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August 2017

Early warnings: Data support aggressive intervention

Osteoarthritis (OA) is commonly thought of as a disease that takes decades to manifest. But two new studies suggest some critical aspects of the ankle OA disease process actually develop quite quickly, emphasizing the importance of early intervention.

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August 2017

Physical examination could help predict risk of osteoarthritis after ankle sprain

Pain, swelling, and impaired motion within a year of an ankle sprain are associated with signs of early ankle osteoarthritis (OA), according to research from the Netherlands that could help clinicians identify and intervene early in at-risk patients.

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August 2017

Associations between history of injury and ankle shape have OA implications

Variations in ankle shape—some related to race—are associated with history of ankle injury, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that may have implications related to risk of post-traumatic ankle osteoarthritis (OA).

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August 2017

Cuboid height revisited: Study disputes link to Charcot ulcers

New research from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, raises questions about the clinical utility of assessing cuboid height to determine risk of midfoot ulcer development in patients with Charcot neuroarthropathy.

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August 2017

Charcot expert underscores midtarsal correction risks as well as successes

Surgical correction of midtarsal deformities related to Charcot neuroarthropathy can have a high success rate, but patient comorbidities should be carefully considered, according to research presented in July at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society in Seattle.

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August 2017

Statin users demonstrate decreased incidence of diabetic foot infection

Statin use may be protective against diabetic foot infection, according to research from Iran published in the July issue of Wounds.

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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).

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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

June 2017

ACLR aftershocks: Deficits linger after return to sports

Several studies presented in early June at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual meeting in Denver add to the growing body of research suggesting some biomechanical deficits linger for a year after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), even in athletes who have been cleared to return to sports. Continue reading

June 2017

Plantar sensation fails to explain shift in foot strike during barefoot running

Sensory feedback research from Colorado appears to challenge the popular belief that barefoot runners tend to adopt a forefoot-strike pattern to avoid the discomfort of landing on an unprotected heel. Continue reading

June 2017

NHL study adds to evidence linking concussion, lower body injury risks

A study of National Hockey League (NHL) injuries adds to the evidence suggesting concussion significantly increases the risk of lower body injury in athletes, and vice-versa. Continue reading

June 2017

Forward progress on falls: Studies explore risk factors, intervention

The multiple factors that contribute to the risk of falls in older adults present a complicated clinical puzzle, but researchers are making progress on putting some of those pieces together, as evidenced by several studies presented in late May and early June at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual meeting in Denver. Continue reading

June 2017

Ankle proprioception in older adults diminishes to level of adolescents

Ankle proprioception peaks in young adulthood, and in elderly individuals—even the health­iest—declines to levels similar to those of adolescents, according to research presented in early June at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in Denver. Continue reading

June 2017

Carbon-fiber AFOs help propel patients with PAD while preserving calf muscle

Use of carbon-fiber ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) assists with propulsion in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) without compromising calf muscle integrity, according to research from the University of Montana in Missoula. Continue reading

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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