Category Archives: Archives

October 2009

In the Moment: Sports Medicine

Alter footfall? Not so fast

Natural running pattern may be best – Websites all over the internet claim that runners who use a rearfoot strike pattern can run more efficiently and prevent injury by converting to a midfoot or forefoot strike pattern. But, as if we needed another reason to distrust information found online, studies of these variables suggest otherwise.

Plus: Skateboarding shoes • ACL do-overs • PTTD protocols

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October 2009

Controlling drop foot: Beyond standard AFOs

The basic goal is to improve toe clearance during swing and provide stability during stance, but new orthotic technologies do much more.

By Jeremy Farley, CPO/L

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October 2009

Orthoses: Alternatives for midfoot arthritis pain

Full-length carbon graphite orthoses may improve outcomes through load redistribution and forefoot motion control.

By Smita Rao, PT, PhD

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October 2009

Balancing risks, rewards of athletic shoe traction

Research suggests that traction on modern artificial turf can vary depending on cutting angle.

By Michelle Sabick, PhD; Benjamin Cooper, MS; Seth Kuhlman, MS; and Ronald Pfeiffer, EdD, LAT, ATC

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October 2009

Functional hallux limitus: Diagnosis and treatment

Once identified, functional hallux limitus can be effectively managed with orthotic devices.

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October 2009

Diabetes: Improving foot care compliance

More favorable diabetic foot ulcer outcomes will require a better understanding of why patients don’t comply.

By Ryan Crews, MS, CCRP

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September 2009

Bunion Aid

Bunion Aid is an award-winning hinged foot splint that relieves bunion pain. It is clinically proven to correct mild to moderate bunions (hallux valgus) and maintain post-surgical fixation of the toe, reducing rehab time. The splint can be worn at … Continue reading

September 2009

Easy Slip-On Shoes

The new Easy Slip-On Shoes from Orthofeet offer the slip-on look with the comfort of adjustable strap shoes. The shoes feature hook and loop straps that provide a wide opening for easy on/off. The two-way strap system allows the user … Continue reading

September 2009

TORCH Walker

American Shoe has launched the TORCH Walker (Total contact Orthotic Restraining Custom Hybrid) to replace the C.R.O.W. This new design combines the support and positioning of a traditional AFO with the accommodation and functionality of custom molded footwear. The TORCH … Continue reading

September 2009

Swing Phase Lock 2

The Swing Phase Lock 2 is an updated version of Fillauer’s most popular stance control orthotic joint. New features include an extended wear bumper, security stops at 15 and 32, teflon bushings for longer wear, and a PEEK high wear … Continue reading

September 2009

UltraSafeGait ADR-AFO

Ultraflex announces the launch of the UltraSafeGait pediatric ADR-AFO. The pediatric version is now available in markets around the world, including the United States. The UltraSafeGait Adjustable Dynamic Response ADR-AFO pediatric version now completes the adjustable dynamic response product line … Continue reading

September 2009

Otto Bock CPM Devices

Featuring state-of-the-art electronics, the LiteLift Pro Knee and 480E Pro Series Knee CPM devices from Otto Bock are the first in a series of continuous passive motion devices to use the Pro (for “progres- sive”) controller that cross-platforms to each … Continue reading

September 2009

Medi USA Knee Braces

Medi USA announces the distribution of two new knee braces for the treatment of unicompartmental osteoarthritis knee pain. The single-upright M.3 OA knee brace is designed for patients who suffer from unicompartmental osteoarthritis knee pain but do not need the … Continue reading

September 2009

ControlTecc Foot Beds

ControlTecc breathable foot beds provide superior biomechanical support and performance. The device consists of a firm arch shell with a deep heel seat for full control of the heel and arch. The special arch peg design helps to keep the … Continue reading

September 2009

Out on a limb: Getting a leg up

So now we know more about Oscar Pistorius’ body than any of us does about our own. Courtesy of the Journal of Applied Physiology and a dream team of scientists, we know his metabolic cost of running, his sprinting endurance, his swing times, his stance-average vertical ground reaction forces. We know how each of those variables stacks up against those of elite non-amputee runners.

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September 2009

Obesity and O&P: Optimizing outcomes

Obese and overweight patients have a lot to lose: their cartilage, their muscle tone, their quality of life, their limbs. Few patient populations have more to gain from orthotic and prosthetic therapy. But no other group of patients poses a bigger clinical challenge.

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September 2009

Diabetes: Pressure data guide offloading efforts

Research suggests that plantar pressure measurement can help practitioners pinpoint problematic areas, compare different orthotic devices, and improve consistency in fabrication.

By Georgeanne Botek, DPM, and Tammy M. Owings, DEng. Continue reading

September 2009

Stroke: The evidence for orthotic treatment

The medical literature doesn’t yet have all the answers regarding orthotic management of stroke, but don’t discount the existing body of evidence. It could—and should—change the way you practice.

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September 2009

Fifth met stress fracture: Load-based risk factors

A stress fracture in even the smallest metatarsal bone can be a big problem, particularly for an athlete. Research suggests that male gender, athletic task, foot type, and shoe design may all contribute to loading on the lateral aspect of the forefoot, increasing injury risk.

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September 2009

Ankle balance training targets recurrent injury

Balance intervention programs improve postural stability, which reduces ankle sprain risk. By reducing injury recurrence, balance training reduces the risk of chronic ankle instability, and in turn the risk of ankle osteoarthritis.

By Erik A. Wikstrom, PhD, ATC, and Mitchell L. Cordova, PhD, ATC Continue reading

September 2009

Orthotics: Management of functional flat foot

The optimal arch height for a patient with functional flat foot may depend on the goals of orthotic management. Studies suggest that arch height directly affects excessive motion, but that controlling dynamic balance may require a more tailored approach.

By Stephen D. Perry, PhD, E. Anne Cunningham, Msc, CPed, and Kelly M. Goodwin, BSc Continue reading

September 2009

In the Moment: O&P

Amputee runners hit the lab
Plus: Gait, work and AFOs • Morton’s extension

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September 2009

In the Moment: Sports Medicine

Seeking a fatigue-injury link
Plus: Baseball sliding strategies • Detraining and ankle injury

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September 2009

In the Moment: Footwear

Kids’ loads shift underfoot
Plus: High heels and knee OA • Children and flip-flops

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September 2009

Market Mechanics

Horseshoe shape is luckiest for hips In a study comparing hip protector products, Hipsaver’s 16 mm thick continuous pad provided the greatest reduction in peak force to the hip, but the SafeHip 16 mm horseshoe-shaped pad most effectively deflected force … Continue reading