Category Archives: Archives

July 2010

Study finds variations in co-contraction during closed kinetic chain exercises

Closed kinetic chain exercises vary considerably with respect to quadriceps-hamstrings co-contraction, which may have significant implications for rehabilitation, according to research from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Investigators analyzed activation of the vastus medialis, vastus lateralis, medial … Continue reading

June 2010

Investigators examine biomechanical effects of carbon composite devices

AFOs must find energy balance – The extent to which carbon composite ankle foot orthoses improve gait efficiency in stroke patients may be a function of walking speed, according to a Swedish study. And despite the fact that the devices are known for their energy storage, research from the Netherlands suggests that the relationship between energy storage and energy cost may be complicated.

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June 2010

Obesity impairs children’s response to orthotic therapy for flexible flatfoot

Is earlier intervention needed? Researchers and clinicians are only beginning to understand the relationship between pediatric flexible flatfoot and obesity, which becomes even more complicated in the context of orthotic treatment. Findings from Hong Kong appear to throw another wrinkle into the mix, suggesting that obese children are significantly slower to respond to orthotic therapy than their normal-weight counterparts.

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June 2010

Researchers explore screening options for earlier diagnosis of Charcot foot

Biomechanics may offer clues – Too often, by the time Charcot neuroarthropathy is diagnosed, it is too late to do much more than accommodate the resulting deformity. That’s why researchers from Germany and the U.K. are working to find ways of screening for patients at risk for Charcot, which would facilitate earlier and more effective intervention.

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June 2010

Studies confirm effect of knee bracing on OA symptoms, joint adduction moment

But placebo findings raise questions – Three German studies presented at the ISPO meeting in Leipzig confirm that bracing for knee osteoarthritis is associated with both symptom improvement and biomechanical effects. But the findings also suggest that the relationship between those two sets of outcome measures is more complicated than one might think.

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June 2010

Experts advocate pressure measurement utilization to improve orthotic outcomes

Fancy camera systems not required – A pressure measurement system is an essential clinical tool for maximizing orthotic outcomes that too many practitioners are not yet utilizing, according to two presentations at the FIP meeting in Amsterdam.

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June 2010

2nd Ankle Gauntlet

Freedom Fabrication introduces the 2nd Ankle, a flexible ankle gauntlet designed to simulate the physiology of the human body. Artificial tendons provide support where the patient needs reinforcement. When a patient with posterior tibial tendon disorder is fitted with the … Continue reading

June 2010

CT-EMS Traction Splint

New from FareTec, the CT-EMS traction splint is engineered to allow quick and effective leg traction in the field. The traction splint utilizes carbon tubing and a 4:1 pulley system to allow leg traction without the need to transport a … Continue reading

June 2010

Tarsal Support Wrap

New from Fabrifoam Products is the Tarsal Support Wrap (TSW). Similar to the company’s top selling Pronation Spring Control device, the TSW is used to treat plantar fasciitis, chronic heel pain, and excessive pronation. Designed with Fabrifoam’s new Enthra therapeutic … Continue reading

June 2010

Exer-Rest Therapy

Non-Invasive Monitoring Systems has launched a new, non-invasive, drug-free, FDA Class I (exempt) therapeutic medical device called the Exer-Rest. The Exer-Rest features NIMS patented technology called Whole Body Periodic Acceleration, an efficient way for the body to naturally activate the … Continue reading

June 2010

Glass Bead Sterilizers

Dent-Eq offers glass bead sterilizers for sterilizing metal instruments used in podiatric practice. Available in Model BS-300 and BS-500, units are compact enough to be placed chairside on any laminar air flow work bench or other workside tables in a … Continue reading

June 2010

Relief Topical Analgesic

Corganics offers Relief over-the-counter, non-prescription analgesic, newly available in a roll-on application. Relief is composed of a proprietary blend of essential oils, MSM, L-arginine, menthol, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, and vitamin E. Essential oils include sweet orange, palmarosa, eucalyptus globulus … Continue reading

June 2010

DryPro Prosthesis Protector

Dry Corp offers the new DryPro prosthesis protector, which fits over the prosthesis to offer complete waterproof protection. The DryPro prosthesis protector is engineered with a patented watertight vacuum seal that stays secure until the seal is released. A hand … Continue reading

June 2010

Endolite Echelon Foot

Endolite offers the newly introduced Echelon foot. The Echelon foot is specifically designed for the low- to high- impact K3 amputee who may also enjoy occasional recreational athletic activities. Lightweight and dynamic, the Echelon foot utilizes independent hydraulics to control … Continue reading

June 2010

Market Mechanics


• 125th anniversary
• Adding AFOs
• Insoles for DOMS
• Ice hockey deal

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June 2010

In the moment: Sports medicine

After more than a decade of discord and sometimes contentious debate, biomechanists appear moving toward a consensus that the mechanism of anterior cruciate ligament injury cannot be wholly attributed to either the frontal or sagittal planes but is in fact multiplanar.

Plus: • Shoes and knee OA • Foot strike patterns

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June 2010

Heel pain revisited: New guidelines emphasize evidence

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons’ revised guidelines for heel pain treatment reflect lower extremity healthcare’s increasing focus on evidence-based medicine, including hundreds of references as well as helpful diagrams. But clinical experience is still essential to the therapeutic process. By Cary Groner

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June 2010

Out on a Limb: Thinking globally

There are a lot of reasons you might not want to leave the country these days. Terrorism. The economy. Language barriers. Maybe you just feel there’s no need – you can have a perfectly good vacation, and even update your professional credentials at the same time, without the hassle of renewing your passport or trying to remember where you put the darned thing.

by Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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June 2010

Outreach efforts in Haiti alter lives on both sides

Clinicians who have volunteered their time in Haiti since the January earthquake have helped restore mobility and independence to a new generation of amputees.

By L.W. Barnes

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June 2010

Making a difference, one pair of shoes at a time

As it turned out, donating a million dollars worth of shoes was the easy part. Then there was the daunting–but rewarding–task of getting the shoes to those who needed them in Haiti.

By Todd Carter

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June 2010

Surgical site infection risk in patients with diabetes

Surgical procedures are often unavoidable in patients with diabetes, and can even help reduce future risk of ulceration. But high postoperative infection rates in this patient population pose additional challenges to practitioners.

by Ryan L. McMillen, DPM, Nicholas J. Lowery, DPM, and Dane K. Wukich, MD

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June 2010

Postural control deficits: the role of foot orthoses

The mechanism by which foot orthoses improve postural control remains uncertain, but research suggests that it may stem from improvements in sensory feedback or changes in center of pressure that in turn affect joint moments.

By Douglas Richie, DPM

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June 2010

Microfracture outcomes in pro basketball players

Research suggests that more than three-quarters of professional basketball players return to play following microfracture surgery, but may not regain their previous level of athletic performance.

By Nirav H. Amin, MD, Martin J. Morrison III MD, Douglas L. Cerynik, MD, and James Tom, MD.

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May 2010

Aircast Airheel Brace

DJO introduces the Aircast Airheel brace which is specifically designed to treat plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and heel pain. Using two interconnected aircells located under the foot arch and the back of the heel, the brace applies pulsating compression with … Continue reading

May 2010

Body Armor Night Splint

The new Body Armor Night Splint from Darco provides a specific and sustained stretch to the plantar fascia by actively and comfortably loading the windlass mechanism. A toe strap dorisflexes the first metatarsophalangeal joint, which stretches the plantar fascia and … Continue reading