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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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March 2014

Home-based exercise after hip fracture improves functional mobility, activity

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.

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March 2014

Fear fallout: Studies explore effects on ACL outcomes

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.

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March 2014

Postural sway complexity may reveal evidence of concussion weeks later

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.

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March 2014

Forefoot-strike running, shorter steps both decrease patellofemoral loads

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.

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February 2014

Platelet-rich progress: Data support PRP use for heel pain

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.

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February 2014

Neuromuscular training in young girls boosts skills, may reduce future risks

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.

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February 2014

Soccer players have strength deficits upon returning from hamstring injury

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.

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January 2014

Switch trials: Shoe use, striking affect risk in runners

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.

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January 2014

Delayed patellar tendon development in teens may lead to overuse injuries

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.

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January 2014

In college football, most turf toe cases occur in games, on artificial surfaces

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.

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