Category Archives: Archives

September 2010

Lateral loading during cutting affects perceptions of turf shoe performance

A football player’s perception of a shoe may be related to the amount of lateral loading associated with that shoe during cutting, according to research from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Investigators analyzed cutting movements in 17 male teenaged football players as … Continue reading

September 2010

Even motion control footwear allows midfoot movement while running

Practitioners who recommend so-called motion control running shoes may want to think of “control” as a relative term, in light of research demonstrating significant sagittal plane movement of the foot within motion control shoes. Investigators from Northern Arizona University in … Continue reading

September 2010

Sport-specific neuromuscular training program improves tennis performance

A tennis-specific version of the neuromuscular training program developed in Cincinnati could significantly improve performance on the court, according to research published in the September issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The Sportsmetrics training program developed by … Continue reading

September 2010

Study finds hormones, fatigue affect ankle ligament laxity in female athletes

Much of the literature on hormones and ligament laxity has focused on the knee, but a study from James Madison University suggests that an interaction between hormone levels and fatigue may also affect laxity at the ankle. Researchers analyzed ankle … Continue reading

September 2010

Breg brace boosts fatigue response

The effect of fatigue on ankle muscle activity during landing from a jump is more pronounced while wearing a Breg Ultra FullCourt ankle brace than when unbraced, according to research from Iowa State University. The brace, made by Vista, CA-based … Continue reading

September 2010

Masterfit offers new shoe courses

Masterfit University, the snowsports industry’s official fit education centers, has expanded its course offerings. Masterfit U’s Masters, Masters-Backcountry Connection and Masters Plus courses individually qualify for continuing education credits from both the American Board for Certification in Orthotics Prosthetics & … Continue reading

September 2010

Diabetes drugs linked to fracture risk

Popular diabetes drugs, including Avandia and Actos, may increase the risk of fracture, according to research from the University of Michigan. From a large prospective database of patients with diabetes, investigators compared 786 patients with fractures and 2657 matched patients … Continue reading

September 2010

Ijinji wins APMA seals of acceptance

San Diego-based Injinji announced in August its receipt of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance for its Ex-Celerator Compression Toesock and InjinjiRX Therapeutic Toesock products. This extends Injinji’s APMA-accepted socks to three. The company’s Performance Series Toesocks … Continue reading

September 2010

ASO device affects knee during cuts

ASO Ankle Stabilizers from Charlotte, NC-based Medical Specialties reduce knee flexion and peak knee abduction moment during cutting maneuvers, which could reduce the risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury, according to research from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Twelve healthy, … Continue reading

September 2010

Zoom Ankle Brace

Developed by Ultra Athlete over three years, the Zoom Ankle performance prevention ankle brace is designed to be comfortable to wear in all seasons, provide superior support performance stability, and be applied in seconds.  The design utilizes multi-patented Performathane soft … Continue reading

September 2010

Pediped Memory Foam Technology

Pediped introduces Memory Foam Technology (MFT ) in their signature ballet flats and sandals for boys and girls. The responsive and high-density MFT insoles mold to a child’s foot and spring back when pressed, to absorb shock and minimize impact. The MFT … Continue reading

September 2010

OrthoLite Fusion Insoles

OrthoLite, a leading supplier of open cell foam insoles in the performance and comfort category, has announces the availability of Fusion style insoles on OrthoLite.com and in partnership with Amazon.com.  Designed to fit all athletic and outdoor shoes or boots, … Continue reading

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