Category Archives: Special Section

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…

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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.

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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.

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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

October 2015

Ped-Lite Megan

Ped-Lite’s newest shoe, Megan, is an all-leather dress sandal that brings the latest unique look to an industry thirsty for style. Offered in black, the Megan’s high quality leather and contrasting stitching will have a fashionable appeal for any woman. Continue reading

October 2015

Apex Men’s Classic Moc – Open to Toe

The Men’s Classic Moc, the newest Biomechanical Ambulator from Apex, has ½” removable depth in three layers for easy adjustment when patients need more room to accommodate edema or ankle foot orthoses. The fully functional vamp opens to the toe and… Continue reading

October 2015

Mephisto Hawai

The Hawai casual oxford for women offers the features that customers have come to expect from the Mobils by Mephisto collection, but adds contemporary design features and styling, including a trendy zipper accent. A key feature of Mobils footwear is the all-over soft padding… Continue reading

October 2015

Arcopédico’s L19 Bootie

Suitable for work, travel, and everywhere in between, Arcopédico’s top-selling L19 bootie offers comfort, support, and style in one great daily wear boot.  Made with the company’s Lytech fabric, these boots offer a flexible fit, conform to the foot’s natural shape… Continue reading

October 2015

Vionic Cozy Juniper

Vionic is excited to announce the arrival of its new autumn/winter line of shoes with refreshing arch support in the warm colors of fall. Vionic’s top seller is the company’s newest addition, the Cozy Juniper for women, a luxurious option for the patient/consumer who desires… Continue reading

October 2015

Branier BR-4 Athletic Shoe

Branier’s BR-4 is a custom low-top athletic-style shoe that is tailor-made to address the needs of individual patients. Designed with a cosmetic semisurgical opening and padded tongues and collars, the BR-4 has been engineered to mitigate issues with bulky fit that are… Continue reading

October 2015

Anodyne Men’s Casual Dress Shoe

The No. 52 men’s casual dress shoe from Anodyne is designed to embody the definition of an anodyne, bringing customers a sense of soothing and comfort. This lightweight (8.8 oz) shoe features an oiled leather upper, a microfiber lining treated with an… Continue reading

October 2015

Birkenstock Arran

Birkenstock is no longer just sandals and clogs. The Arran leather sneaker, available in white (pictured) or black, updates the original iconic Birkenstock footbed with a genuine leather upper, an ethylene vinyl acetate outsole, and traditional lacing for a secure fit. Continue reading

October 2015

Seeking shoe closure: Laces vs alternatives

The footwear industry is teeming with alternatives to traditional shoelaces—including Velcro, no-tie elastic systems, and clutch reel technology—that may offer advantages for certain individuals. But for many people, experts say, laces will work just as well.

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October 2015

Bunion surgery: Evolution of postoperative protocols

Research is starting to reveal that early weightbearing, physical therapy, or both after hallux valgus surgery is not as risky as some practitioners once thought, and such new postoperative protocols appear to be associated with improved outcomes.

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October 2015

Althea’s Footwear Solutions

Collaborative staff provides stable foothold for growing company – At Althea’s Footwear Solutions in Everett, WA, teamwork is key to building loyal customers and an expanding company.

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October 2015

Central Florida Foot and Ankle Center

Podiatry practice adds retail component for one-stop service – Like most podiatrists and podiatric surgeons, Tatiana Wellens-Bruschayt, DPM, and Maria Jaramillo-Dolan, DPM, of the Central Florida Foot and Ankle Center in Winter Haven spend a lot of time counseling patients with diabetes on proper foot care.

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October 2015

Shoes, orthoses improve muscle activation onset in unstable ankles

Custom insoles have greatest effect – A study of patients with chronic ankle instability (CAI) suggests the onset of knee and ankle muscle activity occurs significantly earlier when shoes and orthoses are worn than when the patients are barefoot.

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October 2015

Survey finds 31% of runners have tried minimalist footwear

Some report more pain, some less – A significant percentage of avid runners have tried running in minimalist shoes, according to a recent survey-based study in which runners reported both positive and negative responses to making the switch in terms of pain and injury.

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August 2015

Taller, heavier children have heightened Sever disease risk

Long-term pain warrants early ID – Children presenting with calcaneal apo­phy­sitis (Sever disease) are anthropometrically different from their peers and experience a lengthy period of pain, according to Australian study findings that underscore the importance of early intervention and…

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August 2015

Gait analysis for clubfoot may reveal long-term issues

Surgery more likely to alter gait – Children treated for idiopathic clubfoot by age 2 years may experience subtle changes in gait by the time they are aged 5 years, and nonoperative treatment may confer more normal movement than surgery, according to a recent study.

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August 2015

Robotic gait training doesn’t wow young patients with CP

Kids, parents differ on ‘normal’ gait – Although physical therapists and parents often strive for attaining “normal” gait in children with neuromotor disorders, a new study from researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, indicates that…

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August 2015

Growing pains: Adapting O&P devices to maturing patients

Accommodating growth without compromising fit and function is a challenge for practitioners who prescribe orthotic devices for young patients. Adjustments and add-ons—as well as educating parents about expected changes—can make for smoother transitions.

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August 2015

Childhood obesity and OA: Can early care reduce risk?

Osteoarthritis (OA) risk factors and symptoms seen in adults have been found in obese kids, who often have musculoskeletal pain. Weight loss may help, but preventing OA may also require gait and exercise interventions, particularly those that reduce pain that leads to inactivity.

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