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March 2017

Early PT after hindfoot fracture surgery may help patients better address anxiety

Patients who undergo surgery for hindfoot fracture can safely start physical therapy two weeks later, which could provide an opportunity to improve outcomes, according to research from Utah presented at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

March 2017

In diabetic neuropathy cases, pedal bone health declines along with renal function

In patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, pedal bone health declines progressively in conjunction with worsening renal function, according to research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

March 2017

Sensory-enhancing insoles improve agility performance in recreational athletes

Insoles with sensory-enhancing technology, previously demonstrated to help address balance and proprioceptive deficits, can also improve agility in athletes, according to research from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.

By Chris Klingenberg Continue reading

March 2017

Out on a limb: In search of symmetry

Researchers and clinicians who work with unilateral lower limb amputees are increasingly exploring the effects of prosthetic devices on gait asymmetries and joint loading. What’s less well known is that prostheses designed for use above the waist can also have positive effects on gait.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

March 2017

March LER Issue Flipbook is live!

Check out the latest issue of LER as a digital flipbook. Continue reading

February 2017

Viamet antifungal appears effective, safe

Research Triangle Park, NC-based Viamet Pharmaceuticals in January reported positive results from its Phase 2b randomized controlled trial of VT-1161 for onychomycosis of the large toenail. VT-1161 is a novel, once-weekly, oral antifungal drug. Continue reading

February 2017

McGirt joins Össur’s knee OA campaign

Foothill Ranch, CA-based Össur in February launched a public education campaign on knee osteoarthritis (OA) featuring professional golfer William McGirt. Continue reading

February 2017

Birkenstock brings vegan sandals to US

Novato, CA-based Birkenstock USA in January introduced vegan footwear, previously available only in Europe, to US markets. Continue reading

February 2017

Apligraf alters genomics of chronic wounds

Science Translational Medicine on January 4 epublished randomized clinical trial results showing Organogenesis’s bioengineered living-cell wound-healing therapy demonstrated a significant change in the genomic profile of treated nonhealing venous leg ulcers (VLUs) compared with standard care. Continue reading

February 2017

Hanger prosthetist teaches AFO design

A prosthetist from Austin, TX-based Hanger in January volunteered his knowledge to a Missouri middle school project that had students designing cardboard and foam ankle brace prototypes that could be used by patients with spastic hemiplegia. Continue reading

February 2017

ACFAS installs 2017 officers and board

The Chicago-based American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) in February installed its 2017-2018 officers and board of directors during the national surgical society’s 75th Annual Scientific Conference in Las Vegas. Continue reading

February 2017

GE Healthcare, NBA call for proposals

Chicago-based GE Healthcare and the National Basketball Association (NBA) in January announced four newly selected research initiatives and issued a call for a third round of research proposals focused on bone stress injuries for the organizations’ Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Collaboration. Continue reading

February 2017

OPAF announces 2017 board, sponsor

The Charlotte, NC-based Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) in January welcomed two new board members for fiscal year 2017. Continue reading

February 2017

NYSPMA draws 2K for podiatric event

Two members of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) Foundation were recognized in January for outstanding achievements at NY17, the group’s Podiatric Clinical Conference and Exhibition. Continue reading

February 2017

AOPA celebrates its 100th anniversary

The Washington, DC-based Amer­ican Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) in February unveiled a commemorative website, AOPA100.org, as part of the association’s yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary. The website features AOPA’s history, an interactive timeline, photo gallery, personal stories from AOPA members, and AOPA’s plans for the future. Continue reading

February 2017

2020 global brace mkt estimated at $4.3B

The global orthopedic brace market is expected to reach $4.3 billion by 2020, at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 5% from 2015 to 2020, according to data published in January by Frampton, UK-based BioPortfolio Reports. Continue reading

February 2017

Avex raises $7.6M for Footbeat launch

Grand Junction, CO-based Avex announced in January that it has secured $7.6 million in Series A financing to fund its Q1 launch of Footbeat, an insole designed to increase circulation through cyclic pressure applied to the arch of the foot. Continue reading

February 2017

Bone Index device gets FDA clearance

Kupio, Finland-based Bone Index in January received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for its second-generation point-of-care device for osteoporosis diagnosis. Continue reading

February 2017

Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Motion

Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Motion is a new cream developed by New York orthopedic surgeon Harvey Manes, MD, to help soothe aches and pains with all natural ingredients as an alternative to anti-inflammatory drugs and chemical-based creams. The formula includes capsaicin… Continue reading

February 2017

PDE Orthosis From Fabtech

Fabtech Systems offers the new PDE (posterior dynamic element) Orthosis, an advanced below-knee composite orthosis utilizing the PDE modular composite spring system for a range of orthotic applications including ankle and calf weakness. Continue reading

February 2017

Abeo Biomechanical Footwear

Abeo biomechanical footwear promotes comfort, mobility, and overall health and wellness, along with classic footwear designs. Product lines include B.I.O.system (stands for built-in orthotics) sandals and shoes, AeroSystem athletic performance footwear… Continue reading

February 2017

Support the Foot Quick Tape

New from Support the Foot is Quick Tape, a one-piece foot tape that offers a convenient alternative to low Dye taping. Clinicians can now ditch the scissors, adhesive spray, and different sizes of tape for one easy and efficient Quick Tape application. Continue reading

February 2017

STS Trans-Tibial Molding Sock

The STS Company has announced the addition of a new molding sock to its family of casting materials. The Trans-Tibial sock, developed as a part of a postoperative rigid dressing system introduced recently in Australia, is suited for obtaining a negative… Continue reading

February 2017

Tetra-Flex Clip-Free Bandage

Tetra announces the Tetra-Flex CF (clip free) Woven Elastic Bandage. Tetra-Flex CF is a premium weave of Spandex and selected long-staple cotton providing maximum compression and durability, and its new self-closure system now makes it easy to apply and… Continue reading

February 2017

SPIO Lower Body Orthosis

The SPIO Lower Body Orthosis is designed to assist with gait and stability in pediatric patients with spastic diplegia, hypotonia, Down syndrome, ataxia, autism, and sensory processing disorder, as well as other diagnoses. The specially milled fabric is lightweight… Continue reading