Category Archives: Archives

April 2018

Treatment for post-stroke spastic equinovarus and plantar flexor spasticity

Spasticity occurs in 20% to 40% of stroke patients. Two new studies add to the body of evidence supporting the use of botulinum toxin type A (BT-A) injections for post-stroke spasticity: the first looked at the ideal timing of injections for plantar flexor spasticity, and the second looked at ultrasound-guided injections for spastic equinovarus. Continue reading

April 2018

Crossover prosthetic design

Prosthetic feet are typically optimized for a narrow range of activities, meaning active prosthetic users may need more than 1 prosthesis to fully participate in activities with varying degrees of impact. Modern energy-storing feet (ESF) support users’ ability to walk at differing speeds, as well as support static standing, but they can limit aerobic activities and running speeds. Running-specific feet (RSF), while ideal for running and sprinting, do not support low impact activities, particularly standing or walking. Continue reading

April 2018

Post-operative complications after Achilles tendon rupture repair

Achilles tendon rupture (ATR) is one of the most common injuries resulting from sports and exercise activities. Its resulting functional deficits can last more than 2 years from the original injury. While traditionally it has been an injury seen more among men, prevalence among women has been increasing, most likely due to increased participation in recreational sports. Continue reading

April 2018

Low-cost trans-femoral prosthesis uses plantar insole sensors

Indian researchers have designed a trans-femoral prothesis with plantar insole sensors that they found allow users to achieve near able-bodied gait kinematics. The passive prosthesis uses a magneto-rheological (MR) damping system with electronic control based on plantar insole feedback Continue reading

April 2018

Supportive footwear for children with CMT

The effect of footwear on gait and balance of children and adolescents with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is of interest to parents and clinicians. Children with CMT, which causes progressive damage to peripheral nerves, particularly the feet and ankles, often have gait difficulties due to muscle weakness, including problems with balance, resulting in falls. Continue reading

April 2018

3D Force Sensing Performance Treadmills

AMTI has introduced a new instrumented treadmill: The MOBIUS Treadmill, which is available with an optional incline feature, capable of a 25% gradient. Both models have two independent, 8800N-capacity force platforms, and a newly-designed frame engineered to achieve the… Continue reading

April 2018

Cadence Low Volume Insole

Cadence insoles introduces a thinner, low volume design. The Cadence “Low Volume” provides semi-rigid support and low compression set full-length total contact shock absorbing foam for added comfort in the heel and forefoot. Cadence are easily customized with the addition of a wedge, post or lift if needed. Continue reading

April 2018

Study assesses role of corticosteroid therapy in Achilles tendinopathy

Achilles tendinopathy is the most common overuse injury in sport, and it is common in non-athletes as well. High volume image guided injection and structured rehabilitation (HVIGI+SR) has been shown in repeated studies to provide significant improvement in… Continue reading

April 2018

Baby Foot Original Exfoliation Foot Peel & Moisturizing Foot Mask

Baby Foot is described as the Original Foot Peel.” In 1997, Baby Foot was created and formulated in Japan. In 2012, Baby Foot was launched in the US. Baby Foot continues to be a loved foot exfoliation brand. Continue reading

April 2018

When considering amputation, consider the whole patient

It is likely that someone close to you has faced a major health decision. After the choices and medical advice have been considered, a very personal factor came into play, and the words were spoken: “I don’t want to be a burden.” Continue reading

March 2018

What role for eccentric exercises in conservative treatment of achilles tendinopathy

The authors seek answers to clinical questions regarding the optimal program of eccentric exercises: Does type of tendinopathy predict success? What modifications to exercise duration and repetitions make sense? What is the likelihood of long-term pain relief afforded by such a program of exercise?

By Jonathan L. Hook, DPM, MHA, and Curt Martini, DPM Continue reading

March 2018

The effect of footwear on the management of pain caused by disorders of the knee joint

Clinical studies have demonstrated that properly fitted footwear may alleviate knee pain resulting from osteoarthritis or other joint disease processes, while the wrong shoe can exacerbate the condition. How can practitioners help patients with knee pain make the distinction?

By Keith Loria Continue reading

March 2018

Function meets fashion in modern therapeutic devices

Unattractive therapeutic devices do not benefit patients if they won’t wear them. Leading practitioners discuss how, over the past decade, manufacturers have made significant strides in turning the solely functional into the truly fabulous.

By Jill R. Dorson Continue reading

March 2018

Is it the foot— or the footwear? Considerations for protecting a diabetic foot

In diabetes, assessing the mechanical properties of the patient’s soft tissues and the properties of footwear and orthoses comes before drafting a management plan.

By Nachiappan Chockalingam, PhD Continue reading

March 2018

The effect of sensory stimulation on movement accuracy

The author explores the sensory aspects of the foot, and footwear, on patient movement accuracy, joint stabilization, and perception of pain. An integrative approach to the dynamics of human movement is discussed.

By Emily Splichal, DPM Continue reading

March 2018

Pediatric Orthopedic treat­ments: “Choosing Wisely”

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has added several recommendations to limit the use of certain imaging, ultrasound, and orthotics in special circumstances in children. The list, which has been added to the… Continue reading

March 2018

RFPs for O&P research grants

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is accepting proposals for separate research grants for clinical research on lower-limb related issues. The proposal submission deadline is April 30. Continue reading

March 2018

Skived Metatarsal and Longitudinal Arch Pads

Aetna Foot Products has introduced Skived Metatarsal and Longitudinal Arch Pads, used to transfer or distribute weight from problem areas, minimizing pain and discomfort, while providing proper alignment, support, and cushioning. Continue reading

March 2018

AACPT Pledges $90K to Foundation for Physical Therapy

The Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy (AACPT) pledged more than $90,000 to the Foundation for Physical Therapy to support 2 research grants related to acute care physical therapy. Continue reading

March 2018

Ottobock Kenovo knee joint under FDA recall

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class 2 device recall of the Ottobock Kenovo prosthetic knee joint, model 3C60=ST and model 3C60. Continue reading

March 2018

Dorsal Hybrid Night Splint

Advantage by Elite Orthopaedics introduces the Dorsal Hybrid Night Splint, indicated for plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. The shell design with articulating hinge allows functionality with full range adjustability. Continue reading

March 2018

Grant to study TBI-related lower extremity deficits

Kessler Foundation researchers Kiran Karunakaran, PhD, and Karen Nolan, PhD, have received a $35,000 grant from New Jersey Health Foundation to study the cortical changes in children and young adults with lower extremity motor deficits caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI). Continue reading

March 2018

Desksurfer Balance Activity Platform

The new Desksurfer from Medical Fitness Solutions is a patent-pending balance platform providing clinicians with an adjustable stability balance training device, with 360 degrees of rotation and 20 degrees of ankle plantar and dorsiflexion that… Continue reading

March 2018

WPI researchers developing App to track and analyze chronic wounds

Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have received a 4-year, $1.6 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop a smart phone app that will allow patients and their caregivers to track and assess chronic wounds, including… Continue reading

March 2018

GlideWear Midfoot Protection Sock for Charcot Foot

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies has expanded its GlideWear foot protection sock line with the addition of the Midfoot Protection Sock. Designed to protect the plantar surface of the midfoot, which is at greater risk for ulceration in… Continue reading