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Overuse Injuries in Sports Aren’t Wholly Preventable. But They Are Reducible

Empower athletes and work in partnership with them to reduce their risk and severity of overuse injury and keep them at the level of performance they want. Getting better at any sport, at any level, takes practice, commitment—and repetition. Basketball players shoot jump shot after jump shot, soccer players drill footwork, and cross-country athletes log seemingly endless miles.

By Nicole Wetsman

 

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Going Boldly Into 2020…and Beyond

Rich Dubin, Publisher

Rich Dubin – Founder & Publisher

As we enter a new year AND a new decade, it’s important to affirm our foundation and set our sights on new directions. One of LER’s key strengths is the breadth of our multi-disciplinary highly collaborative audience—and we don’t intend to change that.

Rather, we spent the last year honing our editorial product and, working with new and returning Editorial Advisory Board members and other industry experts, revised our mission statement to reflect both who we are today and where we want to go:


LER: Showcasing evidence and expertise across multiple medical disciplines to build, preserve, and restore function of the lower extremity from pediatrics to geriatrics.

Our updated mission statement will be supported by editorial content that is driven by 4 foundational tenets:

  • Biomechanics matter.
  • Injury prevention is possible.
  • Diabetic foot ulcers can be prevented.
  • Collaborative care leads to better outcomes.

You’ll see these themes throughout our editorial content and as drivers for new opportunities for new connections.

In setting our sights in new directions, it is important to look at what industry changes are coming down the pike and what we need to do to meet the needs of the market. One of the things of which I am most proud is that I feel LER is especially good at listening to the market and responding accordingly, allowing us to create new and valuable opportunities for our audience.

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Aquatic Walking Relieves Arterial Stiffness in PAD

Aquatic walking can help relieve arterial stiffness among patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to results from a clinical trial published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. The study also showed that aquatic walking boosts patients’ ability to tolerate exercise, cardiorespiratory capacity, and muscular strength, and that patients are largely more inclined to maintain this exercise regimen.

By Chuck Green

Study Examines Treatment of Chronic Wound Pain with Long-Acting Lidocaine Gel

According to 2004 figures, about 6 million people suffer from chronic wounds due to bedsores and vascular, inflammatory, and rheumatologic sources, with medical costs for this care reaching almost $10 billion.* Opioids and non-opioid treatments are often used to manage the pain associated with these chronic wounds but come with issues such as the potential for addiction or abuse.

By Laura Fonda Hochnadel

Rehab May Improve 1st MTP Arthrodesis Long-term Outcomes

While arthrodesis of the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint is known to alleviate pain from osteoarthritis in the hallux, long-term outcomes vary, with nearly 20% of patients reporting dissatisfaction with the surgical outcome. “There are a number of patients who have symptoms of pain, metatarsalgia, lateral toe arthritis or…

Are Lateral Ankle Sprains Being Treated Correctly?

Lateral ankle sprain is the most common injury in physically active populations, yet some believe those who sustain an acute lateral ankle sprain may not receive timely formal rehabilitation and are at an increased risk to have subsequent sprains which can lead to chronic pain and instability.

By Keith Loria

 

Industry News & Updates

Integrity Orthotics Joins LBG Medical/Strive Footwear

Integrity Orthotics has joined the LBG Medical family of companies. Based in the United Kingdom, LBG Medical has been a leading orthotic provider for over 40 years and is the largest custom orthotic laboratory in Europe.

Engineer Receives Grants to Further Develop Utah Bionic Leg

Engineers at the University of Utah (UofU), Salt Lake City, have developed and have been trialing a computerized bionic leg to help amputees walk faster, easier, and with better balance. Now, mechanical engineering assistant professor Tommaso Lenzi, PhD, who heads the project developing the Utah Bionic Leg, has received 2 grants to further advance the technology.

Handheld Fluorescence Imaging Device for Wound Management Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance

MolecuLight, Toronto, Canada, has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its i:X handheld fluorescence imaging device for use in the detection of wounds containing bacteria. The MolecuLight i:X enables real time point-of-care visualization of fluorescence in wounds and measures wounds and digitally records all images and area measurements.

Study: Student Athlete Safety Is Not a Priority in US High Schools

A recent study showed that one-third of public and private high schools in the US have no access to athletic trainers and that lack of appropriate sports medicine care is even greater for private schools where parents are traditionally paying for what they perceive as a better and safer experience.

Researchers Land Funding to Further Study Diabetic Ulcer Drug

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame recently received $4.6 million from the US Department of Defense to help fund studies for a drug they developed for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. The compound, called (R)-ND-336, is a topical gel. It was developed by Mayland Chang, PhD, research professor in the Department of Chemistry and…

 

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