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October 2017

CMS shelves controversial O&P proposal

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in October withdrew a controversial proposal that would have restricted many physical therapists (PTs) from furnishing custom orthotic and prosthetic devices. Continue reading

October 2017

Footmaxx fits fishmongers with orthoses

Roanoke, VA-based Footmaxx in September partnered with Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market to deliver its custom Voyager orthoses to its fishmongers, who are known for their fish-throwing flair. Continue reading

October 2017

Therafirm adds sizing, pattern options

Kansas City, KS-based Therafirm in September expanded sizing options for its Ease Opaque gradient compression knee highs. Continue reading

October 2017

Dr. Comfort donates shoes to storm victims

Mequon, WI-based Dr. Comfort reported in September its donation of more than 500 pairs of its diabetic shoes to victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma through the American Red Cross and Soles4Souls, a nonprofit based in Nashville, TN. Continue reading

October 2017

BOC offers 3-year pharmacy accreditation

The Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) announced in October that it’s accepting applications for a new pharmacy compounding accreditation. Continue reading

October 2017

NWU promotes Fatone to professor

Northwestern University (NWU) in Chicago in September promoted Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), to professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation in the Feinberg School of Medicine. Continue reading

October 2017

Athletic training students win SWATA grants

The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in September reported the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association awarded scholarships and research grants to three students in its graduate athletic training program at the association’s annual meeting in… Continue reading

October 2017

AOSSM, Aircast back return-to-play study

The Rosemont, IL-based American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and The Aircast Foundation, headquartered in Naples, FL, announced in September that the groups are funding a new grant of up to $150,000 for a clinical research… Continue reading

October 2017

Out on a limb: Strength of purpose

Everyone has days when we just go through the motions—at our jobs, in social situations, at the gym—and tell ourselves it isn’t a big deal. But as clinicians you know that when patients just go through the motions of complying with prescribed treatments, their…

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

October 2017

Equinus and RA: Limited dorsiflexion exists without pain

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have decreased ankle dorsiflexion due to gastrocnemius contracture, even in the absence of foot and ankle pain, according to research from Michigan that may have implications for early intervention to minimize pain and dysfunction in this patient population.

By Katie Bell Continue reading

October 2017

Dialysis patients, even without diabetes, have high risk for ulceration, amputation

Patients with end-stage renal disease undergoing dialysis are at high risk for foot ulcerations and amputation, regardless of whether they also have diabetes, according to research from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, that underscores the need for foot screening in this population.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

October 2017

Textured insoles enhance stride length, plantar sensation in individuals with PD

One week of textured insole wear is associated with improved plantar sensation and stride length in patients with Parkinson disease (PD), according to research from São Paulo State University in Brazil.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

October 2017

Strength drives survival: But benefits of training appear complex

Lower extremity strength appears to be a key variable in the relationship between mortality and compliance with national resistance exercise guidelines, according to research from the University of Mississippi in University, MS.

By Keith Loria Continue reading

October 2017

Return to activity after Achilles repair parallels heel-rise performance recovery

Recovery of triceps surae muscle strength, as indicated by heel-rise test performance, is associated with the ability to return to jogging and other athletic activities after an Achilles tendon repair, according to research from Teikyo University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

October 2017

Pathomechanics in patients with hip OA suggest need for gait retraining

Altered hip mechanics during gait in patients with hip osteo­arthritis (OA) suggest a role for rehabilitation interventions focused on more than hip abductor strengthening alone, accord­- ing to research from the University of Leuven in Belgium.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

October 2017

HANDLE WITH CARE: How sports equipment affects biomechanics and injury risk

Clinicians know that handling a lacrosse stick or other types of sport-specific equipment can affect an athlete’s movement patterns in potentially harmful ways. Now researchers are beginning to quantify these types of effects and explore their clinical implications.

By Jill R. Dorson Continue reading

October 2017

Lower extremity clinicians absorb hurricanes’ impact

Clinicians in areas affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma were prepared for issues involving preexisting lower extremity concerns, but were surprised by the number of cases they saw in the storm’s aftermath involving healthy people trying to function under extraordinary conditions.

By Nancy Shohet West Continue reading

October 2017

Implications of high ankle sprains in college athletes

High ankle sprains in collegiate athletes differ from lateral or medial ankle sprains in multiple clinically relevant ways. These include loss of sports participation time, mechanism of injury, rates of injury during competition versus practices, and the possible long-term risk of osteoarthritis.

By Timothy C. Mauntel, PhD, ATC; and Zachary Y. Kerr, PhD, MPH Continue reading

October 2017

Orthotic management tactics for hallux limitus

Orthotic devices for hallux limitus are designed to limit first metatarsophalangeal joint motion while providing cushioning and plantar pressure distribution. A lack of quality research on conservative treatment of the disorder, however, forces clinicians to rely on their own experience.

By Hank Black Continue reading

October 2017

Return-to-play concerns following Achilles tears

Achilles tendon ruptures are severe injuries that are associated with a long recovery and significantly affect an athlete’s ability to function at a high level. In devising strategies for rehabilitation and return to play, the goal of clinicians and athletes alike is to try to minimize this impact.

By J. Turner Vosseller, MD Continue reading

October 2017

AeroSpring Brace Systems

Created as an alternative to heavy, difficult-to-secure walking boots, the new Richie AeroSpring Brace Systems have been designed to treat common conditions treated with walking boots. The AeroSpring “system approach” combines the therapeutic effects of a… Continue reading

October 2017

Game Changer Knee OA Brace

Ovation Medical has introduced the new Game Changer Premium Universal OA Knee Brace, designed to get knee osteoarthritis patients back to as much activity as possible. The brace should be worn for 30 to 60 minutes on the first day, and… Continue reading

October 2017

Coral Daily Vitamin D3

Coral now offers Coral Daily Vitamin D3, designed to help maintain strong bones and good overall health in the millions of Americans who are deficient in vitamin D, even during the summer months when sun exposure promotes natural vitamin D production. Continue reading

October 2017

Vertex Camera From Vicon

Academy Award-winning Vicon has announced the availability of a new compact camera, the Vertex. The Vertex camera boasts a small and flexible design, with wide angle fields of view, allowing it to capture significant volumes in very tight spaces. Continue reading

October 2017

KidSport Insoles

KidSport Cushioning Insoles are new, affordable full-length insoles from Powerstep that are specifically designed for children. KidSport is a fully cushioned, less aggressive option for children’s footwear, which often lacks sufficient cushioning or support. Continue reading