Category Archives: Archives

March 2021

Guest Perspective: Why We Participate In National Biomechanics Day

National Biomechanics Day (NBD)—April 7, 2021—is a worldwide celebration of biomechanics in its many forms for high school students and teachers. Sponsored by The Biomechanics Initiative, NBD is in its 6th year of celebrating all things biomechanics. NBD’s goal is to accelerate the growth and impact of biomechanics science and application by introducing biomechanics to young people, namely high school students. Continue reading

March 2021

Strength & Balance Training Improves Function in DPN, But Not HRQoL

The most common neuropathy associated with diabetes mellitus is distal symmetrical polyneuropathy, also known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). It affects around 12–50% of individuals with diabetes. DPN is a known important risk factor for serious adverse sequelae such as foot ulceration and amputation. Continue reading

March 2021

Humidity from masks may lessen severity of COVID-19              

Facemasks are the most widely used tool for mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Decreased disease severity by the wearer has also been linked to the use of cloth facemasks. This well-documented finding is surprising considering that such masks are poor at filtering the smallest aerosol particles, which can reach the lower respiratory tract and have been associated with severe disease. Continue reading

March 2021

Surface Disinfection Tech Kills 99%+ of SARS-CoV-2 Virus

The long-awaited vaccines to ward off COVID-19 may be getting into people’s arms, but clinicians’ offices around the country are still asking, “are we doing all we can to keep our patient safe?” In addition to the current procedures of cleaning between patients with ultraviolet light or harmful chemicals, new technology is coming online to help answer that question. Continue reading

March 2021

Eyeglasses may prevent Sars-Co-V-19 infection

Everyday glasses—the kind worn by hipsters and nerds alike—may do more than just improve eyesight. Two recent studies are reporting that wearing eyeglasses—to the tune of 8 or more hours a day—appears to slow or even prevent the wearer from becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Continue reading

March 2021

Expert Opinion: Functional Medicine Takes On Chronic Posterior Tibial Tendinitis

As a practicing podiatrist for 40 years, I have seen thousands of patients. About 33 years ago, I became frustrated with the fact that although many of my patients responded to conventional treatment, many did not, and I wanted to know why. To me, this was the missing link in improving my percentage of successful outcomes.

By Robert Kornfeld, D.P.M. Continue reading

March 2021

Patient Guidance: Bunion Surgery Options

The bunion deformity, technically termed hallux abductovalgus or HAV, is a 3-plane positional deformity of the great toe and first metatarsal and can ultimately lead to pain with shoe wearing and walking.  Conservative treatment is always favored first; however, the only way to truly eliminate the deformity itself is by surgical correction.

By Paul J. Betschart, DPM Continue reading

March 2021

Biomechanics Basics: The Challenges of Shifting Plantar Pressure

Center of pressure is a critical biomechanical measure of human postural control and gait, particularly in chronic ankle instability. Evidence from biofeedback studies reveals COP may be modified to improve gait and functional movement.

By Danielle Torp, MS, ATC; Luke Donovan, PhD, ATC; Abbey Thomas, PhD, ATC Continue reading

March 2021

Falls in People with Multiple Sclerosis, Part I: Risk Identification, Intervention, and Future Directions

Falls are highly prevalent in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and result in a range of negative consequences, such as injury, activity curtailment, reduced quality of life, and increased need for care and time off work.

By Susan Coote, PhD; Laura Comber, PhD; Gillian Quinn, PhD; Carme Santoyo-Medina, MSc; Alon Kalron, PhD, PT; Hilary Gunn, PhD Continue reading

March 2021

Wound Care Update: Surgical Site Dehiscence in the Foot: Risk Factors and Prevention

Surgical site dehiscence is one of the most commonly reported complications seen post-operatively. Surgical wound dehiscence (SWD) is defined as the separation of the margins of a closed surgical incision that has been made in skin, with or without exposure or protrusion of underlying tissue, organs, or implants.

By Windy Cole, DPM, CWSP Continue reading

March 2021

German Non-Profit Launches Open-Access Database for Orthopedic-Related Research

The non-profit German Society for Interprofessional Aid Supply e. V. (DGIHV) has launched a new, open-access, bilingual database for scientific research projects and studies in the field of orthopedics and orthopedic aids. The aim is to bring together international and interdisciplinary research. Continue reading

March 2021

Stanford Undergrads Design Motivator for At-Home PT

As undergraduates in Stanford University’s Biodesign for Digital Health course, Ryan Kalili and James Savoldelli set out to help injured athletes do their prescribed physical therapy (PT) regimen that must be done regularly at home to maximize healing. Continue reading

March 2021

Book Chronicles Boy’s Life with Clubfeet Through Ponseti Treatment

Lucky’s Feet is a new children’s book that chronicles an 8-year-old boy’s transition from having to crawl around his grandmother’s home on his hands and knees due to having been born with clubfeet, to walking to school with his brothers and sisters who give him the nickname “Lucky.” Continue reading

March 2021

AOPA Partners with the Journal of Rehabilitative and Assistive Technologies Engineering

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) announced it is partnering with the Journal of Rehabilitative and Assistive Technologies Engineering (RATE). Published by SAGE Publishing, RATE is a peer-reviewed, open access, interdisciplinary journal focusing on the engineering aspects and practical applications of rehabilitation and assistive technologies. Continue reading

March 2021

Thuasne Acquires Knit-Rite

Thusane, a Levallois-Perret, France–based medical device company has acquired Knit-Rite, Kansas City, KS, and its division Therafirm. This is Thuasne’s fourth and largest acquisition in the United States in 10 years. Continue reading

March 2021

Becker Orthopedic Appoints New VP of Business Development

Becker Orthopedic, Troy, MI, has appointed Mathew Waidelich as its vice president of business development. He comes to Becker with 45 years of experience in the orthotic and prosthetic and orthopedic industries with prior senior roles at Ottobock Healthcare, Bio Cybernetics… Continue reading

March 2021

Logan University to Launch Master’s in Athletic Training Program

Logan University, Chesterfield, MO, a private, special-focus university providing college education in chiropractic and the health sciences, will launch a Master’s in Athletic Training to its lineup of degree programs, beginning fall 2021. Applications are currently open for the fall … Continue reading

March 2021

Platform for Complex Foot and Ankle Measurements

CurveBeam has partnered with an artificial intelligence group to use a deep machine learning model to accurately segment and identify complex foot bone structures with little or no human intervention. The tool was trained using 300 datasets of healthy feet and ankles. Continue reading

March 2021

Cadence Low Arch Insoles

Cadence Insoles has added the Cadence Low Arch model to its popular line of over-the-counter products. The Low Arch is a thin (5mm from heel to toe), full-length insole that offers a unique combination of contoured insole with enhanced shock-absorbing comfort, especially under the heel and forefoot. Continue reading

March 2021

CuraMedix EMTT Device, the MAGNETOLITH, Powered by STORZ Medical

CuraMedix’s MAGNETOLITH is an Extracorporeal Magnetotransduction Technology (EMTT) device, powered by STORZ Medical, that is used to treat chronic musculoskeletal diseases. This evidence-based, non-invasive technology is a complement to shock wave therapy; it is backed by… Continue reading

March 2021

Fitterfirst Extreme Balance Board Pro

Fitter International’s Fitterfirst Extreme Balance Board Pro was designed for balance and sports training, aimed for use at home or at fitness facilities. With a challenging 360-degree rotation, this is the most advanced board offered by the company. Continue reading

March 2021

Hatchbacks Slide V

Hatchbacks adaptive footwear was developed for the special needs children’s and youth community. This footwear utilizes an exclusively engineered last (foot form) based on extensive patient fittings that offer extra depth and width along with innovative functional features. Continue reading

March 2021

PRO-PODS Release and Stabilization Exercise Tools

OPTP has introduced the PRO-PODS Release & Stabilization Tools. Sold as a pair, these lightweight and portable exercise tools feature a textured domed top and a smooth, flat bottom. Measuring 6 ½” x 3 ½” x 2″, the oval-contour shape fits under both hands and feet comfortably, allowing for a… Continue reading

March 2021

CURREX SupportSTP Insoles

CURREX SupportSTP insoles are designed to support the foot and its natural movement. Designed for comfort and relief from foot pressure, SupportSTP may help reduce pain from plantar fasciitis. These insoles deliver stability as well as premium shock absorption and cushioning for endless walking, golfing, or light work. Continue reading

March 2021

Moflex Foot and Ankle Training

Moflex, which stands for Motion Flexibility, is a portable device that helps improve foot stability and ankle mobility. It can be used in fitness, sports training, daily function, and injury rehabilitation and prevention. The device is based on the science of correcting proper foot loading patterns. Continue reading