Category Archives: Special Section

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

July 2015

AMPUTATION: Patients cite lack of education about partial foot procedures

Patients who have had a partial foot amputation followed by a transtibial amputation on the same limb feel that they were inadequately educated about what the first procedure would involve, according to detailed interviews conducted by researchers at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Continue reading

July 2015

PEDIATRICS: CP studies assess potential advantages of flexible AFOs

The flexibility of an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) does not necessarily affect walking economy in children with cerebral palsy (CP), but more flexible AFOs may be particularly beneficial for sports activities in higher-performing children with… Continue reading

July 2015

DROP FOOT: Benefits of FES after stroke are maintained at 42 weeks

Gait speed improvements associated with 30 weeks of functional electrical stimulation (FES) in poststroke patients are maintained at 42 weeks, according to research presented in June at the 2015 ISPO World Congress. Continue reading

July 2015

OSTEOARTHRITIS: Orthotic options for knee OA focus on compliance issues

New research presented in June at the 2015 ISPO Congress underscored the potential long-term benefits of valgus knee bracing for relief of medial knee osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms when patient compliance is high, while… Continue reading

July 2015

PROSTHETICS: Foot strike pattern can affect load in amputee runners too

Foot strike pattern during running affects loading in unilateral lower limb amputees, as it does in able-bodied runners, according to research from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Continue reading

July 2015

Improving compliance with diabetic footwear

Convincing patients with diabetes to wear their prescribed footwear presents a challenge, but experts agree that encouraging patient compliance requires lower extremity clinicians to look beyond the disease and gain insight into the person being treated.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

July 2015

Intricacies of metatarsal stress fracture treatment

A growing body of research on metatarsal stress fractures is helping lower extremity practitioners manage both the biomechanical and physiological effects of these frustrating injuries, as well as the expectations of patients who are eager to return to activity.

By Erin Boutwell Continue reading

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