Category Archives: Archives

January 2011

Slow responses should put the brakes on driving with right foot immobilized

Army researchers are recommending that patients not drive with an immobilization device on their right foot, based on a study suggesting that such devices significantly increase braking response time. Investigators from Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, TX, … Continue reading

January 2011

Thuasne expands American presence with acquisition of Townsend Design

Bakersfield, CA-based Townsend Design was acquired in January by the wholly-owned North American subsidiary of French orthopedic soft-goods manufacturer Thuasne. Thuasne (pronounced Two Ann) leads the European market in the fabrication and distribution of elastic bandages, non-rigid braces and compression … Continue reading

January 2011

pediped foundation makes debut

Children’s footwear manufacturer pediped is rolling out its new charitable foundation with a fundraiser featuring steep discounts on select styles. During the Purchases with Purpose fundraiser, which runs from Jan. 5 to Feb. 6, select styles available online will be … Continue reading

January 2011

Dr. Comfort sponsors local Tour de Cure

Mequon, WI-based diabetic footwear manufacturer Dr. Comfort has joined forces with the American Diabetes Association as a sponsor for the 2011 Greater Milwaukee Tour de Cure. Taking place Saturday June 18th, at Grafton High School, the Greater Milwaukee Tour de … Continue reading

January 2011

Nigg’s book on sport shoes debuts

A new self-published book from University of Calgary biomechanist Benno M Nigg, PhD, “Biomechanics of Sport Shoes,” is now available. The content of this book concentrates on human locomotion with specific emphasis on mobility and longevity and its application to … Continue reading

January 2011

ACFAS website wins industry award

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons’ consumer website, FootHealthFacts.org, has been honored with a Bronze Award for website excellence in Association Trends’ 2010 All-Media Contest. The website was chosen among more than 470 entries in the annual association … Continue reading

January 2011

PFA seeks symposium presentations

The Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) is now accepting presentations for the 52nd Annual Symposium, which will take place Nov. 10-13, 2011 in Albuquerque. The PFA is seeking presentations that address the topics of arthritis, biomechanics, business development, diabetes, general pedorthics, … Continue reading

January 2011

Delcam rolls out 2011 enhancements

Fort Myers, FL-based Delcam has announced new versions of its OrthoModel and OrthoMill software for the design and manufacture of custom orthotic insoles. The major enhancement in the 2011 version of OrthoModel is that it gives users greater control over … Continue reading

December 2010

Out on a limb: Shop and learn

The J. Peterman Company is probably best known as the erstwhile employer of Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld.” But the company and its distinctive catalogs made a lasting impression on me when I first came across them years earlier.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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December 2010

Therapeutic shoe benefit: It’s complicated

An increasing number of patients with diabetes are taking advantage of a Medicare benefit for therapeutic shoes, but more could make use of the preventive measure to avoid further complications and possible amputation, practitioners say. Posing an obstacle, however, are the increased paperwork demands and looming fee cuts to physicians by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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December 2010

Diabetic socks: More than meets the toe

With so much emphasis placed on proper diabetic footwear, especially for those who suffer from peripheral neuropathy, patients with diabetes may not realize how crucial the size, fit, fiber, and construction of socks also are. Since socks are an integral part of treatment, the following do’s and don’ts may help practitioners educate patients about proper sock selection and wear.

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December 2010

New materials drive fabrication techniques

When a new material comes on the scene, industry experts say that training and common-sense techniques go a long way toward understanding how best to handle it—whether the issue is safety or the durability of the finished device.

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December 2010

The right fit matters, shoe studies suggest

Children’s feet grow so irregularly and so fast.  As every parent can attest, their children seem to outgrow sneakers and maryjanes in lightspeed. But this headache isn’t the only problem. According to two recent European studies, children’s ill-fitting shoes can pose a health dilemma as well.

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December 2010

The inside story on liner choices

Selecting the right prosthetic liner for an amputee patient is a complex problem that clinicians grapple with daily. They find themselves constantly weighing trade-offs between liner features. Cushioning and comfort inevitably must be balanced with durability. More cushioning decreases how long the liner will maintain its shape and protective properties before deteriorating.

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December 2010

Standardized system for PMDs wins nod

The explosive growth in research and clinical applications for plantar pressure measurement devices (PMDs) has led to efforts to standardize protocols so that data can be more easily interpreted and compared by scientists and clinicians.

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December 2010

Breakdown ahead? Time to replace insoles

Despite research suggesting diabetic foot orthoses may need replacing only once a year, practitioners say there are a number of clinical reasons why an individual patient might need new insoles more often.

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December 2010

Gait speed in AFOs: Results may vary

Numerous studies, and significant clinical experience, suggest that ankle foot orthoses help increase gait speed in post-stroke patients with hemiplegia or drop foot. Not all research supports this conclusion, however…

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December 2010

Jury is out on proprioception-OA link

Despite the awareness among researchers that patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) have impaired proprioception, the clinical implications of these deficits remain unresolved. Some scientific evidence indicates that impaired proprioception is linked to increased pain in knee OA, but whether impaired proprioceptive acuity results in progression of the disease remains uncertain.

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December 2010

No final stretch in plantar fasciitis debate

The extent to which stretching and strengthening exercises successfully address plantar fasciitis continues to be a matter of debate among practitioners. Variables known to be associated with the condition include obesity, reduced ankle dorsiflexion, and work-related weight-bearing.

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December 2010

AFO choices for PTTD grow clearer

Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) continues to bedevil clinicians treating patients for whom a conservative, nonsurgical approach is indicated. Although extensive research has supported treatment with AFOs, few controlled trials have been conducted, and the choice between articulated and solid designs has largely remained a matter of individual preference.

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December 2010

Good to go? Testing key after TKA

Recent published studies suggest that patient-reported outcomes after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) don’t actually reflect performance on functional tests. So, although patients may be reporting significant improvement in their ability to walk, climb stairs, and function overall, their Timed Up and Go Test results may actually tell a different story.

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December 2010

New twists on ankle sprain prevention

Athletes, coaches, and trainers have long known that ankle sprains—the most common athletic injury—seem more likely as games wear on and players become tired. Only recently, however, have researchers begun to quantify how fatigue affects biomechanics and what those changes may imply for injury risk and prevention.

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December 2010

Stress fracture factors guide orthotic choices

Stress fractures are generally thought to occur due to a multitude of factors. These include age and activity level (those under age 24 experience most such injuries, probably during high-intensity athletics and military service); gender (women are at higher risk, partly as a result of endocrine issues); and training (or overtraining) while wearing inadequate footwear.

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December 2010

Likely link in patellofemoral conditions

ike other common multifactorial conditions, patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) can be frustrating to treat. Contributing factors may include overuse, malalignment, muscular dysfunction, microtrauma, or a combination; multimodal treatment regimens are popular for relieving immediate symptoms.

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December 2010

CAD-CAM’s features help win O&P converts

Shane Coltrain, CPO, knows computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) as well as anyone in his field. That’s because he’s been using it for about eight years, gaining experience with the tool every day while so many of his industry colleagues remain resistant to make the technological leap.

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