Category Archives: Archives

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

May 2017

BOC moves to expanded headquarters

The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) reported in May that it will move from its current offices in Owings Mills, MD, to a larger space in the same city. The BOC will close during the June 1-6 transition. Continue reading

May 2017

CMTA study is AAOS “Game Changer”

The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA) in April announced a study sponsored by the Glenolden, PA-based nonprofit found the three leading procedures for treating heel deformities don’t correct the problem adequately. Continue reading

May 2017

Allard USA appoints Williams CEO

Rockaway, NJ-based Allard USA announced in May the appointment of Dennis Williams, CO, BOCO, as CEO. He assumed responsibilities on May 1, succeeding James Button. Continue reading

2017

Össur contest to send winner to Reykjavik

Foothill Ranch, CA-based Össur in April invited people of all ages with limb loss to celebrate their accomplishments with #MyWinningMoment, an online contest in which people share their stories on mywinningmoment.com.

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May 2017

NATA wins ASAE excellence award

The Carrollton, TX-based National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) announced in May its win of a Gold Circle Award in the website category at the American Society of Association Executive’s (ASAE) 2017 Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference, held May 2-3, in Washington, DC. Continue reading

May 2017

OPTP releases professional catalog

Minneapolis, MN-based Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products (OPTP) in April published the 37th edition of its semiannual professional catalog. Continue reading

May 2017

Benefits of blood flow: Effect may facilitate Achilles healing 

Microcirculatory blood flow two weeks after Achilles tendon repair is correlated with long-term patient-reported and functional outcomes, according to research from Sweden in which blood flow in both the injured and contralateral tendons was associated with healing potential.

By Katie Bell Continue reading

May 2017

Visual feedback on ground contact time helps improve performance in runners

Visual-augmented feedback-based training focused on reducing ground contact time is associated with improved performance in trained distance runners, according to a Swiss study.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

May 2017

ACLR patients exhibit hop test deficits between limbs and vs matched controls

After anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), hop test scores differ not only between limbs but also when scores for either limb are compared with normative data from healthy athletes, according to research from the Netherlands that could have return-to-sports implications.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

May 2017

Alternating recurrence: Subsequent ulcers often occur in new sites

Most practitioners are aware that diabetic foot ulcers have a high recurrence rate, but might be surprised by findings epublished in April suggesting a relatively large number of subsequent ulcers occur at new locations, including the contralateral foot.

By Stephanie Kramer Continue reading

May 2017

Shoe closure technique affects thermal stress response in at-risk individuals

Shoelace closure technique can affect plantar thermal stress response (TSR) in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, according to a study from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, that has implications for foot ulcer prevention.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading