June 2011

Cover Story


Region-specific foot pain doesn’t always match pressures, forces

Gait compensation may play role – The location of foot pain doesn’t always correspond with elevated plantar pressures and abnormal forces, which suggests the availability of region-specific compensatory gait mechanisms may play a role, according to recent research using Framingham Foot Study data.

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

Samuel Hubbard Free

With the Un-Sneaker collection, Samuel Hubbard set out to make an “everyday shoe” for people with an active lifestyle. With soft upper materials, full glove-leath­er linings, a one-piece vamp, hidden padded collar, removable memory-foam… Continue reading

Revere Santa Monica

The Santa Monica for women from revere Comfort Shoes features a stylish V front, a back strap, metal trim detail, and forefoot and rearfoot adjustability to provide a personalized fit. The sandal’s design also features a removable comfort insert, with enough… Continue reading

Mephisto Jissy

The Jissy from Mephisto is a casual sandal with a stylish profile. Like all Mobils by Mephisto comfort footwear, it features all-over cushioning between the lining and the upper to pillow the feet, along with soft-air technology in the midsole to minimize shock. Continue reading

Gem Caballo from Vionic

Vionic introduces a new silhouette. The Gem Caballo flat for women features a pointed toe with an envelope vamp detail, along with a removable footbed and stylish uppers made of suede, snake-printed leather, or haircalf. Continue reading

Drew Tuscany

The Tuscany athleisure shoe for women offers a new, sparkling look from Drew. Tuscany shoes are walking shoes with added depth that can accommodate prescribed foot orthoses. Continue reading

On Cloudster

The Cloudster, from Swiss footwear company On, features a very stiff flex and a slightly rockered speedboard, which keep the foot in a natural position while minimizing the loaded flex on the foot. A four-way adaptive-fit stretch material across the toe box allows for a natural toe splay. Continue reading

Arcopédico Alice

Arcopédico’s new Alice style for women is designed to be the essence of casual chic while still being ideal for all-day wear at work. Designed in solid-tone suede, this slide-on loafer features a hand-stitched vamp, cushioned insole for superior comfort, metal-free twin… Continue reading

Apex Sydney

Apex introduces the Sydney, the newest addition to the company’s Petals line of soft, light, and beautiful shoes for fashion-forward women who need superior support and adjustability. Continue reading

Anodyne No. 19 Casual Mary Jane

Incredibly lightweight, the No. 19 Casual Mary Jane from Anodyne weighs in at just 5.6 oz. This A5500-reviewed style also features a full-grain leather upper, an anti­microbial-treated… Continue reading

Alicia Slide from Spenco

New from Spenco for fall 2016 is the Alicia Slide for women, which is detailed with embossed floral leather and synthetic suede trim that can complement a casual or dressier look. Continue reading

Bail’s Custom Footcare: Resilient business evolves and adapts over five generations

Few businesses can claim a heritage quite as long as the Bail family’s five-generation relationship with the shoe industry. But more than just a long history of selling shoes, the Bail family’s story is one of resilience.

By Nancy Shohet West Continue reading

Crary Shoes: Pedorthic expertise complements decades of custom shoemaking

Crary Shoes has a motto: “The last is always first.” With a decades-long commitment to quality, the business provides custom shoes for clients with a spectrum of foot concerns, ranging from diabetes to unusually shaped or sized feet.

By Samantha Rosenblum  |  Photos by Monty Wolfe Continue reading

Importance of intrinsic muscles for foot health

A growing body of research suggests the strength of small muscles in the foot can have big implications for a range of foot-health issues—including running-related injuries, diabetic neuropathy, obesity, flatfoot, and plantar fasciitis—and that interventions for strengthening the intrinsics may help.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

Materials science targets foot odors and microbes

Silver fibers and other examples of nano­technology are increasingly turning up in shoes, socks, and orthotic topcovers in an effort to control odors, reduce the risk of infection, and improve foot health by making these devices moisture wicking, breathable, antifungal, and/or antibacterial.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

A Finer Pointe: Visualizing the ankle’s response to ballet’s toughest task

The use of detailed orthopedic imaging to examine dancers’ ankles while in the en pointe position offers insight into the biomechanical demands associated with a position that, although highly unnatural, is nevertheless essential to a ballerina’s performance.

By Jeffrey A. Russell, PhD, AT, FIADMS Continue reading

Footwear and risk of knee OA: The search for meaning in moments

Although footwear may in fact play a role in the development of knee osteoarthritis and its clinical management, those relation­ships are turning out to be much more complicated than once thought.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

Evidence-based use of metatarsal pads

Plantar pressure analysis studies are demonstrating the effectiveness of met pads for forefoot offloading and helping clinicians determine which patients are most likely to benefit from different pad designs and placement strategies.

By Greg Gargiulo Continue reading

Knee flexion after TKA: The significance of squatting

The ability to achieve a 90° squat appears to have important functional implications for patients rehabilitating from total knee arthroplasty. However, detecting impairment may require more rigorous methods than conventional sit-to-stand testing.

By Mark D. Rossi, PhD, PT, CSCS, and Denis Brunt, EdD, PT

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Powering the Windmill: Lower body mechanics of softball pitching

Injuries in softball pitchers typically occur in the upper extremities, but focusing rehabilitation and prevention efforts on the upper body alone ignores the essential supporting roles played by the pelvis and lower extremities in providing a stable base for the pitching motion.

By Gretchen D. Oliver, PhD, ATC, LAT

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Editor Message


Region-specific foot pain doesn’t always match pressures, forces

Gait compensation may play role – The location of foot pain doesn’t always correspond with elevated plantar pressures and abnormal forces, which suggests the availability of region-specific compensatory gait mechanisms may play a role, according to recent research using Framingham Foot Study data.

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

Samuel Hubbard Free

With the Un-Sneaker collection, Samuel Hubbard set out to make an “everyday shoe” for people with an active lifestyle. With soft upper materials, full glove-leath­er linings, a one-piece vamp, hidden padded collar, removable memory-foam… Continue reading

Revere Santa Monica

The Santa Monica for women from revere Comfort Shoes features a stylish V front, a back strap, metal trim detail, and forefoot and rearfoot adjustability to provide a personalized fit. The sandal’s design also features a removable comfort insert, with enough… Continue reading

Mephisto Jissy

The Jissy from Mephisto is a casual sandal with a stylish profile. Like all Mobils by Mephisto comfort footwear, it features all-over cushioning between the lining and the upper to pillow the feet, along with soft-air technology in the midsole to minimize shock. Continue reading

Gem Caballo from Vionic

Vionic introduces a new silhouette. The Gem Caballo flat for women features a pointed toe with an envelope vamp detail, along with a removable footbed and stylish uppers made of suede, snake-printed leather, or haircalf. Continue reading

Drew Tuscany

The Tuscany athleisure shoe for women offers a new, sparkling look from Drew. Tuscany shoes are walking shoes with added depth that can accommodate prescribed foot orthoses. Continue reading

On Cloudster

The Cloudster, from Swiss footwear company On, features a very stiff flex and a slightly rockered speedboard, which keep the foot in a natural position while minimizing the loaded flex on the foot. A four-way adaptive-fit stretch material across the toe box allows for a natural toe splay. Continue reading

Arcopédico Alice

Arcopédico’s new Alice style for women is designed to be the essence of casual chic while still being ideal for all-day wear at work. Designed in solid-tone suede, this slide-on loafer features a hand-stitched vamp, cushioned insole for superior comfort, metal-free twin… Continue reading

Apex Sydney

Apex introduces the Sydney, the newest addition to the company’s Petals line of soft, light, and beautiful shoes for fashion-forward women who need superior support and adjustability. Continue reading

Anodyne No. 19 Casual Mary Jane

Incredibly lightweight, the No. 19 Casual Mary Jane from Anodyne weighs in at just 5.6 oz. This A5500-reviewed style also features a full-grain leather upper, an anti­microbial-treated… Continue reading

Alicia Slide from Spenco

New from Spenco for fall 2016 is the Alicia Slide for women, which is detailed with embossed floral leather and synthetic suede trim that can complement a casual or dressier look. Continue reading

Bail’s Custom Footcare: Resilient business evolves and adapts over five generations

Few businesses can claim a heritage quite as long as the Bail family’s five-generation relationship with the shoe industry. But more than just a long history of selling shoes, the Bail family’s story is one of resilience.

By Nancy Shohet West Continue reading

Crary Shoes: Pedorthic expertise complements decades of custom shoemaking

Crary Shoes has a motto: “The last is always first.” With a decades-long commitment to quality, the business provides custom shoes for clients with a spectrum of foot concerns, ranging from diabetes to unusually shaped or sized feet.

By Samantha Rosenblum  |  Photos by Monty Wolfe Continue reading

Importance of intrinsic muscles for foot health

A growing body of research suggests the strength of small muscles in the foot can have big implications for a range of foot-health issues—including running-related injuries, diabetic neuropathy, obesity, flatfoot, and plantar fasciitis—and that interventions for strengthening the intrinsics may help.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

Materials science targets foot odors and microbes

Silver fibers and other examples of nano­technology are increasingly turning up in shoes, socks, and orthotic topcovers in an effort to control odors, reduce the risk of infection, and improve foot health by making these devices moisture wicking, breathable, antifungal, and/or antibacterial.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

Out on a limb: Subjectivity & sensitivity

Listening to what patients have to say is an important part of healthcare. But, 
as research continues to demonstrate, it’s no substitute for objective measurements.

By Jordana Bieze Foster
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Out on a limb: 3DP’s material needs

3D printing is no longer some futuristic concept that might someday affect lower extremity healthcare. It’s here, and it’s already changing the landscape more quickly than many had expected.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

Out on a limb: As Purdy does

As a guest model on The Price is Right, Amy Purdy had little opportunity to showcase her intelligence, her athleticism, or her dancing skills. But—thanks to a very short, very tight red dress—she did have ample opportunity to show off her legs.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

Out on a limb: Flop watch

Mark Cuban, the brash billionaire owner of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Dallas Mavericks, has pledged $100,000 to fund a study to determine if biomechanical analysis can distinguish legitimate falls during a basketball game from “flops.” The perfectionist in me really likes this idea. But the pragmatist in me wonders whether there might be better uses for that money.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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Out on a limb: Rear views

Let’s face it: The words “toning shoes” have the same evocative effect as “Kim Kardashian” or “Jennifer Lopez.” They’re all about the butt.

And that may be fine for Kim and J-Lo.  But it’s too bad about the shoes, because they could be about so much more.

by, Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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Special Report:

Conference Coverage: Custom Orthotic Insoles Technology Forum

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Many practitioners and orthotic laboratory owners are wary of making the switch from traditional to digital design and manufacturing of custom foot orthoses, and for good reasons. Digital technology requires a significant investment, both in terms of capital expenditures and the time needed to learn a whole new set of skills. It’s not necessarily the right choice for everyone, and it’s definitely not a decision that should be made lightly.

by, Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

Sponsored by an educational grant from…


Region-specific foot pain doesn’t always match pressures, forces

Gait compensation may play role – The location of foot pain doesn’t always correspond with elevated plantar pressures and abnormal forces, which suggests the availability of region-specific compensatory gait mechanisms may play a role, according to recent research using Framingham Foot Study data.

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

Samuel Hubbard Free

With the Un-Sneaker collection, Samuel Hubbard set out to make an “everyday shoe” for people with an active lifestyle. With soft upper materials, full glove-leath­er linings, a one-piece vamp, hidden padded collar, removable memory-foam… Continue reading

Revere Santa Monica

The Santa Monica for women from revere Comfort Shoes features a stylish V front, a back strap, metal trim detail, and forefoot and rearfoot adjustability to provide a personalized fit. The sandal’s design also features a removable comfort insert, with enough… Continue reading

Mephisto Jissy

The Jissy from Mephisto is a casual sandal with a stylish profile. Like all Mobils by Mephisto comfort footwear, it features all-over cushioning between the lining and the upper to pillow the feet, along with soft-air technology in the midsole to minimize shock. Continue reading

Gem Caballo from Vionic

Vionic introduces a new silhouette. The Gem Caballo flat for women features a pointed toe with an envelope vamp detail, along with a removable footbed and stylish uppers made of suede, snake-printed leather, or haircalf. Continue reading

Drew Tuscany

The Tuscany athleisure shoe for women offers a new, sparkling look from Drew. Tuscany shoes are walking shoes with added depth that can accommodate prescribed foot orthoses. Continue reading

On Cloudster

The Cloudster, from Swiss footwear company On, features a very stiff flex and a slightly rockered speedboard, which keep the foot in a natural position while minimizing the loaded flex on the foot. A four-way adaptive-fit stretch material across the toe box allows for a natural toe splay. Continue reading

Arcopédico Alice

Arcopédico’s new Alice style for women is designed to be the essence of casual chic while still being ideal for all-day wear at work. Designed in solid-tone suede, this slide-on loafer features a hand-stitched vamp, cushioned insole for superior comfort, metal-free twin… Continue reading

Apex Sydney

Apex introduces the Sydney, the newest addition to the company’s Petals line of soft, light, and beautiful shoes for fashion-forward women who need superior support and adjustability. Continue reading

Anodyne No. 19 Casual Mary Jane

Incredibly lightweight, the No. 19 Casual Mary Jane from Anodyne weighs in at just 5.6 oz. This A5500-reviewed style also features a full-grain leather upper, an anti­microbial-treated… Continue reading

Alicia Slide from Spenco

New from Spenco for fall 2016 is the Alicia Slide for women, which is detailed with embossed floral leather and synthetic suede trim that can complement a casual or dressier look. Continue reading

Bail’s Custom Footcare: Resilient business evolves and adapts over five generations

Few businesses can claim a heritage quite as long as the Bail family’s five-generation relationship with the shoe industry. But more than just a long history of selling shoes, the Bail family’s story is one of resilience.

By Nancy Shohet West Continue reading

Crary Shoes: Pedorthic expertise complements decades of custom shoemaking

Crary Shoes has a motto: “The last is always first.” With a decades-long commitment to quality, the business provides custom shoes for clients with a spectrum of foot concerns, ranging from diabetes to unusually shaped or sized feet.

By Samantha Rosenblum  |  Photos by Monty Wolfe Continue reading

Importance of intrinsic muscles for foot health

A growing body of research suggests the strength of small muscles in the foot can have big implications for a range of foot-health issues—including running-related injuries, diabetic neuropathy, obesity, flatfoot, and plantar fasciitis—and that interventions for strengthening the intrinsics may help.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

Materials science targets foot odors and microbes

Silver fibers and other examples of nano­technology are increasingly turning up in shoes, socks, and orthotic topcovers in an effort to control odors, reduce the risk of infection, and improve foot health by making these devices moisture wicking, breathable, antifungal, and/or antibacterial.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

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

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

Custom Orthotic Insoles Technology Forum

Perhaps the most predominant theme echoed by speakers at the conference was the need to understand and carefully weigh the pros and cons of investing in digital technology, as well as the pros and cons of different individual systems, to facilitate decision-making for individual situations.

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The future of orthotic technology

Machining orthoses with desktop cryogenics, or using an open-source “3D printer” that not only replicates orthoses but can also replicate itself, may seem unattainably futuristic. But these technologies are on the verge of being ready for prime time, and attendees at the Custom Orthotic Insoles Technology Forum got a sneak peak.

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Region-specific foot pain doesn’t always match pressures, forces

Gait compensation may play role – The location of foot pain doesn’t always correspond with elevated plantar pressures and abnormal forces, which suggests the availability of region-specific compensatory gait mechanisms may play a role, according to recent research using Framingham Foot Study data.

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

Samuel Hubbard Free

With the Un-Sneaker collection, Samuel Hubbard set out to make an “everyday shoe” for people with an active lifestyle. With soft upper materials, full glove-leath­er linings, a one-piece vamp, hidden padded collar, removable memory-foam… Continue reading

Revere Santa Monica

The Santa Monica for women from revere Comfort Shoes features a stylish V front, a back strap, metal trim detail, and forefoot and rearfoot adjustability to provide a personalized fit. The sandal’s design also features a removable comfort insert, with enough… Continue reading

Mephisto Jissy

The Jissy from Mephisto is a casual sandal with a stylish profile. Like all Mobils by Mephisto comfort footwear, it features all-over cushioning between the lining and the upper to pillow the feet, along with soft-air technology in the midsole to minimize shock. Continue reading

Gem Caballo from Vionic

Vionic introduces a new silhouette. The Gem Caballo flat for women features a pointed toe with an envelope vamp detail, along with a removable footbed and stylish uppers made of suede, snake-printed leather, or haircalf. Continue reading

Drew Tuscany

The Tuscany athleisure shoe for women offers a new, sparkling look from Drew. Tuscany shoes are walking shoes with added depth that can accommodate prescribed foot orthoses. Continue reading

On Cloudster

The Cloudster, from Swiss footwear company On, features a very stiff flex and a slightly rockered speedboard, which keep the foot in a natural position while minimizing the loaded flex on the foot. A four-way adaptive-fit stretch material across the toe box allows for a natural toe splay. Continue reading

Arcopédico Alice

Arcopédico’s new Alice style for women is designed to be the essence of casual chic while still being ideal for all-day wear at work. Designed in solid-tone suede, this slide-on loafer features a hand-stitched vamp, cushioned insole for superior comfort, metal-free twin… Continue reading

Apex Sydney

Apex introduces the Sydney, the newest addition to the company’s Petals line of soft, light, and beautiful shoes for fashion-forward women who need superior support and adjustability. Continue reading

Anodyne No. 19 Casual Mary Jane

Incredibly lightweight, the No. 19 Casual Mary Jane from Anodyne weighs in at just 5.6 oz. This A5500-reviewed style also features a full-grain leather upper, an anti­microbial-treated… Continue reading

Alicia Slide from Spenco

New from Spenco for fall 2016 is the Alicia Slide for women, which is detailed with embossed floral leather and synthetic suede trim that can complement a casual or dressier look. Continue reading

Bail’s Custom Footcare: Resilient business evolves and adapts over five generations

Few businesses can claim a heritage quite as long as the Bail family’s five-generation relationship with the shoe industry. But more than just a long history of selling shoes, the Bail family’s story is one of resilience.

By Nancy Shohet West Continue reading

Crary Shoes: Pedorthic expertise complements decades of custom shoemaking

Crary Shoes has a motto: “The last is always first.” With a decades-long commitment to quality, the business provides custom shoes for clients with a spectrum of foot concerns, ranging from diabetes to unusually shaped or sized feet.

By Samantha Rosenblum  |  Photos by Monty Wolfe Continue reading

Importance of intrinsic muscles for foot health

A growing body of research suggests the strength of small muscles in the foot can have big implications for a range of foot-health issues—including running-related injuries, diabetic neuropathy, obesity, flatfoot, and plantar fasciitis—and that interventions for strengthening the intrinsics may help.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

Materials science targets foot odors and microbes

Silver fibers and other examples of nano­technology are increasingly turning up in shoes, socks, and orthotic topcovers in an effort to control odors, reduce the risk of infection, and improve foot health by making these devices moisture wicking, breathable, antifungal, and/or antibacterial.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

Golf swing biomechanics: Footwear considerations

With the rise of a new crop of young stars and the anticipation of its Olympic debut this year, golf continues to be immensely popular for players and spectators alike. Golfing is a highly coordinated sport that, by its nature, is associated with risk of…

By Patricia Pande, MClScPT, CSCS, CPed Continue reading

When knee OA research becomes legal testimony

In worker’s compensation cases, including those involving knee osteoarthritis, an expert witness often will be asked to use his or her knowledge of biomechanics to provide an opinion supporting or refuting a causal relationship between work conditions and an overuse injury.

By Steven T. McCaw, PhD

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Stroke rehab: Strategies to improve gait velocity

Multiple techniques can help improve gait speed after stroke, from therapeutic exercise to task-specific training to orthotic devices. Despite a growing body of research in this area, however, it is still not clear which intervention is most appropriate for which patients.

By Hank Black

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Posture-specific strength and landing mechanics

Recent research suggests that training designed to maximize strength at deeper knee flexion angles during landing may be warranted, especially in female athletes, to help reduce the risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury without inadvertently compromising jump height.

By Boyi Dai, PhD; Jacob S. Layer; and Taylour J. Hinshaw

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Treatment of distal toe calluses and ulcerations

When calluses or ulcers develop on the distal aspect of the lesser toes, offloading pressure from the distal end of the digit is essential for healing to occur. Research suggests that toe crest pads offer an inexpensive but effective means of offloading and healing these distal wounds.   

By Monica Melo, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN, CFCN

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Adapted tango: bringing artistry to rehabilitation

Adapted tango, a version of traditional Argentine tango modified to address motor impairments, has been shown to improve balance, mobility, and cognition in older adults and patients with Parkinson disease, with better compliance than conventional rehabilitation.

By Madeleine E. Hackney, PhD  Continue reading

Total ankle arthroplasty: defining its clinical niche

Research generally upholds total ankle arthroplasty as a viable alternative to the traditional first-line surgical treatment, ankle arthrodesis, for correctly selected patients with end-stage ankle arthritis. But complication rates associated with ankle arthroplasty remain an area of concern.

By Hank Black Continue reading

Hip strength, balance, and risk of ACL injury

Hip strength is associated with performance on the Star Excursion Balance Test in female collegiate athletes, a finding that adds to the evidence that hip strengthening programs can…

By Jatin P. Ambegaonkar, PhD, ATC, OT, CSCS; Lindsey M. Mettinger, MS, ATC; Shane V. Caswell, PhD, ATC; Andrea Burtt, MS, ATC; Shruti J. Ambegaonkar, PT, PhD; and Nelson Cortes, PhD    Continue reading

Patient Perspective: Walking 600 miles is tough; plantar fasciitis is tougher

In 2008 I walked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago, the medieval pilgrimage route through northern Spain leading to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It was my first long distance walk, and because I completed it without injury, pain, or a blister, I fancied myself a walking superhero, immune to suffering or discomfort.

By Laura Potts Continue reading

Managing foot and ankle injuries in baseball players

Baseball players at all skill levels routinely suffer from foot and ankle injuries, with position players being afflicted more often than pitchers or catchers. Making the correct initial diagnosis without delay can lead to more rapid and effective treatment, rehabilitation, and return to play.

By Gabriel V. Gambardella, DPM, Jeffrey Delott, DPM, and Zachary J. Korwek Continue reading

A virtual reality approach to lower extremity rehab

When commercially available active video games are used in rehabilitation settings, often the level of challenge does not match the patient’s ability level. Customized interventions can address these limitations while capitalizing on the fun and motivating aspects of the technology.

By Rachel Proffitt, OTD, OTR/L Continue reading

Cost-benefit data support reconstruction of ACL tears

In both the short term and the long term, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction produced greater quality of life improvements at a lower cost compared with rehabilitation only, suggesting that limiting access to ACL reconstruction may be harmful to patients and costly to society.

By Richard C. Mather III, MD, and Lane Koenig, PhD Continue reading

Effects of targeted exercise on chronic ankle instability

Clinicians and researchers are increasingly utilizing exercise protocols focused on improving proprioception, range of motion, and strength to influence the more active and functional deficits that have been associated with chronic ankle instability in the literature.

By Mark A. Feger, MEd, ATC, and Jay Hertel, PhD, ATC Continue reading

Inserts improve symmetry, velocity in stroke patients

Learned disuse of the affected limb can lead to weight-bearing asymmetries in patients with stroke-related hemiparesis. Compelled body-weight shift therapy, using shoe inserts to force loading of the affected limb, can help patients achieve a more symmetrical gait.

By Alexander S. Aruin, PhD

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Retraining fixes faulty gait in injured runners

Although the technique is still in its infancy, early research suggests gait retraining can be used to address medial collapse, primarily in runners with patello­femoral pain (PFP) syndrome, and to reduce impact loading in runners with PFP or tibial stress fracture.

By Ashlin Miller, BS, and Richard W. Willy, PhD, PT, OCS

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Rockers and rollovers: Implications for AFOs

Practitioners and researchers are redefining rocking and rolling as key components of gait, and designing ankle foot orthoses and other orthotic and prosthetic devices to specifically address impairments in the way certain patients rock and roll.

By Cary Groner

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Soft tissue composition and bone injury risk

Documenting how shock propagates through the leg and is attenuated by the soft tissues appears to be a critical step toward advancing practitioners’ and researchers’ understanding of lower extremity injury mechanisms related to running and landing activities.

By Timothy A. Burkhart, PhD, EIT, Alison Schinkel-Ivy, MHK, and David M. Andrews, PhD Continue reading

Relieving pain in patients with diabetic neuropathy

Given the limitations of pharmacotherapy options for treating painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy, practitioners are also considering the merits of cognitive therapy, orthotic management, and combination therapies to relieve patients’ pain.

By Larry Hand

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Pronation in runners: Implications for injury

Pronation is a necessary component of normal running biomechanics, facilitating shock absorption and stabilization. But abnormal levels of pronation, whether restricted or excessive, can alter gait patterns in ways that can potentially increase the risk of running-related injuries.

By Tracy A. Dierks, PhD

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Mysteries of O&P devices and energy expenditure

Ankle foot orthoses and other O&P devices allow patients to walk faster, for longer periods of time, with a more biomechanically efficient gait. It seems logical that energy costs would decrease as a result. But that’s been surprisingly difficult for researchers to prove.

By Cary Groner

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Global lessons improve amputation prevention

Interdisciplinary foot screening and limb salvage programs in this country and around the world have successfully reduced diabetic foot ulceration and amputation rates, and in doing so have inspired others to initiate similar prevention programs in their own countries.

By Emily Delzell

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Functional knee bracing and athletic performance

Functional knee braces can’t be effective if athletes won’t wear them, and many athletes won’t wear them because they fear their athletic performance will be negatively affected. But early research suggests that athletes accommodate to knee brace wear almost immediately.

By Neetu Rishiraj, ATC, PhD, Jack E. Taunton, MSc, MD, Robert Lloyd-Smith, MD, William Regan, MD, and Navin Prasad, MSc, MD

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News


In the Moment: Sports medicine

By Jordana Bieze Foster

Region-specific foot pain doesn’t always match pressures, forces

Gait compensation may play role – The location of foot pain doesn’t always correspond with elevated plantar pressures and abnormal forces, which suggests the availability of region-specific compensatory gait mechanisms may play a role, according to recent research using Framingham Foot Study data.

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

Samuel Hubbard Free

With the Un-Sneaker collection, Samuel Hubbard set out to make an “everyday shoe” for people with an active lifestyle. With soft upper materials, full glove-leath­er linings, a one-piece vamp, hidden padded collar, removable memory-foam… Continue reading

Revere Santa Monica

The Santa Monica for women from revere Comfort Shoes features a stylish V front, a back strap, metal trim detail, and forefoot and rearfoot adjustability to provide a personalized fit. The sandal’s design also features a removable comfort insert, with enough… Continue reading

Mephisto Jissy

The Jissy from Mephisto is a casual sandal with a stylish profile. Like all Mobils by Mephisto comfort footwear, it features all-over cushioning between the lining and the upper to pillow the feet, along with soft-air technology in the midsole to minimize shock. Continue reading

Gem Caballo from Vionic

Vionic introduces a new silhouette. The Gem Caballo flat for women features a pointed toe with an envelope vamp detail, along with a removable footbed and stylish uppers made of suede, snake-printed leather, or haircalf. Continue reading

Drew Tuscany

The Tuscany athleisure shoe for women offers a new, sparkling look from Drew. Tuscany shoes are walking shoes with added depth that can accommodate prescribed foot orthoses. Continue reading

On Cloudster

The Cloudster, from Swiss footwear company On, features a very stiff flex and a slightly rockered speedboard, which keep the foot in a natural position while minimizing the loaded flex on the foot. A four-way adaptive-fit stretch material across the toe box allows for a natural toe splay. Continue reading

Arcopédico Alice

Arcopédico’s new Alice style for women is designed to be the essence of casual chic while still being ideal for all-day wear at work. Designed in solid-tone suede, this slide-on loafer features a hand-stitched vamp, cushioned insole for superior comfort, metal-free twin… Continue reading

Apex Sydney

Apex introduces the Sydney, the newest addition to the company’s Petals line of soft, light, and beautiful shoes for fashion-forward women who need superior support and adjustability. Continue reading

Anodyne No. 19 Casual Mary Jane

Incredibly lightweight, the No. 19 Casual Mary Jane from Anodyne weighs in at just 5.6 oz. This A5500-reviewed style also features a full-grain leather upper, an anti­microbial-treated… Continue reading

Alicia Slide from Spenco

New from Spenco for fall 2016 is the Alicia Slide for women, which is detailed with embossed floral leather and synthetic suede trim that can complement a casual or dressier look. Continue reading

Bail’s Custom Footcare: Resilient business evolves and adapts over five generations

Few businesses can claim a heritage quite as long as the Bail family’s five-generation relationship with the shoe industry. But more than just a long history of selling shoes, the Bail family’s story is one of resilience.

By Nancy Shohet West Continue reading

Crary Shoes: Pedorthic expertise complements decades of custom shoemaking

Crary Shoes has a motto: “The last is always first.” With a decades-long commitment to quality, the business provides custom shoes for clients with a spectrum of foot concerns, ranging from diabetes to unusually shaped or sized feet.

By Samantha Rosenblum  |  Photos by Monty Wolfe Continue reading

Importance of intrinsic muscles for foot health

A growing body of research suggests the strength of small muscles in the foot can have big implications for a range of foot-health issues—including running-related injuries, diabetic neuropathy, obesity, flatfoot, and plantar fasciitis—and that interventions for strengthening the intrinsics may help.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

Materials science targets foot odors and microbes

Silver fibers and other examples of nano­technology are increasingly turning up in shoes, socks, and orthotic topcovers in an effort to control odors, reduce the risk of infection, and improve foot health by making these devices moisture wicking, breathable, antifungal, and/or antibacterial.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

Concussion repercussions: Studies explore lower extremity effects

The adverse biomechanical effects of concussion can persist for up to two years, but short-term visual deficits may help identify athletes who are most at risk for gait-related effects, according to multiple studies presented in…

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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Preseason hip weakness contributes to ankle sprain risk in soccer players

Preseason hip abductor strength is associated with risk of lateral noncontact ankle sprain in soccer players, according to research presented in early June at the annual ACSM meeting in Boston.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

Gluteal muscle fatigue affects shoulder kinematics during throwing in softball

Gluteal muscle fatigue is associated with altered upper extremity kinematics in collegiate softball players, according to findings from the University of Auburn in Alabama that add to the body of research supporting the importance of the lower body in throwing athletes.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

Concussion chronicity: Balance deficits persist long term

Postural control deficits in concussed athletes remain long after their clinical symptoms have resolved, and earlier return to activity exacerbates those lingering effects, according to research presented in May at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in San Diego. Continue reading

Patients with ankle instability respond to auditory feedback by changing gait

Plantar pressure-based auditory feedback is associated with changes in plantar pressure and muscle activation during gait in patients with chronic ankle instability, according to research from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Continue reading

One workshop prepares youth coaches to implement knee injury prevention

Youth soccer coaches can successfully implement an injury prevention program after a single 90-minute training workshop, according to research presented in May at the ACSM meeting. Continue reading

Running shoe reveal: Study links max cushioning, higher load

Researchers from the Spaulding National Running Center at the Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, MA, have found that running in highly cushioned shoes is not associated with lower impact forces than conventional running shoes. Continue reading

Balance data suggest somatosensory benefit of minimalist footwear design

Minimalist shoes are associated with better balance performance than clog-style molded plastic shoes or flip-flops, according to a study from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Continue reading

Dynamic arch height in runners differs significantly from static measurement

Dynamic measures of arch height in runners are significantly different from static measures, according to research from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. Continue reading

Strength and concussion

Torque deficits may put limbs at risk – Changes in muscle strength in athletes who have experienced a concussion may help explain the apparent association between concussion and lower extremity injury…

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

Biomarkers suggest link between OA, stiff landing after ACL reconstruction

Knee stiffness during landing in patients who have had anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is associated with biomarkers for cartilage degeneration, suggesting that a stiff landing technique may increase the risk of knee osteoarthritis…

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

Ankle bracing, taping do not diminish soccer-specific athletic performance

Contrary to popular opinion among soccer players, ankle bracing and taping do not adversely affect soccer-specific athletic performance in experienced athletes, according to research presented in May at the annual ACSM meeting.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

Time to talk: Back pain therapy manages expectations

Selecting the right patients and committing time to education and management of their expectations when using orthoses to treat chronic low back pain can yield  symptomatic relief, according to research conducted at the University of Salford and epublished by the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research in May.

Continue reading

Plantar pressure measurements reveal not all sham devices are created equal

Not all sham orthoses used in research settings provide the same mechanical effects or are perceived by study participants as equally credible, according to research epublished in May by the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research.

Continue reading

Varying rearfoot posting has multiple dose-response effects, gait study finds

Varying rearfoot post angle levels in foot orthoses designed to correct pronation has dose-response effects at the rearfoot and knee in individuals both with and without pronated feet, according to a study published in May in the Journal of Biomechanics.

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Minimalist miss: Even over time, gait differs from barefoot

The biomechanical differences between barefoot running and running in minimalist shoes appear to amount to more than just a matter of time.

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Altering landing to reduce ACL load may decrease jumping performance

Changes in landing mechanics that are intended to decrease risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury may also inadvertently decrease jumping performance in athletes, according to research presented in late May at the annual ACSM meeting.

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Kinetic changes postmeniscectomy mimic those associated with knee OA

One to five years after partial medial meniscectomy, young adults demonstrate kinetic alterations associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to research presented in late May at the annual ACSM meeting.

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Lack of laxity in CAI

Revised approach may be needed
Patients with chronic ankle instability demonstrate impaired plantar sensation but, surprisingly, do not exhibit increased ligament laxity, according to two studies presented in June at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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Data suggest lateral patellar mobility differentiates tendinopathy, PFPS

Lateral mobility of the patella is associated with patellar tendinopathy and may be a key determinant of whether an at-risk athlete develops PT as opposed to patellofemoral pain syndrome, according to research from the University of California, San Francisco presented … Continue reading

Single-season neuromuscular training benefits disappear three months later

A single sports season of neuromuscular training is not long enough for athletes to have retained any adjustments to landing technique three months later, according to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill presented in June … Continue reading

In the Moment: Footcare

By Emily Delzell

Region-specific foot pain doesn’t always match pressures, forces

Gait compensation may play role – The location of foot pain doesn’t always correspond with elevated plantar pressures and abnormal forces, which suggests the availability of region-specific compensatory gait mechanisms may play a role, according to recent research using Framingham Foot Study data.

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

Samuel Hubbard Free

With the Un-Sneaker collection, Samuel Hubbard set out to make an “everyday shoe” for people with an active lifestyle. With soft upper materials, full glove-leath­er linings, a one-piece vamp, hidden padded collar, removable memory-foam… Continue reading

Revere Santa Monica

The Santa Monica for women from revere Comfort Shoes features a stylish V front, a back strap, metal trim detail, and forefoot and rearfoot adjustability to provide a personalized fit. The sandal’s design also features a removable comfort insert, with enough… Continue reading

Mephisto Jissy

The Jissy from Mephisto is a casual sandal with a stylish profile. Like all Mobils by Mephisto comfort footwear, it features all-over cushioning between the lining and the upper to pillow the feet, along with soft-air technology in the midsole to minimize shock. Continue reading

Gem Caballo from Vionic

Vionic introduces a new silhouette. The Gem Caballo flat for women features a pointed toe with an envelope vamp detail, along with a removable footbed and stylish uppers made of suede, snake-printed leather, or haircalf. Continue reading

Drew Tuscany

The Tuscany athleisure shoe for women offers a new, sparkling look from Drew. Tuscany shoes are walking shoes with added depth that can accommodate prescribed foot orthoses. Continue reading

On Cloudster

The Cloudster, from Swiss footwear company On, features a very stiff flex and a slightly rockered speedboard, which keep the foot in a natural position while minimizing the loaded flex on the foot. A four-way adaptive-fit stretch material across the toe box allows for a natural toe splay. Continue reading

Arcopédico Alice

Arcopédico’s new Alice style for women is designed to be the essence of casual chic while still being ideal for all-day wear at work. Designed in solid-tone suede, this slide-on loafer features a hand-stitched vamp, cushioned insole for superior comfort, metal-free twin… Continue reading

Apex Sydney

Apex introduces the Sydney, the newest addition to the company’s Petals line of soft, light, and beautiful shoes for fashion-forward women who need superior support and adjustability. Continue reading

Anodyne No. 19 Casual Mary Jane

Incredibly lightweight, the No. 19 Casual Mary Jane from Anodyne weighs in at just 5.6 oz. This A5500-reviewed style also features a full-grain leather upper, an anti­microbial-treated… Continue reading

Alicia Slide from Spenco

New from Spenco for fall 2016 is the Alicia Slide for women, which is detailed with embossed floral leather and synthetic suede trim that can complement a casual or dressier look. Continue reading

Bail’s Custom Footcare: Resilient business evolves and adapts over five generations

Few businesses can claim a heritage quite as long as the Bail family’s five-generation relationship with the shoe industry. But more than just a long history of selling shoes, the Bail family’s story is one of resilience.

By Nancy Shohet West Continue reading

Crary Shoes: Pedorthic expertise complements decades of custom shoemaking

Crary Shoes has a motto: “The last is always first.” With a decades-long commitment to quality, the business provides custom shoes for clients with a spectrum of foot concerns, ranging from diabetes to unusually shaped or sized feet.

By Samantha Rosenblum  |  Photos by Monty Wolfe Continue reading

Importance of intrinsic muscles for foot health

A growing body of research suggests the strength of small muscles in the foot can have big implications for a range of foot-health issues—including running-related injuries, diabetic neuropathy, obesity, flatfoot, and plantar fasciitis—and that interventions for strengthening the intrinsics may help.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

Materials science targets foot odors and microbes

Silver fibers and other examples of nano­technology are increasingly turning up in shoes, socks, and orthotic topcovers in an effort to control odors, reduce the risk of infection, and improve foot health by making these devices moisture wicking, breathable, antifungal, and/or antibacterial.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

Running shoe reveal: Study links max cushioning, higher load

Researchers from the Spaulding National Running Center at the Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, MA, have found that running in highly cushioned shoes is not associated with lower impact forces than conventional running shoes. Continue reading

Balance data suggest somatosensory benefit of minimalist footwear design

Minimalist shoes are associated with better balance performance than clog-style molded plastic shoes or flip-flops, according to a study from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Continue reading

Dynamic arch height in runners differs significantly from static measurement

Dynamic measures of arch height in runners are significantly different from static measures, according to research from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. Continue reading

Correcting hallux valgus

Surgery may restore sensation at great toe – Although some research has described sensory nerve dysfunction as a potential complication of hallux valgus surgery, most patients undergoing the procedure have measureable preoperative deficits—and most of these…

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

Varied factors affect emotional issues related to painful diabetic neuropathy

A detailed look at factors related to emotional distress in patients with painful diabetic neuropathy found that, among other issues, being socially isolated increases anxiety and can worsen individuals’ experience of pain and quality of life.

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

Patients with MS and foot drop assess benefits and drawbacks of AFOs, FES

Patients with multiple sclerosis and foot drop find that both ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) and functional electrical stimulation (FES) have pros and cons, but that, overall, the positives of both devices outweigh the negatives, according to research from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, UK.

By Jordana Bieze Foster Continue reading

Time to talk: Back pain therapy manages expectations

Selecting the right patients and committing time to education and management of their expectations when using orthoses to treat chronic low back pain can yield  symptomatic relief, according to research conducted at the University of Salford and epublished by the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research in May.

Continue reading

Plantar pressure measurements reveal not all sham devices are created equal

Not all sham orthoses used in research settings provide the same mechanical effects or are perceived by study participants as equally credible, according to research epublished in May by the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research.

Continue reading

Varying rearfoot posting has multiple dose-response effects, gait study finds

Varying rearfoot post angle levels in foot orthoses designed to correct pronation has dose-response effects at the rearfoot and knee in individuals both with and without pronated feet, according to a study published in May in the Journal of Biomechanics.

Continue reading

Angling for at-risk kids

Predicting flexible flatfoot symptoms
A recent paper on variations in midfoot alignment offers a tantalizing new piece of information in the treat-or-don’t-treat puzzle that has long been an issue in management of asymptomatic pedi­atric flexible flatfoot.

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Older patients with toe deformities exhibit reduced soft tissue thickness

Thinning of the plantar soft tissue under the metatarsal heads in older adults is linked to both hallux valgus and lesser toe deformities, according to a case-controlled study published in the July 2011 issue of the Journal of Orthopedic Research. … Continue reading

Findings link poor physical function outcome scores to painful or stiff feet

Treating aching or stiff feet may help patients prevent or cope with declines in physical function, report researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In more than 2500 participants, investigators looked at three measures of physical function: … Continue reading

In the Moment: Footwear

By Jordana Bieze Foster

Region-specific foot pain doesn’t always match pressures, forces

Gait compensation may play role – The location of foot pain doesn’t always correspond with elevated plantar pressures and abnormal forces, which suggests the availability of region-specific compensatory gait mechanisms may play a role, according to recent research using Framingham Foot Study data.

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

Samuel Hubbard Free

With the Un-Sneaker collection, Samuel Hubbard set out to make an “everyday shoe” for people with an active lifestyle. With soft upper materials, full glove-leath­er linings, a one-piece vamp, hidden padded collar, removable memory-foam… Continue reading

Revere Santa Monica

The Santa Monica for women from revere Comfort Shoes features a stylish V front, a back strap, metal trim detail, and forefoot and rearfoot adjustability to provide a personalized fit. The sandal’s design also features a removable comfort insert, with enough… Continue reading

Mephisto Jissy

The Jissy from Mephisto is a casual sandal with a stylish profile. Like all Mobils by Mephisto comfort footwear, it features all-over cushioning between the lining and the upper to pillow the feet, along with soft-air technology in the midsole to minimize shock. Continue reading

Gem Caballo from Vionic

Vionic introduces a new silhouette. The Gem Caballo flat for women features a pointed toe with an envelope vamp detail, along with a removable footbed and stylish uppers made of suede, snake-printed leather, or haircalf. Continue reading

Drew Tuscany

The Tuscany athleisure shoe for women offers a new, sparkling look from Drew. Tuscany shoes are walking shoes with added depth that can accommodate prescribed foot orthoses. Continue reading

On Cloudster

The Cloudster, from Swiss footwear company On, features a very stiff flex and a slightly rockered speedboard, which keep the foot in a natural position while minimizing the loaded flex on the foot. A four-way adaptive-fit stretch material across the toe box allows for a natural toe splay. Continue reading

Arcopédico Alice

Arcopédico’s new Alice style for women is designed to be the essence of casual chic while still being ideal for all-day wear at work. Designed in solid-tone suede, this slide-on loafer features a hand-stitched vamp, cushioned insole for superior comfort, metal-free twin… Continue reading

Apex Sydney

Apex introduces the Sydney, the newest addition to the company’s Petals line of soft, light, and beautiful shoes for fashion-forward women who need superior support and adjustability. Continue reading

Anodyne No. 19 Casual Mary Jane

Incredibly lightweight, the No. 19 Casual Mary Jane from Anodyne weighs in at just 5.6 oz. This A5500-reviewed style also features a full-grain leather upper, an anti­microbial-treated… Continue reading

Alicia Slide from Spenco

New from Spenco for fall 2016 is the Alicia Slide for women, which is detailed with embossed floral leather and synthetic suede trim that can complement a casual or dressier look. Continue reading

Bail’s Custom Footcare: Resilient business evolves and adapts over five generations

Few businesses can claim a heritage quite as long as the Bail family’s five-generation relationship with the shoe industry. But more than just a long history of selling shoes, the Bail family’s story is one of resilience.

By Nancy Shohet West Continue reading

Crary Shoes: Pedorthic expertise complements decades of custom shoemaking

Crary Shoes has a motto: “The last is always first.” With a decades-long commitment to quality, the business provides custom shoes for clients with a spectrum of foot concerns, ranging from diabetes to unusually shaped or sized feet.

By Samantha Rosenblum  |  Photos by Monty Wolfe Continue reading

Importance of intrinsic muscles for foot health

A growing body of research suggests the strength of small muscles in the foot can have big implications for a range of foot-health issues—including running-related injuries, diabetic neuropathy, obesity, flatfoot, and plantar fasciitis—and that interventions for strengthening the intrinsics may help.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

Materials science targets foot odors and microbes

Silver fibers and other examples of nano­technology are increasingly turning up in shoes, socks, and orthotic topcovers in an effort to control odors, reduce the risk of infection, and improve foot health by making these devices moisture wicking, breathable, antifungal, and/or antibacterial.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

Running shoe reveal: Study links max cushioning, higher load

Researchers from the Spaulding National Running Center at the Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, MA, have found that running in highly cushioned shoes is not associated with lower impact forces than conventional running shoes. Continue reading

Balance data suggest somatosensory benefit of minimalist footwear design

Minimalist shoes are associated with better balance performance than clog-style molded plastic shoes or flip-flops, according to a study from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Continue reading

Dynamic arch height in runners differs significantly from static measurement

Dynamic measures of arch height in runners are significantly different from static measures, according to research from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. Continue reading

Time to talk: Back pain therapy manages expectations

Selecting the right patients and committing time to education and management of their expectations when using orthoses to treat chronic low back pain can yield  symptomatic relief, according to research conducted at the University of Salford and epublished by the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research in May.

Continue reading

Plantar pressure measurements reveal not all sham devices are created equal

Not all sham orthoses used in research settings provide the same mechanical effects or are perceived by study participants as equally credible, according to research epublished in May by the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research.

Continue reading

Varying rearfoot posting has multiple dose-response effects, gait study finds

Varying rearfoot post angle levels in foot orthoses designed to correct pronation has dose-response effects at the rearfoot and knee in individuals both with and without pronated feet, according to a study published in May in the Journal of Biomechanics.

Continue reading

Testing toning shoes

Potential benefits include balance
So-called toning shoes may be best known for ads promising a better butt, but research presented in June at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine suggests the real benefits may lie outside the gluteus maximus.

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Impact frequency data suggest unique risks for forefoot strikers

The frequency content of vertical ground reaction forces generated during running differ among forefoot strikers and rearfoot strikers, and this may have implications for injury risk, according to findings from the University of Massachusetts presented in June at the ACSM … Continue reading

Pressure-based diabetic footwear modifications reduce plantar loads

Shoe modifications based on plantar pressure measurements in patients with diabetic neuropathy can substantially reduce regional elevated loading associated with ulceration risk, according to research from the Netherlands. Investigators from the University of Amsterdam analyzed dynamic plantar pressures in 23 … Continue reading

Market Mechanics


Region-specific foot pain doesn’t always match pressures, forces

Gait compensation may play role – The location of foot pain doesn’t always correspond with elevated plantar pressures and abnormal forces, which suggests the availability of region-specific compensatory gait mechanisms may play a role, according to recent research using Framingham Foot Study data.

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

Samuel Hubbard Free

With the Un-Sneaker collection, Samuel Hubbard set out to make an “everyday shoe” for people with an active lifestyle. With soft upper materials, full glove-leath­er linings, a one-piece vamp, hidden padded collar, removable memory-foam… Continue reading

Revere Santa Monica

The Santa Monica for women from revere Comfort Shoes features a stylish V front, a back strap, metal trim detail, and forefoot and rearfoot adjustability to provide a personalized fit. The sandal’s design also features a removable comfort insert, with enough… Continue reading

Mephisto Jissy

The Jissy from Mephisto is a casual sandal with a stylish profile. Like all Mobils by Mephisto comfort footwear, it features all-over cushioning between the lining and the upper to pillow the feet, along with soft-air technology in the midsole to minimize shock. Continue reading

Gem Caballo from Vionic

Vionic introduces a new silhouette. The Gem Caballo flat for women features a pointed toe with an envelope vamp detail, along with a removable footbed and stylish uppers made of suede, snake-printed leather, or haircalf. Continue reading

Drew Tuscany

The Tuscany athleisure shoe for women offers a new, sparkling look from Drew. Tuscany shoes are walking shoes with added depth that can accommodate prescribed foot orthoses. Continue reading

On Cloudster

The Cloudster, from Swiss footwear company On, features a very stiff flex and a slightly rockered speedboard, which keep the foot in a natural position while minimizing the loaded flex on the foot. A four-way adaptive-fit stretch material across the toe box allows for a natural toe splay. Continue reading

Arcopédico Alice

Arcopédico’s new Alice style for women is designed to be the essence of casual chic while still being ideal for all-day wear at work. Designed in solid-tone suede, this slide-on loafer features a hand-stitched vamp, cushioned insole for superior comfort, metal-free twin… Continue reading

Apex Sydney

Apex introduces the Sydney, the newest addition to the company’s Petals line of soft, light, and beautiful shoes for fashion-forward women who need superior support and adjustability. Continue reading

Anodyne No. 19 Casual Mary Jane

Incredibly lightweight, the No. 19 Casual Mary Jane from Anodyne weighs in at just 5.6 oz. This A5500-reviewed style also features a full-grain leather upper, an anti­microbial-treated… Continue reading

Alicia Slide from Spenco

New from Spenco for fall 2016 is the Alicia Slide for women, which is detailed with embossed floral leather and synthetic suede trim that can complement a casual or dressier look. Continue reading

Bail’s Custom Footcare: Resilient business evolves and adapts over five generations

Few businesses can claim a heritage quite as long as the Bail family’s five-generation relationship with the shoe industry. But more than just a long history of selling shoes, the Bail family’s story is one of resilience.

By Nancy Shohet West Continue reading

Crary Shoes: Pedorthic expertise complements decades of custom shoemaking

Crary Shoes has a motto: “The last is always first.” With a decades-long commitment to quality, the business provides custom shoes for clients with a spectrum of foot concerns, ranging from diabetes to unusually shaped or sized feet.

By Samantha Rosenblum  |  Photos by Monty Wolfe Continue reading

Importance of intrinsic muscles for foot health

A growing body of research suggests the strength of small muscles in the foot can have big implications for a range of foot-health issues—including running-related injuries, diabetic neuropathy, obesity, flatfoot, and plantar fasciitis—and that interventions for strengthening the intrinsics may help.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

Materials science targets foot odors and microbes

Silver fibers and other examples of nano­technology are increasingly turning up in shoes, socks, and orthotic topcovers in an effort to control odors, reduce the risk of infection, and improve foot health by making these devices moisture wicking, breathable, antifungal, and/or antibacterial.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

EULAR-presented ArthritisPower data 
detail patient research, education priorities

Investigators involved in the CreakyJoints patient education initiative on June 10 presented preliminary results stemming from the ArthritisPower research registry at the 2016 Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) in London, UK. 

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Arcopédico notes 50 years, study results

Sparks, NV-based Arcopédico USA, the only US distributor of Portuguese-made comfort and travel footwear, celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 4 by announcing results of its shoe comfort research.

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ACFAS offers summer footcare help

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) in May released two new infographics for patients on summer foot issues.

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Ottobock study, RCT support use of its
C-Brace in paresis, Patella Pro in PFPS

Ottobock in May reported results of studies involving two of the Duderstadt, Germany-based company’s devices.

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AOPA announces Thranhardt nominees

The Alexandria, VA-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on May 23 announced the contenders for its 2016 Thranhardt Award. They are Beatrice Janka, MPO, CPO; Gordon Stevens, CPO, LPO; Kenton Kaufman, PhD, PE; and Lauren White, PT, DPT, PCS. The nominees will present their research at the 2016 AOPA National Assembly in September in Boston.

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ACSM, AMSSM award $20K research grant

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) on May 26 awarded the $20,000 2016 ACSM-AMSSM Clinical Research Grant to Alison Brooks, MD, MPH, and her coinvestigator David Bell, PhD, ATC.

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AAOS releases patient education apps

The Rosemont, IL-based American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in June introduced apps that help physicians explain musculoskeletal problems and procedures to patients.

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Cryos Tech unveils new 3D foot scanner

Joliette, Canada-based Cryos Technologies on May 26 premiered a new 3D foot scanning system for podiatrists at the FIP (Federation Internationale des Podologues) World Congress of Podiatry in Montreal.

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Spenco backs ultra-distance run for cancer

Waco, TX-based Spenco Medical reported on June 4 that ultra-distance runner Roy Weigand completed a 131-mile trek in Burbank, CA, in about 27 hours to raise funds to help support families of children with cancer.

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Hanger reports internal audit results to SEC

Birmingham, AL-based Hanger on June 7 filed an 8-K form with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting the results of an internal investigation. The form, which companies must file to announce major events that shareholders should know about, details the recent findings of Hanger’s internal audit committee.

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Steampunk offers 3D printing classes

Catoosa, OK-based Steampunk Bionics Academy in May announced four new class offerings on 3D printing: an introductory course called 3D Printing in Healthcare, as well as three practice-specific courses in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Foot Orthotics, which cover scanning, design, and 3D printing of devices.

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AOSSM warns on early sport specialization

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) in April epublished a consensus statement concluding there is no evidence that young children will benefit from early sport specialization in the majority of sports, and that they are subject to overuse injury and burnout from concentrated activity.

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Sigvaris buys BiaCare to build product line

Winterthur, Switzerland-based Sigvaris announced April 29 that it has completed a definitive agreement to purchase BiaCare, located in Zeeland, MI. BiaCare designs and produces short stretch wraps, compression… Continue reading

Galloway wins third place on DWTS

Noah Galloway, a double amputee and former soldier who lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee after a 2005 roadside bombing in Iraq, finished third during the May 19 finale of season 20 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (DWTS). Continue reading

Biodex, Concussion Health offer rehab cert

Shirley, NY-based Biodex Medical Systems and Austin, TX-based Concussion Health reported on May 28 that the two companies have completed a preferred vendor partnership to create a concussion management program for Biodex’s rehabilitation facility customers. Continue reading

Streifeneder, OPIE partner on purchasing

The Gainesville, FL-based OPIE Choice Network and Streifen­eder USA in Tampa, FL, on May 8 announced they have inked two new agreements. Continue reading

Össur, SpringActive to license bionic ankle

Reykjavik, Iceland-based Össur and Tempe, AZ-based Spring­Active on May 6 jointly announced a licensing agreement between the global provider of advanced prosthetics and the privately held engineering firm that specializes in robotics and powered prosthetic devices. Continue reading

Kinesio tape improves dynamic balance

Sunku Kwon, LAT, ATC, an athletic trainer from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, presented research on May 27 at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in… Continue reading

Ottobock renews OPAF gold sponsorship

Ottobock, which has its North American headquarters in Austin, TX, on May 27 renewed its $10,000 gold-level sponsorship of the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF). Continue reading

Registration open for bicycle-fitting event

The Sixth Annual Medicine of Cycling Conference will be held at USA Cycling headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO, August 14-16. Continue reading

Nets’ Walsh wins top NBATA award

The NBA Trainers Association (NBATA) on May 16 awarded the Brooklyn Nets’ Tim Walsh, ATC, its Jim O’Toole Athletic Trainer of the Year for the second consecutive year. Continue reading

AOPA announces Thranhardt finalists

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on June 3 announced the contenders for its 2015 Fall Thranhardt Award and noted the five finalists will present their research at AOPA’s annual National Assembly… Continue reading

OTC orthoses reduce plantar fascia strain

Sole, SuperFeet, and PowerStep over-the-counter (OTC) orthoses reduce plantar fascia strain, according to research epublished on May 26 in Prosthetics and Orthotics International. Continue reading

APTA names Jette PTJ editor-in-chief

The Alexandria, VA-based American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) on June 1 named Alan M. Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA, editor-in-chief of its monthly scientific journal, Physical Therapy (PTJ). Jette will serve a five-year term beginning… Continue reading

HSS gets $2.76M sports injury grant

The New York, NY-based Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) on May 13 reported it had received a $2.76 million grant from HSS board member James Dinan and his wife, Elizabeth Miller, through… Continue reading

Orthologix begins O&P patient navigation

Trevose, PA-based Orthologix on June 1 launched a Patient Navigation Program for O&P patients. Continue reading

Paralympic medalist Amy Purdy finishes second on ballroom dance reality show

Adaptive snowboarder and bilateral transtibial amputee Amy Purdy and her dance partner Derek Hough cha-chaed and tangoed their way to a very close second-place spot on the May 20 finale of season 18 of Dancing … Continue reading

SureFit will offer BioMedix’s PADnet

Austin, TX-based SureFit Shoes and health information technology company BioMedix signed an exclusive distribution agreement in May allowing SureFit to offer the St. Paul, MN-based company’s PADnet in-office vascular testing devices and collaborative care programs to the podiatric marketplace. Continue reading

Geelong to host pedorthic symposium

The Pedorthic Association of Australia announced in May that it will host the 2014 International Pedorthic Symposium, scheduled for September 12-14 in Geelong, Victoria. Continue reading

OHI aquires PedAlign, new investor

Ronkonkoma, NY-based custom device manufacturer Orthotic Holdings, Inc (OHI) on May 27 announced its acquisition of PedAlign, a San Diego-based foot orthotic company that offers practitioners a fully digital orthotic solution. Continue reading

Red Cross honors Ottobock blogger

The Minnesota branch of the American Red Cross in May selected Ottobock blogger and above-knee amputee Kate Ross for its “Give Life Hero” award, which recognizes individuals whose commitment to blood donation plays an important role in their communities. Continue reading

AOPA prepares for 2013 world congress, invites entries for abstracts, competitions

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) invites O&P students and residents to present their research findings or case studies at the 2013 O&P World Congress, scheduled for September 18-21 in Orlando, FL. AOPA will give the Otto and Lucille … Continue reading

DOD awards $1M in research grants to help amputees regain walking ability

The US Department of Defense (DOD) Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program awarded Seattle-based Cadence Biomedical $1 million on May 30 to fund development of new technology for amputees. Cadence makes the Kickstart Walking System, a wearable device without batteries or … Continue reading

Mayo Clinic plans major sports center

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, announced on May 28 that it will expand its sports medicine practice as part of the 100,000-square-foot Mayo Clinic Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center building project. The Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center at the Dan … Continue reading

PFP experts will convene in Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia will host the third International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat & Clinical Symposium, a three-day gathering of scientists who meet every two years to present new research on patellofemoral pain (PFP) and engage in panel discussion and consensus-building … Continue reading

Shire sponsors wound care fellowships

Shire Regenerative Medicine announced at the May 2013 Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and Wound Healing Society, held in Denver, CO, that it will partner with the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) to provide a $100,000 grant … Continue reading

Studies suggest antimicrobial dressings reduce infections, wound complications

Skillman, NJ-based ConvaTec reported in May that two recent studies suggest its Aquacel Ag Surgical cover dressing has benefits over standard dressings for prevention of wound complications. The antimicrobial dressing is designed to protect surgical incisions with a waterproof viral … Continue reading

Ektio shoes assist high-flying Slamball players with ankle sprain prevention

New York City-based Ektio is continuing to strengthen its partnership with professional Slamball athletes. Slamball players, whose full-contact hybrid sport of basketball played from trampolines puts them at risk for ankle sprains, started trying out Ektio shoes, which are designed … Continue reading

JMS Plastics teams with nora systems

Neptune, NJ-based JMS Plastics joined with nora systems in May to bring its EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) products to JMS customers who are seeking high-quality EVA for orthoses and diabetic shoes. nora systems, headquartered in Weinheim, Germany, is internationally recognized … Continue reading

IOC calls for injury prevention abstracts

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) invites abstracts and workshop proposals for its 4th IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport, scheduled for April 10-12, 2014, in Monaco. The deadline for workshop proposals is September 1, and … Continue reading

New ACSM president speaks at May event

William W. Dexter, MD, FACSM, new president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), officially took the reins of the organization at the 60th ACSM Annual Meeting and the Fourth World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, which drew more … Continue reading

Aetrex opens retail concept store featuring interactive shopping

Teaneck, NJ-based footwear manufacturer Aetrex in May opened the doors to its first retail concept store in nearby Englewood, NJ. The store offers Aetrex’s entire line of men’s and women’s products, including athletic, casual, and dress shoes, sandals, boots, copper … Continue reading

pediped sale to benefit children’s charities continues until July 3

Children’s footwear company pediped’s Purchases with Purpose fundraiser to benefit children’s charities will continue through July 3. During this period, select styles of pediped shoes on pediped.com will be marked down as much as 50%.  Half of the dollars from … Continue reading

ASOP, AAOF announce first combined technology course

The American Society of Orthopedic Professionals and The American Association of Orthotic Fitters have announced their first combined Orthopedic Technology Course, to be held August 22-26 in Indian Rocks Beach, FL. The new training program for Orthopedic Technology Assistants will … Continue reading

Scripps researcher Darryl D’Lima receives award for e-knee work

Scripps Clinic researcher Darryl D’Lima, MD, PhD, received the Nicolas Andry Award from The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons in June for his orthopedic research using the electronic knee prosthesis known as the e-knee. D’Lima directs the research laboratories … Continue reading

ABC’s Bridge to Ability donation honors memory of Todd Anderson

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics has donated $10,000 to the Amputee Coalition’s Bridge to Ability Fund in memory of Todd F. Anderson, CP, FAAOP. Anderson, former vice president of business services for Otto Bock Healthcare … Continue reading

Allard USA presents Tomorrow’s Orthotic Technology Education

Rockaway, NJ-based Allard USA announces future dates and locations for its two-day educational program “Tomorrow’s Orthotic Technology Education.” TOTE courses are scheduled for June 20-21 in Louisville, KY; June 27-28 in Denver; July 21-22 in Springfield, MA; July 28-29 in … Continue reading

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Region-specific foot pain doesn’t always match pressures, forces

Gait compensation may play role – The location of foot pain doesn’t always correspond with elevated plantar pressures and abnormal forces, which suggests the availability of region-specific compensatory gait mechanisms may play a role, according to recent research using Framingham Foot Study data.

By Emily Delzell Continue reading

Samuel Hubbard Free

With the Un-Sneaker collection, Samuel Hubbard set out to make an “everyday shoe” for people with an active lifestyle. With soft upper materials, full glove-leath­er linings, a one-piece vamp, hidden padded collar, removable memory-foam… Continue reading

Revere Santa Monica

The Santa Monica for women from revere Comfort Shoes features a stylish V front, a back strap, metal trim detail, and forefoot and rearfoot adjustability to provide a personalized fit. The sandal’s design also features a removable comfort insert, with enough… Continue reading

Mephisto Jissy

The Jissy from Mephisto is a casual sandal with a stylish profile. Like all Mobils by Mephisto comfort footwear, it features all-over cushioning between the lining and the upper to pillow the feet, along with soft-air technology in the midsole to minimize shock. Continue reading

Gem Caballo from Vionic

Vionic introduces a new silhouette. The Gem Caballo flat for women features a pointed toe with an envelope vamp detail, along with a removable footbed and stylish uppers made of suede, snake-printed leather, or haircalf. Continue reading

Drew Tuscany

The Tuscany athleisure shoe for women offers a new, sparkling look from Drew. Tuscany shoes are walking shoes with added depth that can accommodate prescribed foot orthoses. Continue reading

On Cloudster

The Cloudster, from Swiss footwear company On, features a very stiff flex and a slightly rockered speedboard, which keep the foot in a natural position while minimizing the loaded flex on the foot. A four-way adaptive-fit stretch material across the toe box allows for a natural toe splay. Continue reading

Arcopédico Alice

Arcopédico’s new Alice style for women is designed to be the essence of casual chic while still being ideal for all-day wear at work. Designed in solid-tone suede, this slide-on loafer features a hand-stitched vamp, cushioned insole for superior comfort, metal-free twin… Continue reading

Apex Sydney

Apex introduces the Sydney, the newest addition to the company’s Petals line of soft, light, and beautiful shoes for fashion-forward women who need superior support and adjustability. Continue reading

Anodyne No. 19 Casual Mary Jane

Incredibly lightweight, the No. 19 Casual Mary Jane from Anodyne weighs in at just 5.6 oz. This A5500-reviewed style also features a full-grain leather upper, an anti­microbial-treated… Continue reading

Alicia Slide from Spenco

New from Spenco for fall 2016 is the Alicia Slide for women, which is detailed with embossed floral leather and synthetic suede trim that can complement a casual or dressier look. Continue reading

Bail’s Custom Footcare: Resilient business evolves and adapts over five generations

Few businesses can claim a heritage quite as long as the Bail family’s five-generation relationship with the shoe industry. But more than just a long history of selling shoes, the Bail family’s story is one of resilience.

By Nancy Shohet West Continue reading

Crary Shoes: Pedorthic expertise complements decades of custom shoemaking

Crary Shoes has a motto: “The last is always first.” With a decades-long commitment to quality, the business provides custom shoes for clients with a spectrum of foot concerns, ranging from diabetes to unusually shaped or sized feet.

By Samantha Rosenblum  |  Photos by Monty Wolfe Continue reading

Importance of intrinsic muscles for foot health

A growing body of research suggests the strength of small muscles in the foot can have big implications for a range of foot-health issues—including running-related injuries, diabetic neuropathy, obesity, flatfoot, and plantar fasciitis—and that interventions for strengthening the intrinsics may help.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

Materials science targets foot odors and microbes

Silver fibers and other examples of nano­technology are increasingly turning up in shoes, socks, and orthotic topcovers in an effort to control odors, reduce the risk of infection, and improve foot health by making these devices moisture wicking, breathable, antifungal, and/or antibacterial.

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

PediFix ToeBuddy Long

Foot specialists since 1885, PediFix now offers a new version of its popular Visco-Gel ToeBuddy for dividing crooked toes, including overlapping, hammer, claw, and mallet toes… Continue reading

Perforated Memory Foam Top Cover

ComfortFit Labs has expanded its topcover choices to seven with its purple perforated Memory Foam Top Cover. The 1/8″ topcover forms to the contour of the foot based on heat. With perforations for improved air flow, it is designed to be both comfortable and durable… Continue reading

Acor AFO Gauntlets

For 2016, Acor has updated its custom AFO Gauntlets, which are handmade in the company’s Cleveland, OH, facility. Also known as a “Leather Lacer,” the company’s most popular AFO (ankle foot orthosis) gauntlet is the G9210. This particular design comes with… Continue reading

Allied OSI Foot Gym Pro

Allied OSI Labs now offers the Foot Gym Pro, an all-in-one tool for performing eight different foot and ankle strengthening and rehabilitation exercises including toe curl, toe extension, dorsiflexion, plantar fascia… Continue reading

Orpyx LogR Analysis System

Orpyx LogR is a technology solution designed for accurate, efficient, and real-time foot and plantar pressure measurement and analysis. Featuring comfortable sensor-embedded shoe inserts, a simple but powerful iOS application, and cloud-based software… Continue reading

Swede-O Patella Tracker

Swede-O introduces the Patella Tracker, a thermal support designed to help reduce swelling and associated pain while providing gentle counter “traction” to help prevent the patella from shifting out of position… Continue reading

Sheer Ease Hosiery

Therafirm is releasing an addition to its new brand, Ease by Therafirm. Sheer Ease styles include open- and closed-toe knee highs, thigh highs, and pantyhose in three compression levels—mild (15-20 mm Hg),  moderate… Continue reading

Prefabricated DynaFlange

Apex introduces a prefabricated version of its custom Dyna­Flange orthotic support. This over-the-counter device features a rearfoot flange, which flexes at three points during heel strike to minimize the deforming effects of impact. Dyna­Flange orthotic supports are designed to… Continue reading

New EMS Socket System

Ottobock is the exclusive distributor of the new EMS (Environmentally Managed System) socket system developed by Carl Caspers, CPO. The EMS technology is fully compatible with the Harmony vacuum system Caspers developed and… Continue reading

MVN Biomech Motion Analysis

The new MVN Biomech wearable 3D motion system from Xsens is made up of small, lightweight tracking units that communicate wirelessly to a personal computer. These trackers can either be integrated into a Lycra suit… Continue reading

EndoFoam Prosthetic Cover

EndoFoam, from Rehabilitation Technical Products, is a two-part prosthetic cover system that creates a uniform cell structure similar to the density of human tissue. Simply secure a finishing mold around the prosthesis, mix the… Continue reading

Soletech Flex Insoles

Soletech now offers Rigid-Flex and Semi-Flex insoles for athletes and others who will benefit from extra arch support. Both the Rigid-Flex and Semi-Flex insoles are lightweight and slender, with a streamlined shape. Continue reading

Townsend Active Reliever

Townsend Design announces the North American release of the Active Reliever, a soft shell single-upright knee brace for osteoarthritis (OA). This brace, available off the shelf or custom fitted, is designed to relieve pain by reducing load on the… Continue reading

Chronic Pain Education System

Physical therapist Adriaan Louw’s Why You Hurt: Therapeutic Neuroscience Education System is a comprehensive tool for teaching patients about pain, distilling complex neuroscience into easily approachable language, examples, metaphors and… Continue reading

Diabetic Compression

Sigvaris announces a new therapeutic compression sock option for patients with diabetes. Constructed with the company’s drirelease yarns and embedded FreshGuard technology, Sigvaris Eversoft Diabetic Socks are designed to… Continue reading

Hersco LEAP Ankle Brace

Hersco’s new Lower Extremity Ankle Protection (LEAP) brace, the latest in the company’s line of ankle foot orthoses (AFOs), is designed to help improve stability and proprioception in elderly patients and others who are at risk for… Continue reading

Copolymer Polypropylene

Copolymer polypropylene is now available from Allied O&P Supply in red, light blue, royal blue, purple, yellow, light pink, and brown. Copolymer polypro­pylene has some flexibility and good crack resistance, but it is more resilient and… Continue reading

Plantarflexion Limiter Kit

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies announces the Tamarack Plantarflexion Limiter Kit, which provides 30° of precision adjustability for plantar flexion control. Kits come in medium and large sizes, can be used with thermoplastic and… Continue reading

Pressurex Duration

Sensor Products announces Pressurex Duration, a visual indicator sensor film that reveals the longevity of physical compressive load. The technological innovation behind Pressurex Duration is a sophis­ticated nanoparticle lattice structure that… Continue reading

Sidekicks Freestyles

Allied OSI Labs has expanded the “SideKicks” over-the-counter (OTC) orthotic line, providing a more complete solution for in-office dispensing. The original SideKicks line, launched in 2012, consisted of three full-length OTC foot orthoses… Continue reading

Updated F-Scan Software

Tekscan announces the release of new, improved software for its F-Scan in-shoe analysis system. This new software automatically performs an in-depth foot function analysis and generates print-friendly reports at the… Continue reading

Townsend Nox Splint

Townsend announces the release of the Nox splint. The Nox (from the Greek word for night) splint is designed for nighttime relief and treatment of plantar fasciitis, fibromatosis, Achilles tendinitis, heel spurs, and foot drop… Continue reading

Therapeutic Kickstart System

Cadence Biomedical introduces the therapeutic version of the Kickstart Walking System, a rehabilitation system designed to help physical therapists maximize rehabilitation outcomes in patients who have experienced a … Continue reading

Therafirm Ease Compression

New from Therafirm is the Ease premium opaque gradient compression line, which complements Knit-Rite’s patented Core-Spun by Therafirm compression socks. Both the gradient compression line and the compression … Continue reading

Slim Fit Max Insoles

Foot Management is now introducing its Slim Fit Max insole, which is made with durable EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) top and bottom covers for added comfort and shock absorption. This orthotic device has a sturdy … Continue reading

Orfitrans Excel

Orfitrans Excel from Allied O&P Supply is a new polyethylene (PE) copolymer for ankle and foot orthoses and flexible prosthetic sockets and liners. It comes in black or semitransparent. It has a very low friction that is not … Continue reading

MultiMotion Joint

Allard USA offers its new Multi­Motion joint, a dynamic corrective system joint designed to ensure fast, efficient, and effective treatment of contractures resulting from neurological conditions. MultiMotion features three … Continue reading

iWALK2.0 Hands-free Crutch

The iWALK2.0 is a hands-free crutch designed to end the pain and inconvenience of conventional crutches. It allows people with lower leg injuries to lead functional, hands-free, pain-free lives during the nonweight-bearing … Continue reading

Dorsal Night Splint

New on the market, Powerstep’s Dorsal Night Splint offers patients relief from the pain and discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. This low profile splint holds the foot in a neutral or … Continue reading

CV2 from Good Blood Flow

Good Blood Flow introduces the CV2, a wellness product designed to increase venous and arterial lower extremity blood flow. In addition to improving circulation, the CV2 can be used to help relieve restless leg … Continue reading

Anatomical Roller

OPTP’s new Anatomical Roller is designed for core strengthening, balance work, postural reeducation, kinesthetic exercise, spinal stabilization, physical therapy, Pilates, and stretching. The roller’s asymmetrical … Continue reading

COD Ankle Joint

The Center for Orthotics Design (COD) offers the COD Self-aligning Ankle Joint, which allows for conversion of a rigid ankle foot orthosis (AFO) to an articulated AFO. The ankle joint allows four-way adjustments and continually variable range of motion in … Continue reading

Therawheel Roller

Therawheel is a self-use roller with more than 150 different applications. It rolls, glides, and compresses soft tissue (ligaments, tendons, muscles, and fascia) in any direction. Thera­wheel provides targeted pressure for detecting and reducing soft tissue restrictions. The thinner part … Continue reading

Omega Scanner 3D

WillowWood announces the Omega Scanner 3D, its newest shape capture device. The Omega Scanner 3D uses structured light to create a 3D image. When the light hits an object the pattern deforms and is then measured by the scanner at … Continue reading

Nufoot Indoor Shoes

Nufoot indoor shoes are designed to meet a variety of needs. Uses include yoga, Pilates, at the gym, in the pool, and other indoor activities. Made with antimicrobial materials from a patented design, the new Nufoot indoor shoes are skid-resistant, … Continue reading

Leather Orthotics

Powerstep’s new Signature Leather Orthotics are functionally correct orthoses for management of plantar fasciitis, overpronation, metatarsal pain, heel pain, arch discomfort, or sore, aching feet. Product features include natural, distressed leather that softens and conforms to the contours of the … Continue reading

KidZerts Heel Cup

KidZerts has released a new product, the KidZerts Heel Cup, to relieve children’s heel pain and discomfort associated with Sever disease. Each heel cup is made of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) semifirm foam rubber, and is contoured to comfortably hold … Continue reading

Kickstart Orthosis

The Kickstart orthosis from Cadence Biomedical is a wearable device that helps stroke survivors and others with weakened muscles or disabilities regain mobility and independence. The new, diagnostic version of Kickstart allows practitioners to try the device and see its … Continue reading

Heelift Glide Boot

DM Systems introduces Heelift Glide, the most recent addition to its family of heel offloading boots that redistribute pressure to promote healing and prevent the development of new heel pressure ulcers. A smooth exterior allows patients to move without catching … Continue reading

Dictus for Foot Drop

Pro-Tech Orthopedics introduces the Dictus, an ultralight device for patients with foot drop. It can be used in standard shoes, with no need for special depths or widths to accommodate the device. A version for barefoot use is also available. … Continue reading

Clean Sweep Shoe Spray

The Tetra Corporation announces Clean Sweep, a new antimicrobial shoe spray designed to conveniently eliminate 99.9% of odor causing bacteria and fungi on contact. Clean Sweep is hypoallergenic and nontoxic, and it contains no artificial color or fragrance. It targets … Continue reading

Arch Angels Children’s Insoles

Med-Vet International announces that Arch Angels Children’s Insoles are now available in sizes Toddler 6 through Youth 5. Inspired by a mom and developed by two podiatrists, Arch Angels conform to a child’s arch as it continues to develop through … Continue reading

AliMed Product Sourcebook

AliMed offers the 2013-2014 Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, & Skilled Nursing Product Source­book for high quality patient care, rehabilitation, orthopedic, operating room, diagnostic imaging, and ergonomic products. AliMed now offers more than 70,000 specialty products for the hospital, long-term care, and rehabilitation … Continue reading

Edser FlopThotics

Edser Orthotic Labs FlopThotic is a custom-made flip-flop fabricated from a cast or 3D foot scan. Its base is direct milled to the corrected foot form. Accommodations, wedges, and heel lifts can be incorporated into the FlopThotic. After milling and … Continue reading

Delrin AF Orthotic Material

Earthwalk introduces Delrin AF, an orthotic fabrication material engineered for strength, stiffness, dimensional stability, impact resistance, and wear resistance comparable to industrial metals. It’s suitable for fabricating dress orthotics and orthoses for obese patients, and its compact density and high … Continue reading

Anodyne Circulation Therapy

Anodyne Therapy introduces the Anodyne Freedom 300, designed to provide foot and leg pain relief by increasing foot and calf circulation. The pain relief technology delivers two 30-minute treatments in between a 20-minute cooling cycle and has an auto shut-off … Continue reading

Aqua Massage Exam Table

Aqua Massage International has launched a pullout therapy/examining table for the Aqua PT Pro, AMI’s dry hydrotherapy medical model. The dual-purpose table features a full-length retractable cushion assembly that conserves table space and can be pulled out so the area … Continue reading

Archmolds Heat Molded Insole

Archmolds’ heat moldable insole is designed to allow footwear to custom mold to the wearer’s unique foot shape. As the insole cools in the shoe, it molds to the foot’s shape without compromising arch support.  The product contains an antibacterial … Continue reading

EZ-Stride Floor Reaction AFO

The EZ Stride floor reaction carbon composite AFO from Spinal Solutions is offered in prefabricated, custom-to-measure, or custom-to-cast versions. It can be made to spiral laterally or medially and is available in an anterior or posterior configuration. Plantar or dorsiflexion … Continue reading

Ultraflex ADR KAFO

Adult and pediatric patients with gross lower extremity weakness and knee instability have a new Adjustable Dynamic Response (ADR) option. The ADR knee ankle foot orthosis (KAFO), featuring the UltraSafeStep KO knee component, is designed to address quadricep weakness or … Continue reading

NonyX Clarifying Nail Gel

Xenna’s new NonyX nail gel is designed to clear discoloring keratin debris from under nails. When applied to dark or yellowed nails the clarifying nail gel breaks down and removes discolored build up. With regular use the gel helps keep … Continue reading

KeepingPace Sport Sandal

KeepingPace, manufacturer of children’s orthopedic footwear, has launched a sport sandal designed to accommodate inserts and ankle foot orthoses. The KPSAND sandal has a rear heel Velcro strap for easy donning and doffing. An ultra lightweight EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) … Continue reading

Footwear Line From Langer

Langer’s therapeutic footwear line for 2011 is selected to provide the closest fit and maximum comfort. Langer’s catalog explains which shoes can accommodate foot orthotics and ankle foot orthoses, as well as those that meet Therapeutic Shoe Bill criteria. The … Continue reading

Fabrifoam Toe Fx Wrap

Fabrifoam introduces the Toe Fx wrap, a safe, conservative treatment for minor nondisplaced fractures or for postsurgical use. Its adjustable compression and support secures two or three toes, stabilizing fractures and immobilizing toes during healing. It can be wrapped around … Continue reading

Breg Square Toe Post-Op Shoe

The Post-Op Shoe with Square Toe is the latest entry in Breg’s line of shoes for foot protection. This post-op shoe features a square toe that acts as a bumper to maximize forefoot and toe protection. The shoe has a … Continue reading