Injuries in baseball are fairly common, with an incidence of 5.8 injuries per 1000 athletic game exposures and 1.9 injuries per 1000 athletic practice exposures in the collegiate ranks.
By Luis A. Feigenbaum, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, LAT, CSCS; Kathryn E. Roach, PT, PhD; Chris Vitolo PT, DPT; Victoria Bown, PT, DPT; Sabine Gempel, PT, DPT; Natalia Sikaczowski, PT, DPT; Kelly Stapf, PT, DPT; and Michelle Whitaker, PT, DPT
As emotional as any tragic event is its first anniversary. New Yorkers know. Residents of New Orleans know. The families in Newtown, CT, know. Now it’s Boston’s turn.
By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor
After a year in a fracture boot with a broken foot, I thought my ordeal was over. I was wrong. The broken bone in my foot, sustained after a fall down a staircase in my home, had occurred midway down the fifth metatarsal bone below my little toe—a site that is notoriously difficult to heal, according to my podiatrist.
By Barbara Boughton
Finding the right orthotic design starts with the space limitations presented by cycling shoes, but the challenges for lower extremity practitioners don’t end there. Factors to consider when prescribing foot orthoses include biomechanics, skill level, cycling discipline, and bike technology.
By P.K. Daniel
Foam rolling is a relatively new therapeutic approach, but early research suggests that it can help improve range of motion and muscle performance and aid in recovery after exercise. Questions remain, however, about the extent to which the effects involve myofascial mechanisms.
By Duane C. Button, PhD, CSEP-CEP, and David G. Behm, PhD
As a result of limitations in the fall prevention research to date, investigators and
clinicians are often left to make their best guesses about the effect of foot and ankle interventions based on the effect such strategies have on issues related to falls, rather than on falls themselves.
By Cary Groner
Several patient populations with an increased risk of knee osteoarthritis also are at increased risk for vitamin D deficiency, and research suggests vitamin D levels may be related to knee OA symptoms. The exact nature of the relationship, however, remains perplexing.
By Greg Gargiulo
In the Moment: Diabetes
By Jordana Bieze Foster
The patient in the video, an older woman with diabetic neuropathy, is a dog lover. Her dog-shaped earrings give this away. And this just might be the most important thing for the clinicians treating her to know.
An Arizona state Medicaid policy change designed to cut costs by eliminating podiatry services for diabetic foot infection had the opposite effect, according to a March presentation that included an extended analysis of previously reported data.
As the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) undergoes a transition in leadership, the organization is reporting significant progress in implementing its Train the Foot Trainer (TtFT) program in Central and South America.
In the Moment: Sports medicine
By P.K. Daniel
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is best known as a predictor of future injury in athletes, but a recent two-year study of elite track and field athletes now suggests a relationship between high scores, which indicate fewer deficits, and improved performance.
New research supports universal neuromuscular training of all young athletes—not just those at risk—as the most cost-effective and practical way to prevent anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries.
Runners who switch foot strike patterns experience short-term changes in joint stiffness and negative joint work, regardless of whether a runner’s habitual pattern involves the forefoot or rearfoot, according to research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
By Emily Delzell
Biomechanics expert Peter Cavanagh, PhD, DSc, heads the presentation agenda at the 2014 North American Orthotics Technology Forum (OTF), forum sponsor Delcam announced in March.
Redmond, WA-based Pro-Tech Athletics updated its brand in February with a new logo, tagline, and easy-to-read packaging that includes injury information and visual anatomy.
The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine’s (ACFAOM) annual clinical conference will focus on interactive podiatric education based on real clinical cases at its 2014 meeting, according to a March release from the organization.
Peachtree City, GA-based Sigvaris is celebrating 150 years of compression technology production with its “Share Your Story Sigvaris” sweepstakes, the company announced in March.
Troy, MI-based Becker Orthopedic relaunched its website in February at beckerorthopedic .com with features that include a searchable online catalog, new product section, technical and clinical support, continuing education programs, and easy-to-access orthometry forms.
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) installed its 2014-2015 board of directors on February 28 at its 72nd Annual Scientific Conference in Orlando, FL.
Mettawa, IL-based MVI Footcare, a division of Med-Vet International, in March became a national distributor of Mebane, NC-based Comfortland Medical orthopedic rehabilitation, sports medicine, podiatric medicine, O&P, durable medical equipment, and orthotic products.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) will offer the nation’s first online doctorate of education degree in kinesiology beginning in fall 2014, university officials announced in March.
Seattle-based Cadence Biomedical inked a distribution agreement on March 6 with a Korean medical device importer for the US company’s KickstartPT and KickstartPersonal systems.
Middlebury, CT-based Nolaro24 has scheduled two live webinars on the use of its QuadraStep system for pediatric and adult foot video gait analysis and foot orthotic selection and design.
Medical device manufacturer Ottobock has begun relocation of its North America logistics and distribution operations from Minneapolis and Toronto, Canada, to Louisville, KY, the company reported in March. Based in Duderstadt, Germany, Otto Bock HealthCare established Minnesota-based Ottobock in 1958 as the Americas corporate headquarters.
The Colorado Springs, CO-based US Olympic Committee in March designated the The Steadman Clinic and affiliated nonprofit Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) in Vail, CO, as a National Medical Center within the US Olympic Committee’s National Medical Network.
Richard Conrey, PT, CPO, and Shawn Conrey, PTO, CPA, CPed, have bought Dania Beach, FL-based sports brace manufacturer Palumbo from company founder Pasquel Palumbo, MD.
Stratasys, a global maker of 3D systems and materials based in Rehovot, Israel, is sponsoring a competitive long drive event to introduce the growing golf-based sport to wounded veterans and other amputees as a new rehabilitation option.
The Step Sensor is the first offering in Brownmed’s new line of vibration therapy products under the Intellinetix brand. The Step Sensor is a low- profile, discreet device designed to harness the power of vibration to improve balance…
WillowWood’s new Express Liner features its new softer durometer silicone, engineered to replicate the performance and comfort levels of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) for amputees who are used to wearing TPE prosthetic liners.
Rocktape, known for its kinesiology tape products, has announced the release of Rock Sauce, a topical lotion for isolated muscle pain and joint soreness. The active ingredients in the lotion’s formulation include 20% methyl salicylate…
MVI Footcare is proud to announce that its expanded equipment line now includes Algeos USA Podiatric Chairs. The Nova Eden, Nova Lune, and Nova Aire podiatric chairs are multifunctional, affordable, and designed with the patient…
Tekscan announces the release of MobileMat BESS, a computerized implementation of the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) designed to improve the reliability of the postural stability component of sports concussion assessment.
Star Nutrition announces the latest addition to its popular Incrediwear line, the Incredibrace elastic bandage wrap. Applications for the Incredibrace sports wrap include ankle sprains, tendinitis, and knee injuries, as well as general joint discomfort or pain.
The G-walk, now available from Rehabilitation Technical Components, is a pocket-sized, wireless gait lab for user-friendly evaluation of spatiotemporal gait parameters. To assess a patient’s gait symmetry, just strap on the cellphone-sized…
Mölnlycke Health Care US announces the release of Mepilex Border Flex, a flexible bordered dressing for pressure ulcers, foot ulcers, and leg ulcers that is designed to fit the challenging contours of the human body.
Keeping Pace has added to its line of children’s orthopedic footwear with the new KPLCW model, which features a newly designed flexible bottom sole. The new footwear features a double-depth, triple-width fit to accommodate ankle foot orthoses.
Franklin Fascia Massagers stand out from the self-massage crowd with their spiky exteriors. The spikes are designed to stimulate sensory receptors and increase circulation, while the kneading motion massages away tension and mobilizes connective tissue.
Cadence insoles are prefabricated orthotic devices designed to provide an elusive combination of semirigid support and shock-absorbing comfort to improve patient compliance. Designed by a physical therapist, each device includes a three-quarter…