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November 2016

Mouthguard mysteries: Can wearing one really improve athletic performance?

Multiple studies suggest that mouthguards, designed to protect athletes from dental injuries during contact sports, may also help improve muscle force and power. But plenty of other studies have found no such ben­efits, and even the experts aren’t sure what to believe.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

November 2016

Peroneal tendinopathy management in tennis

Although not as common as Achilles tendinitis, peroneal tendinitis is seen in a certain group of patients with chronic ankle instability or with a cavovarus foot.1 Peroneal tendinitis presents as lateral foot pain and may also be of unknown etiology or associated with an acute inversion injury.

By Patricia Pande, MClScPT, CSCS, CPed Continue reading

November 2016

AFO stiffness can help optimize patient function

Decisions related to the stiffness of an ankle foot orthosis (AFO)—whether they involve device design or the materials from which it’s fabricated—can help lower extremity clinicians customize stability, biomechanics, and muscle function to meet individual patients’ needs.

By Lori Roniger Continue reading

November 2016

How foot and ankle injury trends reflect today’s NFL

Professional football players are enduring higher levels of force than ever, and foot and ankle injury rates are increasing as a result. Advances in surgery and rehabili­tation have helped get players back on the field more quickly, but injury prevention remains a significant challenge.

By Will Carroll Continue reading

November 2016

Adjacent-joint arthritis after ankle arthrodesis

Altered biomechanics after ankle arthro­desis often increase stress on the adjacent joints in the foot, which can cause or exacerbate osteoarthritic degeneration in those joints. Clinicians and researchers are working to better understand this process and how to minimize patients’ risk.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

November 2016

Psychological aspects of ACL rehabilitation

The ability to identify and treat patients at risk for mental health issues after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury may help improve psychological readiness for reconstructive surgery, attitudes toward postoperative rehabilitation, and successful surgical and rehabilitation outcomes.

By John Reaume, MD, MHSA; Dana Reaume, PsyD; and Melissa A. Christino, MD Continue reading

November 2016

ITBS intrigue: Fatigue leads to decreased hip adduction

Women with iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) independently modify their running gait when fatigued to decrease hip adduction, potentially as a result of pain, according to research from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ, that may have implications for gait retraining.

By Katie Bell Continue reading

November 2016

Step rate, length differentiate trained from untrained long distance runners

Trained long distance runners have a higher step rate and a shorter step length during running than untrained participants—characteristics that may represent adaptations to reduce injury and improve running economy, according to research from Spain.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

November 2016

Runners with chronic ankle instability demonstrate altered kinetics in study

Chronic ankle instability (CAI) is associated with altered vertical ground reaction forces (vGRF) and loading rates during running, which may be related to altered landing patterns designed to protect the ankle joint, according to research from Indiana University in Bloomington.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

November 2016

Sex and BFR: Too many studies exclude young women

The problematic trend of physiological studies in which young women are underrepresented now extends to research on blood flow restriction (BFR) training, according to a paper epublished in October by Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

November 2016

Foot-specific training in older adults helps improve strength and balance

Foot-focused progressive resistance training helps improve toe flexor strength and balance in older adults, which may help reduce the risk of falls, according to research from the University of Wollongong in Australia.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

November 2016

Foam rolling outperforms stretching for quadriceps, hamstring flexibility

Foam rolling is associated with greater acute improvement in quadriceps and hamstrings flexibility compared with static or dynamic stretching, according to research from Taiwan.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

November 2016

Out on a limb: Strike pattern revisited

The concept of foot-strike pattern during running—something rarely discussed a decade ago, even in research circles—is now pervasive among runners as well as biomechanics experts and lower extremity clinicians. But that’s not necessarily a good thing.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

October 2016

Coral Cal Mag Supplement

Coral Cal Mag, a calcium and magnesium supplement boosted with more than 70 other essential trace minerals, is designed to promote strong, healthy bones along with a well-functioning nervous system and a healthy heart. The supplement provides calcium and… Continue reading

October 2016

Pro-Tec Pain Relief

Pro-Tec Athletics offers a new topical product for pain relief. Pro-Tec’s Pain Relief, available in spray or roll-on formulas, is all natural. Both versions are designed to provide fast-acting, deep-penetrating relief of pain associated with muscle tightness and… Continue reading

October 2016

Apex Sydney Women’s Shoe

The Sydney is the newest addition to the Petals Collection of footwear from Apex, for women who enjoy style but need superior foot support and footwear adjustability. The soft, light Sydney is a casual boat-style shoe, crafted from supple leathers, that… Continue reading

October 2016

ProLine Orthotic Cutting Strip

Cascade Orthopedic Supply offers the new ProLine Orthotic Cutting Strip, an affordable, reusable tool for various orthotic fabrication applications. The ProLine Orthotic Cutting Strip is durable, flexible, and latex-free. Sold singly, this yellow cutting… Continue reading

October 2016

Cypress Adaptive Vista Ankle

Cypress Adaptive has launched the Vista Ankle, a universal, single-axis prosthetic ankle designed for mechanical elevated vacuum suspension. The achiev­able level of vacuum is determined by the compression of the plantar flexion bumper that occurs… Continue reading

October 2016

Guna Pain Relief Products

Guna, an Italian company, has released two new products for temporary pain relief. Guna-Flam is an anti-inflammatory, low-dose homeopathic medicine intended for minor aches and pains due to acute and chronic inflammation, trauma, or… Continue reading

October 2016

Haruka Dynamic Walking Shoes

Waldlaufer introduces the Darryl lace-up oxford and Harlo slip-on shoes for women, both built on the company’s new Haruka Dynamic construction. This lighter weight line, part of the Dynamic Walking Collection, is designed for patients suffering… Continue reading

October 2016

4Jointz Pain Relief Cream

Now entering the US market is 4Jointz, a natural over-the-counter pain relief cream developed in Australia. 4Jointz is formulated for those suffering from osteoarthritis (OA), sports injuries, and everyday wear and tear. Continue reading

October 2016

Z-Coil Footwear

Z-Coil Footwear Company offers footwear that is engineered to relieve foot pain. Like shock-absorbers for the body, the Z-Coil’s patented conical-coil steel heels are designed to absorb up to 50% of the heel-strike impact associated with walking or running… Continue reading

October 2016

Orthozone Thermal Slippers

Orthozone introduces Thermo­skin Circulation Thermal Slippers. These thermal slippers feature three therapeutic layers to help increase circulation and decrease foot pain. The outer layer provides light compression and a comfortable fit for those who… Continue reading

October 2016

Lunatec materials from nora

nora Systems now offers two new materials designed to absorb shearing forces associated with walking. Lunatec motion, an EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) material, is available on its own or as part of a composite sheet called Lunatec combi motion. Continue reading

October 2016

DonJoy POD Ankle Brace

The Protection On Demand (POD) Ankle Brace helps to provide protection from ankle injury for all athletes, from youth to elite levels. The adjustable POD brace is designed to offer freedom of movement and stability without breaking down… Continue reading