Category Archives: Archives

March 2012

Ply trap: Prosthetic sock thickness varies

Recent research from the University of Washington in Seattle confirms what many practitioners have already learned from treating patients with lower limb amputat­ions: Sock thickness varies among dif­ferent sock products of the same ply and is also affected by biomechanical con­ditions.

By Emily Delzell

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March 2012

Dose response for OA brace wear includes hamstring strengthening

Research from Canadian investigators suggests brace wear may positively affect activity level without decreasing muscle strength in patients with medial compartment knee osteoarthritis (OA). Investigators from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia followed 24 patients (four women) who wore a valgus … Continue reading

March 2012

Study suggests rocker sole shoes help reduce circulatory calf pain

Researchers at the University of Salford in Manchester, UK, reported in March that a pilot study comparing two therapeutic shoe soles in eight individuals with claudication showed a reduction in calf pain with rocker sole wear. The investigators asked study … Continue reading

March 2012

Out on a limb: Game theory

There are plenty of reasons you might be thinking about seeing Moneyball. Maybe you’re wondering how anyone could have turned that book into a movie. Maybe you’re curious about how Angelina’s better half and the kid from Superbad ended up with Oscar nominations. Maybe you just need to forget about the snow on your lawn and try to get in the mood for Opening Day.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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March 2012

Finding a formula for the optimal AFO

Quantitative research from The Nether­lands suggests that for every ankle foot orthosis, there is an optimal stiffness associated with the lowest energy cost of walking for a given set of gait-related impairments. Achieving this optimal device stiffness in practice, however, may require clinicians to rethink conventional ap­proaches to AFO prescription.

By Daan J.J. Bregman, PhD Continue reading

March 2012

ACTIVE STANCE: Barefoot balance training for runners

Barefoot training and balance training have each been effective in studies of runners, but combining the methods could lead to even better results.

By Emily Splichal, DPM, MS, CPT

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March 2012

The role of proprioception in knee OA management

Demonstrated associations between im­paired proprioception and knee osteo­arthritis suggest some interventions that help relieve painful symptoms in patients with knee osteoarthritis , such as exercise and bracing, do so by positively affecting joint position sense.

By Barbara Boughton

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March 2012

Lower extremity focus helps cut risk of falls

Falls are common, disabling and costly. Causes are multifactorial but include foot disorders, ill-fitting footwear, and poor bal­ance. Recent research supports a multi­dis­ci­plinary approach to falls prevention and indicates that lower extremity practi­tioners can play an important role.

By Hylton B. Menz, PhD, and Martin J. Spink, BPod(Hons) Continue reading

March 2012

Taking a team approach to diabetic limb salvage

Hospitals with multidisciplinary diabetic foot care programs have found that adding vascular surgeons to the team makes their amputation prevention efforts more effective, but also adds an extra layer of challenges in terms of coordinat­ion and communication.

By Cary Groner

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March 2012

Connecting instability and ankle osteoarthritis

Not all patients with chronic ankle in­stability develop ankle osteoarthritis, but evidence suggests the two con­ditions are related, which in turn sug­gests that ankle sprain prevention and management could help reduce ankle replacement rates.

By Larry Hand

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March 2012

Compartment syndrome following tibia fracture

Acute compartment syndrome can devel­op after open or closed tibial fractures, even those that appear to be benign. Early diagnosis of increased compart­mental pres­­sure and timely surgical intervention can prevent adverse out­comes including nerve injury and muscle necrosis.

By Langdon A. Hartsock, MD, and William R. Barfield, PhD Continue reading

February 2012

Wave Comfort Foot System

Fillauer offers the Emotis designed Wave Comfort Foot System for the low- to moderate-activity amputee. Tri-spring design elements provide seamless transition and stable progression from heel strike to toe off. Coupled springs react in a compliant manner that promotes a … Continue reading

February 2012

Foot and Ankle Strengthening

PhysioTools announces the new Foot and Ankle Strengthening module for creating personalized exercise and information handouts for patients. This module contains 1426 color photographs and 19 pdf-format posters and covers five levels of progressions from nonweightbearing to advanced foot and … Continue reading

February 2012

Knee Implant Simulation

Virtual Soft Tissue (VST), a highly detailed and programmable computer model from AMTI, accounts for the missing biological structure of the knee during simulation testing of joint implants. The simulator is designed to test the function and durability of implants … Continue reading

February 2012

Antibacterial Silipos Products

Silipos introduces a new line of antibacterial foot care products for a range of indications from foot discomfort to management of traumatic injuries. The antibacterial products have been shown to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria and fungus in independent … Continue reading

February 2012

Slickerz Cast Protectors

Slickerz, the latest product from CastCoverz, offers stylish weather protection for exposed toes, leg casts, and bandages. Slickerz utilizes a made-in-the-USA waterproof fabric to keeps toes, leg casts and bandages from getting wet and dirty due following exposure to rain, … Continue reading

February 2012

EZ Caster System

Smithers Bio-Medical Systems introduces the EZ Caster, an orthotic casting system that facilitates making accurate castings in minimal time. Paired with Bio-Foam Impression Foam, practitioners can increase their number of casting sessions from three per hour to as many as … Continue reading

February 2012

Sure Stick Adhesive

The Ortho Remedy offers Sure Stick, a clear contact adhesive that will permanently bond almost anything to anything. Sure Stick adhesive is appropriate for bonding materials including foams, thermosets, thermoplastics, crepe, vinyl, rubber, cork, Velcro, soling, leather, wovens, non-wovens, urethane, … Continue reading

February 2012

Performance Sleeve

Sigvaris is proud to announce the U.S. release of the Sigvaris Performance Sleeve, which allows athletes to customize their compression and increase circulation during vigorous workouts. The Sigvaris Performance Sleeve provides ankle to calf compression that athletes can wear with … Continue reading

February 2012

Xeleton Knee Brace

The new Xeleton off-the-shelf knee brace from Otto Bock HealthCare facilitates customizable function for sports injuries, pre- or post-surgical stabilization, or therapy for chronic knee joint instabilities. The Xeleton knee brace provides prophylaxis for anterior cruciate ligament injury or rehabilitation … Continue reading

February 2012

Medi-Dyne ProStretch Plus

Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products announces the new ProStretch Plus, an advancement in lower extremity stretching that engages the entire interconnective chain of the lower leg beginning with the hamstring, calves, Achilles tendon, plantar fascia and toes. The strong, lightweight device automatically … Continue reading

February 2012

Walking Boot Accessories

CastMedic Designs offers more than 60 fashion accessory products to accessorize medical walking boots, including faux-fur wraps, decorative socks, flowers,  and themed buttons for children. Wrap-Its are faux-fur cuffs to wrap around the top of the boot. Strap-Its are decorative … Continue reading

February 2012

Lightweight Boot

Orthofeet introduces its Lightweight Boot, which integrates style and biomechanical performance. The boot features include a combination of elastic lace and strap closure for easy donning and doffing and convenient fastening. Its double depth design accommodates thick orthotic devices and … Continue reading

February 2012

Enhancing balance

Foot orthoses may help prevent falls – Recent research suggests older patients at risk for falls from poor balance may benefit from custom foot orthoses. Report­ed improvements indicate clini­cians could potentially help prevent falls by testing patients’ balance and considering inter­ventions to improve it.

By Emily Delzell and Jordana Bieze Foster

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February 2012

CDC reports dramatic 12-year drop in diabetic lower limb amputation

Lower limb amputations due to complications of diabetes declined 67% from 1996 to 2008 in US adults aged 40 years and older, according to a February report in Diabetes Care by epidemiologists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … Continue reading