Category Archives: Archives

November 2011

Ipocon Gel Sheets

Comfort Products Ipocon Gel Sheets are made by Uniprox and constructed of silicone gel. The viscoelastic properties of the material provides partial pressure relief to feet. The sheets are free of Lycra coating and are suited for individuals who need … Continue reading

November 2011

Otto Bock Triton Foot

Otto Bock HealthCare introduces its 1C60 Triton prosthetic foot. Developed with input from amputees and with an emphasis on full mobility and natural anatomy, the Triton is suitable for everyday use and helps wearers live an active lifestyle. Its flexible … Continue reading

November 2011

Cartigel Joint Supplement

Nutra-C M&D’s Cartigel, a dry powder food supplement that promotes joint pain relief and joint cartilage, is designed for patients wishing to alleviate chronic joint pain and pursue a more active lifestyle. Cartigel is available over the counter, mixes with … Continue reading

November 2011

Star Nutrition Incrediwear

Star Nutrition announces four new products in their Incrediwear line of apparel for the lower extremity, which now includes cycling socks, snowboarding, and skiing socks and shorts. All products are woven with ingredients that release negatively charged anions that help … Continue reading

November 2011

Stratiform Foot Orthosis

Earthwalk Orthotics introduces the Stratiform multilayered orthotic device, designed for patients with diabetes and other at-risk patients requiring passive support. Construction of the orthosis begins with a high-density EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) formable. A traditional plaster positive is created from … Continue reading

November 2011

Pro-Tec Pre-Cut Tape

Pro-Tec Athletics’ new Pre-Cut Kinesiology Tape is intended to help relieve muscle tightness, knee pain, iliotibial band syndrome, shin splints, hamstring tears, plantar fasciitis, epicondylitis, wrist pain, and most soft tissue injuries. The tape is designed to promote circulation and … Continue reading

November 2011

Tekscan Datalogger

Tekscan has released the F-Scan Datalogger for use with its F-Scan System, which captures dynamic in-shoe pressure and force information. The Datalogger collects and stores sensor data in its internal memory for uploading to a computer at a later time, … Continue reading

November 2011

Bauerfeind Professional Heel

Bauerfeind USA has introduced a heel-focused over-the-counter foot orthosis for the management of plantar fasciitis and heel pain. The Bauerfeind professional heel is an anatomically designed device configured with moderate arch support to provide pain relief and redistribute pressure away … Continue reading

November 2011

Pretty pathways to pain: Muscle activation in high-heeled shoes

Researchers from New York University have found that wearing high heels increases muscle activation, which can have painful ramifications throughout the kinetic chain. Some individuals, however, seem to adapt to high heels more effectively than others.

By Smita Rao, PT, PhD, and Renata Ripa, MA

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November 2011

Out on a limb: High on heels

A week after this magazine goes to press, I’ll be in Puerto Rico with my in-laws for a beach wedding. I’m sure the scenery will be spectacular. But I also know that once the ceremony is over, I’ll be counting the minutes until I can put my heels back on.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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November 2011

Evidence-based orthotic management of PTTD

The medical literature supports the use of orthotic devices in patients with pos­terior tibial tendon dysfunction, especially those in the early stages. Demonstrated benefits include improvements in foot and ankle alignment, clinical symptoms, and functional outcomes.

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November 2011

Experts stress selectivity in advanced ulcer care

Despite the expense associated with advanced wound care technologies, evidence suggests that switching from standard care makes both clinical and economic sense if a diabetic foot ulcer has not experienced a 50 percent reduction in wound area after four weeks.

By Emily Delzell

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November 2011

Role of physical therapy in patients with hip OA

Some studies support the effectiveness of physical therapy for reducing pain and improving function in patients with hip osteoarthritis, but evidence on the topic is limited and contradictory—suggesting that perhaps PT is most effective in a specific subgroup of patients.

By Alexis A. Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, and Garrett S. Naze, PT, DPT

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November 2011

Bracing and rotation, part 2: ACL injuries

This two-part series explores the role of rotational forces in athletic injuries and the  extent to which bracing can help control those forces and, in turn, prevent those  injuries. This second installment examines rotation as a contributor to anterior cruciate ligament injury.

By Cary Groner

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November 2011

Preventing wrong-site foot and ankle surgery

Wrong-site surgery can have significant financial and professional conse­quences, which is why surgeons’ or­gan­iza­tions are promoting protocols speci­­fi­cally designed to reduce such errors. A recent survey of foot and ankle surgeons suggests those efforts are paying off.

By Donald E. Fowler III, MD; Karl M. Schweitzer Jr, MD; Olubusola Brimmo, MD; Ryan May, BS; and Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA         

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November 2011

Chronic ankle instability affects postural control

Research suggests that individuals with chronic ankle instability use different movement strategies to maintain postural control than individuals with healthy ankles. These changes may be related to alterations in movement variability associated with ankle instability.

By Lisa Chinn, MS, ATC, and C. Collin Herb, MEd, ATC

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November 2011

Bespoke for stroke: Temporary custom shoe improves gait

Recent research from the Netherlands suggests that a custom-made orthopedic shoe designed for temporary use can enhance early mobilization after stroke, improving functional mobility, walking speed, and gait.

By Emily Delzell

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November 2011

Study links poor footwear choices to impairment in patients with gout

Research from the Auckland University of Technology suggests use of poor footwear is a major problem in patients with gout, finding that 42% of individuals studied wore shoes with inadequate cushioning, support, stability, or motion control. The New Zealand investigators, … Continue reading

November 2011

Jazz shoes restrict plantar flexion, may also impair muscle activation

Girls who take part in recreational jazz dancing may be wearing dance shoes that adversely affect muscle activation and restrict their ability to attain the optimal pointed, or plantar flexed, position while dancing, according to Australian researchers. Investigators from the … Continue reading

November 2011

Lockout lessons: NFL Achilles injuries spark debate

Achilles injuries in the National Football League appear to be occurring earlier, more frequently, and in younger players than in previous seasons. Whether that apparent trend is related to the labor dispute and lockout that shortened the preseason is a matter of considerable debate.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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November 2011

Bone data support return to play six months after hip resurfacing

Patients experience significant increases in femoral neck bone density six months after undergoing hip resurfacing, which suggests it is safe for them to return to high-impact sports at that time, according to research from Washington University School of Medicine in … Continue reading

November 2011

Rearfoot landing could reduce ACL injury risk during cutting, pivoting

Landing on the rearfoot instead of the forefoot during cutting and pivoting tasks can decrease knee loading and theoretically reduce the risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury, according to a study from George Mason and Old Dominion universities. Researchers assessed … Continue reading

November 2011

Wisconsin Medicaid, Medicare fraud cases focus on orthotic device sales

Recent legal actions in Wisconsin have targeted millions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid fraud associated with the sales of orthotic devices. On October 24 Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that his office had charged seven Milwaukee residents … Continue reading

November 2011

ACFAS seeks investigative sites for study on subtalar arthroereisis

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) is seeking members to serve as investigators as part of a research initiative on subtalar joint arthroereisis. The study’s principal investigator, Adam E. Fleischer, DPM, MPH, FACFAS, and colleagues are recruiting … Continue reading

November 2011

EOS 3D system compares well with CT

Cambridge, MA-based EOS Imaging’s 3D modeling system compares well with computed tomography (CT) scanning for measuring femoral torsion, according to a study presented October 24 at the Journées Françaises de Radiologie in Paris. Results demonstrated no significant differences between the … Continue reading