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July 2017

Scoliosis bracing: Potential effects on gait and balance

Idiopathic scoliosis, most common in adolescent girls, is marked by a single or double spinal curve, hip and shoulder asymmetry, and pelvic obliquity (or limb-length discrepancy). These structural issues can be associated with biomechanical issues that include postural instability…

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

July 2017

A lower body approach to lumbar pain in pitchers

What do gators, windmills, and lawnmowers all have in common? All three are nicknames for exercises that incorporate strengthening or stretching of muscles in both the lower back and the lower extremities. And all three are examples of tools baseball pitchers can…

By Jill R. Dorson Continue reading

July 2017

Tactical athletes: Maximizing their ability to protect and serve

Increasingly, clinicians and researchers are focusing on tactical athletes—including warfighters, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and other professionals—as a unique population with regard to lower extremity injuries.

By Hank Black Continue reading

July 2017

Recent trends favor use of bracing for knee OA

Experts say new research underscoring the clinical benefits of bracing for patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA), along with more comfortable device designs aimed at improving patient compliance, may help boost the historically low rates of brace utilization in this patient population.

By Barbara Boughton  Continue reading

July 2017

An interdisciplinary take on diabetic limb salvage

Developing a multidisciplinary team dedicated to diabetic limb salvage allows for immediate referral, lessens the burdens on individual practitioners, helps remove structural barriers that can delay patient care, and offers a framework in which to organize inpatient care for these patients.

By Brian M. Schmidt, DPM, AACFAS Continue reading

July 2017

NATA inducts hall of famers at 68th expo

The Dallas, TX-based National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) on June 28 inducted seven individuals into its Hall of Fame at the association’s 68th Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in Houston, TX. Continue reading

July 2017

Amputee groups air ACA reform concerns

The Alexandria, VA-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and the Amputee Coalition, headquartered in Knox­ville, TN, on June 27 held a news conference to outline the “big three” priority issues in the healthcare reform debate for amputees. Continue reading

July 2017

ACR, AAHKS publish TJA drug care recs

Arthritis Care & Research on June 16 epublished guidelines from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) on perioperative management of antirheumatic medication for patients with rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis, juvenile… Continue reading

July 2017

BOC picks first Newberry Award winner

The Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) in July made Harry J.R. Brandt, BOCO, CO, LO, the inaugural recipient of the Jim Newberry Award for Extraordinary Service. Continue reading

July 2017

Panel issues protocols for Össur hip brace

A multidisciplinary panel of clinical experts in June released treatment protocol recommendations for three populations of patients with hip osteoarthritis (OA) that included first-time advice regarding Foothills Ranch, CA-based Össur’s Unloader Hip brace. Continue reading

July 2017

ACSM gives first young scientist award

Bloomington, IN-based American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) at its May 30-June 3 annual meeting in Denver, CO, awarded Allison Gruber, PhD, assistant professor in Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public Health, its Young Scientist Award. Continue reading

July 2017

ROMP climbs highlight amputee issues

The Denver, CO-based Range of Mobility Project (ROMP) in July announced it is encouraging groups of supporters across the globe to organize climbs to back the nonprofit’s mission of providing high-quality prosthetic care in underserved populations. Continue reading

July 2017

Orpyx smart insoles used in wound healing

Plastic Surgery Case Studies on June 28 epublished a report detailing the use of Calgary, Canada-based Orpyx’s smart insole system in the management of loss of protective sensation in a patient with a degloving injury of the foot reconstructed with a latissimus dorsi free flap and skin graft. Continue reading

July 2017

Ottobock to assist Invictus Games athletes

Austin, Texas-based Ottobock reported in July it will provide O&P technical services for the Invictus Games for the third year since the event’s 2014 inaugural competition in London, UK. Continue reading

July 2017

NYSPMA installs Caribbean-born president

The New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) announced in June it has installed Patricia Nicholas, DPM, as the 75th president of the association. Nicholas, in private practice in Wading River, NY, is the first Caribbean-born woman to serve as president. Continue reading

July 2017

AOPA plans week on compliance, ethics

The Alexandria, VA-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) announced in June the association and its members will celebrate Healthcare Compliance & Ethics Week (HCEW) November 5-11 in Phoenix, AZ. Continue reading

July 2017

Upstep sells custom orthoses to patients

Upstep, founded by entrepreneurs in Rishon LeZion, Israel, is launching an online service that lets US customers order custom foot orthoses online. Upstep sends customers a footprint kit with simple instructions for making an imprint that’s mailed back to the company, which uses 3D technology to scan the footprint. Continue reading

July 2017

Ankle sprain and the brain: Experts explore role of CNS function

Research presented in late June at the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) annual meeting in Houston, TX, adds to the evidence suggesting alterations in central nervous system (CNS) function play a role in chronic ankle instability (CAI).

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

July 2017

Limited ankle dorsiflexion contributes to odds of plantar fasciitis in runners

College-aged runners with plantar fasciitis are significantly more likely to have limited ankle dorsiflexion than their uninjured counterparts, according to research from Texas State University in San Marcos. Continue reading

July 2017

Kinesiophobia risk factors after ACLR differ for high vs low physical activity

Factors contributing to kinesiophobia after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) appear to differ in patients with high levels of physical activity compared with their less-active counterparts, according to research from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Continue reading

July 2017

Gluteal effects on landing mechanics depend on activation, not just strength

Gluteal muscle activation—not just strength—is significantly associated with landing biomechanics, according to research from High Point University in North Carolina. Continue reading

July 2017

Out on a limb: Back to the evidence

The farther you go up the kinetic chain, the more some things about evidence-based medicine stay the same. The spine differs in many ways from most of the lower extrem­ity segments of the kinetic chain. Obvious differences include the shape and function of the bony structures, the complex roles of the adjacent muscles, and how the spine responds to the demands of movement.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

July 2017

Publisher’s memo: Taking stock, taking action

Readers of LER are very familiar with the fact that healthcare is constantly evolving, and that professional success depends in part on the ability to respond to those changes. Similarly, at LER, we also realize the importance of adapting to change—with regard to evolutions in publishing as well as evo­lutions in healthcare.

By Richard Dubin, Publisher Continue reading

July 2017

DryPro Probiotic Cast Relief Spray

DryPro, a division of DryCorp, introduces Cast Relief Probiotic spray. The new Cast Relief formula is engineered to allow users of all ages to remain itch and odor free while wearing a lower extremity cast. Probiotic Cast Relief is designed to be safe, natural, chemical free, eco-friendly, and biodegradable. Continue reading

July 2017

Convertible TPD AFO

The new Convertible Mueller TPD AFO (tibialis posterior dysfunction ankle foot orthosis) is a detachable, dynamic AFO for staged treatment of TPD and related pathologies, including ten­dinopathy, desmopathy, and dysfunctional flatfoot. Continue reading