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Category Archives: Clinical News
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.
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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.
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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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
A home exercise program produced modest improvements in physical function in patients who had already completed standard rehabilitation after hip fracture, according to a study published on February 19 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The best time to address fear of reinjury in athletes after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction may be between three and six months after surgery, according to research from the University of Florida presented in February at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Las Vegas.
Postural sway complexity can differentiate healthy young athletes from those who are still experiencing symptoms more than six weeks after suffering a concussion, while the standard sideline test for postconcussion postural stability cannot, according to research from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital presented in February at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Shortening step length and switching foot strike pattern both effectively decrease patellofemoral joint loading during running, according to research from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, presented in February at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Two studies published early this year found platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection improved pain and function in patients with chronic severe plantar fasciitis who hadn’t responded to conservative treatments.
Researchers reported in February that integrative neuromuscular training (INT) enhances motor skills in girls, improving fitness and offering potential protection from development of risk factors for anterior cruciate ligament tears and other musculoskeletal injuries.
Researchers from Qatar reported in February that soccer players who sustain a hamstring injury are likely to have isokinetic strength deficits when they return to play, but the effect of those deficits on reinjury rates is unknown.
Switching between different pairs of shoes may help prevent running-related injuries, but switching from a rearfoot strike pattern to a nonrearfoot strike pattern may not, according to two separate studies from Luxembourg and Iowa State University.
Knee extensor muscle development appears to outpace patellar tendon development in elite male adolescent volleyball players, which may increase their risk of patellar tendinopathy and other overuse injuries, according to research from Berlin, Germany.
A Stanford University study suggests that turf toe injury rates in collegiate football players are lower than expected, possibly as a result of improvements in synthetic turf technology.