Category Archives: Clinical News

Current Issue News

July 2014

Screening gets specific: Functional testing studies sharpen focus

As evidence accumulates in support of functional movement testing for predicting injury risk, researchers are taking a closer look at how functional screening can be applied to specific athlete populations.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

July 2014

Athletes with hip flexor tightness have reduced gluteus maximus activation

Hip flexor tightness is associated with reduced gluteus maximus activation during an overhead squat, according to findings from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) that are consistent with…

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

July 2014

Hip exercises boost postural control in individuals with ankle instability

Four weeks of hip external rotator and abductor strengthening significantly improves postural control in patients with functional ankle instability (FAI) and may be useful for preventing recurrent instability…

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

July 2014

An ill windlass: Neuropathy is associated with impairment

Windlass mechanism impairment is evident in patients with diabetic neuropathy and could contribute to increased plantar pressures and ulceration risk, according to research from the …

By P.K. Daniel Continue reading

July 2014

Many who consider their feet normal have abnormalities, loss of sensation

Self-reported information about foot health from patients with type 2 diabetes, particularly those with peripheral neuropathy, is not reliable, according to research from the University of Western Australia in Perth.

By P.K. Daniel Continue reading

July 2014

Depression-like symptoms improve after diabetes distress interventions

Patients with diabetes often struggle with depression-like feelings, but research suggests those symptoms may not need to be treated as a comorbid psychiatric condition.

By P.K. Daniel Continue reading

June 2014

Strength and concussion

Torque deficits may put limbs at risk – Changes in muscle strength in athletes who have experienced a concussion may help explain the apparent association between concussion and lower extremity injury…

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

June 2014

Biomarkers suggest link between OA, stiff landing after ACL reconstruction

Knee stiffness during landing in patients who have had anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is associated with biomarkers for cartilage degeneration, suggesting that a stiff landing technique may increase the risk of knee osteoarthritis…

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

June 2014

Ankle bracing, taping do not diminish soccer-specific athletic performance

Contrary to popular opinion among soccer players, ankle bracing and taping do not adversely affect soccer-specific athletic performance in experienced athletes, according to research presented in May at the annual ACSM meeting.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

June 2014

Correcting hallux valgus

Surgery may restore sensation at great toe – Although some research has described sensory nerve dysfunction as a potential complication of hallux valgus surgery, most patients undergoing the procedure have measureable preoperative deficits—and most of these…

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

June 2014

Varied factors affect emotional issues related to painful diabetic neuropathy

A detailed look at factors related to emotional distress in patients with painful diabetic neuropathy found that, among other issues, being socially isolated increases anxiety and can worsen individuals’ experience of pain and quality of life.

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

June 2014

Patients with MS and foot drop assess benefits and drawbacks of AFOs, FES

Patients with multiple sclerosis and foot drop find that both ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) and functional electrical stimulation (FES) have pros and cons, but that, overall, the positives of both devices outweigh the negatives, according to research from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, UK.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

Orthotic Holdings, Inc. (OHI) acquires Australian Orthotic Group

Ronkonkoma, NY – June17, 2014 – Orthotic Holdings, Inc. (OHI), the leading manufacturer in North America of custom, lower extremity orthotic devices and related products, today announced the acquisition of Australian Orthotic Group (AOG,) an orthotic distributorship serving the Australian and New Zealand markets. AOG is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. Continue reading

May 2014

Post-stroke balance: AFO use may improve self-efficacy

Ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) improve self-reported balance confidence and may also improve physical functioning in individuals with chronic poststroke hemiplegia, according to a study published in the April issue of… Continue reading

May 2014

Rehab with energy-storing orthosis boosts function after military trauma

An integrated orthotic and rehabilitation program for soldiers with severe lower extremity trauma improves physical function and pain and decreases consideration of late amputation, even when patients begin it more than two years after injury. Continue reading

May 2014

Cost-effectiveness data favor bracing alone to prevent recurrent ankle sprain

Bracing costs less and prevents recurrent ankle sprain more effectively than bracing plus neuromuscular training (NMT), according to a cost-effectiveness analysis of injury prevention methods. Continue reading

Ottobock Invests in OHI and joins the Board of Directors

Ottobock, the global leader in technology based mobility solutions, has made a strategic investment in Orthotic Holdings, Inc., the leading lower extremity foot orthotic and related products company in North America. Continue reading

April 2014

Predicting more than risk: FMS may also have performance link

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is best known as a predictor of future injury in athletes, but a recent two-year study of elite track and field athletes now suggests a relationship between high scores, which indicate fewer deficits, and improved performance. Continue reading

April 2014

Cost-effectiveness study favors universal athlete training for ACL injury prevention

New research supports universal neuromuscular training of all young athletes—not just those at risk—as the most cost-effective and practical way to prevent anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Continue reading

April 2014

Joint stiffness and negative joint work change with footfall pattern in runners

Runners who switch foot strike patterns experience short-term changes in joint stiffness and negative joint work, regardless of whether a runner’s habitual pattern involves the forefoot or rearfoot, according to research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Continue reading

April 2014

Patients as people: Experts emphasize personal approach

The patient in the video, an older woman with diabetic neuropathy, is a dog lover. Her dog-shaped earrings give this away. And this just might be the most important thing for the clinicians treating her to know. Continue reading

April 2014

Extended analysis confirms ironic effect of diabetic foot cost cutting

An Arizona state Medicaid policy change designed to cut costs by eliminating podiatry services for diabetic foot infection had the opposite effect, according to a March presentation that included an extended analysis of previously reported data. Continue reading

April 2014

IWGDF training programs take hold throughout Central, South America

As the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) undergoes a transition in leadership, the organization is reporting significant progress in implementing its Train the Foot Trainer (TtFT) program in Central and South America. Continue reading

March 2014

Walking the walk: Overground training boosts poststroke gait

Chronic stroke patients who can walk independently but retain gait deficits experience greater gains in both walking speed and quality with an overground walking intervention than with body-weight supported treadmill training (BWSTT), according to results of a pilot study epublished by Clinical Rehabilitation in February.

Continue reading

March 2014

Survey suggests need for simplified AFO-footwear combination tuning

Orthotists report time and a lack of access to 3D motion analysis as barriers to tuning ankle foot orthosis–footwear combinations (AFO-FC), findings that demonstrate a need for better instruction and simplification of the practice, according to investigators who conducted a survey of UK clinicians.

Continue reading