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November 2016

RevoFit Lanyard

Click Medical introduces the RevoFit Lanyard, a simple-to-use system that allows amputees to easily draw and lock their residual limb into a prosthetic socket. Unlike traditional lanyards, the RevoFit Lanyard can be used with suction and seal-in systems. Continue reading

November 2016

AF7 Ankle Bracing Sleeve

New from Allied OSI Labs is the AF7 Ankle Bracing Sleeve, a flexible two-in-one ankle brace for treating acute ankle sprains and Achilles tendinitis or peroneal tendinopathy. The AF7 combines elements of a compression sleeve and an ankle brace, designed to stabilize the ankle without… Continue reading

November 2016

Customizable Tensitube Shrinker

Paceline introduces the new customizable Tensitube Blue Shrinker, an elastic postoperative residual limb shrinker that applies controlled compression to help provide pain relief and reduce hypertrophic scarring and edema in lower extremity amputees. Continue reading

November 2016

Swede-O Ankle Foot Stabilizer

Swede-O announces the launch of the Ankle Foot Stabilizer (AFS), the newest addition to the MVT2 (Micro Ventilated Thermal) Technology line of products. The AFS includes medial and lateral stabilizers, an adjustable closure strap for greater support, and a nonslip safety sole to help prevent slipping. Continue reading

November 2016

Orfitrans Medium Soft

Orfit Industries introduces Orfitrans Medium Soft, made of a stronger thermoplastic material for optimal patient comfort. Orfitrans Medium Soft can be used for transtibial check sockets as well as for lower limb orthoses. Continue reading

November 2016

Little Feet For Children

TRS has responded to requests from the O&P profession by introducing two new sizes (14 cm and 15 cm) of its Little Feet for infants and young children. Little Feet are functional, economical prosthetic feet in sizes now ranging in 1-cm increments from 10 cm to 15 cm. Continue reading

November 2016

BiowaveHome Neurostimulation

Biowave prescription neuro­stimulation is now available in a system that can be used at home or while traveling. Bio­waveHome delivers therapeutic high frequency electrical signals through the skin to the surface of nociceptive pain fibers, blocking the transmission of pain… Continue reading

November 2016

Footmaxx MyFit Orthoses

The vast majority of Footmaxx orthotic devices are custom, carefully crafted based on a patient’s unique prescription. Now Footmaxx also offers the MyFit line of nonprescription foot orthoses as an economical solution to foot, arch, and heel pain. Continue reading

November 2016

Össur Pro-Flex Prosthetic Foot

Össur has launched Pro-Flex, a new foot designed to help reduce joint pain among amputees who engage in low-to-moderate impact activities. Pro-Flex is designed to address many comorbidities often found in lower limb amputees, including altered gait dynamics that can… Continue reading

November 2016

Pain Posters From OPTP

OPTP has partnered with Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, CSMT, to create a new set of posters focused on neuroscience pain education. The Pain Neuroscience Posters are now available as a set of four 17.75″ x 24″ posters suitable for display in therapy clinics or rehabilitation centers. Continue reading

November 2016

Darco Pro Term Walker

Darco International announces the addition of the Body Armor Pro Term Walker to its product line. The Pro Term Walker is an interim orthosis for conservative follow-up treatment following Chopart and Lisfranc amputations, among other indications. Continue reading

November 2016

Hanger foundation funds 2016 grants

The Austin, TX-based Hanger Charitable Foundation in October awarded $17,500 to four grant recipients, concluding its third round of 2016 grants. Continue reading

November 2016

biodesigns socket ups walking distance

Westlake Village, CA-based biodesigns in November reported a recent 13-patient study showed its alternative transfemoral socket outperformed a standard-of-care socket in improving amputees’ balance confidence and walking capacity. Continue reading

November 2016

Spenco sends shoes to disaster victims

Waco, TX-based Spenco Foot­wear donated 1000 pairs of shoes, sandals, and slippers to Haitian victims of Hurricane Matthew, which devastated the island nation in early October. Continue reading

November 2016

NBA, AT orgs join to grow youth access

The New York, NY-based National Basketball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (NBSCA) in October announced it would form a scientific advisory panel of four experts from various fields within the strength and conditioning community to provide continuing education and sharing of best practices to its members. Continue reading

November 2016

Össur users sweep medals in Cybathlon

Reykjavik, Iceland-based Össur reported in October that amputees wearing its technologies dominated the lower limb competition at the inaugural Cybathlon games in Zurich, Switzerland, claiming all three medals in the leg prosthesis race. The Cybathlon is the first global competition… Continue reading

November 2016

Curbell names Airlite vendor of the year

Orchard Park, NY-based Curbell Plastics in October named Airlite Plastics its 2015 Vendor of the Year. Omaha, NE-based Airlite  makes plastic packaging as well as a variety of extruded plastic sheet materials for the O&P industry. Continue reading

November 2016

Phoenix launches to sell molded devices

Lake Placid, FL-based Phoenix Molded Shoes, Inserts, and Braces opened its doors on September 12. The manufacturer is emphasizing communication with its practitioner customers about its services and lower extremity custom devices, which include accommodative and functional orthoses. Continue reading

November 2016

Mouthguard mysteries: Can wearing one really improve athletic performance?

Multiple studies suggest that mouthguards, designed to protect athletes from dental injuries during contact sports, may also help improve muscle force and power. But plenty of other studies have found no such ben­efits, and even the experts aren’t sure what to believe.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

November 2016

Peroneal tendinopathy management in tennis

Although not as common as Achilles tendinitis, peroneal tendinitis is seen in a certain group of patients with chronic ankle instability or with a cavovarus foot.1 Peroneal tendinitis presents as lateral foot pain and may also be of unknown etiology or associated with an acute inversion injury.

By Patricia Pande, MClScPT, CSCS, CPed Continue reading

November 2016

AFO stiffness can help optimize patient function

Decisions related to the stiffness of an ankle foot orthosis (AFO)—whether they involve device design or the materials from which it’s fabricated—can help lower extremity clinicians customize stability, biomechanics, and muscle function to meet individual patients’ needs.

By Lori Roniger Continue reading

November 2016

How foot and ankle injury trends reflect today’s NFL

Professional football players are enduring higher levels of force than ever, and foot and ankle injury rates are increasing as a result. Advances in surgery and rehabili­tation have helped get players back on the field more quickly, but injury prevention remains a significant challenge.

By Will Carroll Continue reading

November 2016

Adjacent-joint arthritis after ankle arthrodesis

Altered biomechanics after ankle arthro­desis often increase stress on the adjacent joints in the foot, which can cause or exacerbate osteoarthritic degeneration in those joints. Clinicians and researchers are working to better understand this process and how to minimize patients’ risk.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

November 2016

Psychological aspects of ACL rehabilitation

The ability to identify and treat patients at risk for mental health issues after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury may help improve psychological readiness for reconstructive surgery, attitudes toward postoperative rehabilitation, and successful surgical and rehabilitation outcomes.

By John Reaume, MD, MHSA; Dana Reaume, PsyD; and Melissa A. Christino, MD Continue reading

November 2016

ITBS intrigue: Fatigue leads to decreased hip adduction

Women with iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) independently modify their running gait when fatigued to decrease hip adduction, potentially as a result of pain, according to research from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ, that may have implications for gait retraining.

By Katie Bell Continue reading