Category Archives: Archives

September 2011

Genium Prosthetic Knee

Otto Bock HealthCare announces the launch of the Genium Bionic Prosthetic System. The prosthetic knee utilizes sophisticated software along with a complex sensor system, including a gyroscope and an accelerometer, to turn multiple environmental inputs into natural, intuitive motion. This … Continue reading

September 2011

ARANZ Medical Wound Assessment

ARANZ Medical’s wound management technology now includes two new wound assessment products: the SilhouetteStar, a new compact, lightweight 3D camera, and its partnering software, SilhouetteConnect for wound imaging, measurement, and documentation. SilhouetteConnect software controls the camera and manages wound assessment … Continue reading

September 2011

Pre-Cut Kinesio Tape

Kinesio offers a range of pre-cut taping applications that can be customized to meet practitioners’ individual needs. The pre-cut products consist of strips of Kinesio Tex Tape that have been shaped and sized for specific body parts, but can be … Continue reading

September 2011

Dr. Comfort Ortho Sandals

Dr. Comfort’s new Ortho Sandals pair comfort with biomechanical innovation. A built-in orthosis supports the patient’s natural arch, reduces pronation, and helps relieve symptoms of plantar fasciitis. A dual-density midsole encourages healthy foot motion by reducing shock to heels and … Continue reading

September 2011

HeelSafe DVT Hose

DM Systems has added HeelSafe DVT Hose to its line of ulcer prevention products. The latex-free hose have a window design that relieves heel and Achilles tendon pressure and allows for easy visualization and palpation of the heel. Ankle-to-knee compression ratings … Continue reading

September 2011

Polymem Wound Dressing

Maxibrace is now a reseller of Polymem Wound Care Dressings manufactured by Ferris Mfg. Corp., made to roll onto a toe or finger right out of the package. The product embeds everything needed for wound care in the dressing, which … Continue reading

September 2011

Keeping O&P compliance in check

A recent paper suggests that a checklist system can help practitioners educate caregivers about orthotic device use in children with CP, which could improve compliance. But experts differ as to whether such checklists make sense in the complex world of O&P devices.

By Larry Hand

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September 2011

Out on a limb: Jock talk

Much of sports talk radio is essentially a forum for negativity. Even in Boston, where sports fans have been ridiculously spoiled by local teams’ successes in the last decade, talk show hosts and callers spend hours bemoaning athletes’ failures and second-guessing coaches’ decisions. But on a weekday morning in early September, a conversation about ankle injuries on sports talk radio actually left me feeling surprisingly optimistic.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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September 2011

Practice Tactics: How brand development can benefit your practice

Some of us remember the days when there was virtually no need for marketing healthcare practices. All that was required was hard work, well-developed skills, and a shingle out front. Word of mouth was the primary method for growing practices, and any overt messaging was considered unethical. In fact, there were regulations specifically preventing physicians from advertising themselves. It was a simpler time with far less competition for patients and referrals.

By Jason Kraus

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September 2011

Strategies for rehab after Achilles tendon surgery

At the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, rehabilitation following operative repair of Achilles tendon ruptures is based on three key evidence-based criteria for return to activity and selective use of an anti-gravity treadmill to accelerate that return.

By Amol Saxena, DPM, FACFAS

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September 2011

A patient-first approach to critical limb ischemia

Outcomes of revascularization in pa­tients with lower extremity  critical limb ischemia should be defined according to patient goals and functional criteria rather than more traditional, physician-oriented variables such as limb salvage and graft patency.

By Ginger L. Manos, MD, John W. York, MD, FACS, and Brent L. Johnson, MS

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September 2011

OA after ankle fracture: Surgery’s complex role

In the surgical management of ankle fractures, post-traumatic arthritis is the outcome that practitioners and patients would most like to avoid. But given the sensitivity of joint cartilage to even the slightest malalignment or pressure shift, that can be easier said than done.

By Cary Groner

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September 2011

Effects of load carriage on amputee ambulation

Amputees lack the lower extremity muscles responsible for maintaining kinematic stability under increasing load carriage conditions, and would benefit from a more versatile prosthetic foot design that could adapt dynam­ically to changing loads.

By Kurt Collier, CP

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September 2011

Factors affecting athletes’ perception of movement

In sports, the concept of “affordance perception” can mean sensing an op­po­nent’s next move, which has implica­tions not just for performance but also for reducing injury risk.  An understanding of affordance perception also can improve the effectiveness of training.

By Julie A. Weast-Knapp, MA, and Kevin Shockley, PhD

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September 2011

OA braces: Buying time

Long-term compliance data raise issues
A study published in the August issue of Orthopedics found that although un­loader braces effectively relieve pain and improve function in patients with unicompartmental knee osteoarthritis, many patients stop wearing the devices after a few years and opt for total knee replacement.

By Emily Delzell

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September 2011

Orthotic clubfoot outcomes depend on complexity, not socioeconomics

The critical factor affecting compliance with the orthotic aspect of Ponseti clubfoot therapy—and its success—appears to be complexity of the therapy, not parents’ education and income levels, according to research published in the September issue of the Journal of Pediatric … Continue reading

September 2011

Patients feel both electrical stimulation and AFOs have a place in stroke rehab

Although patients with drop foot show an overall preference for functional electrical stimulation over ankle foot orthoses, individuals familiar with both therapies recognize the benefits and drawbacks of the two modalities, according to research published in the September issue of … Continue reading

September 2011

Control issues

Shoe effects on tibial rotation vary
Research from the U.K. published this month suggests that motion control running shoe technology can help decrease tibial internal rotation during running, theoretically decreasing the risk of proximal symptoms such as those associated with iliotibial band syndrome or patellofemoral pain syndrome.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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September 2011

A decade later, athletes maintain benefits of training for groin pain

The positive effects of a training program on adductor-related groin pain are still evident up to 12 years later, according to a Danish study. Researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital in Amager, Denmark, assessed the long-term effects of training eight to … Continue reading

September 2011

Whole body vibration training fails to improve jumping performance

Two recent studies cast doubt on the merits of whole body vibration training, as either a replacement or an adjunct to conventional training, for improving jump performance. Researchers from Springfield College in Massachusetts found that WBV training and conventional strength … Continue reading

September 2011

Pregnancy and falls

Risks involve mechanics, not just chance
Pregnancy changes gait and balance, and in ways that increase the risk of falling in certain women. Research suggests falls aren’t caused by environmental differences and that exercise confers a protective effect, according to investigators from West Virginia University in Morgantown, whose most recent data appeared in the August issue of Gait & Posture.

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September 2011

Patients with diabetes exhibit gait deficits before neuropathy develops

Type 2 diabetes results in less efficient gait mechanics well before patients develop frank neuropathy and other threats to mobility, according to research in the August issue of Gait & Posture. Investigators for the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, an … Continue reading

September 2011

Study links rate of 6MWT progress to function following hip fracture

Among patients who sustain a hip fracture, those who can improve 6-meter-walking time by more than one second a day achieve greater functional independence than those who improve more slowly, according to research from the Beit Rivka Geriatric Rehabilitation Center … Continue reading

September 2011

Mixed martial arts fighter wins right to compete wearing prosthetic limb

In August, the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission awarded Shea Taylor, a 28-year-old transtibial amputee who wears an Össur prosthetic foot, an amateur mixed martial arts license. The MMA license clears the way for him to compete in a September … Continue reading

September 2011

Delcam launches workflow software, announces dates for technology forum

Fort Myers, FL-based CAD-CAM developer Delcam announced in August the upcoming launch of its workflow management product, OrderManager, at the 2011 American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association National Assembly, held in Las Vegas, September 19-22. OrderManager software helps practitioners and orthotic … Continue reading