Category Archives: Archives

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

September 2011

National Pedorthic Services opens new locations in Milwaukee, St. Louis

National Pedorthic Services announced in August the opening of two new facilities, one in Milwaukee and one in St. Louis, MO. Both locations feature state-of-the-art equipment and fixtures and are located in shopping plazas that offer easy-access parking. NPS specializes … Continue reading

September 2011

Awards for young O&P researchers will debut at AOPA national assembly

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association was scheduled to announce the inaugural winners of two new awards recognizing outstanding O&P research at its 2011 National Assembly on September 19-22 in Las Vegas. Undergraduate and graduate students in O&P programs and … Continue reading

September 2011

ASOP promotion features home study course on fracture casting and bracing

The American Society of Orthopedic Professionals/American Association of Orthotic Fitters is offering a limited-time deal on its CD version of the Manual of Fracture Casting and Bracing, by Augusto Sarmiento, MD, and the accompanying 100-question exam. The CD manual covers … Continue reading

September 2011

South Asian diabetic foot conference will feature international experts

The Indian Uttar Pradesh Madhumeh Association is sponsoring the Diabetes Update for Clinicians (DUFC) conference to help advance clinician education in South Asia, where there are no colleges of podiatric medicine and few opportunities for structured training in foot care. … Continue reading

September 2011

Langer Biomechanics offers fall seminars, free workshops

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Langer Biomechanics announced new educational offerings for practitioners specializing in lower extremity healthcare with its Comprehensive Orthopedic Man­agement of Lower Extremity Ailments (COMLEA) seminar series and the debut of the no-cost After Hours Ankle Foot Orthoses Workshop program. … Continue reading

September 2011

FDA clears DynaNail for ankle fusion

Atlanta, GA-based medical device company MedShape Solutions announced in August that it has received 510(k) market clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for its DynaNail, an intramedullary fusion nail intended for tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis procedures. The DynaNail incorporates a shape … Continue reading

September 2011

Annual symposium on ACL injuries relocates to Ohio State University

The Ohio State University Sports Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center will host the 9th Annual ACL Workshop on October 22 in a new location: the OSU campus in Columbus, OH. The symposium offers laboratory and clinic-based risk … Continue reading

September 2011

R&B inks deal with Roadrunnerfoot

Tampa, FL-based R&B Medical Distributors, an importer and distributor of O&P components that opened its doors in January, announced in August an exclusive distribution partnership with Roadrunnerfoot Engineering, based in Milan, Italy. Roadrunnerfoot produces and sells carbon fiber feet, orthoses, … Continue reading

August 2011

OPTP Foam Roller Techniques

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products has released the updated second edition of Foam Roller Techniques. The edition offers full-color images, new anatomical diagrams, 47 pages of descriptive instructions, and clear photo demonstrations of self-massage techniques for each muscle group. Self-massage with … Continue reading

August 2011

REL-K Microprocessor Knee

The REL-K (Rizzoli Electronic Knee), distributed by Fillauer, is the latest generation of microprocessor knees, giving patients who have undergone amputation the ability to easily navigate their environment. With six modes of control, patients can walk, run, negotiate slopes, climb … Continue reading

August 2011

TheraFlix Online Exercise System

TheraFlix.com’s exercise prescription software provides patients and providers with an online library of physical therapy exercise videos. Each exercise is featured in a high-definition video, still image, and full-text description with verbal cueing. Exercises can be organized into protocols or … Continue reading

August 2011

Arcopédico Travel Shoes

Arcopédico’s Portuguese-made women’s shoes are designed for frequent travelers. The anatomically designed shoes have arch-supporting soles and nonbinding uppers and are engineered for comfort. The lightweight, packable shoes have moisture-wicking and antimicrobial insoles. The Shawna leather line has a flexible … Continue reading

August 2011

Therapy Motions Exercise Cycle

Therapy Motions’ second-generation eVO System is a stationary, motorized dual-motion therapy cycle with reciprocating handlebars and foot pedals that are interlinked to provide coordinated movement. Its motion provides simultaneous physical and rehabilitative therapy to both the upper and lower extremities. … Continue reading

August 2011

Low-profile Insole

Spenco Medical introduces the PolySorb ProForm, an insole that provides cushion and support for tight-fitting shoes. The ProForm, an ultra-thin insert, is designed to provide comfort in shoe styles that typically do not have room for an insole. Its four-way … Continue reading

August 2011

MedEfficiency TCC-EZ Boot

MedEfficiency has released an improved TCC-EZ Boot for diabetic foot ulcer healing. The updated TCC-EZ Boot, designed for use with the TCC-EZ Total Contact Cast System, features a Velcro closure, side paddles that grip the TCC-EZ cast, and a new sole … Continue reading

August 2011

Insightful Products Step-Smart Brace

Insightful Products’ new Step-Smart brace for foot drop pushes the foot into gentle dorsiflexion during swing phase and then decelerates the foot during heel strike. The brace is designed to provide correct timing of shock absorption and the appropriate level … Continue reading

August 2011

Össur Re-Flex Rotate Foot

Össur’s Re-Flex Rotate with energy vector optimization is a durable high performance foot that provides both vertical and rotational shock absorption as well as smoother rollover for increased stability in stance. The combination is appropriate for very active or moderately … Continue reading

August 2011

Euro International Therapeutic Shoes

Euro International introduces a new therapeutic shoe line, and now offers an assortment of surgical and foot-relief shoes, including the Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Merkur, Uranus, and Neptune models. The new line features high-quality craftsmanship and material selection to accommodate … Continue reading

August 2011

Pedifix GelSmart Toe Spacer

PediFix introduces the GelSmart gel toe spacer, which is equipped with a gel loop to fix the device in place. The toe spacer with stretchable gel loop, made from a comfortable, durable gel material, separates the hallux and second toe … Continue reading

August 2011

Foot Foundation Balance System

The Foot Foundation’s new Sports Balance System measures and controls pronation with archless, custom-angled, full-foot foundations that can be used in almost any shoe, including athletic shoes. The SBS measurements correspond with one of 12 custom angled foundations that are designed to quickly and … Continue reading

August 2011

Momentous adaptations: Offloading the knee through gait modification

Changing the way people walk can significantly decrease knee external adduction moments, which in turn appears to relieve pain and possibly slow the progression of osteoarthritis. The challenge, however, is finding a gait modification that feels and appears natural to patients.

By Lydia Caldwell, BS, and Joaquin Barrios, PT, DPT, PhD

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August 2011

Out on a limb: A thin disguise

It’s hard to remember sometimes that being thin was once undesirable, a sign of poverty, poor nutrition, and low social status. These days, Hollywood-style thinness is associated with wealth—the kind of wealth that might buy the services of a personal dietitian, personal chef, and personal trainer.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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August 2011

The role of rocker soles in reducing ulcer risk

Study findings suggest that rocker soles effectively reduce peak plantar pressures in patients at risk for diabetic foot ulcera­tion, particularly when paired with custom orthoses. Whether or not rocker soles can play a role in healing active neuropathic ulcers, however, remains unclear.

By Emily Delzell

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August 2011

Effects of balance training in individuals with CAI

Research supports the use of balance training to improve physiological and clinical outcome measures in patients with chronic ankle instability. Now researchers and clinicians must use that knowledge to optimize the incorporation of balance training into CAI rehabilitation protocols.

By JoEllen M. Sefton, PhD, ATC, CMT, and Kenneth E. Games, MEd, ATC

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