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Pickleball-related Injuries Involving the Lower Extremity Treated in Emergency Departments

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines many of the elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It is reported to be increasingly popular in the United States (US), particularly among older adults. There is limited published information on pickleball-related injuries, including those involving the lower extremity.

By Mathias B. Forrester, BS

The Challenges with Pickleball: A Clinician’s Perspective

Pickleball has exploded in popularity the past decade or so. Especially with seniors! More than 3 million people of all ages in the United States alone play and that number is growing by 10% every year, according to Athletic Business. The allure of the sport, especially for seniors, is that there isn’t a lot of running, but there is a lot of competition.

By Robert Weil, DPM

 

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O&P’s Need for Differentiation

Although orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) is a small part of healthcare, it provides critical clinical services for millions of Americans living with limb loss and limb impairment. Unfortunately, because of the way O&P services are reimbursed, O&P providers are often not compensated for all care provided to patients.

Ode to Movement and Happy Feet

Life is about movement. Everything in the universe moves. Trees move and mighty mountains move. The stars in the universe and the planet we live on move. This summer, the Olympic Games of last year are moving on again. Olympians will move their bodies to “Citius, Altius, Fortius” – Faster, Higher, Stronger – the Olympic motto.

Common Skin and Nail Conditions of the Lower Extremity: Part 1

Many foot and ankle specialists focus on the musculoskeletal conditions of patients. Skin and nail conditions of the feet, however, are some of the most common complaints that patients have. This 2-part series will describe the most common conditions patients present with to my office and provide some effective treatment options.

By Paul J. Betschart, DPM

Cost of the Pandemic: ↓ in Physical Activity, ↓ Sleep, ↑Depression

Summarized representation of studies which investigated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity, sleep, and mental health. These studies highlighted that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the activity level has been reduced in both the general population and those with chronic illness…

Recovery from COVID-19 Brings Lasting Immunity

After people recover from infection with a virus, the immune system retains a memory of it. Immune cells and proteins that circulate in the body can recognize and kill the pathogen if it’s encountered again, protecting against disease and reducing illness severity.

New research network tackles diabetic foot complications

Six U.S. research institutions are launching a new multicenter network to study diabetic foot ulcers, a common complication of diabetes and the leading cause of lower limb amputations in the United States. The Diabetic Foot Consortium (DFC, diabeticfootconsortium.org) aims to…

Supplement improves glucose metabolism in women’s muscle

In a small trial, the muscles of women who took a supplement called nicotinamide mononucleotide for 10 weeks had improvements in their ability to process blood glucose, an important finding in the search for ways to help prevent or manage diabetes in people.

 

Industry News & Updates

SELECTFLEX PILOT AT COCA-COLA PLANTS SEES PROMISING RESULTS

US-based companies are paying attention to the ergonomics of everyday tasks. Some, such as UPS and FedEX, are bringing in Athletic Trainers to help train employees in proper task-related movements to prevent musculoskeletal injuries.

ENGINEERS CREATE THREAD SENSORS THAT SENSE HOW, WHEN YOU MOVE

Engineers at Tufts University have created and demonstrated flexible thread-based sensors that can measure movement of the neck, providing data on the direction, angle of rotation, and degree of displacement of the head.

POWERED PROSTHETIC ANKLES CAN RESTORE A WIDE RANGE OF FUNCTIONS FOR AMPUTEES

Researchers from North Carolina State University (NC State) and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill have demonstrated that, with training, neural control of a powered prosthetic ankle can restore a wide range of abilities, including standing on challenging surfaces and squatting.

FDA GRANTS US MARKETING AUTHORIZATION FOR DEVICE TO IMPROVE GAIT IN MS PATIENTS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted marketing authorization to Helius Medical for a new device indicated for use as a short-term treatment of gait deficit due to mild to moderate symptoms from multiple sclerosis (MS).

ADAPTTECH SECURES $2.7 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING

Biomedical startup Adapttech, Birmingham, England, announced that it has raised $2.7 million in a new venture capital funding round. The round was supported by existing and new investors. The new funding will primarily be used for new…

 

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