Category Archives: Feature Article

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December 2009

Early, active ACL rehab maximizes ROM

Achieving full range of motion is a key outcome of any rehabilitation program after ACL reconstruction. But what are the ingredients of a rehabilitation program that produces the best outcomes in terms of ROM?

By Barbara Boughton

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November 2009

Managing turf toe in football players

Grade 1 and 2 turf toe hyperextension injuries have good outcomes when treated non-operatively, but the optimal treatment for grade 3 is unclear.

By Seth C. Gamradt, MD, and Robert H. Brophy, MD

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November 2009

Kinematics of PTTD dictate management

Researchers are only starting to examine how orthotic management of PTTD affects foot and ankle kinematics.

By Jeff Houck, PT, PhD, Christopher G. Neville, PT, MS, and Adolph Flemister, MD

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November 2009

Feedback-based rehab could lower risk of OA

Feedback-based gait retraining may help reduce rates of loading by improving joint kinematics and proprioception.

By Jody L. Riskowski, PhD

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November 2009

Diabetes: Offloading difficult wounds

If foot pressures are to be reduced, healing to progress, and prevention of ulceration to be a realistic
goal, offloading is imperative. Part one of two.

By Robert J. Snyder, DPM, FACFAS, CWS, and Karen K. Lanier, CPed

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November 2009

Achilles tendinopathy: A four-part approach

Treatment program includes patient education, deep friction massage, eccentric exercise, and Mulligan taping.

By Russell Woodman, FSOM,OCS,MCTA, DPT, and Juan C. Garbalosa, PhD, PT

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October 2009

Practice Tactics: Assess, then exceed patient expectations

As patients pay more for healthcare, they will expect more from the patient experience. The most successful practices will be those that are best able to meet — and exceed — those expectations.

By Jason Kraus

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October 2009

Controlling drop foot: Beyond standard AFOs

The basic goal is to improve toe clearance during swing and provide stability during stance, but new orthotic technologies do much more.

By Jeremy Farley, CPO/L

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October 2009

Orthoses: Alternatives for midfoot arthritis pain

Full-length carbon graphite orthoses may improve outcomes through load redistribution and forefoot motion control.

By Smita Rao, PT, PhD

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October 2009

Balancing risks, rewards of athletic shoe traction

Research suggests that traction on modern artificial turf can vary depending on cutting angle.

By Michelle Sabick, PhD; Benjamin Cooper, MS; Seth Kuhlman, MS; and Ronald Pfeiffer, EdD, LAT, ATC

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October 2009

Functional hallux limitus: Diagnosis and treatment

Once identified, functional hallux limitus can be effectively managed with orthotic devices.

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October 2009

Diabetes: Improving foot care compliance

More favorable diabetic foot ulcer outcomes will require a better understanding of why patients don’t comply.

By Ryan Crews, MS, CCRP

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September 2009

Diabetes: Pressure data guide offloading efforts

Pinpoint problem areas, compare orthotic devices and improve consistency in fabrication.
By Georgeanne Botek, DPM, and Tammy M. Owings, DEng.

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September 2009

Stroke: The evidence for orthotic treatment

The literature on use of AFOs for stroke management could—and should—change your practice. By Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons)

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September 2009

Fifth met stress fracture: Load-based risk factors

Male gender, athletic task, foot type, and shoe design may all contribute to lateral forefoot loading.
By Robin M. Queen, PhD, and James A. Nunley II, MD

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September 2009

Ankle balance training targets recurrent injury

Reducing sprain recurrence in turn reduces the risk of chronic ankle instability and osteoarthritis. By Erik A. Wikstrom, PhD, ATC, and Mitchell L. Cordova, PhD, ATC

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September 2009

Orthotics: Management of functional flat foot

Optimal arch height may depend on whether the goal is to control motion or dynamic balance.
By Stephen D. Perry, PhD, E. Anne Cunningham, Msc, CPed, and Kelly M. Goodwin, BSc

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August 2009

Achilles tears: Angling for optimal outcomes

The optimal immobilization angle for Achilles tendon healing may be smaller than previously thought.
By Walter H. Wray III, MD, Conor Regan, MD, Sagar Patel, BS, Ryan May, BS, and Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA

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August 2009

Diabetes: Taking steps to prevent amputation

How a Nashville intervention program decreased amputation rates by 40% over a five year period.
By Mark Hinkes, DPM

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August 2009

Rehab speeds return after ACL surgery

At this knee center, return to play is based not on the calendar but on range of motion and strength. By Scott E. Urch, MD, K. Donald Shelbourne, MD, and Heather Freeman, PT, DHS

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August 2009

How cadavers could change your practice

Modeling studies have implications for management of plantar fasciitis, stress fractures and PTTD.
By Erin D. Ward, DPM

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August 2009

Technology: Choosing a digital foot scanner

Digital scanners can save time and money, but only if they provide the clinical information you need.
By Larry Huppin, DPM

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July 2009

Patellofemoral pain takes turn in spotlight

Welcome to the decade of patellofemoral pain: Exclusive coverage from the first-ever PFPS research retreat.
By Jordana Bieze Foster

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July 2009

Diabetes: Options for Offloading

Removable cast walkers offer alternatives to the total contact cast.
By James McGuire, DPM, PT, CPed

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July 2009

Gait Analysis: The link to clinical outcomes

Gait analysis affects treatment decision-making, patient management and outcomes By Tishya A.L. Wren, PhD, Carole A. Tucker, PT, PhD, PCS, and Robert M. Kay, MD

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