Category Archives: Issues

Current Issue Articles

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

May 2010

Market Mechanics

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

April 2010

Pelvic neutral: Key to balance training

Research suggests that balance exercises can help decrease injury risk and improve performance, particularly in female athletes. But balance training technique can significantly influence results.

By Gretchen D. Oliver, PhD, ATC, LAT

Continue reading

April 2010

In the moment: Diabetes

The photo shows a hospital scene that under different circumstances might be comical. A patient with a diabetic foot problem lies in a bed, surrounded by practitioners. But none of the practitioners are communicating with each other, and all but one have their backs to the patient.

Plus: • Platelet-rich plasma •Tendon lengthening • TCC utilization

Continue reading

April 2010

In the moment: knee OA

Two studies presented in March suggest that bracing for knee osteoarthritis may be effective in two patient populations that are not well represented in the OA bracing literature: those with lateral tibiofemoral compartment OA and those with severe disease. Plus: • Effects of footwear • PRP vs hyaluronan

Continue reading

April 2010

In the moment: sports medicine

Soccer is already the world’s most popular sport, but new research could very well broaden its appeal even further. Multiple studies from Denmark suggest that playing soccer can improve bone mineral density and other musculoskeletal risk factors associated with falls and fractures.

Plus: • FieldTurf vs grass • Pitchers leg it out Continue reading

April 2010

Market Mechanics

• Orthotic fitters organization debuts, plans first symposium this summer
• STS creates casting sock for Richie
• Diabetic Foot Conference boasts record attendance, honors Joseph
• Redi-Thotics enters the matrix

Continue reading

March 2010

Levy Dynamic AFO

Levy & Rappel introduces the Levy Dynamic. This dynamic ankle foot orthosis is manufactured with double Velcro straps, full custom uprights and a custom functional foot orthotic base. The custom footplate can be full length or trimmed to the metatarsal head or sulcus. … Continue reading

March 2010

Dynamic Walk Single Side

The Dynamic Walk Single Side Orthosis from Centri is a new ankle foot orthosis made of a lightweight moldable carbon fiber composite material. The open heel construction allows for optimal fit and comfort with various shoe types. The Dynamic Walk … Continue reading

March 2010

Iliotibial Band Compression Wrap

The Iliotibial Band Compression Wrap from Pro-Tec Athletics now has a new non-slip backing to minimize migration. The Iliotibial Band Wrap helps reduce pain on the outside of the knee, alleviating conditions of iliotibial band syndrome. Applied above the patella … Continue reading