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January 2017

Using wearable sensors to characterize CP gait

Inertial measurement units (IMUs) facilitate the creation of a gait analysis system that is portable and suited for use in the clinic. Research suggests IMUs can be used to measure clinically important gait metrics in children with cerebral palsy, which may improve patient outcomes.

By Mahmoud El-Gohary, PhD; Sean Pearson, BS; Paul Vasilyev, BS; James McNames, PhD; and James Carollo, PhD, PE Continue reading

January 2017

Fluoroquinolones and risk of tendon damage

As ciprofloxacin and other fluoroquino­lones are prescribed more frequently, tendon-related adverse effects are also becoming more common. Experts often do not recommend these drugs, particularly for athletes or elderly patients, and emphasize that all patients should know the risks.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

January 2017

Soccer gets safer: Injury trends suggest prevention payoff

Collegiate soccer injuries, particularly those at the knee and in women, decreased significantly from the early 1990s to the late 2000s, according to research from George Washington University in Washington, DC. The positive trends may reflect an increase in resources being allocated toward injury prevention along with…

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January 2017

Foot position during landing contributes to ankle sprains as well as ACL injuries

Foot position during landing may contribute to the risk of lateral ankle sprains as well as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, according to separate studies from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, and Stanford University in California.

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January 2017

Study finds association between triad risk classification, bone stress injuries

Nearly one third of female collegiate athletes have an elevated risk for the female athlete triad, and women in moderate- and high-risk categories for the triad also have an elevated risk of lower extremity bone stress injury (BSI), according to research from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Cambridge, MA.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

January 2017

Asana advantages: Yoga bests typical exercise in seniors

Yoga may be more effective than conventional exercise for improving symptoms, anxiety, and fear of falling in older patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to recent research from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

By Stephanie Kramer Continue reading

January 2017

Foot and ankle issues may boost risk of clinical and radiographic knee OA

In individuals at risk for knee osteoarthritis (OA), the presence of foot and ankle symptoms is associated with increased odds of developing symptomatic and radiographic knee OA four years later, according to research from the University of Melbourne in Australia.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

January 2017

Bracing effects could slow progression of lateral knee OA following after ACLR

Knee bracing is associated with altered knee kinematics and kinetics during dynamic loading tasks in individuals with lateral knee osteoarthritis (OA) up to 20 years after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, and these effects could help slow OA progression, according to research from the University of Melbourne in Parkville, Australia.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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January 2017

Out on a limb: Think outside the knee

We hear a lot about various comorbidities associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA), and how addressing those additional conditions can help improve knee pain and function. But a growing body of research suggests one set of comorbidities that knee OA experts may be overlooking are those involving the foot and ankle.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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December 2016

Focused young company grows closer to becoming internationally recognized footwear brand

Ten years ago, the U.S. orthopedic medical community had never heard of Vionic shoes. That’s no surprise, as Vionic’s fashion-forward line of orthotic footwear marched into the market in 2007. Since then, the groundbreaking shoes for men and women have taken the orthotic and comfort shoe markets by storm. Continue reading

December 2016

Clinical study confirms benefits of Townsend’s OA bracing technology

For any medical professional who questions whether or not osteoarthritis (OA) braces work, a study published in two respected O&P journals proves Townsend’s OA bracing technology achieves substantial mechanical unloading, statistically significant pain reduction, and significant improvements in activity level and overall quality of life. Continue reading

December 2016

Tekscan leaps to the future with a focus on tablet-based apps to improve mobility and enhance user experience

Tekscan, the Boston-based developer of tactile pressure measurement systems and software, is building on its user-friendly technology with a new focus on freeing its practitioner-users from their desks and laptops with seamless interfaces between mobile devices and the company’s sensors and software. Continue reading

December 2016

Industry leader continues to push forward with expanded line of products and services

For the past 16 years, Surestep has been a stalwart in the O&P industry, improving many lives by providing stability to children with hypotonia who pronate with its patented, dynamic bracing system. Since the development of the Surestep SMO, Surestep has evolved to become a leader in the industry as it provides solutions for all children, regardless of diagnosis. Continue reading

December 2016

Eponymous brace remains mainstay of evolving company

Douglas Richie, DPM, inventor of the Richie Brace, continues to push the boundaries of technology and design. He will soon add two pathology-specific braces to his existing line of ten models—one targeted to patients with Achilles pathology, another for those with diabetes who’ve had partial foot amputations. Continue reading

December 2016

revere Comfort Shoes: Functional footwear that doesn’t skimp on style

One of Australia’s favorite sayings is “no worries,” meaning that something is hassle-free or simply not a problem. “No worries” is an apt description for revere Comfort Shoes: lower extremity practitioners don’t have TO worry about wrangling a necessary orthosis into a shoe that cannot accommodate it; retailers don’t have to be concerned about taking a chance on a… Continue reading

December 2016

Leading innovation in gait and balance measurement

“Managing and synthesizing accurate gait data is essential to outcomes-driven healthcare, however, every successful system purchase demands an equally successful system implementation,” said ProtoKinetics co-founder Michael Rowling. “ProtoKinetics promotes our products based on exceptional quality, support and services. Continue reading

December 2016

Innovation helps company remain at forefront of industry with several new products

Staying on the cutting edge of orthotic devices has been the top priority at Orthomerica since 1989, when the company opened its doors with its first custom orthoses. Continue reading

December 2016

New Step Orthotics Lab: Family-Owned and Operated into the Future

Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Nike. These are all multinational, billion-dollar corporations that, according to legend, began in their respective founders’ garages. New Step Orthotic Lab of Glen Carbon, IL, is also a member of that club. Continue reading

December 2016

A global mission to spread clubfoot treatment, training to those in need

More than 50 years ago, orthopedic surgeon Ignacio V. Ponseti, MD, developed a technique to correct congenital clubfoot. The Ponseti method corrects the deformity through the use of serial casts followed by application of a specialized brace, and is now the preferred method of treatment worldwide. Continue reading

December 2016

Veterans in orthotics industry remain dedicated to hand craftsmanship while also embracing new-age technology

By P.K. Daniel For more than 85 years, Saddle Brook, NJ-based Levy & Rappel has set the standard in the orthotics industry with a commitment to individual attention and ensuring high-quality products. In 1930, it was the first company to … Continue reading

December 2016

For KeepingPace’s new owner, a bookkeeping job led to a career – and a passion

With a strong professional background in bookkeeping, accounting and office management, Erin Lewis knew there were any number of businesses that could use her skills. But she wanted to find work in an industry that felt meaningful to her. Continue reading

December 2016

Education and innovation playing key roles in company’s continued success

medi USA, the U.S. subsidiary of the German company medi, is continuing to bring innovations to its igli line of carbon fiber insole products, with a particular emphasis on the brand’s roots in pediatric orthoses. Continue reading

December 2016

Esteemed German-based orthotic distributor expands product line to U.S. markets

If you’re not already familiar with Bauerfeind AG, that may soon be about to change. The German-based orthotic powerhouse has spent more than 80 years growing its line of orthoses and medical compression stockings for the athletic market. It is now poised to become a household name at U.S. orthopedic clinics. Continue reading

December 2016

Taking on a national health crisis

Leaders lead. When your company is acknowledged by colleagues, competitors and patients as industry-leading, innovation is a given. So it’s no surprise that Arizona AFO redoubled its efforts in 2016 to effectively address a growing national healthcare concern while also… Continue reading

December 2016

Apex paces other companies with innovative footwear offerings that are both functional and—finally!—stylish

Jason Kraus, president and chief operating officer of Apex Foot Health Industries, doesn’t mince words when describing the aesthetics of therapeutic footwear. Continue reading