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August 2016

Management of Achilles tendinopathy in runners

Achilles tendinopathy is a common lower extremity injury in athletes as well as nonathletes. The Achilles tendon is often a site of injury in runners and is the second most common running-related musculo­skeletal injury, after medial tibial stress syndrome, with an…

By Howard Kashefsky, DPM Continue reading

August 2016

Uneven terrain: Tactics for orthotic-device users

Helping patients manage an orthotic device can be challenging, but doing so in the face of uneven terrain is a balancing act between stability, mobility, and strength. Device adjustments and rehabilitation pro­tocols can help patients avoid asymmetries and reduce the risk of falling.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

August 2016

Foot strike while running and patellofemoral pain

Recent research supports the idea that increased patellofemoral stress is a contributing factor in runners with patello­femoral pain, and that gait retraining to promote a…

By Jenevieve L. Roper, PhD; Deborah L. Doerfler, PT, DPT, PhD; Christine M. Mermier, PhD; and Janet S. Dufek, PhD Continue reading

August 2016

Foot rotation during gait in patients with knee OA

Rotating the foot in or out during gait is associated with significant decreases in frontal plane knee load during early or late stance, respectively, and can be effective for reducing pain and potentially slowing the progression of…

By Kevin Alan Valenzuela, ABD, CSCS; and Hunter Jared Bennett, PhD Continue reading

August 2016

Radiofrequency-based arthroscopy in the ankle

The results of a retrospective chart review suggest that the use of plasma-mediated bipolar radiofrequency-based arthroscopic microdebridement is associated with notable decreases…

By Renato Giorgini, DPM, FACFAS; Stephanie Giles, DPM; Omer Aci, DPM; and Christopher Japour, DPM, MS  Continue reading

August 2016

Striking out hamstring strain: Protocol helps protect baseball players

A hamstring injury intervention program is effective for reducing the rate of hamstring injuries and reinjuries in professional baseball players, according to ongoing research from the University of Delaware presented in July at the annual meeting of the…

By Katie Bell Continue reading

August 2016

Achilles tendon size, stiffness differ based on runners’ shoe preference

The Achilles tendons of experienced minimalist runners differ from the tendons of those who wear traditional running shoes with regard to size, stiffness, and stress, according to research from the University of Connecticut in Storrs that…

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

August 2016

Athletes with low neurocognitive scores exhibit high-risk landing biomechanics

Athletes with low neurocognitive scores are more likely than their higher-scoring counterparts to demonstrate landing mechanics associated with anterior cruciate injury (ACL) risk, according to research from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

August 2016

Out on a limb: Falling in with feedback

One of the interesting things about LER’s multi­disciplinary perspective is being able to follow a new idea as it is examined and embraced by one specialty after another, each with its own therapeutic goals and challenges.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

July 2016

NIDDK funds study of off-loading AFO

Orthotic & Prosthetic Design and the Program in Physical Therapy at the Washington University School of Medicine, both in St. Louis, MO, reported in June that the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has awarded university investigators a $185,000 grant to develop an off-loading carbon composite ankle foot orthosis (AFO). Continue reading

July 2016

Diabetesevent toincludeDFUworkshop

The 9th World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and Its Complications, scheduled for December 2-4 in Atlanta, GA, will include a separate two-day Diabetic Foot Workshop sponsored by the online Center for Diabetes Education… Continue reading

July 2016

Medi’s restiffic wrap provides RLS relief

A pilot study published in the July issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that medi USA’s newly released device for treating restless leg syndrome (RLS) is associated with significant symptom relief. Continue reading

July 2016

Study finds need for adaptive apparel

Researchers from the University of Missouri in Columbia reported in June in Disability and Rehabilitation that the lack of adequate accessible apparel keeps people with disabilities from engaging in their communities. Continue reading

July 2016

Ottobock releases socket technology

Austin, TX-based Ottobock in June released in the US the DVS-Dynamic Vacuum, transtibial socket technology that reduces movement between the limb and socket associated with limb volume fluctuations. Continue reading

July 2016

Siren Care to market smart diabetes sock

San Francisco-based Siren Care has partnered with Pasindu Lugoda, a PhD student at the University of Nottingham Trent in the UK, and his colleagues in the university’s Advanced Textiles Research Group to bring to market a smart sock to help prevent amputation in people with diabetes. Continue reading

July 2016

Tekscan taps Podoloff as chief tech officer

Boston-based Tekscan in June announced the appointment of Rob Podoloff, MS, as its new chief technology officer (CTO). Podoloff in the late 1980s was one of the company’s original founders. Continue reading

July 2016

OPTP Posture Brick

OPTP has added the Posture Brick to its line of fitness and therapy products. Posture Bricks can be used for yoga or Pilates, or in clinical settings focused on positioning, posture, and therapeutic exercise. Posture Bricks are made from closed-cell, heat-molded EVA… Continue reading

July 2016

Spenco Slides and Sandals

Spenco Medical Corporation’s new line of sandals and slides is characterized by summery stripes, bright colors, and a new width option. New to the Spenco footwear line are the Breeze open-toe slides and sandals for men and women and the Montauk closed-toe slide for women. Continue reading

July 2016

EcoPure Coral Powder

EcoPure Coral Powder is derived from coral that is harvested “above-sea” to help protect the ocean. This powder, featured in the Coral Complex3 supplement from Coral, is also available on its own. EcoPure powder offers 350 mg of bio­available coral calcium per serving… Continue reading

July 2016

Pro-Tec Athletics PF Sleeve

New from Pro-Tec Athletics is the PF Sleeve, a low-profile, comfortable option for treating plantar fasciitis. The PF Sleeve features an open-toe design and advanced stitching designed to provide targeted stabilization for the arch, heel, and Achilles tendon. Continue reading

July 2016

Össur Rebound Hip Brace

Össur has launched Rebound Hip, a comfortable, lightweight postoperative brace for patients recovering from hip arthro­scopy, gluteus medius repair, or hamstring repair surgery. The universal belt fits hip circumferences up to 48″, and an optional belt extender… Continue reading

July 2016

Microfiber Shades In New Colors

Sigvaris North America is putting its best foot forward this summer with the launch of several additions to the Microfiber Shades line of graduated compression stockings. Designed to give people a fun, new way to wear compression every day, the Microfiber Shades line is now… Continue reading

July 2016

Thermal Ankle Brace

Orthozone introduces its Thermoskin Thermal Ankle Brace, designed to provide heat therapy and light compression to help increase circulation. Features of the brace include a pull-on design, antislip sole, and two removable side stabilizers for ankle support. Continue reading

July 2016

Diabetic Light Compression Sock

The Caresox Diabetic Light Compression sock is designed to provide maximum comfort for patients with diabetes. Manu­factured in Italy, the quick-drying Silver DryStat fibers are antifungal, antibacterial, and odor resistant. Continue reading

July 2016

Aquaroll System

The Aquaroll System from AquarollUSA is designed to enhance treatment of the foot, ankle, and other extremities. The Aquaroll bead hydromassage system combines 30,000 glass beads and water in motion to create a standing wave. Continue reading