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February 2011

PFA updates DMEPOS coding manual

An updated coding manual for foot and ankle devices is now available from the Pedorthic Footcare Association. PFA members can download The January 2011 Updates to Modern Coding for Foot & Ankle DMEPOS  HCPCS Codes – An Analysis, Explanation, and … Continue reading

February 2011

CMS issues new codes for Apligraf

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued two new procedure codes for skin substitute Apligraf, manufactured by Canton, MA-based Organogenesis.  The Food and Drug Administration has approved the bioengineered living cell-based product for treatment of diabetic ulcers … Continue reading

February 2011

MBT study confirms increased ROM

Swiss footwear company Masai Barefoot Technology promotes its shoes’ ability to simulate barefoot walking on an unstable surface. Now research from the U.K. suggests that MBT footwear is actually associated with a range of ankle motion during gait that is … Continue reading

February 2011

Endowment targets women’s health

The Foundation for Physical Therapy is proud to announce a new annual fundraising effort by the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Section on Women’s Health to support research in women’s health physical therapy. “The Endowment for Research Excellence in Women’s … Continue reading

February 2011

Weil Institute receives ACFAS grant to study MRI of plantar plate injuries

Researchers from the Weil Foot & Ankle Institute in Des Plaines, IL, in January were named the recipients of a Clinical and Scientific Research Grant from the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons to study the diagnostic value of … Continue reading

November 2010

Amputación Parcial de Pie: manejo del Podólogo

Los pacientes con diabetes que han sido objeto de una amputación parcial del pie son los más vulnerables a la re- ulceración. El calzado, las platillas, las prótesis parciales de pie, las ortesis de pie y tobillo pueden ayudar a reducir ese riesgo al mismo tiempo que mejoran la función.

Por: Erick Janisse, CPed, CO y Dennis Janisse, CPed

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January 2011

Soft Opaque Compression Hose

Sigvaris introduces its Soft Opaque stockings, billed as the softest medical compression hosiery of its kind without chemical additives. The stockings utilize microfiber yarns to achieve softness. Soft Opaque medical compression hosiery is available in knee-high, thigh high, and pantyhose … Continue reading

January 2011

WellWave Focused Energy System

Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corporation (MIC) announces the U.S. launch and immediate availability of its WellWave focused energy system for the effective, non-surgical treatment of chronic and acute musculoskeletal pain. Featuring a proprietary piezo-electric acoustic energy generation system, the WellWave … Continue reading

January 2011

VLP Foot Plating System

Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics Division has introduced its VLP Foot Variable-angle Locked Plating system. The portfolio of innovative screws and low-profile plates expands the population of patients who can return to an active lifestyle after foot surgery. The broad range … Continue reading

January 2011

Jerry Miller Custom Shoes

Jerry Miller celebrates its 65 year shoemaking tradition with a new collection of high quality custom-molded shoes. Combining fit and function, the new shoe line features Medi-flex fabric for accommodating hammertoes, bunions, edema, and hypersensitive feet. The shoes are handcrafted … Continue reading

January 2011

Townsend Design UniReliever Brace

Townsend Design announces its new UniReliever brace, one of eight osteoarthritis braces offered by the company. The UniReliever is a single upright, rigid aircraft aluminum brace engineered to be a lightweight, low profile solution for maintaining alignment and reducing load … Continue reading

January 2011

Skier’s Edge Training Machine

The Skier’s Edge Company has added the elite QS5 machine and QS5 upgrade kits to its line of training and exercise devices. Skier’s Edge machines are designed to simulate the balance, stability, and strength required for skiing and other sports … Continue reading

January 2011

Circumferential Shell Ankle Walker

Elite Orthopaedics introduces a new full circumferential shell ankle walker for Grade 2 & 3 ankle sprains, stable foot and ankle fractures or trauma, post-operative and rehabilitation purposes. The Advantage FS Air Walker is now available in Small, Medium and … Continue reading

January 2011

Voltage Isolator 4 Infiniti

Thought Technology, a biofeedback and psychophysiological instrument manufacturer, launched its new Voltage Isolator 4 Infiniti isokinetic dynamometer interface. The Volt- age Isolator 4 Infiniti is an interface device that provides electrical isolation. It allows Thought Technology’s systems (sensors + encoder … Continue reading

January 2011

THINKING SMALL: Making strides in children’s footwear

It was my first trip to buy shoes for my then-toddler son. He had just started walking with the aid of helping hands, and as I stared out at a sprawling display of shoes inside a high-end children’s shoe department, I felt utterly confounded. Some of the shoes felt soft, others were hard-soled and stiff, many were akin to moccasins. I was assaulted by all manner of colors and patterns and styles, each one different from the next. Massaging my eyes, I wanted to only to leave.

By L.W. Barnes

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January 2011

Out on a limb: Minding the gap

Not long ago, I was chatting with the new girls’ volleyball coach at my local area high school, and she mentioned that one of her goals was to focus on injury prevention. Specifically, she planned to emphasize shoulder strengthening. So I asked the obvious follow-up question: What about preventing anterior cruciate ligament injuries?

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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January 2011

AFO users must rethink concept of ‘normal’ gait

Ankle foot orthoses can make a neuromuscular patient’s gait pattern more like that of an unaffected person, but the devices can also be associated with compensations of their own. And in some patients, a more ‘normal’ gait pattern is not necessarily going to be more functional.

by Cary Groner

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January 2011

Foot and ankle exercises in patients with diabetes

Guidelines recommend cardiovascular and strengthening exercises in patients with diabetes, but flexibility exercises focused on the foot and ankle can impart added benefits. Improving range of motion can positively affect gait, pressure distribution, and risk of foot ulceration.

By Pamela D. Ritzline, PT, EdD, and Audrey Zucker-Levin, PT, PhD.

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January 2011

Postop bracing after ACL reconstruction

Bracing is often recommended after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, in the interest of controlling range of motion and protecting the graft as it heals. However, few studies have scientifically examined this practice, and the available findings are conflicting.

By Laura Chachula, Kenneth L. Cameron, PhD, ATC, LTC Steven J. Svoboda, MD, and LTC Brett D. Owens, MD

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January 2011

Orthotic intervention for metatarsalgia relief

Research suggests that metatarsal pads and other off-loading techniques can help alleviate painful symptoms in patients with metatarsalgia. Orthotic intervention, in conjunction with correct shoes, can be an important component of improving quality of life for these patients.

by Paul R. Scherer, DPM

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January 2011

Articular cartilage rehab: Guidelines for treatment

A scientifically based approach to rehabilitation of articular cartilage lesions starts with restoration of passive range of motion followed by a progressive resistance training program for muscle strengthening, with particular attention to joint alignment.

By Walter L. Jenkins PT, DHS, ATC, LATC

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January 2011

Revisiting ACL injury

Theories posit complex mechanisms
In recent years, discussions of anterior cruciate ligament injury biomechanics have increasingly concluded that the mechanism of such injuries is likely multifactorial, with a number of different lines of research each contributing a piece of the puzzle.  Now some investigators are beginning to articulate just what these multifactorial mechanisms might entail.

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January 2011

Achilles rupture redux

Two studies back nonsurgical approach
Nonoperatively treated Achilles tendon ruptures are no more vulnerable to re-rupture than those treated surgically as long as early mobilization is part of the protocol, according to two randomized studies that appear to contradict current evidence-based thinking.

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January 2011

French study links leg stiffness, power to jump height, speed in tennis players

A French study suggests that leg stiffness and power in tennis players are each significantly correlated with countermovement jump height and running speed—two factors that earlier research linked to competitive performance. Investigators from the Universite du Maine in Le Mans, … Continue reading

January 2011

Five weeks of assisted training boosts jump height in elite volleyball players

Taking a load off during training may help volleyball players jump higher, according to Australian research published in the January issue of the Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport. Assisted jump training, in which 10 kg of assistance was … Continue reading