Category Archives: Archives

November 2017

Hot tip to predict ulcer risk: Repeat temperature test for best results

The concept of foot temperature monitoring to identify areas of increased risk of ulceration in patients with diabetes is promising, but new research from the Netherlands suggests clinical use of the technology will require more than a single temperature assessment.

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November 2017

Gait findings support focus on proximal muscle function in people with diabetes

Lower extremity muscle force during gait differs significantly among patients with diabetic neuropathy, patients with diabetes but no neuropathy, and controls, according to research from Brazil that underscores the importance of maintaining proximal muscle function in patients with diabetes.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

November 2017

Variability in glycemic control can help estimate time needed to heal foot ulcers

Glycemic variability—fluctuations in HbA1c level from one visit to another—is significantly associated with foot ulcer healing time in patients with diabetes, according to research from the UK.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

November 2017

Runners’ knees get a lift: Elevating heel cuts patellofemoral load

Wearing heel lifts in conventional running shoes can help reduce patellofemoral joint loading and may offer an alternative to gait retraining in runners with patello­femoral pain (PFP), according to research conducted at  the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

By Jill R. Dorson Continue reading

November 2017

Combination of four variables predicts 90% of recurrent lateral ankle sprains

A combination of four variables predicts 90% of cases of recurrent lateral ankle sprain within one year of an initial sprain, according to research from the University of Sydney in Australia.

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November 2017

Video overlay feedback helps improve biomechanics of sport-specific landing

Video feedback is associated with improved landing mechanics—suggesting a reduced risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury—during a sport-specific task, according to research from the University of Groningen Medical Center in the Netherlands.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

November 2017

I-Runner Elite with Velcro

The I-Runner PDAC-approved diabetic shoe family continues to grow. I-Runner proudly introduces its first-ever Velcro closure model, the Elite.Designed by pedorthists, the Elite features a single 1″ strap that sits high on the… Continue reading

November 2017

CuraMedix DuoLith SD1 TT

The FDA-approved DuoLith SD1 TT from CuraMedix is the next generation of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), with focused CylindricalSource technology, as a nonsurgical treatment for pain associated with chronic proximal plantar fasciitis. Continue reading

November 2017

The Funnel Shoe Donning Aid

The FootFunnel from Insightful Products has been re-engineered and rebranded as the Funnel, designed to improve the shoe donning process for those with mobility issues. With a regular shoehorn, the user struggles with coordinating three things at… Continue reading

November 2017

Korebalance 3.0 Software

Korebalance, an advanced rehabilitation system for neuro­sensory training and assessment, now features new pre- ­installed software. Version 3.0 includes more and better games to challenge a variety of balance and mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury) issues… Continue reading

November 2017

Ease Knee Highs in New Sizes

Therafirm is launching Ease Knee Highs in XL sizes and petite lengths. The Ease line of compression hosiery features construction from ultrastretchy and super soft yarns for comfort and style. Whereas the previous size offerings would accommodate… Continue reading

November 2017

Vivobarefoot Ultra III Bloom

Vivobarefoot’s Ultra III Bloom is the industry’s first molded shoe made from algae, with an amphibious, eco-friendly design for adventures on both land and sea. The shoe has been created in collaboration with Bloom, a company that… Continue reading

November 2017

Formula Prosthetic Foot

New from Fillauer, the Formula foot is engineered to provide an ideal balance of flexibility and power that is appropriate for a wide range of users due to a posterior mount design. The long, lightweight carbon pylon provides critical energy return through the… Continue reading

November 2017

Metatarsal Pad Kits

Tread Labs, a source for semicustom, orthotic insoles, announces the launch of Metatarsal Pad Kits, designed to allow providers to add metatarsal support to any existing Tread Labs insole. Like the company’s the interchangeable insole topcovers, the… Continue reading

November 2017

Xelero Matrix One

Now available from Xelero is the Matrix One pedorthic shoe. Designed for walking and light running, the shoe is offered in men’s grey/black mesh and women’s light grey/light blue mesh. The Matrix One features the same technology as… Continue reading

November 2017

OPTP io-ball

OPTP is now the official distributer for the io-ball, an inflatable exercise ball with a unique elliptical shape. The compact, lightweight ball can be positioned horizontally or vertically, allowing the user to increase the difficulty of standard movements or… Continue reading

November 2017

Corrective Orthotic Station

The Podo USA Corrective Orthotic Station is a fully integrated medically corrective orthotic system that includes plantar pressure analysis and foot and ankle posturology. The system features a 1600-sensor pressure platform, a high-resolution camera… Continue reading

November 2017

La Pointique Heel Strap

La Pointique Int’l now offers the new Heel Strap and LP compression socks. The Heel Strap is designed to provide support to the ligaments of the heel and ankle in athletes to improve stability during jumps and shifting movements. Continue reading

October 2017

Ipsen data show CP spasticity undertreated

A presentation given by Basking Ridge, NJ-based Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals in September at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine in Montreal, Canada, found more than 40% of children with cerebral palsy (CP) receive none of 10 common therapies for the motor disorder. Continue reading

October 2017

Comau, Össur invest in Iuvo exoskeletons

Rekyavik, Iceland-based Össur and Italian automation company Comau in October announced their investment in Iuvo, a wearable technology company headquartered in Pisa, Italy, that’s focused on developing robotic exoskeletons to enhance mobility. Continue reading

October 2017

OrthoPediatrics closes $59.8M IPO

Warsaw, IN-based pediatric surgical system maker OrthoPedia­trics on October 15 announced the closing of its initial public offering of 4.6 million shares of its common stock, including the full exercise by the underwriters of their option to… Continue reading

October 2017

NIH funds $1.3M post-traumatic OA study

The National Institutes of Health in July awarded a $1.3 million grant to an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis mechanical engineer to evaluate a new method of strengthening damaged cartilage and preventing arthritic progression. Continue reading

October 2017

Ottobock acquires Freedom Innovations

Duderstadt, Germany-based Ottobock HealthCare GmbH has acquired Irvine, CA-based Freedom Innovations from its previous owner, private equity company Health Evolution Partners. The two parties signed a confidential purchase agreement on September 22. Continue reading

October 2017

Mueller Sports is WFATT official supplier

Prairie du Sac, WI-based Mueller Sports Medicine in September cemented its relationship with the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT), becoming their official supplier of sports medicine products. Continue reading

October 2017

NSF gives $500K for synthetic muscle work

The National Science Foundation (NSF) in September awarded a University of Houston (UH) engineer $500,000 to develop artificial muscle and tendons for prostheses. Continue reading