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May 2010

Economic downturn has upside for your practice

Call it rose colored glasses, or simply being the eternal optimist. Whatever you call it, historical evidence suggests that certain companies can trace their phenomenal business successes to decisions made during severe recessions.

By Jason Kraus

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May 2010

Runners and shoes: The knowledge gap

Long-distance running continues to be a popular recreational pursuit in the U.S. The running boom of the 1970s opened the door for mass participation in road races and marathons, and today there are an estimated 36 million runners in the U.S. Increased participation, however, has led to an increased number of injuries as well. The yearly incidence of running injuries is estimated to be between 37% and 56%.

by Ryan C. Enke, MD

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May 2010

PLANTER’S PUNCH: Kicking and ACL injury risk

Most studies of kicking in soccer have focused on the kicking leg. But the biomechanics of the plant leg, which often functions at odd and unexpected angles, may have greater implications for injury.

By Sarah E. Clagg, DPT, Angela R Warnock, MPT, and James S. Thomas, PT, PhD

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May 2010

Out on a limb: Weakness in numbers

Sometimes it’s hard to tell when it’s spring in New England, particularly when there are frost warnings in late April and the local hockey and basketball teams are still playing well into May. But one telltale sign is when the air is abuzz with baseball statistics. By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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May 2010

Plantar shear: Casting light on ‘dark matter’

Researchers and practitioners are gradually realizing that peak plantar pressure may not be as useful for predicting and preventing diabetic foot ulcers as previously thought, and are beginning to refocus their attention on plantar shear.

By Metin Yavuz, PhD

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May 2010

Yoga practice enhances management of knee OA

Research suggests that a tailored yoga practice can help reduce pain and improve function in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Potential mechanisms include strengthening, improving flexibility, and altering gait biomechanics. by Richa Mishra, MD, and Sharon L. Kolasinski, MD

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May 2010

Balance assessments for ankle instability

Identifying balance deficits associated with functional ankle instability may help practitioners design proper rehabilitation protocols. But when it comes to accuracy and clinical utility, not all balance assessments are created equal.

by Scott E. Ross, PhD, ATC, Shelley W. Linens, PhD, ATC, and Brent L. Arnold, PhD, ATC

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May 2010

Strength in moderation: Finding synergy in CP

Strength training can help address weakness in children with cerebral palsy, but it can’t restore lost motor signals. Orthoses can help balance muscle activity while providing stability, but in some patients can hinder normal motion. Ultimately, the ideal synergy between the two approaches may be different for each patient.

by Cary Groner

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May 2010

In the moment: O&P

Net gain for ankle bracing – Rigid and semi-rigid ankle braces may help prevent inversion ankle sprains in female volleyball players with no previous history of sprain, according to research published in the April issue of Foot & Ankle International. Plus: • Neuropathyandgait • Partialweightbearing • Erratum

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May 2010

In the moment: Footcare

PTTD prognostication – Four variables, identifiable at an initial clinical evaluation, can help predict whether bracing will be successful in patients with posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, according to research from the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY.

Plus: • Athleticshoetraction • OrthosesandMTSS

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May 2010

Market Mechanics

• Thranhardtrecipients
• APTAendorsement
• DFConawardwinner
• CAMcertification
• Sportssponsorship
• Ergonomicchairs

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April 2010

NelMed Knee Support

Core Products International offers the NelMed Knee Support. Constructed of a heavy duty, surgical stretch material, the flexible support allows a full range of joint flexion and extension. It is designed to provide firm support for patients with damaged ligaments … Continue reading

April 2010

Rocktape Kinesiology Tape

Rocktape kinesiology tape is designed to treat common injuries and enhance performance and recovery. Rocktape can be used for compression, to promote recovery, or decompression, to relieve pain and swelling. Engineered for the demands of endurance athletes, the Rocktape Active … Continue reading

April 2010

New Balance 1226

This fall, Boston-based New Balance will expand its NBx running collection with the introduction the New Balance 1226, a high mileage trainer for the runner looking for moderate stability and exceptional cushioning. N-ergy cushioning diffuses heel strike impact for a … Continue reading

April 2010

Nail Balm Kit

Dr. Swaim’s Natural Skin Care introduces the Anti-fungal Nail Balm Kit. Made from all natural ingredients, the kit is designed to provide safe and effective topical treatment for onychomycosis. The Anti-fungal Nail Balm Kit includes two push-up tubes of anti-fungal … Continue reading

April 2010

Superstep Orthotic Insoles

KLM Orthotic Labs, experienced in the design and manufacture of custom and prefabricated foot orthotics and ankle-foot orthotics, introduces Superstep Orthotic Insoles. Based on KLM’s System Rx Technology (US Patent No. 5,746,952), the insoles have a comfortable, shock absorbing top … Continue reading

April 2010

Diabetic and Medical Grade Socks

Doctor Specified offers a new line of diabetic and medical grade hosiery. The line features true hand linked toe seams and deep heel pockets. High performance synthetic yarns are utilized with selective “half cushion” construction to maintain comfort and protect … Continue reading

April 2010

Element Sport Ankle Brace

DeRoyal introduces the new Element Sport ankle brace. The brace is engineered to provide  subtalar control through calcaneal stabilization and positioning. A unique heel strapping system holds the calcaneus under the talus, which controls subtalar inversion and talar rotation to … Continue reading

April 2010

Compex Performance US

DJO introduces the Compex Performance US electronic muscle stimulator designed to complement training and exercise regimens. An over-the-counter, portable electronic muscle stimulator, the  Compex Performance US features technology approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002. The product utilizes … Continue reading

April 2010

Vancouver 2010: Behind the scenes

Qualifying for the Olympic Games or the Paralympics is about taking athletic performance to the next level. Sometimes it’s also about taking rehabilitation to the next level. That’s where lower extremity practitioners come in. By Cary Groner

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April 2010

Out On a Limb: Up from the wreckage

Have a bad day at the office? At least you didn’t have to worry about not having any electricity. Or clean water. Most of us take these things for granted. But for some practitioners, in places devastated by war or by natural disaster, they are very real concerns that go hand in hand with lower extremity care. By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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April 2010

The epidemiology of plantar fasciitis

Up to 10% of the population may present with heel pain, which underscores the importance of practitioner familiarity with the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis and the associated risk factors.

By Capt. Danielle L. Scher, MD; Lt. Col. Philip J. Belmont, Jr., MD; and Maj. Brett D. Owens, MD

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April 2010

The quest to improve rocker effects in O&P

The roll-over shape, a means of directly measuring rockers during gait, can help determine ways of optimizing orthotic and prosthetic devices so that the resulting gait is as natural as possible.

By Andrew H. Hansen, PhD

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April 2010

Multiple factors affect running shoe selection

The concept of evidence-based running shoe selection is nice in theory, but in fact, the literature is replete with conflicting findings on a range of issues, from arch height to shoe construction.

By Col. Joseph M. Molloy, PT, PhD, SCS, and Maj. Deydre S. Teyhen, PT, PhD, OCS

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April 2010

Pointe shoes complicate biomechanics of ballet

Pointe shoes, which elongate a dancer’s legs and accentuate the beauty of classical ballet technique, come with their own set of biomechanical principles—and their own set of risk factors for injury.

By Selina Shah, MD

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