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May 2017

Benefits of blood flow: Effect may facilitate Achilles healing 

Microcirculatory blood flow two weeks after Achilles tendon repair is correlated with long-term patient-reported and functional outcomes, according to research from Sweden in which blood flow in both the injured and contralateral tendons was associated with healing potential.

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May 2017

Visual feedback on ground contact time helps improve performance in runners

Visual-augmented feedback-based training focused on reducing ground contact time is associated with improved performance in trained distance runners, according to a Swiss study.

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May 2017

ACLR patients exhibit hop test deficits between limbs and vs matched controls

After anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), hop test scores differ not only between limbs but also when scores for either limb are compared with normative data from healthy athletes, according to research from the Netherlands that could have return-to-sports implications.

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May 2017

Alternating recurrence: Subsequent ulcers often occur in new sites

Most practitioners are aware that diabetic foot ulcers have a high recurrence rate, but might be surprised by findings epublished in April suggesting a relatively large number of subsequent ulcers occur at new locations, including the contralateral foot.

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May 2017

Shoe closure technique affects thermal stress response in at-risk individuals

Shoelace closure technique can affect plantar thermal stress response (TSR) in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, according to a study from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, that has implications for foot ulcer prevention.

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May 2017

High neuropathy prevalence at rural free clinic underscores unmet need

The prevalence of diabetic peripheral neuropathy at a free clinic in rural South Carolina is significantly higher than averages reported in the literature, according to findings that underscore the need to improve diabetes education and foot care in underserved populations.

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April 2017

Protecting hip implants: Gait patterns help predict wear rates

Patient-specific implant wear rates following total hip arthroplasty (THA) are more strongly associated with gait patterns than component positioning, according to research from Chicago that suggests implant wear could be reduced with the use of predictive wear models.

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April 2017

Hallux valgus angle and pain improve after year of custom toe separator use

A custom-molded silicone toe separator can help reduce hallux valgus angle and pain in patients with hallux valgus, according to research from Thailand.

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April 2017

Even in older women, mechanical loading leads to Achilles adaptation

Fourteen weeks of mechanical loading is associated with Achilles tendon adaptations in senior women, according to German findings suggesting older age should not exclude patients from exercise-based Achilles rehabilitation.

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March 2017

Injury risk gets clinical: Studies support value of inexpensive tests

Clinicians don’t often have expensive biomechanical testing equipment to improve their assessment of injury risk in athletes, but a growing body of research—including several studies presented in February at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections meeting in San Antonio, TX—suggests standard clinical tests can help fill that void.

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March 2017

Among high school girls, specialization makes playing sports more hazardous

High school girls who specialize in one sport are more than twice as likely to suffer a moderate to severe injury as their multisport counterparts, according to research from San Diego State University in California.

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March 2017

Runners with PFP experience symptom improvement after gait modifications

Running gait modifications designed to reduce patellofemoral loading also have immediate symptomatic benefits in patients with patellofemoral pain, according to research from Laval University in Quebec City, Canada.

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March 2017

Slip scores fall short: Testers take winter footwear to task

Although slip-resistant footwear can play a key role in preventing accidents related to wintry conditions, most styles don’t do the job, according to researchers from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute in Canada who have set out to change the situation.

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March 2017

Early PT after hindfoot fracture surgery may help patients better address anxiety

Patients who undergo surgery for hindfoot fracture can safely start physical therapy two weeks later, which could provide an opportunity to improve outcomes, according to research from Utah presented at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting.

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March 2017

In diabetic neuropathy cases, pedal bone health declines along with renal function

In patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, pedal bone health declines progressively in conjunction with worsening renal function, according to research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.

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March 2017

Sensory-enhancing insoles improve agility performance in recreational athletes

Insoles with sensory-enhancing technology, previously demonstrated to help address balance and proprioceptive deficits, can also improve agility in athletes, according to research from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.

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February 2017

Subconcussive subtleties: Lacrosse study links balance, impacts

Measures of cumulative subconcussive head impacts during a men’s lacrosse season are associated with decreases in balance scores from pre- to postseason, according to findings from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, that could have implications for lower extremity injury risk.

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February 2017

Stiffer shoes improve running energetics as long as first MTP flexion is preserved

Increasing running shoe bending stiffness helps improve running energetics up to the point at which it impairs metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint flexion—a threshold that varies between individuals—according to research from the Republic of Korea.

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February 2017

Long after return to play, ACL injury takes toll on perceived knee function

Perceived knee function is poorer in athletes who successfully return to play after an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury than in their uninjured counterparts, despite no strength or balance differences between the groups, according to research from Norway.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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