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February 2012

Allard employee, marathoner runs to boost foot drop awareness

Rockaway, NJ-based Allard USA announced its new manager of community outreach, Beth Deloria, will compete in 20 half marathons this year to inspire others with foot drop, which for Deloria was caused by severe spinal trauma and subsequent surgery. Already … Continue reading

February 2012

New book focuses on healthy feet

Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet is a science-based how-to guide for patients on restoring the musculoskeletal health of the foot. The author, biomechanist Katy Bowman, MS, looks at mechanical contributors to common … Continue reading

February 2012

AOPA extends deadline for papers

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is looking for qualified O&P professionals and management specialists who have significant business experience to share their knowledge at the organization’s 2012 national convention. The submission deadline for papers has been extended to … Continue reading

February 2012

Odd couple: Linking ACL injury and patellofemoral pain

One is an acute injury, the other a chronic condition. But researchers believe it’s no coincidence that anterior cruciate liga­ment injury and patellofemoral pain syn­drome share many of the same risk factors. The next step is to determine if a single intervention can effectively prevent both.

By Cary Groner

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February 2012

Wedge orthoses: A distal slant on knee OA therapy

Most conservative measures to reduce knee adduction moment in patients with knee osteoarthritis involve altering proxi­mal bio­mechanics, but research suggests that similar kinetic changes and pain relief can be achieved with the use of wedged foot orthoses.

By Emily Delzell

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February 2012

Use of eccentric exercise for prevention and rehab

Recent interest has focused on the use of Nordic hamstring strengthening exercises to prevent hamstring injuries in athletes, but evi­dence also supports eccentric exercise for managing tendinopathy and for pre­ven­tion and rehabilitation of anter­ior cruciate ligament injury.

By Daniel Lorenz, DPT, PT, ATC/L, CSCS 

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February 2012

Success of hinged AFOs depends on alignment

Misalignment between the mechanical joint of an articulated AFO and the cor­responding anatomical joint can signifi­cant­ly affect the device’s mechanical properties, particularly resistance and stiffness, which can impair AFO effective­ness and negatively affect proximal joints.

By Fan Gao, PhD, and Susan Kapp, MEd, CPO, LPO, FAAOP      

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February 2012

Hip rotation in golfers may determine pathology

Golfers demonstrate significant asym­metries between hips with regard to rotational range of motion and rotational velocity, which can contribute to the development of conditions including low back pain, femoroacetabular impinge­ment, and hip labral degeneration.

By Heather Gulgin, PhD, ATC   

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February 2012

Foot-shoe mismatches leave patients at risk

Survey results suggest that at least one-third of individuals at risk for foot pain or diabetic foot ulcers are wearing shoes that are at least one size too big or too small, which can further increase those risks. Proper shoe fit and foot health start with patient education.

By Stephanie Swensen, BSc, and Ran Schwarzkopf, MD, MSc     

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February 2012

Original research: Taping alters ankle biomechanics

This study found that closed basket-weave ankle taping significantly affects ankle range of motion and time to peak vertical ground reaction force, which can have implications higher up the kinetic chain that appear to vary from one indivi­dual to another.

By Matthew L. Santos-Vitorino, MS, ATC, LAT, Sue Shapiro, EdD, ATC, LAT, Kathy Ludwig, PhD, and Claire Egret, PhD

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January 2012

Ponseti AFOs with PFS/Toe Stilt

MD Orthopaedics offers the Ponseti AFO Toe Stilt, Ponseti AFO/PFS, and Ponseti  AFO/PFS Toe Stilt, all compatible with the Ponseti abduction bar. The AFO Toe Stilt features a severe permanent wedge to keep the foot in 10° of dorsiflexion during standing. The … Continue reading

January 2012

PAL Platinum Trim Gauntlet

The Platinum Trim Gauntlet, now available from PAL Health Technologies, is a slender, less rigid alternative to the standard Platinum Gauntlet. The custom AFO is designed for management of such conditions as PTTD and chronic ankle instability, and in particular … Continue reading

January 2012

Tensegrity K3 Promoter

Tensegrity Prosthetics has announced the availability of its K3 Promoter, a prosthetic foot designed to give amputees the flexibility and mobility of a natural limb. Anecdotally, testers of the K3 Promoter report a responsive and lively feeling associated with its … Continue reading

January 2012

BioSculptor AFO Vacuum Box

The AFO Vacuum Box from BioSculptor Corporation is designed for capturing weight-bearing or semi weight-bearing scans for products such as AFOs, foot orthotics, and custom shoes. The vacuum box is used when the most accurate scans are needed, as it allows … Continue reading

January 2012

Masterflex Black Material

In response to customer demand, Euro International’s product line now includes Masterflex Black, exclusively distributed by the company for applications such as the production of flexible inner sockets. The color and material properties are designed to help increase productivity and … Continue reading

January 2012

AquaHeal Bandages

Spenco Medical Corporation has introduced 2nd Skin AqualHeal Hydrogel Bandages, an easy-to-use, durable first aid solution that combines a sterile dressing and cooling technology to speed healing for a variety of wounds. A waterproof polyurethane film adhesive seals out bacteria … Continue reading

January 2012

DynaFlange Posting System

DynaFlange, new from Langer Biomechanics, is a patent pending rearfoot posting system that dynamically manages pathologic motion during gait. First, DynaFlange addresses the deleterious effects of pronation by storing ground reaction forces, then dynamically returns the stored energy when needed … Continue reading

January 2012

Polyester/Lycra Casting Socks

The STS Company of Mill Valley, CA, announces the release of a new and improved line of tubular polyester/Lycra casting socks. The new material provides a detailed, accurate, and precise negative mold of the lower extremity (foot, leg and thigh) … Continue reading

January 2012

Out on a limb: Next top model

I grew up in Portland, OR. I live in New England. That means I root against all of the Los Angeles Lakers. But I do find Kobe Bryant’s footwear fascinating.

 Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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January 2012

Surgical success in CP

Some dorsiflexion gains are surprising – A recent study validates the long-held clinical belief that, in appropriately se­lected children with cerebral palsy (CP), ankle dorsiflexion during swing phase improves after ankle plantar flexor surgery and that postsurgical rehabilitation should include a focus on dorsiflexor function.

By Emily Delzell

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January 2012

Charcot-Marie-Tooth patients delay using prescribed ankle foot orthoses

Even if they have a device prescription, individuals with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease tend to put off wearing ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) until walking function is impaired, according to research conducted at St. George’s University of London and Kingston University, London. Investigators compared … Continue reading

January 2012

Muscle activation data suggest gap in poststroke gait rehabilitation

Improving gait and coordination among stroke survivors should involve developing rehabilitation techniques that target abnormal muscle timing characteristics, suggests recent research from the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, OH. The study, e-published in December by Rehabilitation Practice and Research, … Continue reading

January 2012

Shear significance

Study delves beyond plantar pressure – Recent research confirms that peak shear and peak pressure points occur at different locations under the foot, shedding some light on the role of shear in diabetic foot ulceration.

By Emily Delzell

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January 2012

Metatarsal pads may reduce pain by creating space in the forefoot

A Dutch study suggests that metatarsal pads relieve metatar­salgia pain by creating space between metatarsal heads in addition to reducing plantar pressure. Researchers from St. Maartens Clinic in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, performed motion analysis on 16 feet with primary metatarsalgia … Continue reading

January 2012

Peroneal response to inversion increases with shoe sole thickness

Wearing thick-soled shoes increases the magnitude of peroneus longus muscle activity required to resist an unanticipated foot inversion, elevating the risk of an ankle sprain, according to research from the University of Dundee in Scotland. Investigators used electromyography to assess … Continue reading