outcomes aren’t always consistent with objective measures of function.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

June 2017

ANKLE FOOT ORTHOSES: Efforts to optimize outcomes focus on stiffness, alignment

Given the heterogeneity of many patient populations for whom ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) are indicated, it’s not surprising that AFO experts are at the forefront of the current trend favoring customization of devices to meet individual patient needs. Research presented in May at the 2017 International Society of Prosthetics & Orthotics (ISPO) World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, illustrated some of the many ways AFO stiffness and alignment can be optimized in the interest of patient-centric care. Continue reading

June 2017

NONMECHANICAL EFFECTS: Sleeves showcase softer side of knee pain management

Less may be more when it comes to knee bracing in some patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) and patellofemoral pain (PFP), according to studies of soft knee braces presented in May at the 2017 ISPO World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. Continue reading

June 2017

DIABETIC FOOTWEAR: Scientific approach to insole design helps reduce pressure

A scientific approach to insole design can help reduce plantar pressures associated with diabetic footwear, in turn reducing the risk of plantar ulcerations, according to research presented in May at the 2017 ISPO World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. Continue reading

June 2017

OSTEOARTHRITIS: Studies explore mechanisms for distal knee OA therapies

Studies presented in May at the 2017 ISPO World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, added to knee experts’ understanding of the mechanisms underlying distal interventions to reduce pain and joint loading in patients with medial knee osteoarthritis (OA). Continue reading

June 2017

INSOLE MODELING: Computer analysis facilitates foot orthosis development

Computer modeling is facilitating advances in insole development for patients with diabetic neuropathy and rheumatoid arthritis, according to data presented in May at the 2017 ISPO World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. Continue reading

June 2017

Study challenging Root concepts reignites debate

The latest paper to challenge biomechanics-based foot orthotic management concepts developed decades ago has revital­ized a long-running discussion among foot specialists about how to define normal structure and function and which assessments should be used in prescribing foot orthoses.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

June 2017

Minimalist shoes: Risks and benefits for runners

Although there may be benefits to a change in running footwear, there are also risks associated with a switch to minimalist running shoes. Alterations in anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics associated with transitioning to minimalist footwear are likely to be unique to each runner.

By J. Todd Walker, MD; Donna Moxley Scarborough, PT, MS; Eric M. Berkson, MD; and Matthew J. Salzler, MD Continue reading

June 2017

Management of painful plantar fat pad atrophy

Aging and a number of medical conditions can lead to atrophy of the fat pads under the heel and forefoot, which often causes considerable pain. Cushioned footwear and orthoses are mainstays of treatment, but research also supports the use of fat grafting in recalcitrant cases.

By Barbara Boughton  Continue reading

May 2017

Adrenaline GTS 17 Shoe

The Adrenaline GTS 17 from Brooks Sports has been updated with a more streamlined look and softer feel underfoot. The Adrenaline shoe still features a secure, comfortable fit while providing support, and is equipped with a full-length segmented crash pad to accommodate… Continue reading

May 2017

Healthy Gummies From Coral

To make good health a more palatable, Coral introduces Organic Hawaiian Red Turmeric Gummiesfor adults and children and Natural Calcium Gummies for kids. The turmeric gummies showcase the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities of turmeric… Continue reading

May 2017

Pro-Tech Orb Extreme Mini

Now available from Pro-Tech Athletics is the Orb Extreme Mini myofascial release ball, in a smallersize (3″ diameter) than the company’s Orb Extreme deep tissue massage ball. The ball facilitates single-point myo­fascial release to promote flexibility and… Continue reading

May 2017

LoRox Aligned Travel Roller

OPTP has expanded its options for portable foam rollers with the new LoRox Aligned Travel Roller, produced in partnership with fascia and body alignment expert Lauren Roxburgh, CSI. Made of durable, moderate density EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) foam, the compact roller… Continue reading

May 2017

Pressure Positive Three-zone Tool

The new 3Tool, exclusively available in the US from The Pressure Positive Company, is an easy-to-use, intuitive, affordable, and compact massage tool with three zones intended to treat muscle contractures, loosen vertebral segments, and massage tired muscles… Continue reading

May 2017

Core-Spun Support Socks

Core-Spun Support Socks by Therafirm are now available in four fashionable patterns. Thin Line, a pattern designed for women, is a white sock with pink and soft grey stripes. Merger, designed for men, is a black sock with navy and grey stripes… Continue reading

May 2017

New Thickness of ProComp

Cascade Orthopedic Supply offers a new 1/4″ thickness of ProComp, the company’s pre­preg composite material that has been infused with discontinuous carbon fibers, which allow for flow and stretch during melt temperature vacuum forming… Continue reading

May 2017

Samuel Hubbard Ivy Legend

Samuel Hubbard now offers the Ivy Legend men’s shoe line. Available in hand-colored black leather, cordovan, or whiskey leather with an antique finish, the shoes feature a classic loafer design with hand stitching and pin-tucking details… Continue reading

May 2017

OpWalk Carolinas donates care in Cuba

Three Charlotte, NC-based healthcare organizations on May 10 sent medical staff and resources to Cuba to perform critical hip and knee replacements. Continue reading

May 2017

Podimetrics mat system predicts DFUs

A study epublished on May 2 in Diabetes Care found Somerville, MA-based Podimetrics foot mat and monitoring system, designed to assess plantar temperature asymmetries and predict diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), detected most DFUs and was well-accepted by patients. Continue reading

May 2017

AAOS releases guidelines for hip OA

The Rosemont, IL-based American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in April released a new clinical practice guideline (CPG) on treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip. Continue reading