Category Archives: Issues

Current Issue Articles

April 2011

In search of a mechanism for foot orthoses’ effects

The seemingly endless quest to discover why foot orthoses relieve symptoms is veering away from skeletal alignment and toward somatosensory variables, though some still insist that kinematics play a role as well.

by Cary Groner

Continue reading

April 2011

Differential diagnosis of Charcot arthropathy

Early detection of Charcot neuroarthropathy is critical for preventing the bone and joint destruction associated with later stages, but symptoms that mimic other conditions can make a differential diagnosis difficult.

By Georgeanne Botek, DPM, and Gina Hild, DPM

Continue reading

April 2011

Sensitivity to self image boosts O&P outcomes

O&P devices are all-too-public indicators of an infirmity, and often limit clothing and footwear options—all of which contributes to poor self image. But a little empathy can keep self image issues from sabotaging patient compliance.

By Emily Delzell

Continue reading

April 2011

Rehabilitation following microfracture surgery

Much of the success of microfracture surgery for articular cartilage lesions in the knee depends on what happens after the surgery is over. Progressive, controlled loading of the repaired joint is the key to safe and effective rehabilitation.

By Jon Fravel, ATC, and Michael Shaffer PT, ATC, OCS

Continue reading

April 2011

Deconstructing DVT

Seeking strategies for foot and ankle
As followers of sports and pop culture were absorbing the news of tennis star Serena Williams’ pulmonary embolism, researchers and clinicians at the annual meeting of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons were discussing strategies for minimizing the risk of such vascular events after surgery.

Continue reading

April 2011

PFP bracing finds focus

Study zeroes in on predictive factors
Researchers from Belgium are making progress toward identifying specific subsets of patients with patellofemoral pain who will benefit from brace treatment.

Continue reading

April 2011

Evidence on corticosteroid injection could change the way you practice

Having just reviewed the medical literature in preparation for a presentation on corticosteroid injection at the annual ACFAS meeting, Paul Dayton, DPM, says that evidence will change the way he uses corticosteroids going forward. In some cases, such as for … Continue reading

April 2011

Strengthening for Achilles tendinosis affects medial but not lateral gastroc

Eccentric strength training of the plantar flexors in patients with Achilles tendinosis results in remodeling of the muscle architecture in the medial gastrocnemius not seen in the lateral gastrocnemius, according to a study from Columbus, OH. Researchers at the Orthopedic … Continue reading

April 2011

Study of Charcot patients suggests BMD does not improve with time

Research from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center suggests that, surprisingly, calcaneal bone mineral density does not improve with time following the onset of Charcot neuroarthropathy in patients with diabetes. Investigators analyzed BMD at a single time point in 10 … Continue reading

April 2011

Pair walking boot with athletic shoe to decrease contralateral pressures

Pairing a walking boot with an athletic shoe effectively offsets the elevated contralateral peak plantar pressures that can result from the limb length discrepancy created by the boot, according to research from Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. The investigators analyzed … Continue reading

April 2011

Hip flexion-extension ratio findings have implications for design of RGOs

Optimization of reciprocating gait orthoses to maximize function should involve attention to hip flexion-extension ratios, which differ significantly between locked and free joint conditions, according to research from Taiwan presented in March at the annual meeting of the American Academy … Continue reading

March 2011

FootBufferPro

Gurnick Podiatry Supply offers the FootBufferPro for everyday foot hygiene and foot comfort, particularly for patients with such dermatologic issues as tinea pedis, hyperhydrosis, bromhidrosis, and onychomycosis. Designed for use in the shower or tub, the FootBufferPro is a double-sided … Continue reading

March 2011

Zotefoams Evazote EV30 Foam

Zotefoams has responded to medical industry customer request by adding Healthcare Pink to the available colors in its Evazote EV30 foam. Plastazote polyethylene foam has been available for many years in Healthcare Pink, which is the most requested color for … Continue reading

March 2011

Offloading Hawk C-Brace

Ward Medical Innovations offers the patented Hawk (Heightened Above Weight Keeper) C-Brace. The Hawk C-Brace is an orthopedic brace designed to off-load the entire foot and ankle, facilitating ulcer healing in patients with diabetes. Worn on the lower leg, the … Continue reading

March 2011

ALPS EZ Flex Liner

ALPS new EZ Flex Liner is designed to provide greater elasticity over the patella while limiting the vertical stretch posteriorly. An anterior fabric with unlimited stretch reduces pressure on the knee, while a posterior fabric with 80% less vertical stretch … Continue reading

March 2011

The Knead Myofascial Tool

The Knead is a multi-adaptable soft tissue mobilization tool for myofascial release that can be used to treat post-op rehabilitation, post injury rehabilitation, injury prevention, muscle tightness and shortening, and post-exercise soreness. Using The Knead can help to restore normal … Continue reading

March 2011

Activity Specific Running Sock

Thorlos, an originator of activity specific socks, introduces the Thorlos 84N Runner sock. The sock is specifically designed for the serious runner, especially the runner in pain, providing maximum pad protection with minimal weight. The Thorlon acrylic pad technology under … Continue reading

March 2011

Slip-resistant Z-Coil Footwear

For all-day comfort on the job, even on wet, slippery floors, Z-Coil now offers new slip-resistant versions of its two most popular footwear styles: the Freedom athletic shoe and the Z-Walker lace-up Oxford. The outsoles of both the Freedom SR … Continue reading

March 2011

Custom O&P Artwork

Global Tattoo Orthotic Prosthetic Innovations (GTOPI) offers Airbrushed Prosthetic Ink Technology, a unique way for O&P device users to express themselves with color and art. High quality art work is applied to braces and prosthetic sockets using a process similar … Continue reading

March 2011

Schwartz Carbon Fiber AFO

New from Spinal Solutions is the Schwartz Dynamic Carbon Fiber Ankle Foot Orthosis. This floor-reaction AFO was developed in conjunction with Nathan Schwartz, DPM, a board certified surgeon and podiatrist. By making the traditional “in-shoe” device an integral part of … Continue reading

March 2011

Tru-Ice Cold Therapy

Health Enterprises introduces new Tru-Ice cold therapy for sprains, strains, arthritis, tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis. Tru-Ice provides cold therapy in five to seven minutes, one-third the time of an ice bag, to help reduce swelling and relieve pain. The ergonomic, reusable … Continue reading

March 2011

Silifoam Hook Fastening Material

WBC Industries, a materials supplier to the orthotic and prosthetic professions, offers the new Silifoam Hook material as a specialty hook-channeled alternative for O&P device fastening needs. The hook-channeled, soft coated foam material is designed for close to the skin … Continue reading

March 2011

Custom Molded Diabetic Insert

Levy & Rappel announces the release of the Levy-Diabetic insole, a custom molded product that is machine-milled for added efficiency and cost savings that are passed on to the practitioner. The Levy-Diabetic custom molded full contact diabetic inserts are 100% … Continue reading

March 2011

Upstanding interventions: Falls prevention in O&P

Devices that improve proprioception, balance, and biomechanics can help patients avoid the significant morbidity and mortality associated with falls. But in some cases, a device may actually increase risk. That’s why matching the right intervention to the right patient is essential.

By Cary Groner

Continue reading

March 2011

Out on a limb: Up in arms at AAOS

Many of us were surprised by how cold it was in San Diego this past February. But nobody got an icier reception at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons than Alexandra Soroceanu, MD.

by Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

Continue reading