Research suggests that compression garments can be effective for improving muscle recovery after fatiguing exercise, but has found little to indicate an athletic performance benefit.
By P.K. Daniel
My former company launched a publication called Telehealth in 1998. Nearly two decades later, that magazine no longer exists, and telemedicine hasn’t revolutionized healthcare the way some thought it would. But advances are being made, and researchers are demonstrating that the potential applications for remote healthcare include…
By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor
From the editor: A matter of perspective
Often, especially when talking about family or intimate relationships, people qualify the meaning of normal— adding “whatever that means.” In pediatric gait training, though, normative values do exist, and parents and practitioners commonly strive to help children achieve these benchmarks.
SPECIAL REPORT: London Show Exhibition
It may seem a bit odd that Clarks would sponsor an exhibit called “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. After all, the company is known for producing very practical footwear, including the Desert Boot, which would seem out of step with the exhibit’s declaration that it highlights the “impractical, un-functional and overly decorated.”
By Shalmali Pal
Patellofemoral pain interventions have increasingly focused on running technique and training approaches—such as utilization of a forefoot strike pattern, a shortened step length, and manipulations to training pace—to reduce patellofemoral joint loading parameters.
By Collin D. Bowersock, BS, and John D. Willson, PT, PhD
In recent years, studies have elucidated aspects of the biomechanical effects of posterior tibial tendon dysfunction that may ultimately lead to improvements in treatment. But it isn’t always clear which factors contribute to PTTD and which
develop in response.
By Cary Groner
Many US football players have lower than adequate serum vitamin D levels, but questions remain about the potential benefits of proactive treatment with supplementation to address vitamin D deficiency and reduce the risk of fracture in this
By Mark A. Duca, MD; Christina M. Mathyssek, PhD; Jeffrey W. Bost, PA-C; and Joseph C. Maroon, MD
Different factors influence outcomes after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in younger and older pediatric patients, but regardless of age, a delay to surgery is correlated with more severe additional injuries and the need for additional surgical procedures.
By Justin T. Newman, MD
In the Moment: Sports Medicine
By Barbara Boughton and Jordana Bieze Foster
A new study of more than 500 hamstring injuries sustained by collegiate soccer players provides evidence that return to participation after these strains is influenced by factors other than an athlete’s strength and flexibility.
By Barbara Boughton
Two self-reported measures are significantly associated with risk of knee injury in adolescent female soccer players, according to a Danish study that could have implications for screening.
By Jordana Bieze Foster
Hip range of motion (ROM) and strength in collegiate baseball pitchers decrease significantly over the course of a competitive season, but these changes are not associated with pitching workload, according to research from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
By Jordana Bieze Foster
In the Moment: Knee OA
By John C. Hayes and Jordana Bieze Foster
In a randomized trial said by its authors to be the largest of its kind, patients receiving in-home therapy after total knee arthroplasty had equivalent outcomes whether they saw a therapist face-to-face or via a video- and sound-connected “visit” from a remote location.
By John C. Hayes
A single gait modification to reduce knee adduction moment in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) is associated with muscle force pattern changes that vary from one patient to another, according to research from Shanghai, China.
By Jordana Bieze Foster
The mechanism by which an integrated nonsurgical treatment program reduces pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) does not appear to involve pain sensitization, according to research from Denmark.
By Jordana Bieze Foster
By Emily Delzell
The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics & Prosthetics (NAAOP) in August created a petition calling for the White House to rescind Medicare’s recently published draft policy for Local Coverage Determination for Lower Limb Prosthetics.
The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) reported in July plans to honor Thomas V. DiBello, CO, with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 AOPA National Assembly in San Antonio, TX.
Boston-based Converse in August launched a new version of its classic Chuck Taylor sneaker, reporting the new shoe is redesigned for comfort with technology from its parent company Nike, headquartered in Beaverton, OR.
DJO Global in July received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to begin sales of the San Diego-based company’s wireless electric muscle stimulation device.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) in July called for proposals for its 2017 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport.
The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) teamed up with Consumer Reports Health to produce a patient handout that it released in July focusing on conservative treatment of plantar fasciitis (PF).
Swiss university ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule) Zürich will hold in October 2016 a new championship event for individuals who use advanced assistive devices.
Woodbury, CT-based Rogers Corporation on July 29 changed the name of its High Performance Foams Division to Elastomeric Material Solutions to better reflect its growing range of high-performance engineered materials solutions and capabilities to meet customer needs.
Langhorne, PA-based Alliqua Biomedical in July reported that its exclusive licensing agreement with Summit, NJ-based Celgene Cellular Therapeutics now includes the right to market an advanced wound care product for podiatric and orthopedic applications.
London, UK-based health industry research firm GlobalData reported on July 30 that the global orthopedic braces and orthotics market will rise from $2.56 billion in 2014 to reach just under $3.5 billion by 2021, largely driven by an aging population and patient preference for braces and supports as noninvasive treatment options.
The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics in July named Australian biomechanist Timothy Bach, PhD, editor in chief of its flagship journal, Prosthetics and Orthotics International (POI).
Kansas City, KA-based Therafirm and Auburn, ME-based Bedard Pharmacy and Medical Supplies are supporting Kenyan runner Moninda Marube on a cross-country run he began July 1 to raise awareness of human trafficking.
Beaverton, OR-based Nike on July 18 began selling its new Flyease athletic shoe, designed for quick no-lace donning by people with disabilities, in limited quantities on nike.com.
Designed by Australian podiatrists with more than 22 years of combined experience, Synxsole foot orthoses are slim, shock absorbing, and affordable. Synxsoles’ design delivers increased stability across the forefoot and midfoot…
G&W Heel Lift now offers the Heel Lift Ankle Sock. This new ankle sock has a therapy pocket concealed inside the sock to hold heel lifts for secure placement while wearing sandals or flip-flops. Because the sock does not cover…
The TurboToe safety overshoe is designed to protect the forefoot from accidental impact. The TurboToe is now available in a new XXS size with a purple toe cover, which fits North American men’s sizes 2-4 and women’s sizes…
Patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) now have a new tool to begin a path to recovery. Why Are My Nerves So Sensitive? is written by three physical therapists affiliated with the International Spine & Pain Institute…
Injinji is a sock company dedicated to the health and performance of feet. The company now introduces the Women’s Run 2.0 sock. The Women’s Specific Run 2.0 features material with increased two-way stretch to provide better…
New from Elite Orthopaedics are three knee braces: the Range of Motion Hinged Knee Wrap, the Post Operative Range of Motion Knee Brace Light, and the Post Operative Range of Motion Knee Brace Standard.
Footmaxx introduces the new Queen Cobra Orthotic, a cobra-cut custom foot orthosis designed to fit in the slimmest, tightest-fitting shoes. Handcrafted, Queen Cobra is a sulcus-length orthotic device with a vinyl top cover…
I-Runner Shoes announces the addition of two new Medicare-approved athletic shoes, both with highly slip-resistant outsoles. The I-Runner Pro models are all black, one in mesh and the other leather. They feature a deep, wide…
Three of the most commonly prescribed methods for plantar fasciitis relief include taping, stretching, and compression therapy. The new Nice Stretch Plantar Fasciitis Sleeve from Brownmed combines all three treatment protocols into one unique sleeve that is comfortable enough to wear all day.
Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads introduces Purple Gel Pads, distinctively colored to be more easily visible than a clear gel pad if accidentally dropped. Purple Gel Pads come in five shapes: ball foot cushions (in 1/8″ or 1/4″ thickness)…
Sigvaris’s Soft Opaque hosiery line is created for women who want the look and feel of designer hosiery and the medical benefit of graduated compression. Now Soft Opaque garments come in a new pecan shade designed to look natural against the skin while helping to disguise varicose veins, spider veins, and bruising…