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June 2011

Pronation in runners: Implications for injury

Pronation is a necessary component of normal running biomechanics, facilitating shock absorption and stabilization. But abnormal levels of pronation, whether restricted or excessive, can alter gait patterns in ways that can potentially increase the risk of running-related injuries.

By Tracy A. Dierks, PhD

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June 2011

Mysteries of O&P devices and energy expenditure

Ankle foot orthoses and other O&P devices allow patients to walk faster, for longer periods of time, with a more biomechanically efficient gait. It seems logical that energy costs would decrease as a result. But that’s been surprisingly difficult for researchers to prove.

By Cary Groner

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June 2011

Global lessons improve amputation prevention

Interdisciplinary foot screening and limb salvage programs in this country and around the world have successfully reduced diabetic foot ulceration and amputation rates, and in doing so have inspired others to initiate similar prevention programs in their own countries.

By Emily Delzell

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June 2011

Functional knee bracing and athletic performance

Functional knee braces can’t be effective if athletes won’t wear them, and many athletes won’t wear them because they fear their athletic performance will be negatively affected. But early research suggests that athletes accommodate to knee brace wear almost immediately.

By Neetu Rishiraj, ATC, PhD, Jack E. Taunton, MSc, MD, Robert Lloyd-Smith, MD, William Regan, MD, and Navin Prasad, MSc, MD

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June 2011

Lack of laxity in CAI

Revised approach may be needed
Patients with chronic ankle instability demonstrate impaired plantar sensation but, surprisingly, do not exhibit increased ligament laxity, according to two studies presented in June at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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June 2011

Data suggest lateral patellar mobility differentiates tendinopathy, PFPS

Lateral mobility of the patella is associated with patellar tendinopathy and may be a key determinant of whether an at-risk athlete develops PT as opposed to patellofemoral pain syndrome, according to research from the University of California, San Francisco presented … Continue reading

June 2011

Single-season neuromuscular training benefits disappear three months later

A single sports season of neuromuscular training is not long enough for athletes to have retained any adjustments to landing technique three months later, according to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill presented in June … Continue reading

June 2011

Angling for at-risk kids

Predicting flexible flatfoot symptoms
A recent paper on variations in midfoot alignment offers a tantalizing new piece of information in the treat-or-don’t-treat puzzle that has long been an issue in management of asymptomatic pedi­atric flexible flatfoot.

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June 2011

Older patients with toe deformities exhibit reduced soft tissue thickness

Thinning of the plantar soft tissue under the metatarsal heads in older adults is linked to both hallux valgus and lesser toe deformities, according to a case-controlled study published in the July 2011 issue of the Journal of Orthopedic Research. … Continue reading

June 2011

Findings link poor physical function outcome scores to painful or stiff feet

Treating aching or stiff feet may help patients prevent or cope with declines in physical function, report researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In more than 2500 participants, investigators looked at three measures of physical function: … Continue reading

June 2011

Testing toning shoes

Potential benefits include balance
So-called toning shoes may be best known for ads promising a better butt, but research presented in June at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine suggests the real benefits may lie outside the gluteus maximus.

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June 2011

Impact frequency data suggest unique risks for forefoot strikers

The frequency content of vertical ground reaction forces generated during running differ among forefoot strikers and rearfoot strikers, and this may have implications for injury risk, according to findings from the University of Massachusetts presented in June at the ACSM … Continue reading

June 2011

Pressure-based diabetic footwear modifications reduce plantar loads

Shoe modifications based on plantar pressure measurements in patients with diabetic neuropathy can substantially reduce regional elevated loading associated with ulceration risk, according to research from the Netherlands. Investigators from the University of Amsterdam analyzed dynamic plantar pressures in 23 … Continue reading

June 2011

Out on a limb: Rear views

Let’s face it: The words “toning shoes” have the same evocative effect as “Kim Kardashian” or “Jennifer Lopez.” They’re all about the butt.

And that may be fine for Kim and J-Lo.  But it’s too bad about the shoes, because they could be about so much more.

by, Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

June 2011

Custom Orthotic Insoles Technology Forum

Perhaps the most predominant theme echoed by speakers at the conference was the need to understand and carefully weigh the pros and cons of investing in digital technology, as well as the pros and cons of different individual systems, to facilitate decision-making for individual situations.

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June 2011

Aetrex opens retail concept store featuring interactive shopping

Teaneck, NJ-based footwear manufacturer Aetrex in May opened the doors to its first retail concept store in nearby Englewood, NJ. The store offers Aetrex’s entire line of men’s and women’s products, including athletic, casual, and dress shoes, sandals, boots, copper … Continue reading

June 2011

pediped sale to benefit children’s charities continues until July 3

Children’s footwear company pediped’s Purchases with Purpose fundraiser to benefit children’s charities will continue through July 3. During this period, select styles of pediped shoes on pediped.com will be marked down as much as 50%.  Half of the dollars from … Continue reading

June 2011

ASOP, AAOF announce first combined technology course

The American Society of Orthopedic Professionals and The American Association of Orthotic Fitters have announced their first combined Orthopedic Technology Course, to be held August 22-26 in Indian Rocks Beach, FL. The new training program for Orthopedic Technology Assistants will … Continue reading

June 2011

The future of orthotic technology

Machining orthoses with desktop cryogenics, or using an open-source “3D printer” that not only replicates orthoses but can also replicate itself, may seem unattainably futuristic. But these technologies are on the verge of being ready for prime time, and attendees at the Custom Orthotic Insoles Technology Forum got a sneak peak.

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June 2011

Scripps researcher Darryl D’Lima receives award for e-knee work

Scripps Clinic researcher Darryl D’Lima, MD, PhD, received the Nicolas Andry Award from The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons in June for his orthopedic research using the electronic knee prosthesis known as the e-knee. D’Lima directs the research laboratories … Continue reading

June 2011

ABC’s Bridge to Ability donation honors memory of Todd Anderson

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics has donated $10,000 to the Amputee Coalition’s Bridge to Ability Fund in memory of Todd F. Anderson, CP, FAAOP. Anderson, former vice president of business services for Otto Bock Healthcare … Continue reading

June 2011

Allard USA presents Tomorrow’s Orthotic Technology Education

Rockaway, NJ-based Allard USA announces future dates and locations for its two-day educational program “Tomorrow’s Orthotic Technology Education.” TOTE courses are scheduled for June 20-21 in Louisville, KY; June 27-28 in Denver; July 21-22 in Springfield, MA; July 28-29 in … Continue reading

June 2011

Powering the Windmill: Lower body mechanics of softball pitching

Injuries in softball pitchers typically occur in the upper extremities, but focusing rehabilitation and prevention efforts on the upper body alone ignores the essential supporting roles played by the pelvis and lower extremities in providing a stable base for the pitching motion.

By Gretchen D. Oliver, PhD, ATC, LAT

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May 2011

BioSoft Diabetic Socks

BioSoft diabetic socks from Orthofeet are functionally engineered to maximize comfort and protection. Very loose knit construction and non-constricting welts facilitate blood flow. The dual tone design with white soles enables easy detection of wounds. Inverse toe-linking provides a virtually … Continue reading

May 2011

Short Stretch Bandages

Ambra Le Roy Medical Products offers the Gentle Band short stretch bandages. Gentle Band bandages are designed to work as a wrap for treatment of lower extremity edema, lymphedema, diabetic foot ulcers, venous insufficiencies, and deep vein thrombosis. By exerting … Continue reading