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February 2012

PRP outperforms corticosteroids for relief of plantar fasciitis pain

A single platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection is more effective than a single corticosteroid injection for improving pain and function in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis who haven’t responded to other conservative treatments, according to research from Nantucket, MA. In … Continue reading

February 2012

Heading off ACL injury

Risks remain high after reconstruction – Female soccer players recovering from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) recon­struction may benefit from neuro­muscular training to prevent future injury, according to research from St. Louis presented this month at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Sur­geons (AAOS).

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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February 2012

Time on sideline after syndesmosis sprain varies in professional football

The 14 days that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gron­kowski missed with a much-publicized syndesmosis sprain prior to the Super Bowl were slightly fewer than one National Football League (NFL) team’s average for such injuries, according to research presented … Continue reading

February 2012

Brain changes on fMRI with patellar taping suggest proprioceptive effect

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) findings from the University of Manchester in the UK appear to confirm that patellar taping has a proprioceptive effect. Researchers assessed the blood oxygenation level–dependent (BOLD) response during fMRI in eight healthy male volunteers performing … Continue reading

February 2012

More evidence indicates imaging findings do not correlate with hip symptoms

Two studies presented this month at the AAOS meeting offered further evidence that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in the hip often do not correlate with symptoms, even up to two years later. Following up on a study presented a … Continue reading

February 2012

Out on a limb: Amputation ups & downs

Lower extremity practitioners who treat patients with diabetes are finally receiving their 15 minutes of fame. Enjoy it while it lasts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finding that nontraumatic lower extremity amputation (NLEA) rates in patients with diabetes decreased by 67% between 1996 and 2008 (see “CDC reports dramatic 12-year drop in diabetic lower limb amputation,” page 15) is unquestionably good news.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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February 2012

Nike, Össur collaborate on running sole for Reinertsen, other amputee athletes

Beaverton, OR-based running shoe giant Nike has introduced the Nike Sole, which uses state-of-the art design to create a lightweight, durable composite sole that interfaces easily with Össur’s Flex-Run prosthetic blade for amputee athletes. Nike designed the new Nike Sole … Continue reading

February 2012

FootCentric announces therapy course, therapeutic footwear fashion show

Chapel Hill, NC-based education company FootCentric continues its learning events with a two-day course for physical therapists on manual therapy for the foot and ankle. The event is scheduled for April 28-29 at the Comprehensive Physical Therapy Center
 in Chapel … Continue reading

February 2012

Pediped updates styles for spring

Henderson, NV-based Pedi­ped’s spring and summer collection offers more than 75 new styles and color combinations in the company’s three signature lines for children—Originals, Grip ‘n’ Go, and Flex—and has also expanded its Adventure line. Highlights include a new slip-resistant … Continue reading

February 2012

Allard employee, marathoner runs to boost foot drop awareness

Rockaway, NJ-based Allard USA announced its new manager of community outreach, Beth Deloria, will compete in 20 half marathons this year to inspire others with foot drop, which for Deloria was caused by severe spinal trauma and subsequent surgery. Already … Continue reading

February 2012

New book focuses on healthy feet

Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet is a science-based how-to guide for patients on restoring the musculoskeletal health of the foot. The author, biomechanist Katy Bowman, MS, looks at mechanical contributors to common … Continue reading

February 2012

AOPA extends deadline for papers

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is looking for qualified O&P professionals and management specialists who have significant business experience to share their knowledge at the organization’s 2012 national convention. The submission deadline for papers has been extended to … Continue reading

February 2012

Odd couple: Linking ACL injury and patellofemoral pain

One is an acute injury, the other a chronic condition. But researchers believe it’s no coincidence that anterior cruciate liga­ment injury and patellofemoral pain syn­drome share many of the same risk factors. The next step is to determine if a single intervention can effectively prevent both.

By Cary Groner

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February 2012

Wedge orthoses: A distal slant on knee OA therapy

Most conservative measures to reduce knee adduction moment in patients with knee osteoarthritis involve altering proxi­mal bio­mechanics, but research suggests that similar kinetic changes and pain relief can be achieved with the use of wedged foot orthoses.

By Emily Delzell

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February 2012

Use of eccentric exercise for prevention and rehab

Recent interest has focused on the use of Nordic hamstring strengthening exercises to prevent hamstring injuries in athletes, but evi­dence also supports eccentric exercise for managing tendinopathy and for pre­ven­tion and rehabilitation of anter­ior cruciate ligament injury.

By Daniel Lorenz, DPT, PT, ATC/L, CSCS 

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February 2012

Success of hinged AFOs depends on alignment

Misalignment between the mechanical joint of an articulated AFO and the cor­responding anatomical joint can signifi­cant­ly affect the device’s mechanical properties, particularly resistance and stiffness, which can impair AFO effective­ness and negatively affect proximal joints.

By Fan Gao, PhD, and Susan Kapp, MEd, CPO, LPO, FAAOP      

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February 2012

Hip rotation in golfers may determine pathology

Golfers demonstrate significant asym­metries between hips with regard to rotational range of motion and rotational velocity, which can contribute to the development of conditions including low back pain, femoroacetabular impinge­ment, and hip labral degeneration.

By Heather Gulgin, PhD, ATC   

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February 2012

Foot-shoe mismatches leave patients at risk

Survey results suggest that at least one-third of individuals at risk for foot pain or diabetic foot ulcers are wearing shoes that are at least one size too big or too small, which can further increase those risks. Proper shoe fit and foot health start with patient education.

By Stephanie Swensen, BSc, and Ran Schwarzkopf, MD, MSc     

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February 2012

Original research: Taping alters ankle biomechanics

This study found that closed basket-weave ankle taping significantly affects ankle range of motion and time to peak vertical ground reaction force, which can have implications higher up the kinetic chain that appear to vary from one indivi­dual to another.

By Matthew L. Santos-Vitorino, MS, ATC, LAT, Sue Shapiro, EdD, ATC, LAT, Kathy Ludwig, PhD, and Claire Egret, PhD

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January 2012

Ponseti AFOs with PFS/Toe Stilt

MD Orthopaedics offers the Ponseti AFO Toe Stilt, Ponseti AFO/PFS, and Ponseti  AFO/PFS Toe Stilt, all compatible with the Ponseti abduction bar. The AFO Toe Stilt features a severe permanent wedge to keep the foot in 10° of dorsiflexion during standing. The … Continue reading

January 2012

PAL Platinum Trim Gauntlet

The Platinum Trim Gauntlet, now available from PAL Health Technologies, is a slender, less rigid alternative to the standard Platinum Gauntlet. The custom AFO is designed for management of such conditions as PTTD and chronic ankle instability, and in particular … Continue reading

January 2012

Tensegrity K3 Promoter

Tensegrity Prosthetics has announced the availability of its K3 Promoter, a prosthetic foot designed to give amputees the flexibility and mobility of a natural limb. Anecdotally, testers of the K3 Promoter report a responsive and lively feeling associated with its … Continue reading

January 2012

BioSculptor AFO Vacuum Box

The AFO Vacuum Box from BioSculptor Corporation is designed for capturing weight-bearing or semi weight-bearing scans for products such as AFOs, foot orthotics, and custom shoes. The vacuum box is used when the most accurate scans are needed, as it allows … Continue reading

January 2012

Masterflex Black Material

In response to customer demand, Euro International’s product line now includes Masterflex Black, exclusively distributed by the company for applications such as the production of flexible inner sockets. The color and material properties are designed to help increase productivity and … Continue reading

January 2012

AquaHeal Bandages

Spenco Medical Corporation has introduced 2nd Skin AqualHeal Hydrogel Bandages, an easy-to-use, durable first aid solution that combines a sterile dressing and cooling technology to speed healing for a variety of wounds. A waterproof polyurethane film adhesive seals out bacteria … Continue reading