Category Archives: Special Section

March 2011

Footwear: Advantages of a whole-patient approach

As important as it is to fit the foot properly within the shoe, that’s only one part of the process. Patients’ comorbidities, personality, and fashion sense all determine the extent to which a pair of footwear can maximize a diabetic patient’s outcomes and minimize complications.

By Shalmali Pal

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July 2010

LER: Our first year

We published 12 information-packed issues,and readers responded— on our website and through our social media outlets. These are just a few of the highlights.

• Top Articles – Most Visits • Top Products – Most viewed • Articles Most Commented On • Most Viewed Product Videos • Top 5 – Most Time Spent on Article • #1 Facebook Fan

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June 2010

Investigators examine biomechanical effects of carbon composite devices

AFOs must find energy balance – The extent to which carbon composite ankle foot orthoses improve gait efficiency in stroke patients may be a function of walking speed, according to a Swedish study. And despite the fact that the devices are known for their energy storage, research from the Netherlands suggests that the relationship between energy storage and energy cost may be complicated.

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June 2010

Obesity impairs children’s response to orthotic therapy for flexible flatfoot

Is earlier intervention needed? Researchers and clinicians are only beginning to understand the relationship between pediatric flexible flatfoot and obesity, which becomes even more complicated in the context of orthotic treatment. Findings from Hong Kong appear to throw another wrinkle into the mix, suggesting that obese children are significantly slower to respond to orthotic therapy than their normal-weight counterparts.

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June 2010

Researchers explore screening options for earlier diagnosis of Charcot foot

Biomechanics may offer clues – Too often, by the time Charcot neuroarthropathy is diagnosed, it is too late to do much more than accommodate the resulting deformity. That’s why researchers from Germany and the U.K. are working to find ways of screening for patients at risk for Charcot, which would facilitate earlier and more effective intervention.

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June 2010

Studies confirm effect of knee bracing on OA symptoms, joint adduction moment

But placebo findings raise questions – Three German studies presented at the ISPO meeting in Leipzig confirm that bracing for knee osteoarthritis is associated with both symptom improvement and biomechanical effects. But the findings also suggest that the relationship between those two sets of outcome measures is more complicated than one might think.

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June 2010

Experts advocate pressure measurement utilization to improve orthotic outcomes

Fancy camera systems not required – A pressure measurement system is an essential clinical tool for maximizing orthotic outcomes that too many practitioners are not yet utilizing, according to two presentations at the FIP meeting in Amsterdam.

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Global Intelligence: News and views from around the world

Top opinion leaders and researchers from across the globe came together in May for the International Society of Prosthetics & Orthotics (ISPO) meeting in Leipzig, Germany, and the International Federation of Podiatrists (FIP) meeting in Amsterdam. This special report covers a range of topics from both events, specifically selected for their relevance to the lower extremity practitioner. By Jordana Bieze Foster

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