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August 2011

Gait analysis influences care of children with CP

Instrumented gait analysis can help characterize abnormal gait patterns in patients with cerebral palsy, which improves clinical decision making. Early interventions based on gait analysis can help minimize the long-term adverse effects of poor biomechanics.

By Frank M. Chang, MD, Jason T. Rhodes, MD, MS, Katherine M. Davies, BA, and James J. Carollo, PhD, PE       

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August 2011

Next step for FES focuses on plantar flexor muscles

Functional electrical stimulation of the ankle dorsiflexor muscles effectively reduces foot drop in stroke patients, but also is associated with limitations. Now researchers are looking to address those limitations by adding plantar flexor stimulation to the mix.

By Emily Delzell

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August 2011

PFP: Vasti revisited

Other factors may warrant focus
Research presented in August at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics in Long Beach, CA, adds support to the increasingly popular idea that patellofemoral pain syndrome arises from different mech­anisms—and therefore should be man­aged differently—in different sub­groups of patients.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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August 2011

Foot strike patterns do not predict impact loading rates while running

Just because a runner’s foot strike pattern changes as a result of switching from shod to barefoot running doesn’t necessarily mean that runner will experience lower impact loading rates, according to research from the University of Oregon presented in August at the ASB meeting.

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August 2011

Athletes of both genders risk asymmetry in landing kinetics after surgery on ACL

Female athletes may have a greater risk of a primary anterior cruciate ligament injury than their male counterparts, but following ACL reconstruction both genders are equally prone to asymmetrical landing kinetics that could lead to a second injury, according to research from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

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August 2011

Handicapping hallux valgus

Predictive variables include race, age
Research presented in July at the annual meeting of the American Podi­atric Medical Association in Boston adds to knowledge of risk factors for and prevalence of hallux valgus. Older age, African American race, high heel use, and genetic factors all conferred an increased risk of HV.

By Emily Delzell

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August 2011

Orthoses relieve metatarsal pressure with or without met pad modification

Foot orthoses modified with metatarsal pads, the current standard of care for metatarsalgia, don’t significantly reduce plantar pressure compared with orthoses alone, according to a study presented in July at the annual APMA meeting in Boston.

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August 2011

Mild compression socks reduce edema, maintain flow in patients with diabetes

Mild compression socks can reduce lower extremity edema in patients with diabetes without compromising vascularity, according to research presented in July at the annual APMA meeting in Boston.

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August 2011

Upshots of ankle bracing

Proximal effects could put knees at risk
Bracing the ankle has kinetic effects at the more proximal joints that could increase the risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury, according to research from Iowa State University presented in August at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics in Long Beach, CA.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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August 2011

Gait data suggest ESAR prosthetic feet sacrifice stability to improve propulsion

Decreasing the stiffness of an energy storage and return prosthetic foot improves propulsion but does so at the cost of stability, according to research from the University of Texas at Austin presented in August at the ASB meeting.

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August 2011

Ankle foot orthoses assist conservative treatment of retrocalcaneal heel pain

Nonoperative treatment of retrocalcaneal heel pain with stretching and ankle foot orthoses has had an 83% success rate at the University of Tennessee, researchers from that institution reported in July at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society in Keystone, CO.

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August 2011

Study supports Heelift to lower risk of pressure ulcers after hip fracture

The Heelift Suspension Boot from Evanston, IL-based DM Systems can significantly reduce the risk of pressure ulcers in patients recovering from hip fracture, according to a study from Northern Ireland published in the July issue of the Journal of Wound … Continue reading

August 2011

Masterfit University courses hone snowsports boot fitting expertise

Lower extremity practitioners who are involved or interested in snowsports boot fitting can learn the relevant skills while earning continuing education credits through Briarcliff Manor, NY-based Masterfit University. Designed and taught by certified pedorthists with more than 225 years of … Continue reading

August 2011

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association marks September for awareness

The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA) has announced plans for National Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder Awareness Month in September 2011. The CMTA will host local, national, and global events to raise awareness of this degenerative neuromuscular disease. CMT Global Day is scheduled for September … Continue reading

August 2011

PAL updates XtremityOne software for diabetic orthotic management

Pekin, IL-based PAL Health Technologies announced in August the release of Version 3 of its XtremityOne software for computer-assisted orthotic management of diabetic foot ulcers. XtremityOne is a portable, integrated unit that captures scanned foot images, allows for image manipulation … Continue reading

August 2011

littleSteps orthosis line expands to include larger children’s sizes

Middlebury, CT-based Nolaro24 has added new sizes to its littleSteps product line of pediatric orthotic devices. littleSteps now come in sizes 6 and 7, so the entire line now accommodates shoes ranging from toddler size 8.5 to children’s size 6. … Continue reading

August 2011

CastCooler extends global reach with distribution in Middle East

CastCooler is now bringing relief to some of the hottest places on the planet. The Colorado Springs, CO-based company announced in July its plans to begin distribution in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Lebanon, and Turkey—starting with … Continue reading

July 2011

Aquatic Access Pool Lifts

Aquatic Access’s redesigned line of IGAT (in-ground automatic turn) pool lifts is compliant with 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, which require public recreational facilities to be handicapped accessible. Easily removable Aquatic Access lifts, for aquatic therapy patients who are unable … Continue reading

July 2011

Hot & Cold Foot Massager

Health Enterprises’ Therapeutic Hot & Cold Foot Massager provides three massage options to help relieve pain and reduce stress. The over-the-counter massager can be filled with warm water or ice or cold water and offers alternate pressures for relaxing or … Continue reading

July 2011

Apis Mt. Emey Medical Footwear

Apis’s Mt. Emey Medical Collection shoes are designed for hard-to-fit feet as well as those with more challenging orthotic needs. These shoes offer a variety of closures for adjustability and accommodate mild or severe foot deformities, including those caused by … Continue reading

July 2011

QuikStride-Plus Prefab Insole

FootStride Technology’s custom orthotic lab offers an improved version of its QuikStride prefabricated insole. The insole’s full-length cover provides a shock-absorbing cushion that molds to patients’ feet while its combination of Dri-Lex Eco antimicrobial material and perforated EVA wicks away … Continue reading

July 2011

Pro-Tec Gel-Force Knee Support

Pro-Tec’s Gel-Force Knee Support is designed to alleviate knee pain and provide moderate knee joint stability for patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome, patellar maltracking, chondromalacia, and minor meniscus and ligament tears. It provides patellar compression and offers stability on the medial … Continue reading

July 2011

Direct-milled Polypro Orthotics

Amfit introduces direct-milled polypropylene functional orthotics (FOs). This addition to Amfit’s central fabrication facility allows practitioners to specify and dispense polypro FOs with the same ease as its ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) functional orthotics. Amfit Polypro FOs offer adjustable rigidity, … Continue reading

July 2011

Hersco Low Profile Ankle Gauntlet

Hersco Ortho Labs introduces the extra low profile Butterfly brace, a lightweight, flexible, custom-made ankle gauntlet designed to fit in almost any shoe. The Butterfly is a slim version of the traditional plastic-in-leather ankle support and is an option for … Continue reading

July 2011

Double Depth From Dr. Comfort

Offering patients appealing styles of diabetic shoes can improve compliance and outcomes. Dr. Comfort’s new Double Depth Collection adds four new style options to its two classic designs; all come in several colors. This collection works for hard-to-fit patients, including … Continue reading