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September 2016

Athletes undergo Quest biomarker tests

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg reported in August that it plans to use Madison, NJ-based Quest Diagnostics’ blood testing service to look for associations between biomarkers and biomechanics, training, recovery, and other variables relevant to sports injury risk in some of its athletes. Continue reading

September 2016

Ability P&O, Freedom Innovations join on study

Exton, PA-based Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics and Freedom Innovations, headquartered in Irvine, CA, in September reported they are collaborating on a study comparing Freedom’s new Kinnex Microprocessor Ankle with a typical carbon fiber prosthetic ankle. Continue reading

September 2016

Chaco brings Tread Labs to retailers

Stoneham, MA-based Chaco’s founder and original designer of its sandals, Mark Paigen, announced on August 18 the wholesale launch of Tread Labs, a new line of orthotic insoles. The insoles’ features include four arch heights in sizes for men and women, easily replaceable Velcro top covers, and a lifetime guarantee. Continue reading

September 2016

OPIE launches Amplitude resource guide

Gainesville, FL-based OPIE Software announced in August that Amplitude Media Group, headquartered in Northglenn, CO, is an integrated supplier. With this partnership, Amplitude Media’s Limb Loss Resource Guide (LLRG) can now be purchased digitally through the OPIE Software platform. Continue reading

September 2016

Spinal Solutions EZ-APO

Spinal Solutions announces the availability of the EZ-APO (Atlanta Prosthetics & Orthotics) ankle foot orthosis (AFO). The EZ-APO device is ergonomically designed to optimize fit around the footpad and malleolus and provide tibial tuberosity relief. Continue reading

September 2016

Össur Rebound PCL Brace

New from Össur is the Rebound PCL, a dynamic force brace for rehabilitating posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) ruptures. The Rebound PCL is designed to stabilize the knee while providing appropriate levels of physiologic loading force during both knee extension and… Continue reading

September 2016

Cascade DAFO Creation Station

Cascade DAFO announces the launch of the Creation Station for decorating custom dynamic ankle foot orthoses (DAFOs). With this new online interactive tool, DAFO users can “try on” various transfer patterns, ribbon trims, and strap and padding colors. Continue reading

September 2016

Anatomical Concepts Abby AFO

The Abby Articulating Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) from Ana­tomical Concepts is a multifunctional, posterior dual-jointed device for the early stages of rehabilitation. With a stable base of support and a new nonskid low-profile plantar surface, it is… Continue reading

September 2016

Pro-Roller Soft Half

OPTP has added a new foam roller to its elite Pro-Roller line. The Pro-Roller Soft Half measures 36″ in length and 3″ in diameter. The roller’s unique shape is flat on one side and round on the other. Using the flat side down provides improved stability for balance training and… Continue reading

September 2016

Microfiber Shades Now in Heather

For people who need to wear graduated compression every day but want to add a pop of color to their wardrobe, Sigvaris North America is launching two fun new additions to the Microfiber Shades line of compression socks—navy heather and graphite heather socks. Continue reading

September 2016

FC2 Flexion Control Ankle Joint

Lower Extremity Technology has retooled the FC2 Flexion Control Ankle Joint to simplify fabrication. The multi-axis hinge offers 70° of full range of motion. The new design features an improved hinge axis for strength and durability, and updated casting for more support around the… Continue reading

September 2016

Custom-milled Orthotic Flip-flops

Footmaxx now offers custom-milled orthotic flip-flops. The orthotic flip flops are hand-crafted from durable materials, including a slip-resistant rubber sole, to support and stabilize the feet and lower extremities. Women’s styles include Rio, with… Continue reading

September 2016

Clinician-patient communication: How personal connections can improve outcomes

Increasingly, lower extremity practitioners are realizing the clinical importance of patient communication. They’re also starting to realize that effective communication requires more than just using the right words.

By Hank Black Continue reading

September 2016

Management of athletes with early-stage PTTD

Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), known also as tibialis posterior tendon dysfunction, is one of the leading causes of acquired flatfoot in adults, but the…

By By Frank Layman, PT, DPT, EdD, MT; and April Wilson, PTA, BS, CI, CKTP, IASTM Continue reading

September 2016

Support for dry needling builds among clinicians

Dry needling is gaining momentum as an alternative therapy for myofascial pain, and is supported by a small but growing body of research as well as anecdotal evidence. But the training and expertise required to perform the procedure has become a topic of debate.

By P.K. Daniel Continue reading

September 2016

Chronic ankle instability, gait, and muscle activity

New research suggests lower extremity clinicians should consider implementing gait training in combination with targeted strengthening of the peroneus longus and gluteus medius muscles to help restore normal gait patterns in patients with chronic ankle instability.

By Rachel Koldenhoven, MEd, ATC Continue reading

September 2016

Reducing postoperative thromboembolism risk

Preventing deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism after lower extremity surgery can involve pharmaceutical therapies or mechanical interventions. The type of prophylaxis used depends on the type of surgery, pre-existing risk factors, and patient preference.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

September 2016

Step-rate manipulation and foot-strike pattern

In distance runners, step-rate manipulation of at least 10% above a runner’s preferred rate may be an effective clinical gait retraining method to decrease the severity of foot inclination angle at heel strike and…

By Darrell J. Allen, PT, DPT, MS, SCS, CSCS; Hollie Heisler, PT, DPT; and Jennifer Mooney, PT, DPT  Continue reading

September 2016

Out on a limb: Brains, sprains, & the NFL

National Football League (NFL) players say they worry more about lower extremity injuries than concussions. But a growing body of evidence suggests the latter injury actually increases the likelihood of the former.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

September 2016

Offloading and obesity: Gait study data have OA implications

Gait interventions can alter knee loading in obese patients, which may have implications for knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to three studies presented in August at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics in Raleigh, NC.

By Katie Bell Continue reading

September 2016

Even mild LLD affects gait in ways that could speed knee degeneration

The effects of mild limb-length discrepancy (LLD) on gait in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) may contribute to disease progression, according to research epublished in August by Clinical Biomechanics.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

September 2016

Not all meniscal pathology on MRI is relevant in patients with knee OA

Some—but not all—characteristics of meniscal damage on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA) severity and two-year progression, according to research from Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

August 2016

Clima-Flex OA Knee Brace

DJO Global has launched the Clima-Flex OA Knee Brace from DonJoy. The Clima-Flex OA Knee Brace is designed to offer a new level of comfortable cooling relief through compression and offloading for patients with mild to moderate… Continue reading

August 2016

Peg Assist Walker Insole

Darco International announces another addition to its popular Peg Assist Offloading Insole line of products, the new Peg Assist Walker Insole. The easy to use, off-the-shelf product quickly turns most standard walking boots into a more… Continue reading

August 2016

OP-Tek Flex Materials

Curbell Plastics announces the availability of OP-Tek Flex materials—soft, flexible sheet materials designed to maximize patient comfort when used for prosthetic inner liners and orthotic inner boots. Curbell is the exclusive distributor for the… Continue reading