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June 2017

Shriners—St. Louis opens MSK lab

Shriners Hospitals for Children— St. Louis in May celebrated the official opening of its research lab focusing on regenerative medicine and pediatric musculoskeletal research. Continue reading

June 2017

Brenau DPT program marks milestone

Brenau University’s three-year-old physical therapy (PT) doctoral degree program in May marked important milestones with the matriculation of 40 members of the new physical therapy cohort Continue reading

June 2017

Data validate uses for Zeno walkway

Research from Elon University in North Carolina presented at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual meeting held in late May and early June in Boulder, CO, validated Havertown, PA-based Protokinetics Zeno walkway for measuring spatiotemporal parameters of backward gait in older adults and breast cancer survivors. Continue reading

June 2017

U Maryland adopts PhysiMax system

Bronx, NY-based PhysiMax and the University of Maryland Department of Athletics in College Park announced in May that the department will follow a successful pilot program of the company’s movement assessment technology with a wider rollout. Continue reading

June 2017

OLT offers 3D-printed custom sandals

Windsor, Canada-based TDL Systems’ OLT Footcare in May began a Kickstarter campaign for its 3D-printed custom sandals. Continue reading

June 2017

Pairing Evenup lift, walking boot helps gait

The Journal of Allied Health in June published a study of Buford, GA-based Evenup’s shoe lift, showing the device offered clinically meaningful improvements in lower extremity function and disability over usual care in individuals with temporary limb length inequality. Continue reading

June 2017

Cure, GCI work to end clubfoot disability

New Cumberland, PA-based Cure International, along with its partners in the Oxford, UK-based Global Clubfoot Initiative (GCI), on June 3—World Clubfoot Day—launched a strategy to end worldwide clubfoot disability by 2030. Continue reading

June 2017

Sanford, UND plan ortho residency program

Sanford Health, based in Sioux Falls, SD, and the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) in Grand Forks, ND, announced in May the organizations are collaborating on an Orthopedic Residency Program set to begin in summer 2018. Continue reading

June 2017

Slacklining: Trendy sport takes balance training to new heights

As slacklining’s popularity grows, researchers have begun to uncover physiological and neurological evidence for how and why the activity may be beneficial to people with balance, strength, and mobility issues.

By Brigid Elsken Galloway Continue reading

June 2017

ACLR aftershocks: Deficits linger after return to sports

Several studies presented in early June at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual meeting in Denver add to the growing body of research suggesting some biomechanical deficits linger for a year after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), even in athletes who have been cleared to return to sports. Continue reading

June 2017

Plantar sensation fails to explain shift in foot strike during barefoot running

Sensory feedback research from Colorado appears to challenge the popular belief that barefoot runners tend to adopt a forefoot-strike pattern to avoid the discomfort of landing on an unprotected heel. Continue reading

June 2017

NHL study adds to evidence linking concussion, lower body injury risks

A study of National Hockey League (NHL) injuries adds to the evidence suggesting concussion significantly increases the risk of lower body injury in athletes, and vice-versa. Continue reading

June 2017

Forward progress on falls: Studies explore risk factors, intervention

The multiple factors that contribute to the risk of falls in older adults present a complicated clinical puzzle, but researchers are making progress on putting some of those pieces together, as evidenced by several studies presented in late May and early June at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual meeting in Denver. Continue reading

June 2017

Ankle proprioception in older adults diminishes to level of adolescents

Ankle proprioception peaks in young adulthood, and in elderly individuals—even the health­iest—declines to levels similar to those of adolescents, according to research presented in early June at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in Denver. Continue reading

June 2017

Carbon-fiber AFOs help propel patients with PAD while preserving calf muscle

Use of carbon-fiber ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) assists with propulsion in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) without compromising calf muscle integrity, according to research from the University of Montana in Missoula. Continue reading

June 2017

Out on a limb: Valuable testimony

A person’s testimony doesn’t always agree with objective evidence—that’s why some defense attorneys won’t allow their clients to take the stand during a trial, even in their own defense. Similarly, as most clinicians know, patient-reported outcomes aren’t always consistent with objective measures of function.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

June 2017

ANKLE FOOT ORTHOSES: Efforts to optimize outcomes focus on stiffness, alignment

Given the heterogeneity of many patient populations for whom ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) are indicated, it’s not surprising that AFO experts are at the forefront of the current trend favoring customization of devices to meet individual patient needs. Research presented in May at the 2017 International Society of Prosthetics & Orthotics (ISPO) World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, illustrated some of the many ways AFO stiffness and alignment can be optimized in the interest of patient-centric care. Continue reading

June 2017

NONMECHANICAL EFFECTS: Sleeves showcase softer side of knee pain management

Less may be more when it comes to knee bracing in some patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) and patellofemoral pain (PFP), according to studies of soft knee braces presented in May at the 2017 ISPO World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. Continue reading

June 2017

DIABETIC FOOTWEAR: Scientific approach to insole design helps reduce pressure

A scientific approach to insole design can help reduce plantar pressures associated with diabetic footwear, in turn reducing the risk of plantar ulcerations, according to research presented in May at the 2017 ISPO World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. Continue reading

June 2017

OSTEOARTHRITIS: Studies explore mechanisms for distal knee OA therapies

Studies presented in May at the 2017 ISPO World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, added to knee experts’ understanding of the mechanisms underlying distal interventions to reduce pain and joint loading in patients with medial knee osteoarthritis (OA). Continue reading

June 2017

INSOLE MODELING: Computer analysis facilitates foot orthosis development

Computer modeling is facilitating advances in insole development for patients with diabetic neuropathy and rheumatoid arthritis, according to data presented in May at the 2017 ISPO World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. Continue reading

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