It’s not surprising that tactile interaction with a smartphone while walking can increase the risk of traumatic injury, but texting while walking also affects gait in ways that may ultimately have long-term effects.
By Shalmali Pal
New research from the University of Western Australia will put some extra spring in a runner’s step – but only if he or she is wearing the right kind of footwear. In discussions of running mechanics, we hear a lot about the spring-like properties of the lower extremities, which are significantly dependent on the…
By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor
Several stories in this issue of LER: Pediatrics emphasize the long-term consequences of ankle instability and other problems at this important joint. Compromised ankle function can cause declines in physical activity and put children at risk for obesity, weak bones, and other problems that threaten quality of life.
Cleated sports are associated with a high incidence of lower extremity injuries. American football and soccer are particularly troublesome due to unique risk factors involving footwear design, loading patterns, and sport-specific biomechanics.
By Patricia Pande, MClScPT, CSCS, CPed
In a recent editorial in The Lancet Diabetes-Endocrinology,1 Lipsky and colleagues wrote that diabetic foot disease “…is not a one doctor disease—it demands multidisciplinary care. Furthermore, as a notoriously unglamorous problem, the disease depends on…
By Terrence P. Sheehan, MD
Obese patients have an increased risk for falls and fall-related injury, not just because of the loads involved, but also because of the strategies they use to recover from a trip or slip. Findings from a growing body of research will help in developing interventions to minimize that risk.
By Hank Black
Identifying loading patterns associated with Jones fractures and other common sports-related injuries can assist with the development of custom modifications to footwear, insoles, and training programs to help reduce injury rates and enhance athletic careers.
By Yannick Goeb, Nate Wilcox-Fogel, and Kenneth J. Hunt, MD
In the Moment: Sports Medicine
A pilot study has found that conservative management of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) can provide improvements in pain and function equivalent to those usually achieved with surgery.
By John C. Hayes
Collegiate athletes who sustain a concussion have an increased risk of a lower extremity injury long after returning to play, according to two recent studies that strengthen the case for a brain-sprain connection.
By Jordana Bieze Foster
Ankle kinematics prospectively predict injury risk in collegiate cross country runners, according to prospective research from the University of Memphis in Tennessee.
By Jordana Bieze Foster
In the Moment: O&P
When a lamp cord doesn’t quite reach an outlet, you reach for an extension cord. So when a custom ankle foot orthosis (AFO) didn’t quite provide the corrected forefoot abduction desired in patients with posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), researchers from Syracuse, NY, added a lateral extension.
By Larry Hand
A walker boot is preferable to two other ankle devices for improving pain and gait after internal fixation for ankle fracture, according to research from the University of Oxford in the UK.
By Jordana Bieze Foster
Patients should refrain from driving for at least six weeks after bunion surgery due to poor braking response times that are not improved with the use of surgical shoes, according to findings from the Medical University of Innsbruck in Austria.
By Larry Hand
By Emily Delzell
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) on February 12 installed its 2016-2017 board of directors at the organization’s 74th Annual Scientific Conference in Austin, TX.
Spenco announced in January its acquisition of a Canadian distributor, Spenco Canada. Spenco Canada, which operated independently for more than 20 years, is now under the umbrella of Spenco’s North American headquarters in Waco, TX, as a wholly owned subsidiary.
A contoured sandal made by San Francisco, CA-based Vionic is as effective for relieving heel pain symptoms as an in-shoe orthosis with a similar footbed and more effective than a flat sandal, according to an Australian randomized controlled trial.
Mill Valley, CA-based STS in January launched its new website at stssox.com. The casting sock manufacturer’s online site offers detailed product information, including educational videos and a chart to match each STS product to its recommended clinical applications.
Duderstadt, Germany-based Ottobock and Össur, headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland, announced in late January that the two companies have endowed a research trust with $1 million to further development of neural-controlled prosthetic devices.
Jackson State University (JSU) in Mississippi reported in December that a group of its graduate engineering students have designed a “smart mat” that gauges foot temperature in people with diabetes. Data from the mat could give caregivers and physicians early warning of infection.
The International Federation of Podiatrists and the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association have scheduled the World Congress of Podiatry for May 26-28 in Montreal, Canada. The global congress occurs once every three years and is expected to draw about 1200 attendees.
The Thuasne Group announced in late January that it has acquired Quinn Medical, a specialized spinal bracing company based in San Clemente, CA. The purchase increases Thuasne’s investment in the US market and diversifies the portfolio of orthopedic products available through its European subsidiaries and global network of medical device distributors.
Whitsett, NC-based medi USA announced in January a national expansion of its sales force. The changes will better serve its customer base, increasing its reach and frequency to foster increased market share growth, according to a company release.
WBC Industries introduces Magnetic Slide Release Buckles to improve donning and doffing of lower extremity devices for children and patients with dexterity issues. The buckle is easily fastened with the help of an internal magnet by bringing the two ends of the buckle close to each other.
Evenup is excited to introduce its new product, the ToeSnug Buttress Pad, for treating hammertoes, hard and soft corns, metatarsalgia, and spreading and overlapping toes. For toes that are contracted and bent, the ToeSnug acts as a bumper above the toes to reduce dorsal pressure from footwear.
Handler Manufacturing introduces the new and improved model 704 Sani-Grinder, with a 33% larger sanding drum to allow for better contouring and shaping of larger podiatric and orthotic appliances. The 704 Sani-Grinder is an affordable, self-contained device that requires no installation.
New Silcare Breathe prosthetic liners from Endolite feature laser drilled perforations to allow moisture and air to escape, offering improved comfort and control for amputees and reducing the risks of socket movement, loss of connection, and skin damage.
New from Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, GlideWear Shear Protection Socks provide targeted protection from friction and shear to help prevent skin breakdown. Featuring dual-layer, low-friction fabric technology, GlideWear is engineered to provide…