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March 2018

AAOP headquarters move to Bethesda

The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists has relocated its headquarters from Washington DC to Bethesda, Maryland, effective March 1. The address is 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 760, Bethesda, MD 20814. Telephone and fax numbers remain unchanged. Continue reading

March 2018

Navigating disruption in the foot orthotics landscape—Are you ready?

For more than 50 years the custom foot orthotic industry has pretty much stayed the same. Of course, change has occurred, such as the introduction and widespread adoption of digital casting and CAD/CAM production vs hand-poured plaster. Continue reading

March 2018

Study finds little difference between DMO and PMO for hallux valgus

Guiding patients to make the most appropriate choice among options to correct hallux valgus has long been a challenge: Distal metatarsal osteotomy (DMO) is liked for its shorter incision, low level of invasiveness, lower complication rate, and its ability to improve pain and functionality across a wider range of deformities. Continue reading

March 2018

Center of pressure in normal, pes planus, and pes cavus feet

To better understand the association of non-normal foot postures with an increased risk of injury to the lower extremity, Australian researchers evaluated center of pressure (COP) in adults with pes planus, pes cavus, or normal feet. Continue reading

March 2018

Midfoot mobility and patellofemoral pain

Seeking to better understand foot mobility in adults with ­patel­lo­­femoral pain (PFP, or so-called runner’s knee), Australian researchers studied almost 200 adults aged 18 to 50 years. Both weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing measures were used to calculate… Continue reading

March 2018

Foot pain, ill-fitted footwear increase risk of falls in elderly

Foot pain and poor-fitting footwear are among the well-known risk factors for falls among the elderly. Two new studies from Spain sought to quantify the significance of these issues in the elderly by looking at lesser toe deformities (LTD) in a general population, and footwear fit among those with Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

March 2018

Reliability of FPI-6 in older adults warrants caution

Because it uses 6 items to quantify and classify foot pressure, the Foot Pressure Index-6 (FPI-6) is considered a more complete measure than many others. The FPI-6 has been validated for use with adults aged 18 to 57, where it can play a role in identifying risk factors for sports and training injuries. Continue reading

March 2018

Neuromuscular training in high-risk female adolescent athletes

Noting that an up to 10-fold increased risk of injury has been demonstrated in female athletes compared with male athletes, particularly for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprains, patellofemoral pain, and ankle injuries, researchers sought to evaluate the effects of… Continue reading

March 2018

How might power training improve gait in older adults?

Building on previous data that tentatively supports the possibility that power training could induce changes in neuromuscular activation during level walking in older adults, researchers tested the effects of a 10-week… Continue reading

March 2018

Effects of running-specific prostheses at varying speeds

Most previous studies on running mechanics in amputees have used prostheses originally designed for walking, and those that have looked at running mechanics using prostheses designed for running have focused on sprinting. Continue reading

March 2018

Core-Spun by Therafirm Support Socks

Core-Spun by Therafirm Support Socks for men and women look and feel like a soft, comfortable everyday sock with the added benefit of true gradient compression, which improves blood flow. Core-Spun Socks are designed to deliver a controlled amount of pressure which… Continue reading

March 2018

Sigvaris Compreflex Lite

SIGVARIS’ COMPREFLEX® LITE is the ideal compression solution for people with stage I or II lymphedema, chronic venous disease, or post-surgical edema but have dexterity and mobility limitations. Continue reading

March 2018

Proprioceptive Insoles by Naboso Barefoot Technology

Naboso Proprioceptive Insoles by Naboso Barefoot Technology bring the power of barefoot science and plantar proprioceptive stimulation to all footwear, regardless of support, cushion, or heel toe drop. Continue reading

March 2018

Darco International Body Armor Pro Term Walker

Darco Introduces the Body Armor Pro Term for TMA, Chopart, and Lisfranc procedure healing. The Body Armor Pro Term is an interim orthosis for conservative treatment following amputations of the forefoot. Continue reading

February 2018

Bandage Replacement System

As reported in the literature self-adjustable tension tabs are 30% faster than bandage wrapping. The Compreflex Reduce Bandage Replacement System from Sigvaris requires 6 simple steps, making it an easy cut-to-fit inelastic product for decongestive therapy, in place of a bandage. Continue reading

February 2018

Proprioceptive Insoles

Naboso Proprioceptive Insoles by Naboso Barefoot Technology bring the power of barefoot science and plantar proprioceptive stimulation to all footwear, regardless of support, cushion, or heel toe drop. Developed by podiatrist and human movement specialist… Continue reading

February 2018

Thermal Vent Heel-Rite

The Swede-O Thermal Vent Heel-Rite support is designed to help relieve plantar fasciitis pain and discomfort. Users adjust heel straps to provide optimal support to the plantar fascia ligament. The Heel-Rite fits comfortably in most shoes. Continue reading

February 2018

Zero-Tool Prosthetic Quick

With improvements in prosthetic technology, more amputees are becoming involved in extreme sports and activities. This means various legs for each diverse activity. The Sergius PQR-15 from Sergius Industries is the first lower-extremity prosthetic quick release that requires no tools to operate. Continue reading

February 2018

Performance Block for Fitness

OPTP has launched the Performance Block, a foam support tool for use in fitness training, yoga, Pilates, and physical  Therapy. Performance Block’s unique  patented “dip” shape supports the user during a variety of exercises and helps promote improved strength and functioning throughout the body. Continue reading

February 2018

Redesigned Original AFO Assist

The Original AFO Assist from Home Heart Beats has been redesigned for the user’s greater convenience. The Original AFO Assist facilitates one-handed donning of AFOs and shoes for those with limited mobility, including patients with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other physical challenges. Continue reading

February 2018

Sani-Vac 750A Dust Collector

Handler Mfg offers its improved 750A Sani-Vac dust collector. The unit incorporates new features intended to assist podiatrists, pedorthists, orthopedists, physical therapists, and their associates by saving time and provide safe material pickup. Continue reading

February 2018

Solid-Color Transfers

Cascade Dafo, creators of the original Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis (DAFO), has launched a line of solid-color transfers for its custom braces. Patients can choose from 8 new color options and pair them with any of Cascade’s strap and padding designs and colors. Continue reading

February 2018

Therafirm/Knit-Rite receive state award

Therafirm, Hamlet, NC, and its parent company, Knit-Rite, Kansas City, KS, received North Carolina’s Top Rural Exporter Award, one of five awards sponsored by the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and presented by Governor Roy Cooper at a ceremony in the Governor’s Mansion on January 31. Continue reading

February 2018

PathMaker receives funding for noninvasive device development

PathMaker Neurosystems, Boston, MA, announced it has received a funding award from the New England Pediatric Device Consortium (NEPDC) to support development of PathMaker’s MyoAmplifier™ system to treat paralysis and weakness due to damaged neuromotor pathways. Continue reading

February 2018

OIG to examine billing for OTS orthoses

The US Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) will examine the extent to which Medicare beneficiaries are being supplied certain off-the-shelf orthotic devices without visiting the referring physician within 12 months prior to their orthotic. Continue reading