Category Archives: Archives

November 2010

Chevron STS Post-op Shoe

Sroufe Healthcare Products has introduced the new Chevron STS Square-Toe Med-Surg Shoe. The Chevron STS is designed to provide protection and comfort in post-operative footwear. The extended shape of the square-toe design provides extra protection for toes, forefoot, and bandages, … Continue reading

November 2010

Pediatric AFO Casting Socks

STS Company has announced the development of Pediatric AFO casting socks in four different sizes to cover a broad range of anatomy and children’s ages. The casts are compatible with traditional AFO fabrication as well as CAD-CAM methods. The fast-setting, … Continue reading

November 2010

Cast Itch and Odor Relief

The CastCooler is a patented device used in conjunction with an orthopedic cast to remove moisture from the lining of the cast. It is designed to be stretched around the cast like a sleeve, then attached via a nozzle hooked … Continue reading

November 2010

Muscle Angels Hand-Held Massager

The Muscle Angels hand-held massager is designed to provide quick relief from muscle pain and fatigue while increasing flexibility, circulation, mobility and elasticity. Muscle Angel massagers are designed to combine the benefits of myofascial trigger point, acupressure, and deep tissue … Continue reading

November 2010

The truth about barefoot running: It’s complicated

One side claims running shoes cause injury; the other side counters that barefoot running comes with its own risks. There are likely elements of truth on both sides. But when it comes to giving your patients advice about barefoot running, experts have more questions than answers.

by Cary Groner

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November 2010

Out on a limb: Creatures of comfort

Benno Nigg, PhD, isn’t exactly on the barefoot running bandwagon. Essentially, the internationally lauded foot biomechanist thinks barefoot running is a fashion trend that tends to recur every 25 years or so  — like babydoll dresses or skinny ties.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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November 2010

Practice Tactics: Efforts to boost morale pay off in productivity

With so many factors outside of the control of practitioners and practice managers, it’s becoming increasingly important to focus energy and resources on the areas that are well within your ability to influence.

By Jason Kraus

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November 2010

Partial foot amputation: Pedorthic management

Patients with diabetes who have undergone partial foot amputation are vulnerable to reulceration. Footwear, orthotic devices, and partial foot prostheses can reduce risk while improving function.

By Erick Janisse, CPed, CO, and Dennis Janisse, CPed

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November 2010

Yoga helps target falls, fears in older patients

Yoga can help improve balance and increase confidence in older adults who are at risk for fall-related injury. The key to successful outcomes is to modify traditional poses in ways that accommodate both physical limitations and fears in this patient population.

By Arlene Schmid, PhD, OTR

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November 2010

Articular cartilage rehab starts with examination

Successful management of articular cartilage lesions starts with a thorough examination emphasizing patient history, range of motion limitations, and an understanding of underlying anatomy and biomechanics.

By Walter L. Jenkins, PT, DHS, ATC

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November 2010

Diabetes affects fracture healing at cellular level

Patients with diabetes are at increased risk for delayed union or nonunion following skeletal trauma or elective orthopedic surgery, due to impaired osseous regeneration.

By David N. Paglia MS, Siddhant K. Mehta BS, Kristen Mason BS, Eric A. Breitbart MD, Aaron Wey BS, Andrew Park MS, Swaroopa Vaidya MS, Ravi Verma BS, Dana Graves PhD, J. Patrick O’Connor  PhD, and Sheldon S. Lin MD Continue reading

November 2010

Choosing shoes for RA

Therapeutic designs are a tough sell

Despite research supporting the use of therapeutic shoes in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, a study from New Zealand suggests that only 5% of patients actually wear prescribed footwear.

The lack of compliance may be related to practitioners’ failure to understand the social and emotional implications of therapeutic footwear for patients—particularly women—with RA, according to a second study from the U.K.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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November 2010

High-top styles, tied laces decrease Achilles tendon loading in cadavers

A high-top athletic shoe design and tightly tied laces can decrease peak Achilles tendon loading, primarily by limiting peak ankle dorsiflexion, according to a cadaver study from Virginia Tech University. Researchers analyzed the effects of low-top vs high-top athletic shoes … Continue reading

November 2010

In vivo data correlate with external effects of variable-stiffness OA shoe

The variable-stiffness shoe being developed at Stanford University not only reduces external knee adduction moment but also produces corresponding decreases in load within the joint, according to new in vivo data. The shoe (see “OA research: It’s all about the … Continue reading

November 2010

Tailoring PFP treatment

Maltracking signals VMO involvement

Research from Stanford University adds to the evidence that patellofemoral pain management may be most effective when tailored to subcategories of patients, and suggests that it’s too soon to give up on vastus medialis oblique activation as a contributing factor.

The findings were presented in early November at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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November 2010

In practice, tendinopathy patients find pain relieved with platelet rich plasma

The benefits of platelet-rich plasma injection for relief of tendinopathy pain are evident outside of a controlled research setting, according to results from a Scottsdale, AZ, private practice presented in November at the AAPM&R meeting. Physiatrists at Southwest Spine & … Continue reading

November 2010

Ankle retinacula changes may predict outcomes after fascial manipulation

Fascial manipulation can improve pain and postural stability in patients with functional ankle instability and evidence of retinacular changes on magnetic resonance imaging, according to research from Italy presented in November at the AAPM&R meeting. In an earlier study, published … Continue reading

November 2010

ABC reinstates assistant certification

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) is pleased to announce the reinstatement of its Certified Orthotic/Prosthetic Assistant certification program. Certified assistants, under the supervision of an ABC certified orthotist and/or prosthetist, may perform orthotic and/or … Continue reading

November 2010

Teen wins Otto Bock art competition

Cali Overcast of Fountain, CO, was only four years old when the 9/11 terrorist attacks took place, but she’s never forgotten the impact it had on her young life. Overcast, winner of Minneapolis, MN-based Otto Bock’s Socket Art Contest, was … Continue reading

November 2010

Feet for Life charity initiative debuts

The Pedorthic Foundation is launching a new charity initiative, called “Feet for Life,” to benefit underprivileged patients with diabetes. The foundation has been given an initial donation of 10,000 pairs of shoes, which will be provided to individuals with diabetes … Continue reading

November 2010

SoleTech announces web redesign

Salem, MA-based SoleTech, a supplier of orthopedic materials and therapeutic footwear, announced in October the launch of a redesigned website at www.soletech.com. The new website is designed to allow prospective customers to view the company’s complete line of products, download … Continue reading

November 2010

Dubin joins board of Art de Cure

Richard Dubin, publisher and founder of Lower Extremity Review has been named to the board of Art de Cure, a new Albany, NY-based nonprofit organization that works with local artists and healthcare practices to establish art galleries in practitioners’ offices. … Continue reading

October 2010

PF3X Prescription Foot Orthosis

Kano Labs has introduced the PF3X prescription foot orthosis. The PF3X is built utilizing soldered layer technology wherein a Blackmod thermoresin is used to produce a one piece integrated shell with variable degrees of flex throughout the orthotic. The PF3X … Continue reading

October 2010

Zamst A2-DX Ankle Brace

One of the company’s most advanced products, the Zamst A2-DX ankle brace features more than 22 parts and 18 different materials. The A2-DX’s unique rigid guards restrict inversion and eversion, while the X-straps provide enhanced anterior and medial stability, a … Continue reading

October 2010

NutriNerve Supplement

NutriNerve offers its new NutriNerve Supplement Therapy for patients suffering from neuropathy. Ingredients include alpha lipoic acid (ALA), gamma linolenic acid (GLA), and benfotiamine, each of which has been shown to improve neuropathic symptoms. ALA has been reported to improve … Continue reading