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July 2018

Current ACL Return-to-Sport Criteria Fails To Identify 2nd Injury Risk

For young, active individuals, returning to sport after an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and not suffering a second injury is often difficult. Figuring out how to prevent reinjury is even more tricky, says Mark Paterno, PhD, PT, MBA, ATC from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio. Continue reading

July 2018

Stress Fractures Of the Foot in Football

High-impact sports expose athletes to greater risk of injury overall. Is there a way to prevent such trauma by applying the lessons of sports science? Stress fractures of the foot result from repetitive microtraumas and chronic submaximal loading of tissues. Among football players, the most common are the Jones fracture, a break in the fifth metatarsal between the base and the middle, and the…

By D. Chris Cothern PT, CES, PES Continue reading

July 2018

Young Athletes’ ACL Injury Risk Increases with Fatigue

ACL injuries are one of the most common sports injuries affecting adolescent athletes, leading to lost playing time and high healthcare costs. Athletes who experience fatigue – tested on a standardized assessment — demonstrated increased risk of ACL injury, according to this study, which is the first to measure the direct impact of fatigue on injury risk in the adolescent population. Continue reading

July 2018

Results for Female ACL Graft Repair Methods Differ Among Younger Athletes

Female athletes are 2 to 8 times more likely to injure their ACL than males, however utilizing one graft repair treatment method in females may be more beneficial than another, according to new research from Hytham Salem and colleagues from the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Their paper, “Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Young Females: Patella… Continue reading

July 2018

Older Patients with Knee Pain Benefit from Allograft Transplant Technique

Knee pain in active patients over 40 is often difficult to treat but utilizing a special kind of allograft may be a step in the right direction, according to research from Katlyn Robinson, BS and colleagues in a paper titled, “Efficacy of Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation in the Knee in Adults Forty Years and Older.” Continue reading

July 2018

Surgery Offers Young Patients Long-Term Benefits after Meniscus Tears

Young patients who underwent surgery for isolated meniscus tears between 1990 and 2005 showed positive long-term clinical results. The study represents one of the largest long-term follow-up cohorts describing clinical outcomes of meniscus repair in pediatric patients to date. Continue reading

July 2018

Guest Editorial: Youth Overuse Injuries and What Clinicians, Parents and Coaches Can Do

It’s one of the key issues in youth sports today: an epidemic of overuse and repetitive motion injuries. It affects both lower and upper extremities, across the board, in all sports at all ages. As the world of youth sports has grown dramatically, so have these injury problems.

By Robert A. Weil, DPM Continue reading

July 2018

JMS Plastics New Fiberglass Casting Tape

JMS Plastics Supply proudly introduces J-Cast, a new orthopedic fiberglass casting tape. The new J-Cast fiberglass casting tape is described by the company as simple to mold and comfortable to wear. The newly introduced orthopedic product is designed to offer excellent ventilation and less irritation than similar existing products. Continue reading

July 2018

Custom-molded shoes and AFOs for every walk of life

Pride in our workmanship continues to advance to new heights – today every stitch, seam and styling line utilizes state-of-the-art computer animated design and 3D modeling techniques. Continue reading

July 2018

Breakthrough HV3 Bunion Bracing Sleeve

OS1st Base Layer Bracing announces its breakthrough bracing sleeves for Bunions. Shown here is the HV3 Bunion Bracing Sleeve for Hallux Valgus pain and re-alignment. This Patent Pending bunion splint design is truly a breakthrough. Continue reading

July 2018

A Major Breakthrough In Heel Pain Relief

We’ve got the solution to your heel pain issues after countless hours of research and development. The Heel Defender heel orthotic has been predicted to become the premier option for relieving heel pain in adults and children. Unlike other heel orthotics which are not design to target specific trouble areas, Heel Defender orthotics can help remove up to 80% of the impact force on the heel. Continue reading

July 2018

Hatchbacks Orthopedic Shoes Introduces Larger Sizes

Hatchbacks Footwear offers children and young adult orthopedic approved shoes that look great, extra wide, and fit easily over AFO braces. No need to buy expensive customized shoes or spend hours at the mall trying to find extra wide shoes. Continue reading

June 2018

The Future Is Knocking: Tufts Engineers Develop Smart Bandage

A team of engineers led by Tufts University has developed a bandage to actively monitor the condition of chronic wounds, such as diabetic ulcers, and deliver drug treatments to improve the chances of healing. With the idea of assisting the natural healing process, the researchers designed the bandages with heating elements and thermoresponsive drug carriers that can deliver tailored treatments in response to embedded pH and temperature sensors that track infection and inflammation. Continue reading

June 2018

In Memoriam: Lawrence G. Lefler, DPM

Lawrence G. Lefler, DPM, passed away June 23. He was 92 years old. Lefler was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps and was an air traffic controller until being discharged in 1946. He then attended the University of Nebraska, eventually being admitted to what is now the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, which he graduated from in 1952. Continue reading

June 2018

Össur Formfit Pro 3D Compressive Knit Solutions

Össur has introduced the new Össur Formfit Pro line of 3D compressive knit solutions, designed for people suffering from different musculoskeletal conditions or ailments, yet remain passionate about staying active. Össur‘s Formfit Pro range includes the Formfit Pro Knee for compression and patella support; Formfit Pro Knee OA, which… Continue reading

June 2018

Ottobock Names New CFO

Ottobock, Duderstadt, Germany, announced Philipp Schulte-Noelle will join the management team of the international medical technology manufacturer under CEO Oliver Scheel Dr. rer. nat. Dipl. Chem, starting August 15. He comes to Ottobock from Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA, Bad Homburg, Germany, where he began in 2013 as corporate business development/M&A; most recently he was CFO and labor director of… Continue reading

June 2018

Data-Gathering Performance Treadmills

Mobius, AMTI’s new line of performance treadmills, comes in two models: one fixed-tilt and one inclinable, capable of a 25% gradient. Both models have two independent 8800N-capacity force platforms, and a frame engineered to achieve the highest possible natural frequency, with the goal of providing industry-leading data quality. Continue reading

June 2018

Sock Aid

Advanced S.A. International Ltd. now offers the new Sock Aid for easy donning and doffing of socks for people who have difficulty bending or other mobility issues. The cordless unit requires easy one-handed operation and is compact for traveling. For donning, the sock is affixed to Easy On Sock Aid fully open and inside out with the heel in the correct position. Continue reading

June 2018

ACFAS Calls for Manuscript, Poster Submissions

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) has issued a call for manuscript and poster submissions to be presented at its 77th Annual Scientific Conference Program, which will be held February 14-19 in New Orleans. Continue reading

June 2018

Socks with Purpose

ING Source, Inc. of North Carolina is best known for its proprietary application of compression therapy into orthopedic and sports bracing, Compression Zone Technology (CZT). Under its brand OS1st Base Layer Bracing, ING Source, Inc. has announced a new range of therapeutic socks under the banner, “Socks with Purpose.” Continue reading

June 2018

NAAOP Comments on MEDPAC Orthotics Report

In June, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MEDPAC) filed a report with Congress, regarding Medicare and the healthcare delivery system, in which there is a section on orthotics and that includes a recommendation to implement competitive bidding for off-the-shelf (OTS) orthotics. Continue reading

June 2018

ShearBan Low Friction Patches: New Bulk and Retail Options

ShearBan is an ultra-thin, self-adhesive, low-friction patch designed to address friction and shear forces that contribute to blisters, corns, calluses, and diabetic foot ulcers. The patches are applied directly to braces, prosthetic sockets, and footwear where a person is experiencing painful rubbing. Continue reading

June 2018

Why You Hurt System

The Why You Hurt: Therapeutic Neuroscience Education System by Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, CSMT, is a tool that clinicians can use to teach their patients what pain is and how it works. Available from OPTP, the system uses illustrated flashcards, discussion topics, teaching cues, and homework sessions that refine complex neuroscience into metaphors, examples, and images. Continue reading

June 2018

Bill Will Allow NPs, PAs to Certify Need for Diabetic Shoes

New legislation was recently introduced that would allow nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to satisfy Medicare’s documentation requirement for coverage of certain shoes for people with diabetes, allowing those patients easier access to that care. The bill, “Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act,” was introduced into the 115th Congress by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME). Continue reading

June 2018

Instant Ice Wrap Combined Cooling and Compression

Instant Ice Wrap functions as an alternative to bags of ice to provide both cooling and compression to treat lower extremity pains. The treatment alternative helps to reduce swelling and offers joint and muscle pain relief without the risk of frostbite, skin burn, or irritation that can be associated with traditional icing. Continue reading