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December 2011

When diabetes complicates drop foot

In patients affected by both diabetes and drop foot, ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) can help restore a more normal gait pattern and reduce the mechanical risks of ulceration. But microtrauma caused by irritation and elevated pressure is also a significant concern in these patients, making device selection and fit critical concerns.

By Larry Hand

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December 2011

OA knee bracing in family practice

Research indicates that primary care physicians are underprescribing exercise as a treatment for knee osteo­arthritis, and experts suggest the same can be said about bracing. “I think primary care physicians probably don’t know much about braces. Being primarily internists, primary care physicians may turn to what they know best, and that’s pharmacological therapy, because that’s what they’re accustomed to doing,” said Nicholas Giori, MD, PhD, an orthopedic surgeon at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA.

By Larry Hand

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December 2011

Assessing PTTD: Linking the kinetic chain

Many studies of posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), or adult acquired flatfoot disorder, have focused on foot kinematics and benefits of bracing for pain relief and increased ambulation. But new findings from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles suggest clinicians also look higher along the kinetic chain when determining an effective treatment.

By Christina Hall Nettles

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December 2011

Finding a footwear-AFO fit in kids

Finding shoes that fit over ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) is a challenge for thousands of children with neuromuscular disorders that affect walking ability. Parents have waited patiently while custom AFOs were molded and fitted, only to find themselves at wit’s end when trying to finish the morning dress routine.

By Christina Hall Nettles

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December 2011

Maximizing postamputation joint health

After amputation patients and practitioners tend to focus on the affected side. But the intact limb, or “sound side,” is also worth watching as long-term shifts occur in weight distribution between limbs during gait. This stress can often lead to knee osteoarthritis (OA) in the intact limb.

By Shalmali Pal

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December 2011

The wear and tear of ankle sprains

Chronic ankle instability (CAI) has been linked to devel­opment of early ankle osteoarthritis (OA), but questions remain as to how and why the degeneration occurs and how bracing and other interventions might slow the process.

By Larry Hand

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December 2011

Foot orthoses and landing mechanics

Research suggests foot orthoses can affect frontal and transverse plane motion in proximal joints during landing from a jump, which could help decrease the risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury, especially in female athletes.

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December 2011

PET/CT for PFP: Not ready for prime time

The latest research on patellofemoral pain (PFP) syndrome suggests that different mechanisms are responsible and treatments must be tailored accordingly. A new imaging study has drilled down into the source of PFP, offering evidence of a link between the syndrome, bone metabolic activity, and increased mechanical stress.

By Shalmali Pal

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December 2011

Stretching out plantar fasciitis

Tight hamstrings play an important role in plantar fasciitis, according to a study published in the June issue of Foot and Ankle Specialist. “These findings show that while we always consider the tightness of the gastrocnemius/soleus complex and the subsequent restricted ankle motion from this equinus, we also need to consider the role of the hamstrings,” said Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, lead author and associate professor at Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA.

By Katie Bell

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December 2011

Orthotic CAD-CAM workflow management

A customized CAD-CAM system can streamline each step of creating custom foot orthoses. Experts say proper preparation is the key to managing this technology’s workflow. Philip Wells, BSc (Hons) Podiatry, technical support manager for Stepahead and Salts Techstep in Birmingham, UK, emphasized the way in which creating a more efficient workflow improves profitability for a practice.

By Stephanie Zultanky Pavlou

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December 2011

Shoe stiffness and pressure patterns

Pressure measurement technology can differentiate between the impact forces of a stability shoe and a flexible shoe during gait, according to a preliminary study presented in August at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics in Long Beach, CA.

By Katie Bell

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2011

Depreciation Bonus and Section 179 Deductions Set to Expire 12/31/11

Recently the U.S. Federal government made a change to the tax code which provides unprecedented incentives for investing in manufacturing technology. Specifically, the U.S. Federal government has increased “Bonus Depreciation” to 100% on qualified assets, which includes software. This level … Continue reading

November 2011

KidZerts Wear-moldable Insole

KidZerts has released the first wear-moldable arch support insole that shapes itself to match the unique contours of the bottom of a child’s foot. The ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) moldable sublayer molds slowly to the plantar surface during wear; other … Continue reading

November 2011

Foot/Ankle E-Module

PhysioTools’s new Foot and Ankle Strengthening module installs easily on Mac or PC computers, and includes exercise sequences and educational information as well as advice notes on a number of common foot and ankle disorders. The software helps podiatrists and … Continue reading

November 2011

Seattle LP Low Profile Foot

Trulife introduces its first low profile prosthetic foot for community ambulators and high activity amputees – the Seattle LP. Designed of carbon fiber and titanium, this low profile foot is ideally used with long residual limbs. The Seattle LP’s multi-axial … Continue reading

November 2011

AliMed Bariatric Positioners

AliMed has added to its products a line of bed positioning devices engineered to withstand the compressive weight of bariatric patients and help prevent pressure ulcers. The positioners, made from a closed-cell foam that resists compression better than standard foam, … Continue reading

November 2011

Ipocon Gel Sheets

Comfort Products Ipocon Gel Sheets are made by Uniprox and constructed of silicone gel. The viscoelastic properties of the material provides partial pressure relief to feet. The sheets are free of Lycra coating and are suited for individuals who need … Continue reading

November 2011

Otto Bock Triton Foot

Otto Bock HealthCare introduces its 1C60 Triton prosthetic foot. Developed with input from amputees and with an emphasis on full mobility and natural anatomy, the Triton is suitable for everyday use and helps wearers live an active lifestyle. Its flexible … Continue reading

November 2011

Cartigel Joint Supplement

Nutra-C M&D’s Cartigel, a dry powder food supplement that promotes joint pain relief and joint cartilage, is designed for patients wishing to alleviate chronic joint pain and pursue a more active lifestyle. Cartigel is available over the counter, mixes with … Continue reading

November 2011

Star Nutrition Incrediwear

Star Nutrition announces four new products in their Incrediwear line of apparel for the lower extremity, which now includes cycling socks, snowboarding, and skiing socks and shorts. All products are woven with ingredients that release negatively charged anions that help … Continue reading

November 2011

Stratiform Foot Orthosis

Earthwalk Orthotics introduces the Stratiform multilayered orthotic device, designed for patients with diabetes and other at-risk patients requiring passive support. Construction of the orthosis begins with a high-density EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) formable. A traditional plaster positive is created from … Continue reading

November 2011

Pro-Tec Pre-Cut Tape

Pro-Tec Athletics’ new Pre-Cut Kinesiology Tape is intended to help relieve muscle tightness, knee pain, iliotibial band syndrome, shin splints, hamstring tears, plantar fasciitis, epicondylitis, wrist pain, and most soft tissue injuries. The tape is designed to promote circulation and … Continue reading

November 2011

Tekscan Datalogger

Tekscan has released the F-Scan Datalogger for use with its F-Scan System, which captures dynamic in-shoe pressure and force information. The Datalogger collects and stores sensor data in its internal memory for uploading to a computer at a later time, … Continue reading

November 2011

Bauerfeind Professional Heel

Bauerfeind USA has introduced a heel-focused over-the-counter foot orthosis for the management of plantar fasciitis and heel pain. The Bauerfeind professional heel is an anatomically designed device configured with moderate arch support to provide pain relief and redistribute pressure away … Continue reading

November 2011

Pretty pathways to pain: Muscle activation in high-heeled shoes

Researchers from New York University have found that wearing high heels increases muscle activation, which can have painful ramifications throughout the kinetic chain. Some individuals, however, seem to adapt to high heels more effectively than others.

By Smita Rao, PT, PhD, and Renata Ripa, MA

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