Category Archives: Archives

July 2010

Endolite gives SPS sole distribution

Alpharetta, GA-based SPS (Southern Prosthetic Supply) announced in July that that it is now the sole distributor of Endolite products within the U.S. All Endolite products may be purchased through any of SPS’ four distribution centers in Georgia, Texas, California, … Continue reading

July 2010

Orthotic Fitters Course makes debut

The American Association of Orthotic Fitters/American Society of Orthopedic Professionals announced in July the Initial Orthotic Fitters Course. The course combines 16 hours of home study with three days of live labs to meet BOC requirements for Certified Orthotic Fitter. … Continue reading

July 2010

Berries Contour Footwear

Aetrex Worldwide introduces the Berries women’s footwear collection, including clogs, slip-ons, and Mary Janes . The shoes incorporate four-way stretch uppers with Spandex and IQ150 breathable memory foam to conform to the foot, along with Mozaic customization to relieve high-pressure … Continue reading

July 2010

Pilates Triadball Manual

A new OPTP exclusive, The Pilates Triadball Manual, written by Pilates Master Teachers Michael Fritzke and Ton Voogt, contains more than 270 illustrated exercises and variations to strengthen, align and sculpt the body without classic Pilates equipment. The dynamic elasticity … Continue reading

July 2010

X-Silver AK Shrinker

Comfort Products now offers the new X-Silver AK Shrinker. Made with X-Static Silver for anti-microbial protection, the X-Silver AK Shrinker is designed for both short term and long term use. A soft, flexible belt is adjustable to accommodate waists from … Continue reading

July 2010

Varus/valgus Heel Wedges

G&W Heel Lift offers varus/valgus heel wedges. Designed based on practitioner recommendations, the 6º and  9º wedges can be used to correct foot and ankle issues related to excessive pronation or supination. In the large size, the wedged area extends … Continue reading

July 2010

Pentagon Knee Orthosis

The Pentagon Knee Orthosis from Anatomical Concepts is a posterior fitting, single upright, five-function knee orthosis that provides the orthopedic/rehabilitation team with a patient-friendly alternative to the traditional bulky double upright hinged knee device configuration. This system allows the calf … Continue reading

July 2010

ProMed Ankle Brace

Active Innovations introduces the new ProMed lace-up ankle brace. The ProMed ankle brace offers  comfort and mobility with added support provided by its Y-shaped vertical stabilization straps that allow for control over both the forefoot and heel. Total control lacing … Continue reading

July 2010

Squared Toe Post Op Shoe

DJO offers the new ProCare Squared Toe Post Op Shoe.  The shoe is designed to provide maximum immobilization and protection of the forefoot and toes for postoperative rehabilitation. The post op shoe features a rigid rocker sole, forefoot fastening system, … Continue reading

July 2010

Roomy Socks

MDI Corporation introduces Roomy Socks. These high quality, affordable diabetic socks have been awarded an exclusive national contract for VA Hospitals and clinics across the country. American made, the socks are acrylic and have relaxed tops with a 12-inch cross-stretch. … Continue reading

July 2010

Arthritis Pain Relief Orthotics

New from Dr. Scholl’s, Arthritis Pain Relief Orthotics are designed to provide both immediate and all-day relief from osteoarthritis pain in the feet, knees, and hips. Offered with a money back guarantee, the pain relief orthotics are engineered with a … Continue reading

July 2010

LER: Our first year

We published 12 information-packed issues,and readers responded— on our website and through our social media outlets. These are just a few of the highlights.

• Top Articles – Most Visits • Top Products – Most viewed • Articles Most Commented On • Most Viewed Product Videos • Top 5 – Most Time Spent on Article • #1 Facebook Fan

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July 2010

The Throw – From Below: Hip mechanics dictate overhead motion

It’s shoulder and elbow injuries that most often land baseball pitchers and other throwing athletes on the disabled list. But the cause of those injuries often can be traced to strength and flexibility deficits at the hip—effects that reverberate up the kinetic chain.

by Kevin Laudner, PhD, ATC, FACSM

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July 2010

Publisher’s memo: The first of many

When I decided to create LER, I spoke with many of you to determine if there was a need for a multi-disciplinary magazine exclusively focused on the lower extremity. The response was overwhelming and very positive. You wanted a practical, easy-to-read publication that delivered the clinical literature reviews but without all the dry and boring details of the methods, a publication that encouraged collaboration and helped to improve outcomes for your patients.

by Richard Dubin, Publisher

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July 2010

Out on a limb: Personality test

Athletes are known for being difficult patients, with psychology often playing as important a role as biomechanics. The objective is to keep an athlete’s personality from getting in the way of proper medical care. But sometimes that’s easier said than done. Just ask the Boston Red Sox.

by Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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July 2010

Quantifying functional effects of AFO alignment

Assessing device alignment is a key aspect of prosthetic practice, but when it comes to lower extremity orthotics the process is less common. That’s changing, however, as researchers begin to document the effects of alignment on gait biomechanics.

by Cary Groner

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July 2010

Knee OA and obesity: A cyclical clinical challenge

Obesity not only increases the risk of knee osteoarthritis but also makes it more difficult to treat, as typical exercise recommendations often are simply not practical. Gait researchers, however, are working to identify new potential therapeutic approaches.

by Elizabeth M. Russell, MS, and Joseph Hamill, PhD

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July 2010

Therapeutic management of flexible flatfoot pain

The practitioner’s objective in treating flexible flatfoot is to realign the foot and eliminate pain. Multiple nonsurgical therapeutic options are available, but if those are unsuccessful, surgical interventions can be effective.

by Neal M. Blitz, DPM, FACFAS, and Pawel Hanulewicz, MD

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July 2010

Achilles tendinopathy: Treatment strategies

Research has elucidated new information about the disease processes that contribute to Achilles tendinopathy and the relative effectiveness of therapies such as heavy-load eccentric exercise and injections of corticosteroids, dextrose, and other solutions.

by Michael Ryan PhD, CPed(C)

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July 2010

Dyslipidemia’s effect on diabetic neuropathy

The importance of glycemic control in patients with diabetes is well known. But neurological studies suggest that dyslipidemia is actually a more significant contributor to the development of peripheral neuropathy in the same patient population.

by Andrea M. Vincent, PhD, Lucy M. Hinder, PhD, and Eva L. Feldman, MD, PhD

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July 2010

Fighting fatigue

As a growing body of research supports the idea that fatigue contributes to sports-related injury, investigators are now working to identify those athletes who may be most vulnerable to the effects of fatigue and interventions that could counteract those effects.

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July 2010

Charcot and limb loss

Ulcer prevention is the key to amputation prevention in patients with Charcot arthropathy, according to research from Chicago that raises the question of whether pre-emptive surgical correction of deformities is warranted in Charcot patients.

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July 2010

Habitual high-heeled shoe wearers exhibit musculotendinous changes

Women who are so accustomed to high heels that they feel uncomfortable in flat shoes demonstrate musculotendinous changes compared to those who prefer flats, according to research from Manchester Metropolitan University in the U.K. Investigators recruited 11 women between the … Continue reading

July 2010

Orthosis study favors three-quarter length for patients with hallux valgus

A study from the University of Tennessee supports the use of a three-quarter length custom orthosis for patients with hallux valgus deformity. The study compared custom orthoses of full, three-quarter, and sulcus lengths. The orthoses were worn by 25 patients … Continue reading

July 2010

Altered ability to detect joint loading plagues chronically unstable ankles

Even in the absence of impaired joint laxity, chronically unstable ankles demonstrate a reduced ability to detect afferent signals in response to applied loads, according to research from the University of Delaware. In 19 healthy ankles and 10 ankles with … Continue reading