Category Archives: Archives

March 2011

Slip-resistant Z-Coil Footwear

For all-day comfort on the job, even on wet, slippery floors, Z-Coil now offers new slip-resistant versions of its two most popular footwear styles: the Freedom athletic shoe and the Z-Walker lace-up Oxford. The outsoles of both the Freedom SR … Continue reading

March 2011

Custom O&P Artwork

Global Tattoo Orthotic Prosthetic Innovations (GTOPI) offers Airbrushed Prosthetic Ink Technology, a unique way for O&P device users to express themselves with color and art. High quality art work is applied to braces and prosthetic sockets using a process similar … Continue reading

March 2011

Schwartz Carbon Fiber AFO

New from Spinal Solutions is the Schwartz Dynamic Carbon Fiber Ankle Foot Orthosis. This floor-reaction AFO was developed in conjunction with Nathan Schwartz, DPM, a board certified surgeon and podiatrist. By making the traditional “in-shoe” device an integral part of … Continue reading

March 2011

Tru-Ice Cold Therapy

Health Enterprises introduces new Tru-Ice cold therapy for sprains, strains, arthritis, tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis. Tru-Ice provides cold therapy in five to seven minutes, one-third the time of an ice bag, to help reduce swelling and relieve pain. The ergonomic, reusable … Continue reading

March 2011

Silifoam Hook Fastening Material

WBC Industries, a materials supplier to the orthotic and prosthetic professions, offers the new Silifoam Hook material as a specialty hook-channeled alternative for O&P device fastening needs. The hook-channeled, soft coated foam material is designed for close to the skin … Continue reading

March 2011

Custom Molded Diabetic Insert

Levy & Rappel announces the release of the Levy-Diabetic insole, a custom molded product that is machine-milled for added efficiency and cost savings that are passed on to the practitioner. The Levy-Diabetic custom molded full contact diabetic inserts are 100% … Continue reading

March 2011

Upstanding interventions: Falls prevention in O&P

Devices that improve proprioception, balance, and biomechanics can help patients avoid the significant morbidity and mortality associated with falls. But in some cases, a device may actually increase risk. That’s why matching the right intervention to the right patient is essential.

By Cary Groner

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March 2011

Out on a limb: Up in arms at AAOS

Many of us were surprised by how cold it was in San Diego this past February. But nobody got an icier reception at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons than Alexandra Soroceanu, MD.

by Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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March 2011

Effect of foot function on landing mechanics

Malalignment or dysfunction of the foot can increase the risk of landing-related trauma such as ACL injury, but the biomechanical effects of foot orthoses and bracing may decrease that risk.

By Douglas Powell, PhD, and Nicholas J. Hanson, MS

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March 2011

Unstable shoe designs: Functional implications

Use of unstable footwear to strengthen the typically underused small muscles of the foot and ankle can help improve posture and gait,  potentially decreasing pain and risk of injury.

By Scott Landry, PhD

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March 2011

VASCULAR VIEWPOINT: Compression therapy and the DVT epidemic

Despite established indications, compression therapy is widely underutilized in all settings of  venous thromboembolism due to a substantial education gap among practitioners.

By Marlin W. Schul, MD, MBA, RVT

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March 2011

Plantar loads influence knee osteoarthritis risk

Research suggests that redirecting ground reaction forces relative to the knee joint’s rotational center can be achieved by repositioning the foot through a number of different mechanisms.

By Roy H. Lidtke, DPM, CPed

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March 2011

Bunion research focuses on patient quality of life

The effect of hallux valgus on a patient’s quality of life starts with a frustrating inability to find fashionable shoes that fit—but evidence suggests it doesn’t end there.

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March 2011

Biomechanical precepts define 21st century yoga

Evidence-based standardization of yoga postures will improve outcomes and acceptance. Downward facing dog offers an opportunity to illustrate the underlying alignment precepts.

By Ginger Garner, MPT, ATC

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March 2011

Can hip IR predict FAI?

Physical exam could be used to screen
Physical exam findings including hip range of motion can be used to help screen athletes for femoroacteabular impingement even before symptoms occur, according to research presented in February at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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March 2011

Positives for Ponseti

Gait study compares clubfoot care
Children with clubfoot treated with the Ponseti casting method have less pain and better function five to 10 years later than those treated surgically, according to gait analysis research from Baltimore that provides evidence to help justify the growing popularity of conservative clubfoot care.

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March 2011

Nutritional management of diabetic neuropathy

Most practitioners are aware that controlling glucose levels through diet is one way to manage symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. What’s less widely known is that there is also evidence to support the use of nutritional supplements in the same patient population.

By David Shofler, DPM and Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS

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March 2011

Meta-analysis underscores benefits of early motion after Achilles rupture

A Canadian meta-analysis presented at the AAOS meeting confirms that early mobilization after Achilles tendon rupture essentially negates the difference in re-rupture rate between operative and nonoperative treatments. Most meta-analyses of operative vs nonoperative management of Achilles rupture, including a … Continue reading

March 2011

Limited ROM after ACL reconstruction linked to radiographic osteoarthritis

Radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis five years after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is significantly more likely in patients with limited range of motion—even by just a few degrees—in the operated knee, according to research presented at the AAOS meeting. Investigators from … Continue reading

March 2011

Mortality data favor transmetatarsal amputation in patients with diabetes

Transmetatarsal amputations offer lower mortality rates and time to failure than other distal alternatives to transtibial amputation in patients with diabetes, according to research from the University of Rochester in New York. Investigators retrospectively reviewed records of 83 patients who … Continue reading

March 2011

Preferred plantar fasciitis treatment changes with duration of symptoms

Foot and ankle surgeons favor stretching for a patient with four months of plantar fasciitis symptoms but turn to less conservative treatments if the pain continues for four months, according to survey results presented in February at the AAOS meeting. … Continue reading

March 2011

ABC releases orthotic fitters survey

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics announced in February the release of its 2010 Practice Analysis of ABC Credentialed Orthotic Fitters. ABC last conducted a practice analysis study of the orthotic fitter profession in 2004 and … Continue reading

March 2011

DJO Global announces its new name

Medical device company DJO Incorporated announced in February a name change to DJO Global, Inc., in recognition of the successful completion of key milestones related to the integration of the operational and commercial activities of its global businesses since the … Continue reading

March 2011

Vicon motion capture technology helps design shoes for skateboarders

The use of Vicon’s motion capture technology to help design skateboarding footwear was featured in February during National Engineers Week as an application that could inspire students to consider engineering careers and fields of study. The Sole Technology Institute is … Continue reading

March 2011

Alpha Orthotics posts bunion eBook

Alpha Orthotics, distributor of the hinged Bunion Aid splint, in February released its latest patient education eBook, “When the foot hits the ground from toe to heel: Bunion self-treatment products.” This complimentary eBook provides an overview of non-invasive bunion treatments … Continue reading