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June 2010

Postural control deficits: the role of foot orthoses

The mechanism by which foot orthoses improve postural control remains uncertain, but research suggests that it may stem from improvements in sensory feedback or changes in center of pressure that in turn affect joint moments.

By Douglas Richie, DPM

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June 2010

Microfracture outcomes in pro basketball players

Research suggests that more than three-quarters of professional basketball players return to play following microfracture surgery, but may not regain their previous level of athletic performance.

By Nirav H. Amin, MD, Martin J. Morrison III MD, Douglas L. Cerynik, MD, and James Tom, MD.

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May 2010

Aircast Airheel Brace

DJO introduces the Aircast Airheel brace which is specifically designed to treat plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and heel pain. Using two interconnected aircells located under the foot arch and the back of the heel, the brace applies pulsating compression with … Continue reading

May 2010

Body Armor Night Splint

The new Body Armor Night Splint from Darco provides a specific and sustained stretch to the plantar fascia by actively and comfortably loading the windlass mechanism. A toe strap dorisflexes the first metatarsophalangeal joint, which stretches the plantar fascia and … Continue reading

May 2010

YogaToes

YogaToes is a new foot stretching, aligning, and conditioning system designed to treat or prevent multiple foot conditions including hammertoes, bunions, and plantar fasciitis. The device is engineered from soft, hypoallergenic medical gel that is BPA- and latex-free, and made … Continue reading

May 2010

Sher Custom Embossed Orthotics

Promote your business name and logo with Sher Brand Custom Embossed Leather Orthotics from Sroufe Healthcare Products. Customizing a quality product with your embossed name and logo allows you to promote your business and retain customers for repeat orders. Custom … Continue reading

May 2010

Slip-Resistant Athletic Shoes

Drew Shoe Corporation introduces its new line of slip-resistant athletic shoes, available in four styles: Men’s lace-up (Atlas), Men’s Velcro (Apollo), Women’s lace-up (Hara), and Women’s Velcro (Venus). The shoes feature a removable, dual-density footbed with added heel cushion pad, … Continue reading

May 2010

KeepingPace KPO96 Shoe

KeepingPace, manufacturer of children’s orthopedic footwear, announces the arrival of their girls’ Mary Jane, style KPO96. Designed to accommodate an- kle foot orthoses and adaptive footwear needs, the KPO96 features extra depth-extra widths, a flexible fit, full toe box, molded … Continue reading

May 2010

Tri-Series AFOs

Eastern Podiatry Laboratories introduces three new AFOs: the Tri-Lock, Tri-Flex, and Tri-Motion. The Tri-Lock AFO is a plastic reinforced, leather covered ankle gauntlet. It is available in 11 leather colors and three nubuck colors, four closure types, two standard heights … Continue reading

May 2010

Digital Foot Scanning

iStep Wave Aetrex Worldwide introduces the iStep Wave – a completely wireless foot scanning technology that captures three essential elements of feet: foot size, arch type, and pressure points.  The iStep Wave features 3,744 gold-plated barometric sensors and 1,326 infrared … Continue reading

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