Category Archives: Special Section

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.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

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.

By Nancy Shohet West | Photos by Denise Budde Continue reading

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.

By John C. Hayes Continue reading

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.

By Erin Boutwell Continue reading

July 2015

Complete Feet: Pedorthist’s new venture emphasizes the customer experience

Michael Duvdevani, CPed, thinks of his newest store, Complete Feet, as a carefully thought-out step in the right direction.

By Catherine M. Koetters | Photos by Michael Moore Continue reading

July 2015

Lamey Wellehan Shoes: Investing in expertise pays off for 101-year-old company

Many foot care professionals would probably confess to a love-hate relationship with the footwear industry. At times, it may feel like the manufacturers of tottering stiletto heels and poorly supported platform shoes are the bane of one’s existence when it comes to…

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July 2015

Extra bodyweight enhances effects of high heels at knee

Lower heels, BMI may reduce OA risk – Walking in shoes with heels higher than about 1.5 inches causes gait abnormalities that are amplified by extra bodyweight, according to recent research that found high-heeled walking creates significant changes in knee loading similar to…

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July 2015

Foot orthoses for heel pain help improve walking activity

Study supports custom device use – In patients with plantar fasciitis, the pain relief associated with custom foot orthoses (CFOs) appears to result in increased walking activity, as well, according to a recently published clinical trial.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

July 2015

Arcopédico Leina

Arcopédico USA debuts three new colors—grey, camel, and purple—this summer for the top-selling Leina collection of sporty Mary Jane walking slides. Featuring a wide, nonrestrictive form and a stay-on elastic band for a secure fit, these shoes are ideal for misshapen feet. Continue reading

July 2015

Mobils Ergonomic by Mephisto

The Mobils Ergonomic Collection by Mephisto is designed to ensure a healthy, natural walk. Three advanced technological comfort features highlight this brand. All-over soft padding between the lining and the natural leather upper cushions the entire foot. Continue reading

July 2015

Vionic Cozy Juniper

For fall 2015, Vionic brings its trusted Orthaheel orthotic technology to a new, premium cozy women’s house slipper. The Cozy Juniper is a luxurious option for the patient/consumer who desires structural security for her feet along with the pampering of a house slipper. Continue reading

July 2015

Dr. Comfort Ruk and Riley

Dr. Comfort is proud to feature two new fashionable shoes that allow customers to feel great: the Ruk and the Riley. The Ruk is a classic dress style shoe for men that is versatile enough to pair with jeans or trousers. It comes with a suede upper material in a rust color or full-grain… Continue reading

July 2015

Ped Lite Valerie

Ped Lite’s newest women’s casual shoe, the Valerie, offers a fashion-forward interpretation of the typical diabetic shoe. Available in black with an all-leather upper, the Valerie looks like a slip-on shoe but has a Medicare-approved adjustable closure that makes it functional as well as stylish. Continue reading

July 2015

Apex Boss Runner

The Apex Boss Runner is a biomechanically designed, straight lasted, motion control running shoe. The shoe features a molded external heel counter extended on the medial side for rearfoot stability, Carboplast footbridge for torsional stability… Continue reading

July 2015

DIABETIC FOOTWEAR: Cinematic symposium explores person-centric communication

Cannes is the French city most often associated with cinema. But several hundred kilometers to the north, in Lyon, a pair of short films debuted in June that sent a clear message about the most effective ways for lower extremity practitioners to interact with their patients. Continue reading