Category Archives: Special Section

March 2016

revere Comfort Sandals

Sandals from revere Comfort Shoes, designed and developed in Australia, are now available in the US market. Designed in collaboration with foot health experts, all revere sandals have removable polyurethane footbeds, extra depth to accommodate custom foot orthoses, and a cushioned heel. Continue reading

March 2016

Apex Spring Collection

Apex introduces its Spring Collection, designed to offer consummate style, superior comfort, and expert construction. Each pair is crafted with high-quality materials and engineered for agility and durability. The new collection includes a hiking boot version of the Ariya for men in… Continue reading

March 2016

Vionic Contoured Sandals

Vionic’s contoured sandals, according to a recent peer-reviewed study, are comparable in effectiveness to the company’s prefabricated foot orthoses for the short-term treatment of heel pain. The same study also found that Vionic contoured sandals offer more effective relief of heel pain than… Continue reading

March 2016

Samuel Hubbard Shoes

Lightweight, comfortable, and crafted from high-quality leathers and materials from around the world, Samuel Hubbard shoes are designed for people who move, walk, work, live, and play. The generous design and toe box, silky glove leather lining, and easily removable memory foam insole make… Continue reading

March 2016

Salco 6 Slingback Sandal

Ideal for pairing with breezy summer dress­es, the new Salco 6 slingback sandal for women has woven its way into Arcopédico’s cork sole collection. The new Salco 6 san­dal features multitone inter­lacing soft nylon knit straps across the vamp along with heel and ankle straps for a secure, comfortable hold. Continue reading

March 2016

Pilgrim Shoes P3020

This spring Pilgrim Shoes introduces style P3020, a new addition to the company’s men’s and women’s Areni One collections. These shoes come with our signature stretchable leather uppers, combining the aesthetic appeal and durability of leather with the ability to accommodate forefoot deformities. Continue reading

March 2016

Ped-Lite Oliver

The Oliver, new from Ped-Lite, offers the benefits of a therapeutic shoe without sacrificing the appearance of a traditional boat shoe. Customers will initially notice the Oliver’s all-leather upper with wrap-around lacing that is typical of a classic boat shoe Continue reading

March 2016

Mephisto Maryse Sandal

The Maryse sandal for women, from the Mobils by Mephisto line of comfort footwear, is a slingback wedge sandal with a polyurethane outsole, velvety leather upper, and three adjustable Velcro straps. Continue reading

March 2016

Anodyne Sport Collection

Averaging around 7 oz per shoe (less than half a pound), “light is right” when it comes to Anodyne’s sport collection. With 16 different combinations of styles and colors for men and women, the sport collection has something for everyone. Continue reading

March 2016

Segmental forefoot kinematics could influence risk of ulceration

Diabetes mellitus and peripheral neuropathy are associated with altered movement in individual metatarsal segments that is not always consistent with movement of the forefoot as a whole, according to research from Chicago that may have implications for foot ulcer prevention.

By Katie Bell Continue reading

March 2016

Foot Dynamics: A clinical approach to quality shoes for an active community

Too often when a person has issues with their feet, they are treated for their symptoms rather than the underlying problem, said Jeffrey Jacobs, BOCPed.

By Kristine Thomas | Photos by Nancy Bateman Continue reading

March 2016

Delmar Bootery: After 78 years and three generations, it’s still all about the fit and the fix

Chances are, if asked to describe a shoe repair shop, you probably wouldn’t use the words “pretty” or “refined.” But Gail Sundling, owner of the Delmar Bootery, might convince you other­wise.

By Catherine M. Koetters

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March 2016

Smart insoles: Assessing their clinical potential

Athletes have been quick to embrace smart insoles and the biomechanical data generated by the devices’ embedded sensors. But experts believe smart insoles may also have potential clinical applications for patients with foot health problems, such as diabetic neuropathy.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

March 2016

The importance of obesity in foot pain management

Increasing numbers of studies suggest that a high body mass index can significantly affect foot structure and function, increasing the risk of painful conditions. But questions remain as to how foot health specialists can best address foot pain in their obese and overweight patients.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

February 2016

Multiple jumpers increase risk for ‘trampoline ankle’

Large forces can cause severe fractures: Multiple trampoline jumpers are a primary cause of “trampoline ankle,” according to a recent Canadian study, which also noted that, when two individuals are bouncing out of sync, they generate kinetic energy forces that produce a high-impact effect that can cause serious growth-plate injuries in children.

By P.K. Daniel Continue reading

February 2016

Improving foot posture, balance in CMT may aid ankle stability

Early care advised for FAI prevention: Functional ankle instability (FAI) is a common problem in children and adolescents with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), according to Australian research that advises further study of interventions that target balance and normalize foot structure to evaluate whether they can help improve ankle stability in this population.

By Katie Bell Continue reading

February 2016

Dynamic warm-up with balance, plyo work leads to safer landings

Helps protect ACL in both genders: A one-time neuromuscular training intervention designed to prevent anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is more effective than a traditional warm-up for improving landing technique in youth athletes, according to a study that could help convince coaches and athletes to embrace such training programs.

By Chris Klingenberg  Continue reading

February 2016

Mobility-enhancing care in CP helps strengthen bones

Cerebral palsy (CP) can decrease mobility, which is key to quality living. Children with CP and compromised mobility are at risk for low bone mineral density and fragility fractures, but physical therapy programs and orthoses can help kids be more active to build stronger bones.

By Hank Black Continue reading

February 2016

Keeping kids in braces can prevent clubfoot relapse

More than a third of Ponseti-corrected clubfeet relapse and require additional treatment. Making a complete initial correction, ensuring optimal brace comfort, and  encouraging parental buy-in to bracing  over the long term reduces brace nonadherence, a major cause of recurrence.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

November 2015

O&P teams treat limb loss, deformity in developing world

Donating parts, funds aids efforts – Each year, Dino Scanio, CO, LO, and his five-member team of pediatric O&P specialists arrive in Guatemala City to perform a challenging task. In just four days in their most recent clinic in August, for example, they fit nearly 50 young patients with custom devices and…

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November 2015

Biomechanical stress, overuse raise young dancers’ injury risk

Prevention requires team approach – The inclusion of physicians, including specialists in pediatric orthopedic surgery and sports or dance medicine, in a team with teachers, physical therapists, parents, and others could help identify and prevent injuries in growing young dancers, according to…

By Hank Black Continue reading

November 2015

Foot disability in Down syndrome linked to hallux valgus, narrow shoes

Regular foot checks may curb problems – A recent study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research found that hallux valgus and too-narrow footwear contribute to foot-specific disability in children with Down syndrome. Interestingly, the study found foot posture wasn’t associated with foot-specific disability in the same children.

By Erin Boutwell Continue reading

November 2015

Barefoot running: Debate moves to developing feet

The most public battles about barefoot running and minimalist footwear have been fought over their use by adult athletes and the clinicians who treat them. There is, however, a separate discussion underway regarding barefoot and minimally shod running in children.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

November 2015

Biomechanical care for juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) affects nearly a quarter of a million US kids younger than 16 years. The hallmarks of the autoimmune disorder include joint inflammation, stiffening, and damage, as well as changes in joint growth, all of which can prove painful.

By Shalmali Pal
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October 2015

Dr. Comfort Athletic Shoes

Dr. Comfort’s newest athletic shoes for men and women with diabetes feature bold colors, a virtually seamless design, breathable mesh uppers, and lightweight construction. Men’s styles Jason and Chris come in an array of colors, including red, green, blue, black, and grey. Continue reading