Category Archives: Special Section

June 2015

The future of footwear and orthoses is here. Now what?

A shift in tone was apparent at this year’s Ortho Technology Forum (OTF), and not just because the focus of the event has been expanded to include design and manufacturing technologies for footwear as well as foot orthoses… Continue reading

June 2015

The argument for library-based orthotic prescription

Much of the discussion at the 2015 Ortho Technology Forum (OTF) focused on various ways in which the future of the orthotic industry will require adapting to new technologies. But the event’s final presenter challenged… Continue reading

May 2015

Allard USA: Get Back Up Today!

The most common treatment is an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) which provides support to the ankle and foot. The AFO helps control foot drop and ankle instability by providing a better sense of balance. Continue reading

May 2015

Kinetic Research: Carbon Fiber Orthopedic Braces

Composite material advances over the past 10 years have improved the design creativity and possibility for clinical orthotists worldwide. In the past, an ankle orthosis required a completely solid and fully encompassing design in order to attain the mechanical control… Continue reading

May 2015

Custom Composite: Specializing in advanced composite applications for the O&P industry

The mechanics behind our family of Charcot Marie-Tooth (CMT) braces centers around the medial strut design. The medial strut folds into the footplate in the arch area, making the brace very stable when patients are in midstance… Continue reading

May 2015

SureStep: A Revolutionary Bracing Concept

SureStep manufactures a variety of products but is primarily known for the SMO (Supra malleolar orthosis) and pediatric AFOs (ankle foot orthosis)… Continue reading

May 2015

Diane Covington: AFOs positively impact every aspect of her dynamic life

It’s a happy coincidence that Diane Covington lives just a few miles from a New Balance store, for two reasons. The brand’s sporty and comfort styles are perfectly suited for Covington’s life on the go.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

May 2015

Brennan Ryan: With AFOs and cool sneakers, this 10-year-old can be a regular kid

If you ask Brennan Ryan what his favorite after-school activities are, he’ll tell you, “Basketball, baseball, flag football, and Cub scouts.” Ask him what his favorite part of school is and he’ll answer…

By Robyn Parets Continue reading

May 2015

James Robinson: AFOs give him the confidence to stay active in retirement

Some may think a midlife diagnosis of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease might necessitate a sedentary retirement. Not James Robinson, who learned he had CMT1A when he was about 52 years old.

By Robyn Parets Continue reading

May 2015

Jeff Seitzer: AFOs and staying fit help manage his mild symptoms

It’s hard to imagine that a 56-year-old man who swims, plays golf, works out, and even practices yoga has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). But Jeff Seitzer, who was diagnosed more than 40 years ago, has managed to keep his symptoms at bay.

By Robyn Parets Continue reading

May 2015

Orthotic devices and CMT: Everyone deserves an aha! moment

This guide to orthotic devices for people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease has been a dream of mine for a long time. I was diagnosed with CMT1A at the tender age of 18 months, but didn’t learn about orthotic devices for CMT until 2007…

by Susan Ruediger Continue reading

May 2015

Obese children develop knee malalignment as they mature

Effect might increase future OA risk – As obese children undergo the rapid physical changes of puberty, they develop knee malalignment that could potentially contribute to development of knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to recent research from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH.

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

May 2015

Lower-body focus could help youth baseball player arms

Studies link hip, shoulder function – Kids grow up thinking that throwing a baseball hard is all about strength in the arm and shoulder, but new evidence suggests that muscle strength and range of motion in the hip affect shoulder function during throwing in youth baseball players.

By Chris Klingenberg Continue reading

May 2015

Kinematics identify subgroups of kids with CP and equinovarus

Treatment planning could benefit – Chicago researchers have identified clinically relevant subgroups based on foot and ankle kinematics in children with equinovarus secondary to hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP) that could help improve treatment planning and clinical outcomes.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

May 2015

Hip disorders in children with Down syndrome

As hip arthritis becomes a growing concern in adults with Down syndrome, clinicians are also becoming more attuned to hip issues in children with DS, in hopes that early intervention in the pediatric population will help reduce the risk of disability later on.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

May 2015

Sever disease: Intervene early to relieve symptoms

Once pain and inflammation have been addressed, clinicians can implement interventions—including orthotic devices, stretch­ing, and strengthening—to address the biomechanical factors that are believed to contribute to heel pain and other symptoms in this population.

By Erin Boutwell Continue reading

May 2015

Overview of CMT – Clinical challenges and opportunities

Early diagnosis and early intervention in people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease give clinicians and patients a valuable head start on keeping symptom progression in check.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

May 2015

Orthotic management: A symptom-based, dynamic approach

Orthotic devices, tailored to each patient and adjusted for disease progression, can improve mvobility by addressing gait impairments and maintaining stability.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

February 2015

Soft tissues may help determine response to Ponseti treatment

Children with idiopathic clubfoot who have relapses after treatment with the Ponseti method demonstrate different soft tissue abnormalities than children whose clubfoot is permanently corrected, according to research published in the August issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

By Erin Boutwell Continue reading

February 2015

Study questions utility of adult balance test in concussed kids

With head trauma becoming increasingly worrisome in sports these days, a significant concern is whether the same protocols for clearing an athlete to return to sports should be used in both adults and children. Research from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center suggests that the…

By Chris Klingenberg Continue reading

February 2015

Shoe flexibility influences gait characteristics in early walkers

A recent study published in the winter issue of Pediatric Physical Therapy found that children just learning to walk may have altered gait characteristics when wearing flexible shoes.

By Erin Boutwell Continue reading

February 2015

Treating and preventing ankle sprains in children

High rates of chronic ankle instability in children suggest a need for better prevention and treatment of ankle sprains in young patients, but researchers are just starting to explore whether clinical approaches designed for adults will also be effective in their younger counterparts.

By P.K. Daniel Continue reading

February 2015

Cerebral palsy and knee pain: management tips

Knee pain is common in children with CP, but given the many health challenges facing this patient population, knee symptoms may not be given high priority. Proper diagnosis and treatment of knee pain, however, can be key to maximizing a childʼs mobility and quality of life.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

November 2014

Parents: How to make them your clinical allies

While the patient is always the practitionerʼs first priority, establishing a convivial relationship with a childʼs parents can mean the difference between victory and failure when it comes to diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating lower extremity problems in pediatric patients.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

November 2014

Rates of chronic ankle instability in children are surprisingly high

Experts push for better sprain rehab – Primary ankle sprains often occur before adulthood, and a recent literature review from Australia suggests that some pediatric populations exhibit a high rate of ankle injury recurrence and chronic ankle instability (CAI).

By P.K. Daniel Continue reading