Category Archives: Archives

November 2011

Out on a limb: High on heels

A week after this magazine goes to press, I’ll be in Puerto Rico with my in-laws for a beach wedding. I’m sure the scenery will be spectacular. But I also know that once the ceremony is over, I’ll be counting the minutes until I can put my heels back on.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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November 2011

Evidence-based orthotic management of PTTD

The medical literature supports the use of orthotic devices in patients with pos­terior tibial tendon dysfunction, especially those in the early stages. Demonstrated benefits include improvements in foot and ankle alignment, clinical symptoms, and functional outcomes.

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November 2011

Experts stress selectivity in advanced ulcer care

Despite the expense associated with advanced wound care technologies, evidence suggests that switching from standard care makes both clinical and economic sense if a diabetic foot ulcer has not experienced a 50 percent reduction in wound area after four weeks.

By Emily Delzell

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November 2011

Role of physical therapy in patients with hip OA

Some studies support the effectiveness of physical therapy for reducing pain and improving function in patients with hip osteoarthritis, but evidence on the topic is limited and contradictory—suggesting that perhaps PT is most effective in a specific subgroup of patients.

By Alexis A. Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, and Garrett S. Naze, PT, DPT

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November 2011

Bracing and rotation, part 2: ACL injuries

This two-part series explores the role of rotational forces in athletic injuries and the  extent to which bracing can help control those forces and, in turn, prevent those  injuries. This second installment examines rotation as a contributor to anterior cruciate ligament injury.

By Cary Groner

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November 2011

Preventing wrong-site foot and ankle surgery

Wrong-site surgery can have significant financial and professional conse­quences, which is why surgeons’ or­gan­iza­tions are promoting protocols speci­­fi­cally designed to reduce such errors. A recent survey of foot and ankle surgeons suggests those efforts are paying off.

By Donald E. Fowler III, MD; Karl M. Schweitzer Jr, MD; Olubusola Brimmo, MD; Ryan May, BS; and Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA         

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November 2011

Chronic ankle instability affects postural control

Research suggests that individuals with chronic ankle instability use different movement strategies to maintain postural control than individuals with healthy ankles. These changes may be related to alterations in movement variability associated with ankle instability.

By Lisa Chinn, MS, ATC, and C. Collin Herb, MEd, ATC

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November 2011

Bespoke for stroke: Temporary custom shoe improves gait

Recent research from the Netherlands suggests that a custom-made orthopedic shoe designed for temporary use can enhance early mobilization after stroke, improving functional mobility, walking speed, and gait.

By Emily Delzell

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November 2011

Study links poor footwear choices to impairment in patients with gout

Research from the Auckland University of Technology suggests use of poor footwear is a major problem in patients with gout, finding that 42% of individuals studied wore shoes with inadequate cushioning, support, stability, or motion control. The New Zealand investigators, … Continue reading

November 2011

Jazz shoes restrict plantar flexion, may also impair muscle activation

Girls who take part in recreational jazz dancing may be wearing dance shoes that adversely affect muscle activation and restrict their ability to attain the optimal pointed, or plantar flexed, position while dancing, according to Australian researchers. Investigators from the … Continue reading

November 2011

Lockout lessons: NFL Achilles injuries spark debate

Achilles injuries in the National Football League appear to be occurring earlier, more frequently, and in younger players than in previous seasons. Whether that apparent trend is related to the labor dispute and lockout that shortened the preseason is a matter of considerable debate.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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November 2011

Bone data support return to play six months after hip resurfacing

Patients experience significant increases in femoral neck bone density six months after undergoing hip resurfacing, which suggests it is safe for them to return to high-impact sports at that time, according to research from Washington University School of Medicine in … Continue reading

November 2011

Rearfoot landing could reduce ACL injury risk during cutting, pivoting

Landing on the rearfoot instead of the forefoot during cutting and pivoting tasks can decrease knee loading and theoretically reduce the risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury, according to a study from George Mason and Old Dominion universities. Researchers assessed … Continue reading

November 2011

Wisconsin Medicaid, Medicare fraud cases focus on orthotic device sales

Recent legal actions in Wisconsin have targeted millions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid fraud associated with the sales of orthotic devices. On October 24 Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that his office had charged seven Milwaukee residents … Continue reading

November 2011

ACFAS seeks investigative sites for study on subtalar arthroereisis

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) is seeking members to serve as investigators as part of a research initiative on subtalar joint arthroereisis. The study’s principal investigator, Adam E. Fleischer, DPM, MPH, FACFAS, and colleagues are recruiting … Continue reading

November 2011

EOS 3D system compares well with CT

Cambridge, MA-based EOS Imaging’s 3D modeling system compares well with computed tomography (CT) scanning for measuring femoral torsion, according to a study presented October 24 at the Journées Françaises de Radiologie in Paris. Results demonstrated no significant differences between the … Continue reading

November 2011

Össur site emphasizes active life

Foothill Ranch, CA-based Össur launched its online forum, ÖssurActive, at the September American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association National Assembly in Las Vegas. The site offers discussion boards and training programs for above-knee and below-knee amputees. Spearheaded by Paralympic track star … Continue reading

November 2011

ISPO announces PacRim 2012 dates

The U.S. National Member Society of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics is sponsoring A Pacific Forum for Physical Rehab, also known as PacRim 2012, January 22-24 in Honolulu. PacRim 2012’s plenary sessions and workshops on progressive treatment options … Continue reading

November 2011

Cascade distributes Incrediwear line

Chico, CA-based Cascade Orthopedic Supply is now carrying Star Nutrition’s line of Incrediwear products, including the Incredibrace and Incredisocks lines, which use anion technology to help increase circulation and regulate temperature. Star Nutrition, also based in California, has more than … Continue reading

November 2011

AliMed teams with GHX for e-commerce

A partnership between Dedham, MA-based AliMed and technology company Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) opens the door for 3900 GHX hospital members to select and purchase products from AliMed through the GHX exchange. GHX’s cloud computing technology increases efficiencies for hospitals … Continue reading

November 2011

Early stage rearfoot eversion effects bolster theory of PTTD progression

Two measures of pronation typically associated with later stages of posterior tibial tendon dysfunction are also apparent in its earliest stage, according to University of Calgary research with possible implications for early intervention. Investigators analyzed static anatomical foot structure, ankle … Continue reading

October 2011

OHI acquires Arizona AFO, adding third franchise brand to company

On September 23, Markham, Ontario-based Orthotic Holdings, Inc., a leading lower extremity orthotic company, acquired Arizona AFO, which is the third franchise brand under the OHI umbrella, alongside The Orthotic Group, also headquartered in Markham, and Ronkonkoma, NY-based Langer Biomechanics. … Continue reading

October 2011

Reebok settles deceptive advertising suit, will refund $25 million to customers

Canton, MA-based Reebok International settled in September a complaint filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), agreeing to refund $25 million to customers who bought specialized shoes the company claimed would tone muscles. The $25 million settlement is one … Continue reading

October 2011

SureFit adds XtremityOne software

Coral Springs, FL-based therapeutic footwear company SureFit will distribute PAL Health’s software system for computer-assisted orthotic management of diabetic foot ulcers. The new offering will complement SureFit’s existing lines of diabetic footwear and orthoses. Version 3 of the XtremityOne, a … Continue reading

October 2011

Website for Natural Step shoes debuts

Miami, FL-based Nobile Shoes, distributor of Natural Step shoes, has created a new website, www.naturalstepshoes.com, that highlights its Natural Step line of multidensity rocker soles, which are designed by pedorthists and manufactured in Brazil. Reseller applications and order forms can … Continue reading