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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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January 2014

Fighting falls with feedback: Virtual reality training improves balance

A balance training program featuring a virtual reality feedback component improves postural stability and coordination in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), which may in turn reduce their risk of falling, according to a study published in the November-December 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

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January 2014

Compliance with prescribed footwear depends on perceived clinical benefit

Practitioners should educate patients with diabetes about benefits of custom therapeutic footwear to encourage its use, according to a usability survey conducted by Dutch investigators.

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January 2014

Metatarsal protrusion influences risk of reulceration after surgical resection

First metatarsal (M1) length after metatarsal head resection influences reulceration risk, according to researchers at Complutense University of Madrid.

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December 2013

OHI Acquires SafeStep

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., December 9, 2013 – Orthotic Holdings Inc. (“OHI”), a global leader in lower extremity orthotic devices and durable medical equipment (“DME”) solutions for healthcare providers is pleased to announce the acquisition of SafeStep, LLC (“SafeStep”) , a leading … Continue reading

November 2013

Prepare for landing: Bladed cleats may put fifth met at risk

Bladed soccer cleats were associated with increased forefoot loading during a jump-landing task, which may lead to a higher risk of fifth metatarsal stress fractures, according to a study published in the September-October issue of the Journal of Athletic Training.

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November 2013

Leg mechanics, training conditions may predict Achilles pain in runners

Investigators at the University of Tuebingen in Germany have identified alterations in lower leg mechanics and higher impacts caused by “fast” training conditions (e.g., interval training sessions, competitions) as potential risk factors for Achilles tendon pain in runners.

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November 2013

Anterolateral knee ligament ‘discovery’ makes headlines, but is not really new

The media buzz over the apparent discovery of a new knee ligament announced in early November faded quickly as experts pointed out that the finding was not exactly new.

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October 2013

Location, location: High pressures don’t predict all ulcers

Practitioners often deem all areas of elevated peak plantar pressure in patients with diabetes at some risk for ulceration. A study published in September, how­ever, suggests this risk varies with the specific location of pressure, and investigators say findings highlight the importance of monitoring plantar pressure as part of preventive care.

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October 2013

Neuropathy results in less sensory loss at fifth metatarsal than hallux

Clinicians should carry out quantitative vibration testing for sensory loss in patients at risk for diabetic neuropathy at the hallux, according to research that confirms the hallux undergoes greater sensory loss than the fifth metatarsal, an alternate location for vibration testing.

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October 2013

Imaging reveals intrinsic muscle deterioration in neuropathic feet

Diabetic neuropathy is associated with increased levels of intrinsic foot muscle deterioration, which may contribute to foot deformity and ulceration, according to research presented in September at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics in Omaha, NE.

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October 2013

Investigating OA: Studies revisit underlying variables

Knee osteoarthritis researchers are taking a closer look at the factors that influence knee adduction moment (KAM) and also considering the contributions of sagittal plane variables, as illustrated by studies presented in September at the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) annual meeting in Omaha, NE.

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October 2013

Altered landings suggest link between neurocognitive scores, ACL injury risk

Female athletes with low neurocognitive scores are more likely than those with higher scores to demonstrate altered landing mechanics consistent with elevated anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury risk, according to findings that could have implications for concussion management.

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October 2013

Limited arch excursion characterizes individuals with patellofemoral pain

Patients with patellofemoral pain (PFP) have less medial longitudinal arch excursion during stair descent than healthy individuals, according to a Brazilian study that may help explain the effects of foot orthoses in patients with PFP.

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September 2013

The NFL’s ACL issue: Experts debate contributing factors

A flurry of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in National Football League (NFL) players early in the preseason has medical experts theorizing about the contributing factors and what can be done to protect players in the future.

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September 2013

Balance training also improves jump height in youth basketball players

Twelve weeks of balance training using unstable surfaces improves jump performance as well as balance in youth basketball players, according to an Italian study published the August issue of Sport Sciences for Health.

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September 2013

Increased running cadence simulates some advantages of going barefoot

The acute effects of increased running cadence are similar to those of barefoot running, according to two studies that looked at the two techniques in a single group of runners.

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