Category Archives: Special Section

April 2017

Sports injury prevention experts revisit risk factors and advocate for adherence

Despite strides, gaps between lab and practice remain

It’s an exciting time for clinicians involved in preventing sports injuries. Increasing numbers of studies are identifying risk factors associated with specific injuries and documenting the effectiveness of preventive interventions for reducing injury rates. Continue reading

April 2017

Online counseling helps reduce injuries in highly specialized youth athletes

Early single-sport specialization in youth athletes is associated with increased risk of reinjury in addition to primary injury, but online counseling can help to reduce those risks, according to two studies from Atlanta presented at the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport, held in Monaco in March. Continue reading

April 2017

Proximal and distal factors may affect 5th met fracture risk in soccer players

Clinicians looking to prevent fifth meta­tarsal fractures (Jones fractures) in soccer players may want to consider proximal as well as distal factors, according to studies from two separate Japanese research groups presented at the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport, held in Monaco in March. Continue reading

April 2017

By itself, zero drop in a running shoe does not translate to barefoot-like gait

A zero drop is not enough to notably alter the biomechanics of running in a cushioned shoe but may affect injury risk in some runners, according to research from Luxembourg presented at the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport, held in Monaco in March. Continue reading

April 2017

Landing biomechanics may contribute to ankle sprain in basketball, volleyball

Two studies presented at the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport, held in Monaco in March, shed light on the complex ways in which aspects of landing contribute to risk of ankle sprain in volleyball and basketball—both sports in which ankle sprains often occur when one player lands on another’s foot. Continue reading

June 2016

Region-specific foot pain doesn’t always match pressures, forces

Gait compensation may play role – The location of foot pain doesn’t always correspond with elevated plantar pressures and abnormal forces, which suggests the availability of region-specific compensatory gait mechanisms may play a role, according to recent research using Framingham Foot Study data.

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

June 2016

Samuel Hubbard Free

With the Un-Sneaker collection, Samuel Hubbard set out to make an “everyday shoe” for people with an active lifestyle. With soft upper materials, full glove-leath­er linings, a one-piece vamp, hidden padded collar, removable memory-foam… Continue reading

June 2016

Revere Santa Monica

The Santa Monica for women from revere Comfort Shoes features a stylish V front, a back strap, metal trim detail, and forefoot and rearfoot adjustability to provide a personalized fit. The sandal’s design also features a removable comfort insert, with enough… Continue reading

June 2016

Mephisto Jissy

The Jissy from Mephisto is a casual sandal with a stylish profile. Like all Mobils by Mephisto comfort footwear, it features all-over cushioning between the lining and the upper to pillow the feet, along with soft-air technology in the midsole to minimize shock. Continue reading

June 2016

Gem Caballo from Vionic

Vionic introduces a new silhouette. The Gem Caballo flat for women features a pointed toe with an envelope vamp detail, along with a removable footbed and stylish uppers made of suede, snake-printed leather, or haircalf. Continue reading

June 2016

Drew Tuscany

The Tuscany athleisure shoe for women offers a new, sparkling look from Drew. Tuscany shoes are walking shoes with added depth that can accommodate prescribed foot orthoses. Continue reading

June 2016

On Cloudster

The Cloudster, from Swiss footwear company On, features a very stiff flex and a slightly rockered speedboard, which keep the foot in a natural position while minimizing the loaded flex on the foot. A four-way adaptive-fit stretch material across the toe box allows for a natural toe splay. Continue reading

June 2016

Arcopédico Alice

Arcopédico’s new Alice style for women is designed to be the essence of casual chic while still being ideal for all-day wear at work. Designed in solid-tone suede, this slide-on loafer features a hand-stitched vamp, cushioned insole for superior comfort, metal-free twin… Continue reading

June 2016

Apex Sydney

Apex introduces the Sydney, the newest addition to the company’s Petals line of soft, light, and beautiful shoes for fashion-forward women who need superior support and adjustability. Continue reading

June 2016

Anodyne No. 19 Casual Mary Jane

Incredibly lightweight, the No. 19 Casual Mary Jane from Anodyne weighs in at just 5.6 oz. This A5500-reviewed style also features a full-grain leather upper, an anti­microbial-treated… Continue reading

June 2016

Alicia Slide from Spenco

New from Spenco for fall 2016 is the Alicia Slide for women, which is detailed with embossed floral leather and synthetic suede trim that can complement a casual or dressier look. Continue reading

June 2016

Bail’s Custom Footcare: Resilient business evolves and adapts over five generations

Few businesses can claim a heritage quite as long as the Bail family’s five-generation relationship with the shoe industry. But more than just a long history of selling shoes, the Bail family’s story is one of resilience.

By Nancy Shohet West Continue reading

June 2016

Crary Shoes: Pedorthic expertise complements decades of custom shoemaking

Crary Shoes has a motto: “The last is always first.” With a decades-long commitment to quality, the business provides custom shoes for clients with a spectrum of foot concerns, ranging from diabetes to unusually shaped or sized feet.

By Samantha Rosenblum  |  Photos by Monty Wolfe Continue reading

June 2016

Importance of intrinsic muscles for foot health

A growing body of research suggests the strength of small muscles in the foot can have big implications for a range of foot-health issues—including running-related injuries, diabetic neuropathy, obesity, flatfoot, and plantar fasciitis—and that interventions for strengthening the intrinsics may help.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

June 2016

Materials science targets foot odors and microbes

Silver fibers and other examples of nano­technology are increasingly turning up in shoes, socks, and orthotic topcovers in an effort to control odors, reduce the risk of infection, and improve foot health by making these devices moisture wicking, breathable, antifungal, and/or antibacterial.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

May 2016

Lower body conditioning may cut upper body injury risk in softball

Safety of underhand pitch is over-rated – Better pre- and off-season lower-body conditioning may help prevent some serious overuse injuries to the upper extremities of young female fast-pitch softball players, according to the lead author of a recent prospective study of player-reported injuries.

By Hank Black Continue reading

May 2016

Excess weight affects foot loading, peak pressure even in young kids    

Weight loss may improve function – Overweight and obese children present with higher overall foot loading and a disproportional impact on the midfoot and longitudinal arch, with those as young as 1 or 2 years of age affected, according to research from Germany that may have implications for abnormal foot loading prevention in children.

By Katie Bell Continue reading

May 2016

Walking study in CP highlights need for tailored orthotic prescription

Effects of AFOs on distance, speed vary – A recent study demonstrates the importance of personalizing prescriptions for ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) in children with cerebral palsy, rather than applying group data to individuals.

By Larry Hand Continue reading

May 2016

When the shoe doesn’t fit: footwear in Down syndrome

These children often have wider, more flexible, and more pronated feet than typically developing kids that don’t fit well into conven­tionally sized and shaped footwear. Ill-fitting shoes are linked to foot-specific disability and many other issues. Here, clinicians share strategies for finding the right fit.

By Lori Roniger Continue reading

May 2016

Look out below: injury risk on the trampoline

Trampoline use, both in backyards and in large recreational parks, is up. So are injuries incurred on the equipment, including fractures with potentially serious long-term sequelae. Some groups advise  a ban on home use, but other experts disagree, citing the equipment’s benefits for motor learning and active play.

By P.K. Daniel Continue reading