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June 2018

The Future Is Knocking: Tufts Engineers Develop Smart Bandage

A team of engineers led by Tufts University has developed a bandage to actively monitor the condition of chronic wounds, such as diabetic ulcers, and deliver drug treatments to improve the chances of healing. With the idea of assisting the natural healing process, the researchers designed the bandages with heating elements and thermoresponsive drug carriers that can deliver tailored treatments in response to embedded pH and temperature sensors that track infection and inflammation. Continue reading

June 2018

In Memoriam: Lawrence G. Lefler, DPM

Lawrence G. Lefler, DPM, passed away June 23. He was 92 years old. Lefler was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps and was an air traffic controller until being discharged in 1946. He then attended the University of Nebraska, eventually being admitted to what is now the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, which he graduated from in 1952. Continue reading

June 2018

Össur Formfit Pro 3D Compressive Knit Solutions

Össur has introduced the new Össur Formfit Pro line of 3D compressive knit solutions, designed for people suffering from different musculoskeletal conditions or ailments, yet remain passionate about staying active. Össur‘s Formfit Pro range includes the Formfit Pro Knee for compression and patella support; Formfit Pro Knee OA, which… Continue reading

June 2018

Ottobock Names New CFO

Ottobock, Duderstadt, Germany, announced Philipp Schulte-Noelle will join the management team of the international medical technology manufacturer under CEO Oliver Scheel Dr. rer. nat. Dipl. Chem, starting August 15. He comes to Ottobock from Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA, Bad Homburg, Germany, where he began in 2013 as corporate business development/M&A; most recently he was CFO and labor director of… Continue reading

June 2018

Data-Gathering Performance Treadmills

Mobius, AMTI’s new line of performance treadmills, comes in two models: one fixed-tilt and one inclinable, capable of a 25% gradient. Both models have two independent 8800N-capacity force platforms, and a frame engineered to achieve the highest possible natural frequency, with the goal of providing industry-leading data quality. Continue reading

June 2018

Sock Aid

Advanced S.A. International Ltd. now offers the new Sock Aid for easy donning and doffing of socks for people who have difficulty bending or other mobility issues. The cordless unit requires easy one-handed operation and is compact for traveling. For donning, the sock is affixed to Easy On Sock Aid fully open and inside out with the heel in the correct position. Continue reading

June 2018

ACFAS Calls for Manuscript, Poster Submissions

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) has issued a call for manuscript and poster submissions to be presented at its 77th Annual Scientific Conference Program, which will be held February 14-19 in New Orleans. Continue reading

June 2018

Socks with Purpose

ING Source, Inc. of North Carolina is best known for its proprietary application of compression therapy into orthopedic and sports bracing, Compression Zone Technology (CZT). Under its brand OS1st Base Layer Bracing, ING Source, Inc. has announced a new range of therapeutic socks under the banner, “Socks with Purpose.” Continue reading

June 2018

NAAOP Comments on MEDPAC Orthotics Report

In June, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MEDPAC) filed a report with Congress, regarding Medicare and the healthcare delivery system, in which there is a section on orthotics and that includes a recommendation to implement competitive bidding for off-the-shelf (OTS) orthotics. Continue reading

June 2018

ShearBan Low Friction Patches: New Bulk and Retail Options

ShearBan is an ultra-thin, self-adhesive, low-friction patch designed to address friction and shear forces that contribute to blisters, corns, calluses, and diabetic foot ulcers. The patches are applied directly to braces, prosthetic sockets, and footwear where a person is experiencing painful rubbing. Continue reading

June 2018

Why You Hurt System

The Why You Hurt: Therapeutic Neuroscience Education System by Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, CSMT, is a tool that clinicians can use to teach their patients what pain is and how it works. Available from OPTP, the system uses illustrated flashcards, discussion topics, teaching cues, and homework sessions that refine complex neuroscience into metaphors, examples, and images. Continue reading

June 2018

Bill Will Allow NPs, PAs to Certify Need for Diabetic Shoes

New legislation was recently introduced that would allow nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to satisfy Medicare’s documentation requirement for coverage of certain shoes for people with diabetes, allowing those patients easier access to that care. The bill, “Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act,” was introduced into the 115th Congress by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME). Continue reading

June 2018

Instant Ice Wrap Combined Cooling and Compression

Instant Ice Wrap functions as an alternative to bags of ice to provide both cooling and compression to treat lower extremity pains. The treatment alternative helps to reduce swelling and offers joint and muscle pain relief without the risk of frostbite, skin burn, or irritation that can be associated with traditional icing. Continue reading

June 2018

Children’s 3R67 Prosthetic Knee

Ottobock HealthCare’s 3R67 prosthetic knee joint is the first everyday prosthesis with hydraulic swing phase control specifically for children. Children have different prosthetic needs than adults — and the cutting-edge technology of the new 3R67 prosthetic knee joint meets the everyday demands of… Continue reading

June 2018

Low-Cost Prosthetic Foot Mimics Natural Walking

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers have developed a simple, low-cost, passive prosthetic foot that can be tailored to an individual. Given a user’s body weight and size, the researchers can tune the shape and stiffness of the prosthesis, such that the user’s walk is similar to an able-bodied gait. Continue reading

June 2018

Ankle-foot orthoses and functional electrical stimulation for foot drop in MS: Pluses, minuses, progress

Assistive ambulation devices for the ankle can bolster walking speed and safety and lessen the risk of injury to the joint. But which of 2 technologies is best for your patient?

By Hank Black Continue reading

June 2018

EXPERT OPINION: Advances and alternatives in diabetic ulcer offloading

Diabetic foot ulcers pose life-threatening risks to patients with diabetes. Offloading of high pressure areas of the foot is key to successful treatment. We review various methods here.

By James McGuire, DPM, PT, LPed, FAPWHc, and Tyler Coye, BA Continue reading

June 2018

Management of acute ankle sprains: To immobilize or not?

Functional rehabilitation training protocols typically consist of stability and postural control exercises aimed at recovering from the proprioceptive defect that occurs after an ankle injury and preventing recurrent sprains by improving stabilometric results.

By Audris Tien, DPM, Jarrod Shapiro, DPM, FACFAS, FACFAOM, Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS, CHCQM Continue reading

June 2018

Overuse Injuries in Elite Basketball Players

Equinus is the primary mechanical cause of acquired non-traumatic foot and ankle pathology—plantar fasciitis, AT, and MSS—in running sports. The three most common lower-extremity overuse injuries among those who participate in running-related sports such as basketball have all been linked to the…

By Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, FACFAS, FASPS, FFPM RCPS (Glasg) Continue reading

June 2018

Gender Matters in Achieving Functional Performance

How many practice trials are needed to achieve functional performance in static and dynamic balance and hopping tests among those with chronic ankle instability (CAI)? That was the question Jordan Read, a student at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas, and colleagues looked to answer in his poster, Recommended Number of Trials for Balance and Hopping Tests between Male and Female CAI.1 Continue reading

June 2018

The Effects of TT, FRT, and KT on Joint Angles and YBT Performance

Chronic ankle instability (CAI) is a common issue in the athletic population. Although there are many prophylactic taping methods used to prevent repetitive ankle sprains, the effects of these taping methods in dynamic postural control are not clearly understood. Continue reading

June 2018

The Effect of CAI on Landing/Cutting Lower-Extremity Kinematics, EMG, and GRF

In the poster, Altered Movement Neuromechanics during Jump Landing and Cutting in Patients with Chronic Ankle Instability,3 Hyunsoo Kim, assistant professor of the Department of Kinesiology, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, and colleagues looked at altered movement pattern in patients with CAI to examine biomechanical factors for CAI. Continue reading

June 2018

Influence of TT, FRT, and KT on Joint Angles of Lower Extremity

Even though there have been numerous studies regarding prophylactic ankle taping, the way to control the increased mechanical laxity associated with their condition during dynamic activity is not clear. To investigate the effects of traditional tape (TT), fibular repositioning tape (FRT), and kinesiology tape (KT) on joint angles of the lower extremity, Songah Chae, a student in the Department of Movement Sciences at the University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, led a research team on the study, Influence of Prophylactic Ankle Tapes on Lower Extremity Kinematics during Stop-jump in Chronic Ankle Instability.4 Continue reading

June 2018

Identifying CAI Through Specific Movement Patterns

Looking to identify specific movement strategies and describe lower extremity stiffness of the subgroups of patients with CAI compared to an uninjured control group, J. Ty Hopkins, PhD, professor of human performance research center at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, examined 200 CAI participants (109 male) and 100 controls (54 male). Continue reading

June 2018

Footniche: A new paradigm for thinking about foot care

Definitions are important because words can make the difference between understanding and misunderstanding. I prefer a simple definition of footwear: that which covers the foot. This definition does not say it is a top covering of the foot—just a covering of the foot. In the definition of something as fundamental as footwear, I believe that less is more.

By Joseph M. Mozena Continue reading