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November 2010

Choosing shoes for RA

Therapeutic designs are a tough sell

Despite research supporting the use of therapeutic shoes in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, a study from New Zealand suggests that only 5% of patients actually wear prescribed footwear.

The lack of compliance may be related to practitioners’ failure to understand the social and emotional implications of therapeutic footwear for patients—particularly women—with RA, according to a second study from the U.K.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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November 2010

High-top styles, tied laces decrease Achilles tendon loading in cadavers

A high-top athletic shoe design and tightly tied laces can decrease peak Achilles tendon loading, primarily by limiting peak ankle dorsiflexion, according to a cadaver study from Virginia Tech University. Researchers analyzed the effects of low-top vs high-top athletic shoes … Continue reading

November 2010

In vivo data correlate with external effects of variable-stiffness OA shoe

The variable-stiffness shoe being developed at Stanford University not only reduces external knee adduction moment but also produces corresponding decreases in load within the joint, according to new in vivo data. The shoe (see “OA research: It’s all about the … Continue reading

November 2010

Tailoring PFP treatment

Maltracking signals VMO involvement

Research from Stanford University adds to the evidence that patellofemoral pain management may be most effective when tailored to subcategories of patients, and suggests that it’s too soon to give up on vastus medialis oblique activation as a contributing factor.

The findings were presented in early November at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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November 2010

In practice, tendinopathy patients find pain relieved with platelet rich plasma

The benefits of platelet-rich plasma injection for relief of tendinopathy pain are evident outside of a controlled research setting, according to results from a Scottsdale, AZ, private practice presented in November at the AAPM&R meeting. Physiatrists at Southwest Spine & … Continue reading

November 2010

Ankle retinacula changes may predict outcomes after fascial manipulation

Fascial manipulation can improve pain and postural stability in patients with functional ankle instability and evidence of retinacular changes on magnetic resonance imaging, according to research from Italy presented in November at the AAPM&R meeting. In an earlier study, published … Continue reading

November 2010

ABC reinstates assistant certification

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) is pleased to announce the reinstatement of its Certified Orthotic/Prosthetic Assistant certification program. Certified assistants, under the supervision of an ABC certified orthotist and/or prosthetist, may perform orthotic and/or … Continue reading

November 2010

Teen wins Otto Bock art competition

Cali Overcast of Fountain, CO, was only four years old when the 9/11 terrorist attacks took place, but she’s never forgotten the impact it had on her young life. Overcast, winner of Minneapolis, MN-based Otto Bock’s Socket Art Contest, was … Continue reading

November 2010

Feet for Life charity initiative debuts

The Pedorthic Foundation is launching a new charity initiative, called “Feet for Life,” to benefit underprivileged patients with diabetes. The foundation has been given an initial donation of 10,000 pairs of shoes, which will be provided to individuals with diabetes … Continue reading

November 2010

SoleTech announces web redesign

Salem, MA-based SoleTech, a supplier of orthopedic materials and therapeutic footwear, announced in October the launch of a redesigned website at www.soletech.com. The new website is designed to allow prospective customers to view the company’s complete line of products, download … Continue reading

November 2010

Dubin joins board of Art de Cure

Richard Dubin, publisher and founder of Lower Extremity Review has been named to the board of Art de Cure, a new Albany, NY-based nonprofit organization that works with local artists and healthcare practices to establish art galleries in practitioners’ offices. … Continue reading

October 2010

PF3X Prescription Foot Orthosis

Kano Labs has introduced the PF3X prescription foot orthosis. The PF3X is built utilizing soldered layer technology wherein a Blackmod thermoresin is used to produce a one piece integrated shell with variable degrees of flex throughout the orthotic. The PF3X … Continue reading

October 2010

Zamst A2-DX Ankle Brace

One of the company’s most advanced products, the Zamst A2-DX ankle brace features more than 22 parts and 18 different materials. The A2-DX’s unique rigid guards restrict inversion and eversion, while the X-straps provide enhanced anterior and medial stability, a … Continue reading

October 2010

NutriNerve Supplement

NutriNerve offers its new NutriNerve Supplement Therapy for patients suffering from neuropathy. Ingredients include alpha lipoic acid (ALA), gamma linolenic acid (GLA), and benfotiamine, each of which has been shown to improve neuropathic symptoms. ALA has been reported to improve … Continue reading

October 2010

Shock Absorption Sandals

Spenco Medical Corporation announces the general availability of the PolySorb Total Support Sandal for both men and women. For the first time, the contours of the Spenco Total Support insole have been developed into a supportive, stylish, slip-on sandal. Spenco … Continue reading

October 2010

Strutz Arch Supports

Described by the company as “the human shock absorber”, Strutz is a line of arch supports that is designed to reduce stress and pressure on active joints, relieve plantar fasciitis pain, and lift fallen arches. The Strutz line includes the … Continue reading

October 2010

Cold Compression Ankle Boot

PI Professional Therapy Products offers the CP2 Ankle Boot Cold Compression. The ankle boot is designed to provide both cold therapy and compression to decrease swelling and promote healing. The product is constructed with zipper closure, eliminating the need for … Continue reading

October 2010

Pro-Tec Foam Rollers

Pro-Tec Athletics offers Pro-Tec Foam Rollers, designed for use in stretching, promoting flexibility, and myofascial release. The high density foam roller stretches muscles and tendons, breaks down soft tissue adhesion, and soothes tight fascia while increasing blood flow and circulation … Continue reading

October 2010

Interactive Foot and Ankle DVD

The Interactive Foot and Ankle DVD-ROM from Primal Pictures is a comprehensive and detailed DVD-ROM image library and reference tool for an in-depth view of foot and ankle anatomy. Users can choose from hundreds of highly detailed and labeled views … Continue reading

October 2010

Leg Loop Leg Lift

Designed for people with limited or no use of their lower extremities, Maddak’s new Leg Loop Leg Lift helps patients to safely reposition the leg and foot while reducing the chance of dropping the affected limb, which could cause bruising … Continue reading

October 2010

Ankle Shield Pads

Ouchless Technologies introduces new patented Ankle Shield Pads designed to eliminate inflammation and speed recovery after ankle injury. When used with a standard tape job or brace, the pads also guard against inversion sprains. The contoured pad fits comfortably over … Continue reading

October 2010

Sof Sole Airr Insole

Sof Sole announces the new Airr performance insole, engineered with special air pocket cushioning technology to create a better running experience for both amateur and professional athletes. The design applies the concept of air bag technology to the foot, with … Continue reading

October 2010

FitFlop Mukluks

FitFlop offers classic short and tall Mukluks equipped with an ergonomically shaped, muscle-toning Microwobbleboard midsole and a breathable, deluxe sheepskin upper. FitFlop footwear is biomechanically engineered to help tone and tighten leg muscles during walking, based on the Microwobbleboard technology … Continue reading

October 2010

Military Medicine: What it means for civilian practitioners

The military – a wellness utopia of active and healthy young adults who must maintain fitness and weight standards to remain in good standing. Personnel medical histories are part of vast military databases that practitioners and researchers use to chart trends and examine the evolution of treatments. Unlike with civilian medicine, patients and their outcomes can be followed through years-long stretches, offering a view that is otherwise hard to come by.

By L.W. Barnes

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October 2010

Out on a Limb: Cold cuts

For centuries, the Greeks set the bar for the rest of the world to follow—in architecture, in literature, in medicine. Now they appear to be setting a new kind of example in health care. But we can only hope the rest of the world knows better than to follow their lead this time around.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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