Category Archives: Archives

September 2010

Impacts spell injury

Barefoot running seems a solution By Jordana Bieze Foster Despite what you may have heard, researchers are a long way from proving that barefoot runners are less prone to injury than those who run in shoes. But data presented at … Continue reading

September 2010

Intriguing AFO effects

Gait speed linked to braking force By Jordana Bieze Foster Rigid ankle foot orthoses increase gait speed in hemiplegic stroke patients, but not for the reasons one might think, according to research from the Kessler Foundation Research Center in New … Continue reading

September 2010

Training targets trips

Fall simulations help AK amputees By Jordana Bieze Foster Thanks to an improved ability to simulate falls in the laboratory, researchers are identifying variables that contribute to falls in above-knee amputees and implementing training programs to improve response to tripping. … Continue reading

September 2010

Robot-assisted ankle rehabilitation boosts functional mobility scores

Robot-assisted ankle rehabilitation significantly improves functional mobility in stroke patients, according to research from Northwestern University in Chicago. Researchers customized a continuous passive motion machine to create a portable rehabilitation robot that is used for both passive stretching and active … Continue reading

September 2010

Gait study finds FES of plantar flexors fails to improve mechanical recovery

Functional electrical stimulation of the plantar flexor muscles in addition to the dorsiflexors surprisingly had no effect on mechanical recovery during post-stroke gait in a study performed at the University of Delaware. Researchers analyzed the effects of dorsiflexion FES alone … Continue reading

September 2010

Diabetic boot bests TCC for offloading forefoot area but not for ulcer healing

A cast-boot ankle foot orthosis decreases plantar pressures under the forefoot more effectively than a total contact cast, but its relative effectiveness for ulcer healing is still a function of compliance, according to research from Washington University in St. Louis. … Continue reading

September 2010

Effects of prosthetic gel liner thickness on pressure lack statistical significance

The choice of a thick or thin gel liner in transtibial amputees may ultimately come down to personal preference, according to research from Northwestern University in Chicago. Investigators compared two prosthetic gel liners, one 3 mm thick and one 9 … Continue reading

September 2010

Lateral loading during cutting affects perceptions of turf shoe performance

A football player’s perception of a shoe may be related to the amount of lateral loading associated with that shoe during cutting, according to research from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Investigators analyzed cutting movements in 17 male teenaged football players as … Continue reading

September 2010

Even motion control footwear allows midfoot movement while running

Practitioners who recommend so-called motion control running shoes may want to think of “control” as a relative term, in light of research demonstrating significant sagittal plane movement of the foot within motion control shoes. Investigators from Northern Arizona University in … Continue reading

September 2010

Sport-specific neuromuscular training program improves tennis performance

A tennis-specific version of the neuromuscular training program developed in Cincinnati could significantly improve performance on the court, according to research published in the September issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The Sportsmetrics training program developed by … Continue reading

September 2010

Study finds hormones, fatigue affect ankle ligament laxity in female athletes

Much of the literature on hormones and ligament laxity has focused on the knee, but a study from James Madison University suggests that an interaction between hormone levels and fatigue may also affect laxity at the ankle. Researchers analyzed ankle … Continue reading

September 2010

Breg brace boosts fatigue response

The effect of fatigue on ankle muscle activity during landing from a jump is more pronounced while wearing a Breg Ultra FullCourt ankle brace than when unbraced, according to research from Iowa State University. The brace, made by Vista, CA-based … Continue reading

September 2010

Masterfit offers new shoe courses

Masterfit University, the snowsports industry’s official fit education centers, has expanded its course offerings. Masterfit U’s Masters, Masters-Backcountry Connection and Masters Plus courses individually qualify for continuing education credits from both the American Board for Certification in Orthotics Prosthetics & … Continue reading

September 2010

Diabetes drugs linked to fracture risk

Popular diabetes drugs, including Avandia and Actos, may increase the risk of fracture, according to research from the University of Michigan. From a large prospective database of patients with diabetes, investigators compared 786 patients with fractures and 2657 matched patients … Continue reading

September 2010

Ijinji wins APMA seals of acceptance

San Diego-based Injinji announced in August its receipt of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance for its Ex-Celerator Compression Toesock and InjinjiRX Therapeutic Toesock products. This extends Injinji’s APMA-accepted socks to three. The company’s Performance Series Toesocks … Continue reading

September 2010

ASO device affects knee during cuts

ASO Ankle Stabilizers from Charlotte, NC-based Medical Specialties reduce knee flexion and peak knee abduction moment during cutting maneuvers, which could reduce the risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury, according to research from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Twelve healthy, … Continue reading

September 2010

Zoom Ankle Brace

Developed by Ultra Athlete over three years, the Zoom Ankle performance prevention ankle brace is designed to be comfortable to wear in all seasons, provide superior support performance stability, and be applied in seconds.  The design utilizes multi-patented Performathane soft … Continue reading

September 2010

Pediped Memory Foam Technology

Pediped introduces Memory Foam Technology (MFT ) in their signature ballet flats and sandals for boys and girls. The responsive and high-density MFT insoles mold to a child’s foot and spring back when pressed, to absorb shock and minimize impact. The MFT … Continue reading

September 2010

OrthoLite Fusion Insoles

OrthoLite, a leading supplier of open cell foam insoles in the performance and comfort category, has announces the availability of Fusion style insoles on OrthoLite.com and in partnership with Amazon.com.  Designed to fit all athletic and outdoor shoes or boots, … Continue reading

September 2010

Sano Body Shaping Shoes

Mephisto has introduced Sano brand footwear, designed to promote a better physique and improved body shape. An integrated power stimulator provides shock-absorption with a built-in stimulator that propels the foot forward. According to the company, the heels, spine, and joints … Continue reading

September 2010

littleSteps Orthotics for Kids

Nolaro24 introduces littleSteps, pre-fabricated foot orthoses specifically designed for kids. They deliver prescription based correction closely matching the criteria of traditional UCBL devices. littleSteps provide an affordable alternative to custom orthoses, with same-day dispensing facilitating early intervention. littleSteps orthoses are … Continue reading

September 2010

Footsprings for Heel Pain

FootGuru offers a full line of products engineered to relieve heel and arch pain, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and sore, tired feet. Modeled after the Low Dye strapping technique, Footsprings can be used with or without orthotics and can replace … Continue reading

September 2010

AFX Ankle Foot Maximizer

Progressive Health Innovations offers the AFX Ankle Foot Maximizer, a foot-and-ankle strengthening system, featuring patent pending technologies. A variety of resistance bands allow for balanced strengthening through a complete range of motion, from early stage rehabilitation to high-performance athletic training.  … Continue reading

September 2010

Rebound Air Walker

The Rebound Air Walker by Ossur is the latest short leg walker in the market. It has been designed with comfort, fit and function in mind.  It features a full circumferential shell and toe bumper to protect patients from re-injury. … Continue reading

September 2010

Pressure Treatment: Dynamic data guide orthotic therapy

Dynamic pressure measurement systems aren’t just for research any more. The technology optimizes outcomes by enabling practitioners to prescribe orthoses that address particular gait abnormalities and to quantify the biomechanical effects.

by Cary Groner

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