Category Archives: Archives

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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May 2011

Osseous implications of ACL reconstruction

The loss of bone integrity that accompanies ACL injury persists after reconstructive surgery, even with aggressive rehabilitation. Improved interventions may help decrease patients’ risk for low bone mineral density and osteoarthrosis.

By John Nyland DPT, SCS, EdD, ATC, CSCS, FACSM

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May 2011

Platelet-rich plasma: More than a last resort?

Findings from studies of PRP can be conflicting and confusing, but lower extremity practitioners remain cautiously optimistic about the trendy treatment’s clinical potential to accelerate healing of soft tissues, bone, and diabetic wounds.

by Cary Groner

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May 2011

OA bracing: Spin class

Rotation may be key to pain relief
Research from the Hospital for Special Surgery  in New York City confirms that the kinetic effects of osteoarthritis knee bracing are in fact related to bracing’s effects on knee pain—but not in the way investigators had expected.

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May 2011

Orthopadie + Reha-Technik congress issues call for abstract submissions

The Orthopadie + Reha-Technik international O&P congress has issued a call for papers for its May 2012 meeting in Leipzig, Germany. Technicians, engineers, therapists, and physicians are invited to submit abstracts by September 30. Abstracts may be submitted in German … Continue reading

May 2011

VQ Orthocare announces discount program for former NFL athletes

Rehab device provider VQ OrthoCare, creator of the BioniCare Knee System, has announced the BioniCare discount program for National Football League Players Association (NFPLA) former player members and their families. Irvine, CA-based VQ OrthoCare initiated this discount program to expand … Continue reading

May 2011

Flexcin survey of arthritis sufferers reveals uneven levels of support

A national online survey of arthritis sufferers conducted by Fort Myers, FL-based supplement manufacturer Flexcin International suggests that women feel they receive less support than their spouses and that co-workers offer more support than family. The survey, conducted in April, … Continue reading

May 2011

Scandinavian entrepreneur launches CSUS to focus on American business

Scandinavian orthopedic bracing entrepreneur Peter Allard has launched a new company, CSUS, to focus on business opportunities in the Americas. Allard acquired Camp Scandinavia in 2006 from his father Bertil and has maintained it as a family-owned company while expanding … Continue reading

May 2011

Dorsiflexed AFO alignment improves gait variables in post-stroke patients

An ankle foot orthosis that orients the ankle in slight dorsiflexion may help improve knee flexion during gait and reduce the risk of heel ulcers in post-stroke patients, according to research from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Investigators performed gait analysis … Continue reading

May 2011

Forefoot plantar pressures respond to rocker bottom diabetic footwear

A Mayo Clinic study confirms previously reported offloading effects of a rocker bottom shoe design in patients with diabetic neuropathy and suggests that a plastazote insole may increase that benefit. Researchers analyzed dynamic plantar pressures in 15 subjects with diabetic … Continue reading

April 2011

Foot science meets wine in Napa

Practitioners with a passion for both wine and continuing education can enjoy both at the “Science of the Foot” conference scheduled during the October wine harvest in Napa, CA. The event, co-sponsored by Napa-based Prolab Orthotics and the Western University … Continue reading

April 2011

Alpha Orthotics offers screening tool for bunion self-assessment

Alpha Orthotics announced in March the availability of a simple clinical screening tool, the Manchester scale, for patients to self-assess the severity of their hallux valgus. The Manchester scale includes standardized photographs of feet with four grades of hallux valgus … Continue reading

April 2011

PHI earns ‘ready to rocket’ status

Progressive Health Innovations (PHI), manufacturers of the AFX foot and ankle strengthening device, has been named one of the top health technology companies in British Columbia, as determined by the market strategy and consulting firm Rocket Builders. After two years … Continue reading

April 2011

SureStep offers three April courses

South Bend, IN-based SureStep will offer three different courses in the latter part of April, in multiple geographic locations. The shortest course, good for 2.0 continuing education units, is titled “Making BIG Changes in Little Lives.” Topics will include the … Continue reading

April 2011

Boa Technology means business regarding medical device market

Denver-based Boa Technology, maker of the Boa Closure System that is featured on a number of O&P devices, in late March underscored its commitment to the medical device market with the launch of a new Medical Business Unit. “As we … Continue reading

April 2011

ABC seeks nominees for director slots

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC) is seeking nominees for four positions on its Board of Directors, the organization announced in late March. The open positions are for three directors and one public member director. … Continue reading