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February 2018

PT licensure compact to begin mid-2018

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) has set mid-2018 as the go-live date for the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, an agreement among member states to improve access to physical therapy (PT) services by increasing the ability of eligible providers to work in… Continue reading

February 2018

AAOS welcomes chief education strategist

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has appointed Anna Salt Troise as its new chief education strategist. In this role, Troise will direct all AAOS education and peer-reviewed publishing activities, as well as its newly implemented strategy.

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February 2018

Podiatric coding expert Harry Goldsmith dies

Harry Goldsmith, DPM, a noted coding expert and consultant to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Health Policy and Practice department, died February 7. Goldsmith was instrumental in the development of the APMA Coding Resource Center, among other efforts that supported the APMA.

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February 2018

PTAG honors legislator

The Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) honored Senator Fran Millar (R-GA) with its Legislator of the Year Award on February 13 for his work to ensure all Georgians have access to physical therapy, reported Dunwoody, GA-based The Crier.

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February 2018

Fashion and inspiration for women

Trend-able.com, a fashion and lifestyle website that seeks to help women who have physical disabilities that require leg braces, orthotic or prosthetic devices or other devices such as for balance and walking to look and feel their best, is a free resource for patients, orthotists and prosthetists… Continue reading

February 2018

Exercising arms improves post-stroke walking

Canadian researchers have demonstrated that that arm exercises—specifically, cycling the arms—improves post-stroke gait. The authors said this is the first study to test the effect of arm training on post-stroke leg function, even years after the event. The results appear in the Journal of Neurophysiology. Continue reading

February 2018

TJA patients discharged home alone do well

Patients who live alone had a safe and manageable recovery when discharged directly home after total joint arthroplasty (TJA), according to a prospective study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. Continue reading

February 2018

Researchers target prevention of posttraumatic osteoarthritis

Reducing oxidative stress in mitochondria shortly after joint injury may prevent posttraumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA), according to a study published in Science Translational Journal. This discovery is compelling because young, active patients are more likely than older patients to experience these injuries, yet are not… Continue reading

February 2018

Core weakness may lead to low back pain in runners

Deep core-muscle weakness in runners leads to compensation strategies that increase pressure and loading on the spine, which may increase the risk of low back pain, a new analysis demonstrates. Continue reading

February 2018

Group urges training exercises to prevent ACL injury

Athletic trainers and healthcare professionals have a fresh set of recommendations to help prevent noncontact and indirect contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in athletes and physically active people. The position statement, “Prevention of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury,” from the… Continue reading

February 2018

Strengthening the Interprofessional Approach to Fall Prevention

Health care professionals who work with older adults are all too familiar with the devastating sequelae of falls, including injury and fear of falling that can lead to activity restriction and further risk of falls. Most worrisome is that death rates from falls have doubled between 2000 and 2014, which highlights the importance of sustaining existing fall prevention efforts, and of building new ones. Continue reading

February 2018

Assessing Limb Length Discrepancy

Leg-length discrepancy and its sequelae are best considered a syndrome affecting many regions of the body through the closed kinetic chain. Most cases require comprehensive, cross-disciplinary treatment. The authors present a novel scoring system for diagnosis.

By Jay Segel, DPM; Susan Sanford, PT, L.Ac, C.SMA; Sally Crawford, MS; and Lori Yarrow, DC, BPE Continue reading

February 2018

Implications of asymmetry in the treatment of injured athletes

Given that many uninjured, successful athletes have some degree of asymmetry, how do clinicians interpret asymmetry in athletes recovering from injury?

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February 2018

Patient comfort vs diabetic wound healing: confronting nonadherence associated with removeable offloading devices

Patient adherence to consistent use of removeable offloading and immobilization devices is central to promote healing and prevent infection in diabetic foot ulcers, yet the tradeoff of removability easily compromises adherence. Choosing and customizing the right device is key.

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February 2018

Do specialty shoes boost weightlifting performance?

Sport-specific shoes may protect athletes from injury or enhance their performance. Do specialty weightlifting shoes offer these same benefits? What effect do the shoes have on posture, rearfoot force production, ankle range of motion, the ability to bend the knee deeply,  and other para­meters? Research is mixed.

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February 2018

The Pedors Classic MAX: Shoes For Swollen Feet

The Pedors Classic MAX is the Pedors Classic “supersized”.  The MAX has been designed with a dual strap closure which enables the shoe to open up to allow the foot to placed rather than forced into the shoe. Continue reading

February 2018

3P Or Not 3P That Is The Question

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer, The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them in very comfortable prefabricated inserts. Continue reading

February 2018

Darco Peg Assist

The Darco Peg Assist Insole is the premier off the shelf product for offloading of wounds of the foot and post operative site pressure relief. The Peg Assist features removable pegs that effectively offload the plantar aspect of the foot. Continue reading

January 2018

Walking Shoe Collection

The Walking Shoes Collections for Women and Men from Waldlaufer USA provide support and a broad brace to help reduce pronation. Built to provide more room at the ball of the foot while hugging the heel, the Women’s Page Hiroko Walking Shoe is made with… Continue reading

January 2018

Waff Balance Tool

New to the market is the Waff, a 3 dimensional-engineered tool that combines stability and mobility to replicate the functionality of a vertebra, producing profound effects on the body. With continued use, the Waff Mini increases balance, as well as foot and ankle joint function, by… Continue reading

January 2018

Hands-Free Diabetic Shoes

Quikiks, a hands free-operable, securely fastening footwear line, offers a new stylish diabetes patient-friendly version 25% lighter than the company’s previous models. The shoes are made with a stretchable upper material and an extra-wide elastic band attached to side supports with… Continue reading

January 2018

Rheo Knee XC

The Rheo Knee XC from Ossur is a microprocessor-controlled knee designed to support patients from early rehabilitation to full recovery with intuitive and stable functionality. The Rheo Knee XC supports increased mobility including cycling, walk-to-run, and stair ascent. Continue reading

January 2018

Pro-Flex XC Torsion Foot

The new Pro-Flex XC Torsion foot from Ossur has been developed to comfortably support the active user who enjoys hiking and jogging, as well as level-ground walking. The Pro-Flex XC Torsion combines the Pro-Flex XC features of energy return and smooth roll-over, with… Continue reading

January 2018

Topical Rehab Muscle Recovery

Dr. Swaim’s Natural Skin Care introduces Dr. Swaim’s Muscle Bang, which directly feeds the necessary metabolic building blocks to targeted tissues by topical application. Ingredients maximize cellular repair through optimizing mitochondrial metabol­ism. Continue reading

January 2018

K2 Guardian Friction-Brake Knee

College Park Industries launches the K2 Guardian friction-brake knee, a lightweight mechanical knee joint featuring a friction brake for stance control, stance flexion, and extension assist. The knee is best suited as a rehabilitation tool for new patients to learn standing and… Continue reading