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January 2012

Ball sports bolster bones

High-impact history benefits runners – Preliminary findings from Stanford Uni­versity add to the growing body of evi­dence suggesting that playing soccer or basketball at an early age helps lower the risk of stress fracture in athletes who go on to become dedicated runners.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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January 2012

Ball position during overhead catch influences ACL injury risk on landing

When an athlete jumps to catch a ball overhead, the path of the ball relative to the dominant leg affects landing mechanics in ways that could increase risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury, according to research from Griffith University in … Continue reading

January 2012

AFO offloading findings could affect tibial stress fracture management

A corset-style ankle foot orthosis is more effective than a controlled ankle motion walker for offloading the distal lower extremity, according to pilot data from Colorado investigators that could have implications for management of tibial stress fractures in athletes. Researchers … Continue reading

January 2012

ABC names new officers, launches interactive state licensure map

The Board of Directors for the Alexandria, VA-based American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) named Donald D. Virostek, CPO, president of the organization on December 1. Virostek, director of orthotics at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital … Continue reading

January 2012

PAL Health manufacturing goes mobile with tablet technology

Pekin, IL-based PAL Health Technologies reports that taking its fabrication management mobile has resulted in a 13% increase in productivity and 2% reduction in internal product rejects after six months. PAL Health’s production data software for Apple’s iPad allows managers … Continue reading

January 2012

OPAF clinics get O&P patients moving

The Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) has signed two significant 2012 sponsors for its First Clinic series of no-cost, introductory adaptive recreational clinics for individuals served by the O&P community. Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification International has upped … Continue reading

January 2012

New CPT codes relate to Dermagraft

The American Medical Association (AMA) has assigned two new procedure codes for the application of living skin cell product Dermagraft, according to Westport, CT-based  manufacturer Advanced BioHealing. Dermagraft is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for up to … Continue reading

January 2012

Pedors Shoes wins PFA award

The Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) presented Marietta, GA-based Pedors Shoes with the Pedorthic Footwear Vendor/ Manufacturer of the Year award at its 2011 symposium, held last November in Albuquerque, NM. The PFA’s annual award goes to a company the association’s … Continue reading

January 2012

KineMedics inks deal to distribute AFX foot-ankle strengthening system

Ottawa, Ontario-based Kine­Medics has signed a deal with another Canadian company, Port Moody, BC-based Progressive Health Innovations (PHI) to distribute PHI’s AFX (Ankle Foot Maximizer), a strengthening system for the ankle and foot complex. The AFX system’s variety of resistance … Continue reading

January 2012

PT foundation funds scholarship, signs DJO Global as research partner

The Alexandria, VA-based Foundation for Physical Therapy granted several awards in December. Two physical therapists each received $40,000 research grants and three won $5000 each as recipients of the Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year. Kristin … Continue reading

January 2012

IOC names Oslo as site of fourth Advanced Team Physician Course

The International Olympic Committee’s fourth Advanced Team Physician Course is scheduled for May 30-June 1 at the Soria Moria Hotel in Oslo, Norway. The course, geared toward the practical issues of working with high-level athletes in a team sports setting, … Continue reading

January 2012

RehabTech Asia will debut in 2013

RehabTech Asia is the region’s only trade gathering for the assistive technology, integrated care, and rehabilitation engineering industries. The inaugural event, which includes a trade exhibition, conference, hosted buyer program, and business forums, is scheduled for February 27-March 31, 2013 … Continue reading

January 2012

AOPA hosts 2012 audio conferences

Practitioners who want to learn the latest in O&P and earn CE credits can dial in to the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association’s (AOPA) telephone seminars the second Wednesday of each month at 1 pm EST. Practitioners can receive 1.5 … Continue reading

January 2012

COPA reprises educational event

The California Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (COPA) will hold its second annual COPA Educational Event on Friday, March 2, at California State University, Dominguez Hills’s O&P Program in Long Beach. The one-day event will include three concurrent tracks: a prosthetic … Continue reading

January 2012

Knee bracing benefits off-road motorcyclists

New research suggests that serious injuries occur as frequently in off-road motorcycle racing as they do in football, but such injuries occur less frequently in riders who wear knee braces.This may be why, although it is not well studied, knee bracing is widespread among off-road motorcycle riders.

By Wesley M.Gladin, BS, Robert A.Cates, BA, and Mark S.Sanders, MD, FACS

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January 2012

Adult acquired flatfoot: Nonoperative options

Adult acquired flatfoot deformity, primarily posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, in many cases can be successfully managed with conservative treatment modalities including early immobilization, long-term bracing, physi­cal therapy, and anti-inflam­matory medications.

By Robert W. Mendicino, DPM, FACFAS, Alan R. Catanzariti, DPM, FACFAS, and Kyle S. Peterson, DPM Continue reading

January 2012

Knee OA: The evidence for gait modification

Gait retraining can potentially alter walking biomechanics such that knee adduction moment is reduced, an inexpensive off­loading option that does not require device wear. Gait modification studies to date have primarily focused on foot rotation, trunk lean, and knee medialization.

By Michael A. Hunt, PT, PhD

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January 2012

Biomechanical analysis of ankle sprain ‘copers’

Researchers are investigating why some people develop chronic ankle instabilty after a sprain while others seem to heal normally. Biomechanical differences between the two cohorts may offer clues to the mechanisms underlying CAI and enhance preventive efforts.

By Adam Rosen, MS, ATC, and Cathleen N. Brown, PhD, ATC

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January 2012

Monofilament testing withstands critiques

Experts continue to debate the relative merits of the Semmes-Weinstein mono­fila­ment for assessing diabetic foot ulcer risk, including how many sites on the foot should be tested, and which ones. But it’s tough to argue with the technique’s cost-effectiveness.

By Cary Groner

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January 2012

Breaking pointe: Foot and ankle injuries in dance

Essential to the beauty of dance are the demanding biomechanics of the dancer, particularly at the foot and ankle. Injuries and pain are almost inevitable. But an understanding of the underlying issues—artistic as well as anatomical—can help practitioners keep dancers on their toes for as long as possible.

By Jeffrey A. Russell, PhD, ATC

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December 2011

Striking a balance: Foot orthoses in DPN

Preliminary research suggests that impaired balance in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) may improve with proprioceptive stimulation from foot orthoses. Postural instability is common in patients with diabetic neuropathy, said David Levine, DPM, CPed, who is in private practice in Frederick, MD.

By Katie Bell

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December 2011

Diabetic shoes: Fashion and function

Every day, people willingly trade good foot health for stylish shoes—think stilettos, platforms, and pointy toeboxes. For some time, however, patients who wore diabetic footwear didn’t have the option of worrying about style versus substance.

By Shalmali Pal

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December 2011

Debunking myths: Compression hosiery

Myths abound in discussions about healthcare (just think chicken soup). But when it comes to the use of compression hosiery, some tales can be debunked easily. The benefits of compression hosiery include improved blood circulation for patients with varicose veins, or achy swollen feet—especially helpful for those with diabetes.

By Larry Hand

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December 2011

Custom care: Offloading for foot ulcers

Any time a practitioner applies an orthotic device, such as an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) to offload a diabetic foot ulcer, he or she also has to make sure pressure is not redistributed to the point that a new ulcer is created elsewhere on the foot. Devices have to be constructed with the correct materials and properly fitted to the foot, which leaves a lot of leeway for practitioners.

By Larry Hand

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December 2011

How to “speak” central fab

Outsourcing has become integral to streamlined manufacturing and, in the O&P world, central fabrication services fit the bill. Yet, for practitioners dealing with a customer service rep in a different time zone or an employee in a far-off land, communication isn’t always easy to achieve. Lower Extremity Review checked in with O&P experts on effective ways to communicate with central fab facilities.

By Shalmali Pal

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