Category Archives: Archives

May 2011

Mycocide NS Antifungal

Woodward Laboratories offers the newly repackaged Mycocide NS antifungal product. The Mycocide Clinical NS kit features an aseptic dropper-tip applicator that delivers the medical strength fungus-killing formula directly to the infection site without the risk of exposing the area to … Continue reading

May 2011

Aquatic Exercise DVD Set

SwimEx offers a new “Comprehensive Aquatic Exercise DVD Set.” The four disc DVD set is designed to provide all the information needed for clinical use of a SwimEx pool, including the science and technology of why and how it works. … Continue reading

May 2011

Volara 4E Foam Material

Allied Plastic Supply offers Volara 4E, a 23 Durometer, cross-linked, closed cell, heat moldable polyethylene foam material. The grindable, auto-adhesive foam is designed to be utilized as padding and cushioning in splints, casts, and lower extremity orthotic devices. The foam … Continue reading

May 2011

EverSheer Compression Hose

The fashionable EverSheer medical compression stocking product line from SIGVARIS is now available in a medically measured 15-20mmHg compression level.  The EverSheer line of compression stockings combines breathability and moisture management with consistent sheerness from ankle to thigh. EverSheer products … Continue reading

May 2011

Custom Orthotic Station

Kano Labs officially releases the KanoPrint direct form custom orthotic station, an on-the-spot custom corrective thermoforming system for in-office use that obviates casting and non-reimbursed dispensing appointments. The KanoPrint station is a platform equipped with two high-resistance silicone pads, filled … Continue reading

May 2011

Sher Orthotic Foam Block

Sroufe Healthcare Products introduces the new Sher Orthotic Foam Block. Sher Orthotic Foam Blocks are pre-skived, pre-laminated sheets of foam materials that can be heated to quickly and easily fabricate a pair of custom foot orthotics. The thickness of the … Continue reading

May 2011

Urban Comfort Diabetic Shoes

Patient compliance in diabetic shoes starts with providing your patients the styles they’ll want to wear.  The four new men’s dress styles in the Urban Comfort Collection bring timeless classic style and fashion to Dr. Comfort’s men’s line.  New styles … Continue reading

May 2011

RebelLock OTS Specialty Brace

Townsend Design offers the new RebelLock OTS Specialty Bracing Solution, a lightweight option for patients who need stability and functionality to control significant instabilities. The product comes in standard off the shelf sizes from XS to XL and can be … Continue reading

May 2011

Comf-Orthotic Cushion Insoles

New from Hapad, Comf-Orthotic Extra Cushioning Full Length Insoles are tri-laminate replacement insoles engineered for sensitive and insensitive feet. The new full-length insoles are modeled after the company’s Comf-Orthotic Sports Replacement Insole, except the top layer has been replaced with … Continue reading

May 2011

Ever-Safe Sock Line

Ever-Safe, a women-owned business established in January 2010, seeks to provide workers with medical and safety apparel featuring anti-microbial and fluid-resistant properties. Made in the USA, the Ever-Safe socks have been tested for eight months on people who are on … Continue reading

May 2011

Lace-up ankle braces reduce risk of sprain in basketball players regardless of history

Findings contrast with prior studies Lace-up ankle braces can significantly reduce the risk of ankle sprain in high school basketball players, even those with no history of injury, according to findings from Wisconsin that challenge current evidence-based thinking about prophylactic … Continue reading

May 2011

Postural stability decreases with taping but not bracing in Gaelic football study

Athletes concerned about dynamic postural stability, such as those with a history of ankle sprain, may be better off with ankle bracing than taping, according to an Irish study presented in Monaco in April. In a study of 15 male … Continue reading

May 2011

Data support use of multimodal approach for decreasing incidence of groin injuries

Specific mechanisms remain unclear Multimodal warm-up exercise programs appear to have benefits for reducing the incidence of groin injuries in athletes, but researchers are working to identify which specific training components have the greatest effect. Almost an afterthought at the … Continue reading

May 2011

Screening has benefit, but Philippon calls for more action to save hips in hockey

His research group has identified three physical exam findings that can effectively screen for risk of femoral acetabular impingement in adolescent hockey players, but the world’s most famous hip surgeon thinks more drastic preventive measures may be warranted much earlier … Continue reading

May 2011

Volleyball findings link training volume to symptoms of patellar tendinopathy

Jumping ability not implicated Hard work can make up for a lack of natural talent in sports, but research from Norway suggests that may not be true when it comes to the risk of patellar tendinopathy (jumper’s knee) in young … Continue reading

May 2011

Soccer, basketball athletes demonstrate differences in plantar pressure patterns

Dynamic plantar pressure distributions vary between soccer and basketball players in ways that may have implications for preventing injuries related to repetitive loading, according to research from Spain presented in Monaco in April. Investigators from Catholic University San Antonio in … Continue reading

May 2011

Hamstring trial confirms effectiveness of eccentric strengthening exercises

Efforts focus on soccer players Norway and Denmark are traditionally rivals in soccer. But an increasingly popular Norwegian eccentric strength training technique for preventing hamstring injuries recently got a big assist from Danish researchers. An open cluster randomized controlled trial … Continue reading

May 2011

Kinetic testing variables fail to predict which novice runners will stay healthy

Kinetic variables, including impact peaks, do not predict risk of running related lower extremity injury in novice runners, according to research from the Netherlands. Investigators from University Medical Center Groningen prospectively analyzed kinetics in 181 novice recreational runners (mean BMI … Continue reading

May 2011

Tibial internal rotation emerges as theme in debate over mechanism of ACL rupture

Valgus may play supporting role The usual luminaries were on hand in Monaco to exchange familiar barbs over the relative contributions of knee valgus and knee flexion to anterior cruciate ligament injury, but much of the new research being presented … Continue reading

May 2011

Researchers make early progress toward understanding genetics of sports injuries

Genetics may be the final frontier of sports injury prevention, and researchers are only beginning to explore it. But investigators from South Africa are slowly making progress in identifying specific gene variants associated with risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury … Continue reading

May 2011

BATTLES OF ACHILLES: The operative vs nonoperative treatment debate

Early mobilization techniques have revolutionized both surgical and nonsurgical management of Achilles ruptures, but the resulting improved outcomes have ignited a heated discussion among practitioners as to which approach is best.

by Cary Groner

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May 2011

Out on a limb: Genes vs dreams

Genetic testing would seem to be just what the doctor ordered for sports injury prevention. But the world of sports is far from ready for genetic testing.

Given the preliminary nature of data presented in April at the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sports (see special section, page 23), it will be quite a while before testing for a genetic predisposition to Achilles tendinopathy or anterior cruciate ligament injury is ready for prime time.

by Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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May 2011

Consider mental health in patients with diabetes

Many lower extremity practitioners are not aware of the risks of distress, depression, and cognitive impairment in patients with diabetes. But screening for mental health issues and adjusting patient management accordingly can significantly improve diabetic foot care outcomes.

By Larry Hand

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May 2011

Effects of knee bracing on patellofemoral pain

Research suggests that different bracing designs may have different mechanisms of action for relief of patellofemoral pain syndrome, which is consistent with the heterogeneous nature of the condition and underscores the need to understand each design’s function prior to treatment.

By Song Joo Lee, MS, Yupeng Ren, MS, Nicole A. Wilson, PhD, Sang Hoon Kang, PhD, and Li-Qun Zhang, PhD

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May 2011

Prefab-custom orthoses debate mellows with age

Not so long ago, the effectiveness of prefabricated foot orthoses relative to their custom brethren was a bitterly divisive topic. But the vitriol has dissipated over time, as practitioners have turned their focus to the appropriate selective use of each type of device.

by Cary Groner

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