Category Archives: Archives

April 2022

AIN’T JUST IMAGINATION! EFFECTS OF MOTOR IMAGERY TRAINING ON STRENGTH AND POWER PERFORMANCE OF ATHLETES DURING DETRAINING

This study aimed to investigate the effects of motor imagery (MI) training on strength and power performances of professional athletes during a period of detraining caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Continue reading

February 2022

EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS MAY CAUSE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. In people with MS, the body’s immune system attacks the insulating layer that surrounds nerve cells, often killing the cells. The underlying cause of MS remains unknown. Continue reading

February 2022

IMMEDIATE EFFECTS OF FOOT ORTHOSIS GEOMETRY

Foot orthoses (FOs) are used to treat clinical conditions by altering the external forces applied to the foot and thereafter the forces of muscles and tendons. However, whether specific geometric design features of FOs affect muscle activation is unknown. Continue reading

February 2022

AOPA 2022 CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The 105th American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association National Assembly is set to take place Sept. 28 – Oct. 1, 2022, in San Antonio, TX. Virtual sessions will follow. The Call for Presentations, which are submitted to pre-identified Workgroups, is now open. Continue reading

February 2022

LER BOARD MEMBER HITS PUBLISHING MILESTONE

David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, professor of surgery and director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), published his 600th peer-reviewed manuscript in January 2022, at age 52. He becomes the first podiatric surgeon in the… Continue reading

February 2022

ALTERED GAIT INITIATION FOUND IN EARLY MS

In a study of patients with early-stage multiple sclerosis (MS), French researchers found that early-stage MS strongly affects the motor modulation of stance limb kinetics during the anticipatory postural adjustment of gait initiation, without altering the… Continue reading

February 2022

USE OF VISCOSUPPLEMENTATION WITH HYALURONIC ACID IN OA

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a significant cause of disability. Considering the increasing diffusion of the viscosupplementation (VS) with hyaluronic acid (HA), the International Symposium Intra Articular Treatment (ISIAT) appointed a Technical Expert Panel… Continue reading

February 2022

OBESITY-RELATED BURDEN OF OSTEOARTHRITIS OF KNEE AND HIP

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading cause of disability and a source of societal costs among older adults, especially with an increasingly obese population. Few studies have investigated the burden of knee and hip OA due to high body mass index (BMI). Continue reading

February 2022

EXERCISE BEATS ESTRADIOL AT PREVENTING TYPE 2 DIABETES IN RATS

Researchers from Augustana University in South Dakota sought to understand the molecular mechanisms by which estradiol and exercise induce beneficial effects by assessing whole body and cellular changes. They divided a group of female rats into… Continue reading

February 2022

EXERCISE BENEFICIAL FOR MOVEMENT-EVOKED PAIN

European researchers have published a systematic review and meta-analysis looking at the effects of musculoskeletal rehabilitation intervention on movement-evoked pain. They looked at 38 trials which assessed 60 different interventions. Continue reading

February 2022

Obesity Impacts Clinical/Functional Consequences of Knee Osteoarthritis

These authors found a dose-response relation between body mass index and the clinical consequences of knee osteoarthritis. High physical activity level was associated with low BMI and contributes to preventing the clinical consequences of KOA.

By Benjamin Raud, Chloé Gay, Candy Guiguet-Auclair, Armand Bonnin, Laurent Gerbaud, Bruno Pereira, Martine Duclos, Yves Boirie, and Emmanuel Coudeyre Continue reading

February 2022

lerEXPO Conversations: Experts Offer Advice on Knee Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is a progressive disease caused by a breakdown of joint cartilage and ultimately, the underlying bone. The cartilage of a joint can become thin, cracked, and frayed, allowing the bones of the knee to rub together, which can lead to pain, inflammation, and stiffness.

By Keith Loria and Janice T. Radak Continue reading

February 2022

Guideline Update: AAN Updates Guideline for Oral/Topical Treatment of Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has updated its guideline on oral and topical treatments for painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN). The revised guideline, which was published in the journal Neurology and updates the 2011 AAN guideline, has been endorsed by the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Continue reading

February 2022

3D Printing Is Transformative

Three-dimensional (3D) printing is revolutionizing every field it has touched, and orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) is no different. From a business perspective, adjusting a long-standing workflow to incorporate new technology is always daunting.

By Rich Dubin, Publisher and CEO Continue reading

January 2022

Here’s to a Prosperous 2022!

As I write this Publisher’s Memo, yet another in-person conference has been canceled due to Covid-19. While I thought we were making progress with more events going back to live, Covid-19 has once again reared its ugly head, dampening the demand for in-person…

By Rich Dubin Continue reading

January 2022

LIMB PRESERVATION AT STUDENT-LED FREE CLINIC

Uninsured patients with diabetes are at high risk for amputations. This case series illustrates that the medical and specialty services provided by a free interprofessional student clinic were of a vital necessity in healing diabetic foot ulcers and preventing amputations in… Continue reading

January 2022

ALPS Seeks Student Chapter Members

The American Limb Preservation Society (ALPS) serves as an interdisciplinary bridge between varied groups and organizations with respective roles to play in lower limb preservation. As part of its collective goal to eliminate… Continue reading

January 2022

IMPACT OF FRAILTY ON WOUND HEALING

Few studies suggested that frailty may increase inflammation, which in turn may negatively impact tissue repair in people with significant tissue loss. This study aims to shed light on potential impact of frailty on outcomes of skin-substitute placement in patients with… Continue reading

January 2022

DPN FOUND IN 4/5 PATIENTS IN SAUDI STUDY

A descriptive questionnaire-based cross-sectional survey was conducted on a sample of all diabetic patients who attend the specialist diabetes and endocrine center in Prince Mansour Military Hospital in Taif, Saudi Arabia. A monofilament test was used to… Continue reading

January 2022

PREDICTING HEALING OF DFUS WITH MULTISPECTRAL IMAGING

Guidelines recommend adjunctive therapies for diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) without >50% wound area reduction after 4 weeks of standard care. This delays advanced care in nearly 50% of DFUs. We sought to evaluate the ability of a multispectral imaging to predict DFU… Continue reading

January 2022

E-STIM FOR PREVENTION OF ICU-ACQUIRED WEAKNESS IN COVID-19 PATIENTS

Prolonged immobilization may inevitably lead to complications such as muscle dysfunction and consequently, intensive care unit-acquired weakness (ICUAW) among critically ill COVID-19 patients. This pilot-study examined the effectiveness, feasibility and acceptability of… Continue reading

January 2022

NEW TOOL PROVIDES CLINICAL SUPPORT FOR EXERCISE PRESCRIPTIONS

Exercise is recognized as the most efficient, cost-effective, and accessible “polypill” to prevent and treat more than 35 chronic diseases and health conditions that include cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its major risk factors (hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, obesity, and physical inactivity). Continue reading

January 2022

CLEVELAND CLINIC PRODUCING 3D-PRINTED GUIDES FOR ARTHROPLASTY

According to Alan Davis, MD, orthopedic surgeon from the Cleveland Clinic, when patients present with end-stage bone-on-bone arthritis, surgeons have 2 choices. Ankle fusion (arthrodesis) is recommended for patients who are younger or have large deformities, poor bone… Continue reading

January 2022

FOOTPRINTS ID 2ND HUMAN ANCESTOR FOUND AT LAETOLI, TANZANIA

Bipedal trackways discovered in 1978 at Laetoli site G, Tanzania and dated to 3.66 million years ago are widely accepted as the oldest unequivocal evidence of obligate bipedalism in the human lineage. Another trackway discovered two years earlier at nearby site A was… Continue reading

January 2022

EFFECTIVENESS OF VR ON ANXIETY AND PERFORMANCE IN SPORT

With the increased use of technology, relaxation interventions are finding their way into technology devices like virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs). However, there is a lack of evidence on the efficacy of VR relaxation interventions to reduce anxiety in athletes and how that is portrayed in their movement patterns. Continue reading