Researchers from the UK have identified three subgroups of individuals with patellofemoral pain (PFP) that can be determined using simple evidence-based clinical tests—a key first step toward developing targeted treatment strategies as part of the ongoing effort to improve PFP outcomes.
By Jessie Janssen, PhD; James Selfe, DSc; Michael Callaghan, PhD; Chris Sutton, PhD; Paola Dey, PhD; and Jim Richards, PhD Continue reading
For many patients, the ability of an ankle foot orthosis to enhance propulsion is key to improving gait efficiency and reducing fatigue. But experts are only beginning to understand the biomechanical complexities that influence propulsion, which start with push-off but don’t end there.
By Cary Groner Continue reading
Many experts believe that comprehensive acceptance of telemedicine for prevention and monitoring of diabetic wounds and other lower extremity care is right around the corner.
By Hank Black Continue reading
Increasing numbers of patients are finding relief from chronic low back pain with the use of foot orthoses, but the mechanism underlying the positive outcomes is largely unknown.
By Larry Hand
The achievement of independent walking is a major focus of rehabilitation for children with cerebral palsy (CP). Even when mobility could be achieved more easily through the use of assistive technologies such as wheelchairs, independent walking is typically pursued as a major rehabilitation goal and other forms of mobility are often discouraged.
By Barbara E. Gibson, BMR(PT), MSc, PhD
A recent paper recommends waiting before prescribing orthotics for children with asymptomatic flexible flatfoot. But some insist such children could have underlying structural abnormalities and should be treated. Without data, it’s hard to know who’s right. By Cary Groner
We hear a lot about various comorbidities associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA), and how addressing those additional conditions can help improve knee pain and function. But a growing body of research suggests one set of comorbidities that knee OA experts may be overlooking are those involving the foot and ankle.
Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor
Lower extremity clinicians have known for decades that the total contact cast (TCC) is the most effective means of offloading plantar ulcers in patients with diabetes. Now research has given us a much better understanding of why—an understanding that could inspire a new generation of more effective prefabricated offloading devices.
By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading
There are already plenty of good reasons for individuals with diabetes to exercise. But here’s one more: Strengthening the intrinsic foot muscles just might reverse the development of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) even before it becomes clinically apparent.
Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading
“Something bad is going to happen to Percy Harvin today,” I said to my husband during the first quarter of the January 11 playoff game between Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints.
Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor
The sports world can’t stop talking about Robert Griffin III and his injured knee. But nobody’s talking about his brain. And they should be, because it’s very possible the two are related.
Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor
Athletes know about the importance of keeping your head in the game. Just ask Lindsey Jacobellis. Or Chris Webber. But a growing body of research suggests that poor decision making isn’t the only way the brain can sabotage an athlete’s performance. Jordana Bieze Foster, editor Continue reading
As evidence accumulates suggesting negative effects of depression, dementia, and other mental health issues on gait and foot-related outcomes in people with diabetes, researchers are looking at ways to screen for risk factors and psychosocial issues earlier in the continuum of care.
By Hank Black Continue reading
Although most clinicians tend to emphasize hip abductor and external rotator muscle strengthening in injury prevention and rehabilitation, recent research suggests exercises to increase explosive hip extensor strength may be critical for controlling frontal plane motion during cutting tasks.
By Marc Norcross, PhD, ATC, and Sam Johnson, PhD, ATC Continue reading
Inertial measurement units (IMUs) facilitate the creation of a gait analysis system that is portable and suited for use in the clinic. Research suggests IMUs can be used to measure clinically important gait metrics in children with cerebral palsy, which may improve patient outcomes.
By Mahmoud El-Gohary, PhD; Sean Pearson, BS; Paul Vasilyev, BS; James McNames, PhD; and James Carollo, PhD, PE Continue reading
As ciprofloxacin and other fluoroquinolones are prescribed more frequently, tendon-related adverse effects are also becoming more common. Experts often do not recommend these drugs, particularly for athletes or elderly patients, and emphasize that all patients should know the risks.
By Barbara Boughton Continue reading
Clinicians should advocate for the cost-effective, judicious use of foot orthoses for runners with plantar fasciitis, in accordance with the present body of knowledge.
By Patricia Pande, MClScPT, CSCS, CPed Continue reading
Studies presented at the Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat in Manchester, UK, illustrate the progress researchers are making toward the ultimate goal of being able to tailor exercise protocols and other interventions to best address the needs of specific patient subgroups.
By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading
High degrees of rotational traction associated with athletic footwear can increase the risk of noncontact lower extremity injury following an unexpected neuromuscular perturbation, possibly by increasing biomechanical joint loading at the ankle and knee.
By John W. Wannop, PhD; Ryan Madden, MSc; and Darren J. Stefanyshyn, PhD, PEng Continue reading
Although the medical literature has not yet provided definitive evidence of effectiveness, a number of existing studies suggest that yoga interventions are associated with improved physical and mental health outcomes among adults with knee osteoarthritis.
By Monica R. Maly, PT, PhD Continue reading
Hemostatic activation following a marathon is lower in athletes who run with compression socks than those who run with typical athletic socks, suggesting the garments may help reduce the risk of postexercise clot formation in athletes who travel to events.
By Amanda Zaleski, MS; and Beth Taylor, PhD Continue reading
Current treatments for chronic ankle instability (CAI) may be ineffective in reducing its development and recurrence. To help address this issue, the authors have proposed a new treatment paradigm based on …
By Patrick O. McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS, and Erik A. Wikstrom, PhD, ATC, FACSM Continue reading
A knee injury can have painful and disabling long-term repercussions, such as the early onset of knee osteoarthritis (OA) or accelerated knee OA. Injury prevention and effective interventions may help …
By Jeffrey B. Driban, PhD, ATC, CSCS; Brian Pietrosimone, PhD, ATC; Nicole M. Cattano, PhD, ATC; Matthew S. Harkey, MS, ATC; and Brittney A. Luc, MS, ATC Continue reading
Decreasing stride length during running has been shown to result in biomechanical changes that are associated with reduced loading of biological tissues and, by extension, also may reduce the …
By Melissa A. Thompson, PhD, and Kristine M. Hoffman, DPM Continue reading
Although some research has found that using the composite score for the seven component tasks of the Functional Movement Screen is a reliable way to predict risk of injury in athletes, other studies …
By Erin Hartigan, PT, DPT, OCS, PhD, ATC; Nicole Chimera, PhD, ATC, CSCS; and Sarah Lamberton, NSCA-CPT Continue reading
Current research suggests that relatively small but statistically significant changes are associated in the short term with the use of unstable shoes. However, it is unclear if those changes are clinically meaningful, or whether long-term use would yield greater or diminished results.
By Jacob Gardner, PhD Continue reading
Many knee injury prevention programs do not focus on ankle dorsiflexion range of motion and hip adductor activation, but research suggests both distal and proximal variables contribute to alterations in frontal plane knee biomechanics and could affect injury risk.
By Darin A. Padua, PhD, ATC, and Micheal A. Clark, DPT, MS, PES, CES
Advocates of surgical nerve decompression in a subset of patients with diabetic neuropathy have published some impressive outcomes, but critics of the procedure point to the conspicuous absence of randomized trials. The issue has become one of the most contentious in diabetes care.
By Cary Groner
Physical impairments associated with femoroacetabular impingement include limited range of motion, muscle weakness, and altered biomechanics. Attention to these areas during rehabilitation can improve surgical outcomes and may even reduce the risk of osteoarthritis.
By Jerrad R. Guenther, BSc, Michael K. Gilbart MD, FRCS(C), MEd, and Michael A. Hunt PT, PhD
Research suggests that obesity influences the development of Achilles tendinopathy to a greater degree than other types of foot and ankle pain. This phenomenon will become increasingly important to lower extremity practitioners as global obesity rates continue to rise.
By Ryan T. Scott, DPM, AACFAS, and Christopher F. Hyer, DPM, MS, FACFAS
Hip strengthening can improve short-term outcomes related to patellofemoral pain syndrome, but further research is needed to determine the underlying mechanism and whether the same approach will also prove effective in managing patellofemoral osteoarthritis.
By Michael B. Pohl, PhD
Evidence suggests that when an athlete stops or tapers his or her training, the resulting effects on endurance, strength, balance, and lower extremity biomechanics may increase the risk of injury. Understanding these effects can help practitioners minimize injury risks.
By Boyi Dai, PhD, and Jason C. Gillette, PhD
This two-part series examines trends in materials development and fabrication. This first installment focuses on how material strength, stiffness, and other variables affect the structural properties and design of orthotic and prosthetic devices.
By Cary Groner
Children’s shoes often are designed to look like adult shoes but lack the same structural components. Perhaps not surprisingly, research has demonstrated that running kinematics and kinetics differ significantly between seemingly similar child and adult shoes.
By Janet S. Dufek, PhD, Dana Forrest, MS, and John A. Mercer, PhD
Interventions to improve postural control in patients with functional ankle instability include strength training, balance training, taping, bracing, and foot orthoses, but further research is needed to determine which therapeutic approaches work best in which patients.
By Janet Simon, MS, ATC, Emily Hall, MS, ATC, and Carrie Docherty, PhD, ATC
Whole body vibration may help improve strength and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis and may even slow disease progression. But contradictory findings, a lack of consensus on optimal parameters, and safety issues have even WBV advocates proceeding with caution.
By Cary Groner
Prevention and treatment of foot ulcers in patients with diabetes requires an understanding of the various factors that contribute to increased risk, including anatomical deformity, poor vascular function, and diminished capacity for healing at a microscopic level.
By Allyson Berglund, DPM, Matthew Juriga, DPM, Aristidis Veves, MD, DSc, and Thanh Dinh, DPM
Positive physician-patient relationships are critical to the healing process and have been shown to directly impact clinical results. By Jason Kraus
If the knee loads generated during a golf swing are enough to take down Tiger Woods, should it really be considered a low-impact sport? By Judy A. Blake, BA, Nikolai Steklov, BA, Shantanu Patil, MD, Clifford W. Colwell Jr., MD, and Darryl D. D’Lima, MD, PhD
Controlled stress would seem to be the ideal environment for orthotic management of PTTD. How could that be accomplished? By Frank Caruso, CO
It’s popular with professional athletes and Hollywood celebrities. But WBV also has very real clinical potential for patients with neurological disorders. By Kurt Jackson, PT, PhD, GCS and Harold Merriman, PT, PhD, CLT
Practitioners themselves may be to blame for not ensuring that stockings are fit properly and that patients know how to wear them correctly. By Linda Weber
The second article in this two-part series addresses preventing recurrence and management of Charcot foot and foot amputations. By Robert J. Snyder, DPM, FACFAS, CWS, and Karen K. Lanier, CPed, LPed
Collegiate soccer injuries, particularly those at the knee and in women, decreased significantly from the early 1990s to the late 2000s, according to research from George Washington University in Washington, DC. The positive trends may reflect an increase in resources being allocated toward injury prevention along with…
By Katie Bell Continue reading
Foot position during landing may contribute to the risk of lateral ankle sprains as well as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, according to separate studies from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, and Stanford University in California.
By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading
Nearly one third of female collegiate athletes have an elevated risk for the female athlete triad, and women in moderate- and high-risk categories for the triad also have an elevated risk of lower extremity bone stress injury (BSI), according to research from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Cambridge, MA.
By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading
Yoga may be more effective than conventional exercise for improving symptoms, anxiety, and fear of falling in older patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to recent research from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
By Stephanie Kramer Continue reading
In individuals at risk for knee osteoarthritis (OA), the presence of foot and ankle symptoms is associated with increased odds of developing symptomatic and radiographic knee OA four years later, according to research from the University of Melbourne in Australia.
By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading
Knee bracing is associated with altered knee kinematics and kinetics during dynamic loading tasks in individuals with lateral knee osteoarthritis (OA) up to 20 years after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, and these effects could help slow OA progression, according to research from the University of Melbourne in Parkville, Australia.
By Jordana Bieze Foster
A two-year prospective study of female heel-strike runners found that those who suffered medically diagnosed injuries had higher impact variables at baseline than those who had never had an injury.
By John C. Hayes Continue reading
Most professional basketball players who sustain Jones fractures are able to return to elite competition with no significant effect on their performance, according to a recent study that should please fantasy basketball players as well as lower extremity practitioners.
By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading
After unilateral anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), mechanical loading in the affected limb is associated with altered patterns of collagen metabolism, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that could help explain the development of knee osteoarthritis in patients with a history of ACLR.
By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading
Is ankle fracture in the elderly the new hip fracture? Hip fractures in older adults have often been linked to high mortality rates, and a recent study suggests the same may be true of ankle fractures, given that some of the same variables are at play. Continue reading
While walking is a popular form of exercise among the elderly that improves mobility, a home-based walking program does not curb the risk of falling, according to an Australian study. Continue reading
Rate of torque development (RTD) in the hip extensor muscles is an outcome that could be key to identifying patients at risk for falling, according to a study epublished in December 2014 by Aging Clinical & Experimental Research. Continue reading
Switching between different pairs of shoes may help prevent running-related injuries, but switching from a rearfoot strike pattern to a nonrearfoot strike pattern may not, according to two separate studies from Luxembourg and Iowa State University.
Knee extensor muscle development appears to outpace patellar tendon development in elite male adolescent volleyball players, which may increase their risk of patellar tendinopathy and other overuse injuries, according to research from Berlin, Germany.
A Stanford University study suggests that turf toe injury rates in collegiate football players are lower than expected, possibly as a result of improvements in synthetic turf technology.
A balance training program featuring a virtual reality feedback component improves postural stability and coordination in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), which may in turn reduce their risk of falling, according to a study published in the November-December 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Practitioners should educate patients with diabetes about benefits of custom therapeutic footwear to encourage its use, according to a usability survey conducted by Dutch investigators.
First metatarsal (M1) length after metatarsal head resection influences reulceration risk, according to researchers at Complutense University of Madrid.
A German study of individuals with instrumented knee implants suggests the actual effects of footwear on loading in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) may be much more subtle than those reported in previous studies using indirect measures of load.
Long-term wear of high-heeled shoes leads to significant alterations in ankle range of motion (ROM) and muscle strength, according to researchers from the Republic of Korea.
Unlike experienced runners, almost all novice runners tend to use a rearfoot strike pattern when wearing a conventional running shoe, according to a Danish study e-published in January by Gait & Posture.
Spotlight on skier safety – Injury ‘avalanche’ prompts concerns When the torch is lit to kick off the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next month, the Canadian ski team will be missing no fewer than six of its best Alpine skiers, downed by five anterior cruciate ligament tears and one broken leg. All six were injured between the last week in November and the first week in January. Plus: • Average rehab after hip labral repair could fit in NHL offseason window • ‘Double-push’ cross country skiing outpaces conventional techniques
Kids’ shoes come up short – Study links tight fit to hallux valgus angle Keeping up with the ever-changing footwear needs of growing children can be a challenge for parents, but squeezing kids into too-short shoes may put them at risk for hallux valgus, according to research from the Medical University of Vienna. Plus: • Posted total contact insoles reduce hindfoot valgus in flexible flatfoot • Falls prevention efforts in elderly could start with toe strengthening
Knee braces activate brain – fMRI confirms proprioceptive effects Functional magnetic resonance imaging research from Belgium demonstrates the effect of lower extremity proprioceptive stimulation on brain activity and confirms that the effect of a knee brace or sleeve extends far beyond local joint biomechanics. Plus: • Ankle foot orthoses improve symmetry, gait in stroke patients with hemiplegia • Abduction bracing in infants with DDH delays learning to walk by three weeks
The Washington DC-based American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) announced in December its appointment of Chellie Hollis Blondes as executive director. Blondes has more than 25 years of management experience in the nonprofit healthcare industry and has served as… Continue reading
Israeli researchers reported in January that New York, NY-based AposTherapy’s biomechanical shoe-like device, which modulates center of pressure during walking, was associated with improved gait measures and quality of life (QOL) in a yearlong longitudinal study of patients with hip osteoarthritis. Continue reading
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) reported in December that it is accepting submissions for its new online-only journal, JAAOS: Global Research & Reviews, which will serve as an open access companion title to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). Continue reading
The Beaver Dam, WI-based Pedorthic Foundation in December announced that its scholarships for pedorthic education and training for students and continuing education for credentialed pedorthists and retail footwear professionals are open for application. Continue reading
San Diego-based DJO Global in November appointed Brady Shirley president and CEO, succeeding Mike Mogul. Shirley most recently served as the president of DJO’s surgical business and was previously CEO and director of Innovative… Continue reading
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) in January appointed William T. Cefalu, MD, its chief scientific and medical officer (CSMO) and reported the renowned physician, educator, and researcher will begin serving in this role on February 20. He replaces Robert E. Ratner, MD, who retired on December 31 after serving as CSMO for nearly five years. Continue reading
The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) reported in December that its 16th World Congress is slated for May 8-11 in Cape Town, South Africa. “Assistive technology for all” is the motto for the biennial event, which this year will… Continue reading
Irvine, CA-based Freedom Innovations in November announced that Maynard Carkhuff, its vice chair and chief innovation officer, was elected to the California Orthotic & Prosthetic Association’s (COPA’s) board of directors at that organization’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Continue reading
The Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) announced in January that it has elected its 2017 executive committee and made two additions to its board. Continue reading
Hoboken, NJ-based John Wiley and Sons and The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) in January opened submissions for its new open access peer-reviewed publication, JBMR Plus. Continue reading
Medical products specialist Algeos, headquartered in Liverpool, UK, reported on December 28 that the business had achieved a turnover of £11.2 million and profit before tax of £400,000 during the last 12 months and predicted turnover will grow to at least £11.8 million during 2017. Continue reading
Biomechanists from the UK reported in January that an off-the-shelf medical grade shoe made by Mequon, WI-based Dr. Comfort was associated with increased comfort and reduced forefoot pressure compared with participants’ preferred shoes. Continue reading
Indianapolis, IN-based PhysiMax Technologies in December announced the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Indiana Pacers will use its real-time visual analysis technology to assess player injury risk. Continue reading
The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) in December called for submissions for its 2017 World Congress, scheduled for September 6-9 in Las Vegas. Continue reading
Responding to US Bureau of Labor statistics that estimate employment of podiatrists is expected to grow 14% by 2024, Northfield, IL-based Medline in November announced a collaboration with Indianapolis, IN-based Talar Capital Partners (TCP), a podiatry-specific Group Purchasing Organization (GPO). Continue reading
The Colorado Springs, CO-based United States Olympic Committee (USOC) on January 3 announced its addition of Cheri Blauwet, MD, as an independent member of its board of directors. Continue reading
A to Z Research reported in September that the global foot orthotic insoles market, valued at approximately $2.637 million in 2015, is expected to reach approximately $3.678 million by 2021, growing at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of around 5.6% between 2016 and 2021. Continue reading
The Austin, TX-based Hanger Charitable Foundation in December completed its final round of 2016 grants, awarding $225,000 to five nonprofits, the foundation reported. These awards bring the foundation’s total 2016 grants awarded to more than $424,000, given to 25 organizations, according to a Hanger release. Continue reading
South Bend, IN-based Surestep and Midwest Orthotics employees on January 13 celebrated the 50th birthday of founder Berne Veldman, CO, but got their own gift when Veldman and his wife Pam Veldman announced the companies had transitioned to a 100% Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), a qualified retirement benefit that holds company stock. Continue reading
James Campbell PhD, CO, FAAOP, joined Austin, TX-based Hanger Clinic in November 2015 as chief clinical officer. Campbell joined Hanger after 17 years at Becker Orthopedic in Troy, MI, where he was most recently executive vice president for clinical services and research and product development, manufacturing engineering, quality, regulatory affairs, and central fabrication. Continue reading
Milwaukee, WI-based Anodyne in January introduced iPad Scanner-based ordering for A5513 custom inserts and L5000 toe fillers. The free app, said Anodyne cofounders Bobby Kanter and Brian O’Reilly, improves suppliers’ operational efficiency as they can avoid foam impression costs and benefit from short turnaround times. Continue reading
Claudia Zacharias, MBA, CAE, president and CEO of the Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation, is now serving as board chair of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) Board of Directors. Continue reading
A Dutch-designed ankle brace limits the inversion–plantar flexion motion responsible for most ankle sprains without limiting plantar flexion or dorsiflexion, according to results of a 12-person study published in November 2015 in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Continue reading
Duderstadt, Germany-based Ottobock reported in December that it has inked an exclusive deal with Bionx to distribute the Bedford, MA-based company’s motor-driven ankle in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Scandinavia. Continue reading
Quincy, MA-based PediFix Footcare Company celebrated its 130th anniversary with customers and friends at the October 2015 American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Region One Conference in Boston. Continue reading
The American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (AAOP) in December released a webinar designed to help practitioners understand systematic reviews and bridge the gap between evidence and practice. Continue reading
The Rosemont, IL-based American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in December released updated clinical practice guidelines on surgical management of knee osteoarthritis, as well as several appropriate use criteria (AUC). Continue reading
The Digital Resource Foundation for the Orthotics & Prosthetics Community, popularly known as DRFOP.org, in December added the 22-year Capabilities archive to its database. Continue reading
The US Food and Drug Administration on January 7 approved Plainsboro, NJ-based Integra’s Omnigraft Dermal Regeneration Matrix to treat diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) that haven’t healed after six weeks and don’t involve exposure of the joint capsule, tendon, or bone. Continue reading
Redmond, WA-based Sensoria in January announced two new apps that will pair with its smart socks, which integrate textile pressure sensor technology and send gait and walking activity data to an electronic anklet. Continue reading
The Indianapolis IL-based American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and five other professional organizations in December 2015 released a new team physician consensus statement that outlines best practices for injury and illness prevention for athletes of all levels. Continue reading
The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) in December announced the winners of its Mobility Saves Testimonial Contest. Continue reading
Kilsyth, Australia-based Thermoskin in January named Blaine, MN-based Orthozone the new exclusive North American distributor of the complete Thermoskin line. Continue reading
With only 10.5% of US patients with knee osteoarthritis opting for surgery in 2013, a percentage that has not increased in 10 years, medical device manufacturers are working to meet the clear demand for solutions that delay unwanted surgery, according to a November report from London, UK-based GlobalData. Continue reading
Bill Meanwell, CPed, died on November 14, 2014, in Broken Arrow, OK. He was 63. A longtime pedorthist, most recently in private practice as owner of Corethotics in Tulsa, OK, Meanwell also taught at the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in … Continue reading
Foothill Ranch, CA-based Össur in November launched its Össur Women’s Leadership Initiative, a program to encourage greater diversity and inclusiveness in the O&P field. Continue reading
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) will kick off its 2015 Annual Meeting on March 24 in Las Vegas with a one-day build of a playground designed with input from children from the local church community program Palabra Viva Las Vegas. Continue reading
Bedford, MA-based bionics company BiOM announced in December 2014 that it had recently raised $6 million from Dutch and US venture firms, bringing its total funding to $48 million, according to the Boston Business Journal (BBJ). Continue reading
Birmingham, UK-based Delcam announced in December that its popular technology forum will expand its scope in 2015 to include orthopedics. The change is reflected in the event’s new name, the Ortho Technology Forum (OTF), which reflects the … Continue reading
The Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC) on January 2 called for participants for a Department of Defense-funded study examining the benefits of an integrated orthosis and rehabilitation program that incorporates the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO) and the Return to Run … Continue reading
Alexandria, VA-based DJO Global reported December 30 that it has donated $25,000 to the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s planned Center of Excellence (COE). Continue reading
USA Track & Field (USATF) recognized elite mountain runner and Spenco-sponsored athlete Joseph Gray with its “Mountain Runner of the Year” title on December 4 during its annual meeting in Anaheim, CA. Continue reading
The Alexandria, VA-based Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education announced on December 11 that it has granted candidacy for accreditation to Brenau University’s doctoral degree program, which is recruiting candidates for the class that begins in May 2015. Continue reading
Irvine, CA-based lower extremity device manufacturer Freedom Innovations and Cleveland, OH-based motion control technology company Parker Hannifin Corporation announced on December 9 that the companies have completed a minority equity investment agreement. Continue reading
The Manassas, VA-based Amputee Coalition and the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) in November released a new tool designed to help amputees and their families and caregivers ask the right questions … Continue reading
The National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO) honored Anna Ruelle, DPM, WCC, in November at its 11th annual Wild on Wounds Conference for her efforts in promoting diabetes education, volunteering her time to the treatment … Continue reading
Ronkonkoma, NY-based Orthotic Holdings Inc. (OHI), a global supplier of lower extremity orthotic devices and durable medical equipment (DME), announced in December the addition of Milford, CT-based SafeStep to its collection of brands, which also includes Langer Biomechanics, Arizona AFO, and The Orthotic Group.
Roselle, NJ-based ComfortFit Orthotic Labs announced January 1 that Barbara Campbell, DPM, is the company’s new medical director. Her role includes assistance with product development and education.
Portsmouth, NH-based Coolcore and its Dr. Cool’s Recovery-on-the-Go wraps, launched in November on drcoolrecovery.com and scheduled for broader distribution this spring, recently joined the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s Partners in the Research Program at the Silver Level, a $5000 annual contribution.
Jay Segel, DPM, began a collaboration in November with Scottsdale, AZ-based Noraxon USA, joining the motion analysis company as director of applied podiatric biomechanics.
International medical device developer and distributor Sigvaris, headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, named Scot J. Dubè president and CEO of Sigvaris North America, based in Peachtree City, GA.
San Rafael, CA-based Vionic in January merged its footwear brands, which include Orthaheel and Dr. Andrew Weil Integrative Footwear, into a single brand, Vionic.
Birmingham, UK-based CAD-CAM software supplier Delcam will hold its Orthotics Technology Forum (OTF) on both sides of the Atlantic for the first time in 2014.
Memphis, TN-based Solana Surgical’s new implant system began commercialization this month following its December clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Boston-based Tekscan’s late-2013 release of the MobileMat BESS paired its pressure-sensing platform with software for quantifying balance errors during the standard or modified Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) test, which is widely used in sports concussion assessment.
James L. Hewlett, BOCO, took the reins as Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) chair on January 1, the same day a new Executive Committee began its term.
The Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) issued a call for abstracts on January 13 for its 55th Annual Symposium & Exhibition, scheduled for October 24-26 in Orlando, FL.
A United States Tennis Association’s state affiliate, USTA North Carolina, will present the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) and Bridge II Sports with the 2013 Special Tennis Event of the Year award at its annual tennis weekend in Pinehurst, NC, scheduled for January 23-26.
San Rafael, CA-based Vionic in January merged its footwear brands, which include Orthaheel and Dr. Andrew Weil Integrative Footwear, into a single brand, Vionic.
This month Algeos USA announced the grand opening of its warehouse in Riverside, CA, marking the arrival of Algeos UK into the US market. Algeos UK was established in 1881 and has been owned by the Sheridan family since 1990; … Continue reading
Vista, CA-based DJO Global, a provider of medical device solutions for musculoskeletal and vascular health and pain management, announced a merger agreement with Exos Corporation last month; the deal went into effect on December 28. Arden Hills, MN-based Exos, a … Continue reading
The Foundation for Physical Therapy, a primary source of funding for physical therapy researchers investigating innovative approaches to health delivery services, closed out 2012 by awarding $105,000 in scholarships and research grants, including two $40,000 research grants to support projects … Continue reading
Napa, CA-based ProLab Orthotics announced in January that it is expanding its custom functional foot orthotic manufacturing business with the acquisition of FootStride Technology, a manufacturer of custom foot orthoses in Snohomish, WA. FootStride is recognized for its custom foot … Continue reading
St. Paul, MN-based BioMedix in December introduced the latest generation of PADnet, its flagship noninvasive vascular testing device, along with a new product, VEINnet. PADnet detects peripheral artery disease (PAD) by measuring ankle-brachial and toe-brachial indices and through its pulse … Continue reading
Atlanta, GA-based Catalyst Sports is scheduled to host a climbing clinic for people with physical disabilities on March 23, 2013, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Catalyst will hold the event at Atlanta’s Stone Summit Climbing and Fitness Gym, one … Continue reading
Earlier this month Mpower Sports and Recreation, an online resource for active individuals with disabilities, launched its website, which features interactive education and information about adaptive sports and recreation. Mpower Sports and Recreation’s mission is educating individuals and promoting activities … Continue reading
Mark Hinkes, DPM, chief of podiatry at the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Nashville, has published an easy-to-read guide for prevention, treatment, and self-care of foot problems for people with diabetes and their caregivers. Healthy … Continue reading
Walk For Life (WFL) Bangladesh, which offers no-cost treatment for clubfoot deformity, treated its 10,000th foot in January, according to Sazzad Hossain, WFL manager for donor relations. WFL Bangladesh, a program of the Australian Glencoe Foundation, began its work in … Continue reading
American Orthopedics Manufacturing Corporation, under new management since last year, named Teresa Hamm its new director of marketing and education in late 2012, said Chief Operating Officer Chris Gizzi, CO. Hamm will be responsible for establishing and implementing educational programs … Continue reading
Coral introduces Coral Cinnamon 6—a supplement designed to harness cinnamon’s ability to assist the body in regulating glucose, which can help relieve symptoms associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Vegetarian capsules of Coral Cinnamon 6 deliver calcium from… Continue reading
Therafirm introduces Ease Microfiber Thigh Highs and Knee Highs to round out the Ease Microfiber line. Like the previously released tights, the new stockings are made with high stretch microfiber yarns that facilitate donning and doffing. Continue reading
Vicon’s two new cameras, Vero and Vue, join the company’s flagship camera, Vantage, to form a new product family. Vero is an affordable system suited to a wide range of applications with an optical high-resolution camera range that offers power, performance, flexibility, and… Continue reading
The Insite Insoles team has created an after-market line of insoles that are engineered specifically for athletes and athletic footwear. Insite’s insoles can be used for preventing injuries like plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, shin splits, and other sports-related injuries caused by… Continue reading
Injinji offers the new Spectrum Trail Midweight Crew sock, engineered for runners’ comfort and fit while traversing unpredictable terrain. This midcalf sock incorporates design elements to optimize fit, feel, and protection in any shoe, allowing the wearer to focus on running. Continue reading
Designed for runners, but with universal lower extremity appeal, the Moji Foot Pro is a device designed to relieve foot pain by stretching and massaging the entire plantar fascia, providing intense deep tissue kneading. The unit features six stainless steel rotating massage spheres… Continue reading
Exerstrider Products introduces the new Stability+ Medisport ergonomically designed walking poles, designed to meet the needs of podiatric, physical therapy, and orthopedic professionals and their patients. The medical-grade aluminum alloy Stability+ telescoping poles… Continue reading
Allied OSI Labs adds the OS1st FS6+ Compression Foot & Calf Sleeve to its growing catalog for foot and ankle practices’ dispensing programs. The FS6+ Compression Sleeve is designed to prevent and/or relieve pain associated with plantar fasciitis, shin splints, leg cramps, and… Continue reading
Building on the success of the company’s Stride insoles, Tread Labs introduces the Stride Short orthotic insole—a 2/3-length product designed for lower volume shoes that may not have a removable insole. Stride Short insoles feature molded polypropylene arch… Continue reading
DJO Global now offers the Exos Free Motion Ankle—a prefabricated ankle foot orthosis that can be fully customized and formed to the patient, providing functional stabilization of the ankle-foot complex and addressing bony abnormality, chronic instability, and… Continue reading
Apex Bunion Night Splints help keep the big toe aligned and comfort the pain associated with bunions. The soft bumper pad cushions the big toe, while the adjustable hook and loop strap acts as a lever to gradually align the big toe toward its natural position. Continue reading
OPTP has published a new physical therapy exercise guide for the ActivMotion Bar. The 50-page, softcover Activating Functional Mobility manual is designed to help patients develop strength, mobility, and balance. It features a full-body training program, including… Continue reading
Topical BioMedics has launched MyPainAway Fibro Cream powered by Topricin, a new product for the topical treatment of fibromyalgia pain. Naturally formulated to address the issues causing the aches and pains of fibromyalgia, the cream is intended to help the body rid itself of toxins and… Continue reading
Dycor’s new H Series prosthetic foot is a hybrid version of the company’s K Series foot, and a simple, lightweight, and inexpensive approach to moderate-impact assisted and unassisted prosthetic activities of daily living. Continue reading
Nail Creations are an attractive, safe, temporary cosmetic solution for damaged, infected, or missing toenails. These temporary, cosmetic grade cover-ups create the illusion of a healthy, beautiful toenail for a day at the beach or an evening out in open-toed shoes, while… Continue reading
Swede-O announces a new generation of Thermal Supports engineered with MVT2 (Micro Ventilated Thermal) technology, which is designed to provide compression and warmth for pain relief in patients with sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries, arthritis, and other painful conditions. Continue reading
New from Cascade Orthopedic Supply, ProComp is a polypropylene-based composite, stabilized with discontinuous carbon fiber, for the custom fabrication of lower extremity orthoses. The 3D carbon fiber matrix is discretely imbedded into the core of the laminate, which… Continue reading
Kano-Labs has updated its KanoPrint Direct Forming Station, designed for the creation of custom total contact corrective orthotic devices—with the foot either in a subtalar-neutral, nonweightbearing position or in a corrected position—while accounting for soft tissue expansion. Continue reading
Sigvaris North America has announced Microfiber Shades, a fun new line of microfiber compression socks for people who need to wear graduated compression but want more playful socks with a pop of color. Continue reading
Spenco and Unequal Technologies have collaborated to produce insoles for athletes at risk for lower extremity stress injuries. Unequal Protective Cushioning provides ultra-thin comfort, and Unequal Protective Stability has a lightweight orthotic cradle. Continue reading
The OdysseyK2 from College Park has a curved hydraulic ankle, Intelliweave composite foot base, and customizable dual StrideControl. The ankle provides 12° of smooth hydraulic motion that works in tandem with the foot base. Continue reading
Balance Walking Poles are designed to align the spine during gait, keeping patients comfortably erect and allowing them to walk longer with better form. The poles offer an easy way to increase muscle engagement while decreasing joint loads. Continue reading
Total Vein Systems recently introduced Boost, its new line of athletic compression therapy hosiery. The Boost socks use graduated compression to help increase blood circulation and enhance oxygen delivery to working and recovering muscles, in order to accelerate recuperation and reduce muscle soreness. Continue reading
ComfortFit Labs, with technology partner Tom-Cat Solutions, is now offering the iTom-Cat, an iPad Air 2-based, full-function foot and ankle scanning system with integrated hardware and software. The system uses a structured sensor to quickly and easily capture a 3D image that has an accuracy of less than .2 mm. Continue reading
Allied O&P Supply’s new thicker gauge Orthoflex material is now available in transparent and black. Orthoflex is a flexible, formable thermoplastic material designed for below-knee and above-knee socket liners… Continue reading
Freedom Innovations has officially launched its new Plié 3 Microprocessor Controlled (MPC) Knee. The strong construction of the new knee—which adjusts to walking, running, uneven terrain, and occasional water exposure … Continue reading
Delcam Crispin has launched Engineer Ortho, a new version of its Engineer Pro software specifically for the manufacture of orthopedic footwear. One key tool in Engineer Ortho is the multipoint function that … Continue reading
Combining 50 years of experience with high quality and a desire to meet the needs of today’s healthcare professionals, Northwest Podiatric Laboratory introduces NCV custom foot orthoses. This all-new material … Continue reading
Spenco announces the launch of its new Fall Footwear Line. Featuring chic leather styles in an ultra-supportive footwear design, the new fall line includes more traditional, everyday styles for men and women… Continue reading
Ottobock announces the 3R60=VC Vacuum Knee Joint for transfemoral amputees. The joint is based on the mechanical principle of the 3R60 EBS (ergonomically balanced stride), with the new feature being … Continue reading
DJO Global’s ProCare product line now includes the Remedy Pro Offloading Shoe, designed to reduce forefoot pressure and speed healing. The Remedy Pro is indicated for forefoot trauma, postsurgical healing … Continue reading
Sols introduces a new system designed to simplify and enhance the orthotic prescription process and enable practitioners to focus on patient care. Sols’ certified providers receive an iPad equipped with an app to capture images of patients’ feet easily and accurately without the need for paperwork … Continue reading
Pedors Shoes has reintroduced the Pedors High-Top, available in an XXW width from a children’s size 1 up to a men’s size 15. The Pedors High-Top is an all-weather boot that features a dorsal stretch panel and … Continue reading
For patients with athlete’s foot, onychomycosis, shoe odor, diabetic skin issues, or other dermatological concerns, as well as for those wanting to prevent these conditions, PediFix offers a new UV (ultraviolet) shoe sanitizer… Continue reading
The Infinite Socket from LIM Innovations is a custom, modular, dynamic transfemoral socket engineered to empower both clinician and user. The adaptable socket allows wearers to adjust the fit during day-to-day activities and in response to volume change over long periods of time … Continue reading
Arcopédico USA is venturing into men’s shoes. The company believes orthotic, ergonomic, healthy circulation footwear for men doesn’t have to look sterile. Arcopédico gives men the stylish look of a daily wear shoe … Continue reading
Freedom Innovations has officially launched its new DynAdapt foot–a slim profile, lightweight carbon fiber foot system for amputees. DynAdapt has a slender, anatomic design for easy fit and finish and its advanced multiaxial function is designed to provide maximum comfort.
Foot Management is a custom orthotic laboratory with more than 35 years of experience manufacturing custom foot orthoses. Now, Foot Management offers the new Slim Fit Original insole, a shock absorbing orthotic device for low impact sports and patients suffering from foot fatigue.
Dynamic Tape is a unique, strongly elastic tape, developed by an Australian musculoskeletal physiotherapist, which helps reduce tendon load. Dynamic Tape allows the wearer to move through full range of motion without limitation but with strong biomechanical assistance (as opposed to a primary neurophysiological approach).
DJO Global announces the launch of the Empi Phoenix, an electrical stimulator designed to help simplify treatment of muscle atrophy as a supplement to physical therapy before and after surgery for total knee replacement or anterior cruciate ligament repair.
Delcam has introduced an enhanced version of its OrthoModel design software for ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) custom insoles, now with options for corrective orthotic devices in addition to accommodative devices.
Duraflex is a soft, transparent, pliable thermoplastic that combines comfort, durability, and strength. Suitable for both adult and pediatric devices, Duraflex is extremely strong but also very soft.
The Saebo MyoTrac Infiniti, developed jointly by Saebo and Thought Technology, is a portable all-in-one biofeedback stimulation clinical solution with two new features. The first-of-its-kind Reciprocal EMG Triggered Stimulation (RETS) is for patients with increased tone.
The TORCH (total contact orthotic restraining custom hybrid) Walker from ComfortFit Labs combines the support and positioning of a traditional ankle foot orthosis with the accommodation and functionality of custom footwear.
FootMind introduces the Elevate Drop Foot Brace. Boa technology, built into a breathable neoprene ankle strap, facilitates a custom lift through cords that hook into the eyelets of a shoe.
The Hatfield Strap was created by former Kansas City Royals trainer Keith Hatfield, ATC, to combine the benefits of a night splint and an incline board for patients with plantar fasciitis.
Earthwalk offers Lifestyles custom foot orthoses, a high-tech, low-cost solution for mild to moderate biomechanical deformities. The hand-posted, hand-pressed devices feature a polypropylene shell and an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) top and bottom cover.
Tetra announces the Ventopedic Offloading Boot (Tetra item number TV-19). This offloading boot redistributes pressure to help prevent pressure ulcers, reduce the risk of infection, and promote healing.
The Eccentron from BTE harnesses eccentric resistance therapy, wherein muscles lengthen under force, for improved results. In geriatrics, the Eccentron provides 30%-40% more weight resistance than concentrics for improved strength, stability, and balance and a reduced risk of falling. In … Continue reading
Delcam’s new scanner, the iQube mini, is designed to benefit orthotic laboratories, clients, and practitioners by providing a more portable device than the current iQube model. The new model weighs less than 13 pounds, and its dimensions would be acceptable … Continue reading
Star Nutrition announces the latest addition to its popular Incrediwear line: the TEC-3 calf sleeve. Engineered using an Italian 3D weaving machine and featuring carbonized charcoal anion technology, the 360-thread count TEC-3 material is designed to increase circulation to the … Continue reading
Children’s orthopedic footwear company Keeping Pace has launched a newly designed, hi-top athletic shoe with a flexible outsole. The KPHTP shoe has a double-depth, triple-width design specifically for accommodating ankle foot orthoses. The new athletic hi-top shoe features a 90° … Continue reading
The new EZ Stride Dorsi-Assist is for practitioners who want to “think outside the shoe.” The EZ Stride Dorsi-Assist, available in prefabricated or custom models, is an alternative to traditional in-shoe ankle foot orthoses for patients who cannot tolerate an … Continue reading
Pro-Tec Athletics offers the new Y Roller, a massage tool made with elastomer, a high density, durable foam. Designed to provide deep tissue massage and myofascial release, the Y Roller helps reduce muscle fatigue and tightness, promote flexibility, and enhance … Continue reading
The Vertimax competitive edge training system is designed to improve speed, vertical jump height, and overall athleticism. Used by professional and collegiate athletes and designed to increase performance across all sports and ages, Vertimax simultaneously applies load to both legs … Continue reading
New from Ability Dynamics is the Rush foot. The foot is made of a new composite fiber material, Flexeon, which is three times more flexible than carbon-fiber materials used in conventional prosthetic feet. The foot is designed for amputees with … Continue reading
KeepingPace introduces a rugged water resistant insulated hiking style winter boot for children to accommodate orthotics. These boots keep feet dry and block winter chill with 200 gram insulation. Feet and orthotics stay comfortable, with EVA midsole providing light weight … Continue reading
Xelero Shoes announces the national launch of a new line of shoes for men and women with a patented, Swiss internal rocker system. Xelero’s new “Rock Steady” construction features a rocker system built into the midsole of the shoe, as … Continue reading
The SmartRoller from OPTP is a uniquely designed, resilient ‘two-in-one’ foam roller. This patented foam roller has one side that is flatter and one side that is rounder. The rounder side of the SmartRoller increases roller movement, while the flatter … Continue reading
Redi-Thotics introduces Heat Moldable orthotic devices. These orthotics cradle the medial and transverse arches of the foot while having a high enough arch to protect and support the navicular bone. Designed with 80 shore A durometer EVA, the orthotics can … Continue reading
AutoStep was developed by two pediatric physical therapists to assist with gait in a variety of patients, from the high functioning patient who needs to work on gait refinement to the very low functioning patient who is unable to take … Continue reading
In the Groove announces the launch of its flagship product, the In the Groove knee brace, which was just granted a patent for its unique action of femoral-tibial alignment so that the patella can track in the femoral groove. It … Continue reading
The Evenup device compensates for leg length discrepancy that can result when patients are treated with a fracture walker or wound healing shoe. Diabetic wound healing boots and shoes are extremely thick-soled in most cases and can cause gait disturbance resulting … Continue reading
ComfortFit Orthotic Labs premieres the new Sandalistas styles available from Aetrex, with six fashion forward designs including two new styles, luxurious materials such as Nubuck and leather in seasonal colors and stylish accents and detailing. The Sandalistas Orthotic Package includes … Continue reading