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October 2016

AAOS announces CEO retirement, guidance for infection control and fragility fractures

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in October announced that its CEO, Karen Hackett, will retire in April 2017. During her 14-year tenure as CEO, Hackett has overseen a staff of 250 employees, an annual budget of $60 million, and the opening of… Continue reading

October 2016

Pedorthist Alpert joins Foot Solutions

Atlanta-based Foot Solutions in September announced that Teresa Alpert, CO, CPed, has joined its Aurora, CO, location as director of education for pedorthics. In this role, Alpert works directly with healthcare professionals and their staffs. Before moving to Colorado she was in… Continue reading

October 2016

Ipsen reports extended Dysport-for-CP data

The principal investigator (PI) for a randomized controlled trial of Basking Ridge, NJ-based Ipsen Biopharmaceutical’s Dysport on September 22 reported extension study data on the botulinum toxin type A (ABO) for pediatric patients with cerebral palsy (CP) at the American Academy of… Continue reading

October 2016

AAOP reports rising numbers for O&P jobs

Data from the Washington, DC-based American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP)  in September indicate a number of health trends are continuing to increase demand for O&P practitioners and that robust employment opportunities continue in this sector, despite an overall… Continue reading

October 2016

Data support Smith & Nephew system

London, UK-based Smith & Nephew’s single-use negative pressure wound therapy system can significantly improve outcome predictions and reduce complications after orthopedic surgery using Pico, according to randomized control trial data presented in September at the European Bone and Joint Infection conference in Oxford. Continue reading

October 2016

Muller is CSU Dominguez Hills O&P chair

Gary Sayed, PhD, dean of the College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in October named Mark Muller, CPO, FAAOP, MS, the new chair of the university’s Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics. Continue reading

October 2016

Curbell backs OPAF First Swim and Dance

Orchard Park, NY-based Curbell Plastics reported in September that it helped sponsor the Orthotics and Prosthetics Activities Foundation’s (OPAF) First Swim and First Dance events held in Dallas. Continue reading

October 2016

Oxford University Press to publish PTJ

The Alexandria, VA-based American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) scientific journal, Physical Therapy (PTJ) is moving to “the next level” with its partnership with Oxford University Press (OUP), according to PTJ’s Editor-in-Chief, Alan Jette, PT, PhD, who published an editorial in the October issue describing the partnership. Continue reading

October 2016

Hip check: Proximal focus could help CAI rehab

Chronic ankle instability (CAI) is associated with centralized feed-forward neuro­muscular alterations that affect the hip as well as the ankle, according to research from Boston University that may have implications for rehabilitation programs in that patient population.

By Katie Bell Continue reading

October 2016

Biceps femoris activation decreases following foam rolling of quadriceps

Foam rolling of the quadriceps muscle is associated with decreased biceps femoris activation, an effect that may be related to pain perception, according to research from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

October 2016

Externally focused instruction boosts jump height regardless of visual input

Externally focused instruction results in greater jump height than internal focus or no instruction, regardless of whether the jumper’s eyes are open or closed, according to research from the Czech Republic.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

October 2016

Women’s Work: Overcoming gender barriers in lower extremity specialties

In lower extremity healthcare, as in politics, it hasn’t been easy for women to succeed in traditionally male-dominated roles. The gender demographics have shifted toward parity over time—in some specialties more than others—but challenges still remain.

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

October 2016

Management of athletes with excessive pronation

Pronation is a triplanar movement and is the combination of rearfoot eversion, midfoot abduction, and talocrural dorsiflexion.1 Pronation in normal gait allows flexible, adaptive changes to varying types of terrain; it dissipates ground reaction forces; and encourages lower extremity internal rotation.

By Frank Layman, PT, DPT, EdD, MT; and April Wilson, PTA, BS, CI, CKTP, IASTM Continue reading

October 2016

Role of bariatric surgery in patients with knee OA

Weight loss following bariatric surgery can have biomechanical and symptomatic benefits for obese patients with knee osteo­arthritis (OA). But it’s less certain whether that weight loss can also reduce the risk of obesity-related complications following total knee arthroplasty.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

October 2016

Crossover consequences of unilateral treatments

The mechanisms underlying the so-called crossover effect—when a unilateral intervention results in bilateral changes—are still unclear, but clinical applications related to lower extremity strengthening, fatigue, and stretching are already being explored by rehabilitation specialists.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

October 2016

Insole research explores postural control effects

A growing body of evidence suggests that foot orthoses may be a helpful addition to other therapies for improving balance and potentially reducing the risk of falls. The findings have been mixed, however, and clinical enthusiasm for this type of insole intervention also varies.

By Hank Black Continue reading

October 2016

Out on a limb: Weight loss vs wellness

Obese individuals often spend their entire lives telling themselves how much better their lives would be if only they were thin. But losing massive amounts of weight following bariatric surgery doesn’t automatically make a person a better candidate for total knee arthroplasty (TKA)—any more than it automatically makes a person happy—if underlying issues have been ignored.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

September 2016

Implant sales rise in developing markets

While the hip and knee reconstruction market struggles to generate significant growth in Europe and the US, the implants are increasingly being commoditized in countries with developing economies such as Brazil, India, and China, and driving their respective markets at a rapid pace… Continue reading

September 2016

Exhibit examines arts-prostheses link

A major exhibit at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, UK, explores the relationship between visual arts and prostheses. “The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics” traces how artists have addressed radical changes to the human body. Continue reading

September 2016

Mueller outfits top UK soccer team

Prairie du Sac, WI-based Mueller Sports Medicine announced in August that it is now an official team supplier of the UK’s Leicester City Football Club, defending Premier League champions. Continue reading

September 2016

Swiss Sigvaris Group acquires BiaCare

Winterthur, Switzerland-based Sigvaris Group announced in late August that the graduated compression company has completed its acquisition of BiaCare, headquartered in Holland, MI. Continue reading

September 2016

Rishwain named Vionic global business head

San Rafael, CA-based Vionic on August 15 reported that Connie X. Rishwain, former president of Goleta, CA-based Ugg, has joined Vionic as president of its global business. Continue reading

September 2016

AOPA honors Watson for O&P lifework

The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) honored Thomas Watson, CP, with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 AOPA National Assembly, held September 8-11 in Boston, MA. Continue reading

September 2016

ASB schedules 2017 biomechanics event

The American Society of Biomechanics has begun plans for National Biomechanics Day (NBD) 2017, scheduled for April 6. Continue reading

September 2016

Footwear thesis wins brevity-based award

The University of South Australia in Adelaide announced in August that PhD candidate Joel Fuller won its 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition for his work exploring the link between trendy minimalist athletic shoes and injury. Continue reading