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January 2010

KeepingPace winter boot

KeepingPace introduces a rugged water resistant insulated hiking style winter boot for children to accommodate orthotics. These boots keep feet dry and block winter chill with 200 gram insulation. Feet and orthotics stay comfortable, with EVA midsole providing light weight … Continue reading

January 2010

Xelero shoes

Xelero Shoes announces the national launch of a new line of shoes for men and women with a patented, Swiss internal rocker system. Xelero’s new “Rock Steady” construction features a rocker system built into the midsole of the shoe, as … Continue reading

January 2010

SmartRoller Foam Roller

The SmartRoller from OPTP is a uniquely designed, resilient ‘two-in-one’ foam roller. This patented foam roller has one side that is flatter and one side that is rounder. The rounder side of the SmartRoller increases roller movement, while the flatter … Continue reading

January 2010

Heat Moldable Redi-Thotics

Redi-Thotics introduces Heat Moldable orthotic devices. These orthotics cradle the medial and transverse arches of the foot while having a high enough arch to protect and support the navicular bone. Designed with 80 shore A durometer EVA, the orthotics can … Continue reading

January 2010

AutoStep Gait Aid

AutoStep was developed by two pediatric physical therapists to assist with gait in a variety of patients, from the high functioning patient who needs to work on gait refinement to the very low functioning patient who is unable to take … Continue reading

January 2010

In the Groove Knee Brace

In the Groove announces the launch of its flagship product, the In the Groove knee brace, which was just granted a patent for its unique action of femoral-tibial alignment so that the patella can track in the femoral groove. It … Continue reading

January 2010

Evenup LLD Device

The Evenup device compensates for leg length discrepancy that can result when patients are treated with a fracture walker or wound healing shoe. Diabetic wound healing boots and shoes are extremely thick-soled in most cases and can cause gait disturbance resulting … Continue reading

January 2010

Aetrex Sandalistas

ComfortFit Orthotic Labs premieres the new Sandalistas styles available from Aetrex, with six fashion forward designs including two new styles, luxurious materials such as Nubuck and leather in seasonal colors and stylish accents and detailing. The Sandalistas Orthotic Package includes … Continue reading

January 2010

Out on a limb: Making a head case

Athletes know about the importance of keeping your head in the game. Just ask Lindsey Jacobellis. Or Chris Webber. But a growing body of research suggests that poor decision making isn’t the only way the brain can sabotage an athlete’s performance. Jordana Bieze Foster, editor Continue reading

January 2010

Practice Tactics

Positive physician-patient relationships are critical to the healing process and have been shown to directly impact clinical results. By Jason Kraus

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January 2010

Numbers needed to treat? The pediatric flexible flatfoot debate

A recent paper recommends waiting before prescribing orthotics for children with asymptomatic flexible flatfoot. But some insist such children could have underlying structural abnormalities and should be treated. Without data, it’s hard to know who’s right. By Cary Groner

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January 2010

Knee loads during golf: Implications after TKA

If the knee loads generated during a golf swing are enough to take down Tiger Woods, should it really be considered a low-impact sport? By Judy A. Blake, BA, Nikolai Steklov, BA, Shantanu Patil, MD, Clifford W. Colwell Jr., MD, and Darryl D. D’Lima, MD, PhD

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January 2010

Active Stance: A controlled-stress approach to PTTD

Controlled stress would seem to be the ideal environment for orthotic management of PTTD. How could that be accomplished? By Frank Caruso, CO

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January 2010

Whole body vibration: Neuro-rehab applications

It’s popular with professional athletes and Hollywood celebrities. But WBV also has very real clinical potential for patients with neurological disorders. By Kurt Jackson, PT, PhD, GCS and Harold Merriman, PT, PhD, CLT

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January 2010

Effective compression therapy starts with you

Practitioners themselves may be to blame for not ensuring that stockings are fit properly and that patients know how to wear them correctly. By Linda Weber

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January 2010

Diabetes: Offloading difficult wounds. Part 2

The second article in this two-part series addresses preventing recurrence and management of Charcot foot and foot amputations. By Robert J. Snyder, DPM, FACFAS, CWS, and Karen K. Lanier, CPed, LPed

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January 2010

In the Moment: Olympic Sports

Spotlight on skier safety – Injury ‘avalanche’ prompts concerns When the torch is lit to kick off the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next month, the Canadian ski team will be missing no fewer than six of its best Alpine skiers, downed by five anterior cruciate ligament tears and one broken leg. All six were injured between the last week in November and the first week in January. Plus: • Average rehab after hip labral repair could fit in NHL offseason window • ‘Double-push’ cross country skiing outpaces conventional techniques

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January 2010

In the Moment: Foot Care

Kids’ shoes come up short – Study links tight fit to hallux valgus angle Keeping up with the ever-changing footwear needs of growing children can be a challenge for parents, but squeezing kids into too-short shoes may put them at risk for hallux valgus, according to research from the Medical University of Vienna. Plus: • Posted total contact insoles reduce hindfoot valgus in flexible flatfoot • Falls prevention efforts in elderly could start with toe strengthening

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January 2010

In the Moment: O&P

Knee braces activate brain – fMRI confirms proprioceptive effects Functional magnetic resonance imaging research from Belgium demonstrates the effect of lower extremity proprioceptive stimulation on brain activity and confirms that the effect of a knee brace or sleeve extends far beyond local joint biomechanics. Plus: • Ankle foot orthoses improve symmetry, gait in stroke patients with hemiplegia • Abduction bracing in infants with DDH delays learning to walk by three weeks

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January 2010

Market Mechanics

• Element semirigid ankle brace restricts passive, dynamic inversion in study • Delcam launches new insole software • Compact knee adds therapy mode • APTA podcasts focus on soldier rehab

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December 2009

Out on a limb: It’s all about you

At Lower Extremity Review, we know there are literally thousands of products out there that can help you improve your clinical outcomes. But the existence of all those products doesn’t really do you or your patients much good if you don’t know where to find them.

By, Jordana Bieze Foster, editor

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December 2009

PFPS gender gap inspires researchers

Although the mechanisms behind patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), like those of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, are still somewhat elusive, research is shedding new light on the role gender plays in the onset of this chronic overuse condition.

By Linda Weber

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December 2009

Heel pain relief: Expanding the playbook

The science of treating plantar fasciitis in athletes is evolving to consider the unusual demands these patients put on their feet. Although clinicians continue to rely on conservative management with rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, taping, and orthoses, some are embracing new approaches that seem counterintuitive but offer evidence of improved outcomes.

by Cary Groner

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December 2009

Lower extremity O&P warms to CAD-CAM

With a start-up cost of many tens of thousands of dollars and a steep learning curve, it’s no surprise that many O&P practitioners have been slow to transition to computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM).

By L.W. Barnes

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December 2009

Ankle sprain research focuses on teens

Epidemiological studies confirm what coaches, trainers, parents, and student athletes already know—that ankle sprains are the most common musculoskeletal injury among high school athletes. A study in the August issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine bears that out, with recurrent ankle injuries accounting for 28.3% of recurrent traumatic sports injuries in teen athletes.

by Linda Weber

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