Category Archives: Archives

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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September 2010

Out on a Limb: Flip-flop Flak

Angelina Jolie and I have so much in common – beauty, fame, fortune. But when it comes to flip-flops, that’s where the similarities end.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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September 2010

Active Stance: Sensory substitution enhances O&P rehab

Rehabilitation science and medicine professionals are realizing that extracorporeal orthotics and prosthetics are sensory as well as functional substitution devices, and that these substitutions are equally important and mutually beneficial. Researchers have identified a high correlation co-efficient between normal body imagery and acquired sensory perception skills with orthotic- prosthetic control and manipulation skills.

By Michael T. Wilson, CPO/LP

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September 2010

Offloading strategies for knee osteoarthritis

Altering joint alignment is associated with decreased pain and improved function. Researchers are working to explain the mechanisms underlying these effects, particularly with respect to bracing.

By Yatin Kirane, D.Orth, PhD; Rebecca Zifchock, PhD; and Howard Hillstrom, PhD

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September 2010

Diabetes experts focus on foot ulcer recurrence

When it comes to diabetic foot ulcers, primary healing is only half the battle. Staggeringly high recurrence rates underscore the need for lower extremity practitioners to continue preventive measures long after the coast appears to be clear.

By Cary Groner

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September 2010

Flip-flops: Fashionable but functionally flawed

Flip-flops might seem to fall under the umbrella of minimalist footwear. But research suggests that walking in flip-flops is far from normal, and that only more structured models can approximate the elusive barefoot-like gait.

By Justin F. Shroyer, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, and Wendi H. Weimar PhD

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September 2010

Arterial disease: Lower extremity implications

It’s not uncommon to encounter undiagnosed PAD in patients who have come in for a seemingly unrelated complaint. Understanding the risk factors, diagnostic techniques and treatment options is key.

By Steven Miller, DPM

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September 2010

Cluffy Wedge helps alter pressures

Use of the Cluffy Wedge in combination with a medial arch support significantly alters dynamic plantar pressures in subjects with asymptomatic functional hallux limitus, according to research from the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. The device, from Great … Continue reading

August 2010

Neurotech Kneehab XP

Kneehab XP is a clinically proven neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) system designed specifically for quadriceps strengthening and as a result, improving knee stability. Kneehab XP incorporates patented Multipath stimulation technology that delivers highly focused, accurately coordinated quadriceps contractions. Multi-directional currents … Continue reading

August 2010

Colorful Cast Coverz

MediFab3 offers CastCoverz! – a colorful solution to the irritations of wearing a cast. Designed to fit over casts, braces, and boots, this product enables cast-wearers to keep the underlying device clean while making a stylish statement.  The cast cover … Continue reading

August 2010

Kalypto NPWT System

Kalypto Medical offers the Medical Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System. The NPD 1000 negative pressure wound therapy system (NPWT) features a pocket-sized pump and three peel-and-stick dressing applications: a 50 cc, a 140 cc and a diabetic forefoot dressing. The … Continue reading

August 2010

Comfort Ease Night Splint

McCarty’s Sacro-Ease offers the Comfort Ease Night Splint, designed to alleviate plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and other lower extremity overuse injuries. Adjustable dorsiflexion straps gently stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon. Three-dimensional molded technology allows for variable padding thickness … Continue reading

August 2010

IMAK Knee Strap

Brown Medical Industries offers the IMAK Knee Strap for non-invasive, targeted pain relief for the knee. A proprietary ergoBeads Pressure Pad conforms to the knee’s anatomy to provide gentle, focused pressure for maximum support, comfort, and stability. The knee strap features … Continue reading

August 2010

GeriMac and MiniMac Knees

Fillauer offers the GeriMac and MiniMac knees. Both knees feature automatic lock at full extension and adjustable release at heel off. Adjustable stance flexion is incorporated to provide shock absorption and smooth gait. Knees are designed for K2 activity level … Continue reading

August 2010

Stump Warmer Stocking

Invented by an amputee who has dealt with severe phantom limb pain for two decades, the Stump Warmer is a multi-layered fabric stocking with a built-in heater. Powered by a rechargeable battery, the device generates heat for several hours on … Continue reading

August 2010

Thermoskin OL Knee Brace

Swede-O launches the functional ROM off-loading Thermoskin OL Knee Brace. This secure and lightweight full contact knee brace features a durable rigid aluminum construction and an easily adjusted flexion/extension stop for control and protection with increased activity. Soft molded condyle … Continue reading

August 2010

Beyond Bunionectomy: The Role of Physical Therapy

More and more surgeons are embracing the idea that physical therapy after bunion surgery can improve range of motion and other functional outcomes. But some practitioners still aren’t sure it’s right for everyone.

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August 2010

Out on a limb: Just average

Lower extremity researchers are realizing what practitioners already know: Sometimes, average just isn’t good enough. Anyone who’s familiar with the college admissions process can tell you about the limitations of averages. Sure, averages – in this case, grade point averages – can be useful as a screening tool, and to get a general sense of a student’s performance.

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August 2010

Patellofemoral taping: Pain relief mechanisms

A recent study sheds new light on the underlying mechanisms of patellar taping, helps explain some previous contradictory findings, and provides strong evidence for patient specific treatments.

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August 2010

Night splint treatment of plantar fasciitis pain

Both the traditional adjustable night splint and a dorsal night splint improved plantar fasciitis pain outcome scores in a retrospective study, with results trending in favor of the dorsal design.

By Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA, Olubusola A. Brimmo, MD, Ryan May, BS, and Bret C. Peterson, MD. Continue reading