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May 2012

Direction change: Backward running may reduce PF pain

Backward running involves lower patellofemoral joint compression forces than forward running and is a viable strategy for rehabilitation of patellofemoral pain syndrome in runners, allowing them to continue exercise without increasing these forces, according to UK research e-published in April in the Journal of Biomechanics.

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May 2012

Physical examination outperforms MRI for diagnosing Achilles tendon rupture

A retrospective analysis e-published in April in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research found physical examination is superior to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for diagnosis of acute Achilles tendon ruptures. Investigators at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia compared 66 patients…

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May 2012

Rigid footwear affects jump landing mechanics in female soccer players

Interactions between gender and footwear type affect landing mechanics in soccer players, according to research e-published in April in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. Investigators at Duke University in Durham, NC, conducted motion analysis on 28…

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May 2012

Out On a Limb: Class act

When I was in journalism school in Los Angeles, securing a spot in the reporting class taught by Pulitzer Prize-winning LA Times writer George Ramos was a coup. It was also terrifying.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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May 2012

Healing in the dark: Night use of orthoses

Night splinting for plantar fasciitis gets the lion’s share of attention, but lower extrem­ity practitioners are also seeing positive results with night use of orthoses for conditions ranging from cerebral palsy to AIDS.

By Larry Hand

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May 2012

Active Stance: Minimalist footwear: A risky switch for runners?

For the majority of evolutionary history, runners were either barefoot or wore minimalist footwear lacking the cushioning of today’s running shoes. Barefoot or minimally shod runners demonstrate differences1 in kinematics and impact forces compared with those wearing modern running shoes, and some research suggests barefoot running may confer biomechanical advantages over more cushioned footwear.

By Erik M. Haniuk, BS; LTC Steven J. Svoboda, MD; Karen Y. Peck, MEd, ATC; Kenneth L. Cameron, PhD, MPH, ATC; and LTC Brett D. Owens, MD

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May 2012

Preventing hamstring injuries on the gridiron

Hamstring injuries that occur during sprinting are a significant concern in football, not just because of the frequency with which they occur, but also because they are notoriously difficult to rehabilitate, which underscores the need for effective prevention through targeted exercise programs.

By Charles D. Kenyon, MS, RSCC, and Marcus C.C.W. Elliott, MD

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May 2012

Selection of amputation level in diabetic patients

Not all patients with diabetes and not all ulcerated limbs are amenable to salvage. When salvage is not an option, amputa­tion can help improve patient function, but a number of factors should be considered when deciding how much of the foot—if any—should be retained.

By Cary Groner

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May 2012

Peroneal latency’s role in inversion ankle sprain

A delay in the activation of the peroneus longus and peroneus brevis muscles is thought to contribute to the risk of inver­sion ankle sprain. New research suggests that ankle taping, in addition to providing mechanical stability, also helps reduce this peroneal latency.

By Adam Knight, PhD, and Wendi Weimar, PhD         

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May 2012

Patient race contributes to burden of knee OA

Evidence suggests that the prevalence and symptom severity of knee osteo­arthritis are greater in African-American pa­tients, underscoring the need for lower extremity practitioners to implement effec­tive strategies for disease prevention and management in this patient population.

By Kelli D. Allen, PhD

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April 2012

Cho-Pat Ankle Sleeve

Cho-Pat’s new VE Ankle Compression Sleeve combines warmth, compression, and support with a proprietary closure. The easy-to-use sleeve applies uniform dynamics to help reduce ankle pain and discomfort, promoting circulation and generating warmth to enhance healing. The sleeve’s three-dimensional knit … Continue reading

April 2012

Kevin Orthotics A-Brace 250

Kevin Orthotics by Foot In Motion introduces the A-Brace 250 Overlap Free Motion. The custom molded footplate and custom-fit ankle struts are designed to provide relief from ankle instability, ankle sprains, tendinitis, tendon dysfunction, arthritis, trauma, and congenital pathologies. The … Continue reading

April 2012

MyoWave Muscle Analysis

Sonostics introduces MyoWave , a function analysis device that converts muscle vibration to absolute effort to identify muscle imbalance. Comprising a laptop, small data collection pack and accelerometers, MyoWave captures information from up to six muscles simultaneously during functional movements. … Continue reading

April 2012

Dr.2 Shoes Walking Styles

Preferred Medical Supply Company offers a new walking shoe available in women’s lace-up (DR818), men’s lace-up (DR218), women’s Velcro (DR819), and men’s Velcro (DR219) under its Dr.2 Shoes banner. An extra deep toe box accommodates custom and/or diabetic orthotic devices, … Continue reading

April 2012

Go AFO Gauntlet

The Go AFO from Hersco is a new rear-entry ankle gauntlet. The gauntlet is a traditional thermoplastic ankle foot orthosis with a thin leather lining and outer layer that secures posteriorly with either a Velcro or lace closure.  The gauntlet … Continue reading

April 2012

EZFit Compact Foot Orthotics

UCO International has introduced the EZFit Compact Firm and Compact Pro premolded foot orthotics. The new style features durable UCOkork or Pro XP II (semirigid polyethylene foam) material shaped to fit a variety of shoes. The 3/4 length foot orthotics … Continue reading

April 2012

Body Armor Vario Brace

Darco International unveils the new Body Armor Vario Brace, a general-use ankle brace with an added element of customization. The Body Armor Vario Brace comes with three posting discs of 2°, 4°, and 6° to correct varus/valgus alignment and three … Continue reading

April 2012

Trulife Matrix Split Toe AFOs

Trulife introduces the Matrix Split Toe and Matrix Max Split Toe AFOs. These custom-fit, carbon composite ankle foot orthoses feature a split footplate for improved balance and stability. Both devices include a height-adjustable anterior shell, trimmable footplate, open calcaneal design, … Continue reading

April 2012

Battle Creek Cold Comfort

Battle Creek Equipment Company has introduced the Ice It! ColdComfort systems. The non-toxic, reusable cold packs are filled with 99% recycled materials that freeze quickly, maintain temperature, and stay flexible when frozen. The Stay-Put cover has an insulated side away … Continue reading

April 2012

Soft Opaque With 30-40 mm Hg

Sigvaris’ stylish Soft Opaque Hosiery Line is now available with 30-40 mm Hg compression. This new option is designed for women who need a stronger compression level following a recent vein procedure or as a treatment for chronic venous disorders. … Continue reading

April 2012

Medi-Dyne Range Roller

Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products has introduced the new Range Roller line of multi-layer massage therapy rollers with Trigger Treads, which enable users to massage multiple layers of muscles and connective tissue to more effectively increase circulation, relieve knots, warm muscles, eliminate … Continue reading

April 2012

Vasyli + Prior Sports Orthotic

Vasyli Medical and Think Tank member Trevor Prior, podiatric surgeon and sports injury management specialist, announce the development of the Vasyli + Prior low profile sports orthotic. It has been specifically designed to fit into the confines of soccer or … Continue reading

April 2012

Prevention pitfalls: Why amputation rates are still too high

Essential to achieving the goal of prevent­ing amputation in patients with diabetes is recognizing barriers that stand in the way, according to a Swedish diabetic foot expert who spoke in March at the Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon) in Los Angeles.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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April 2012

Nationwide action plan to stratify risk of foot ulceration pays off in Scotland

A national strategy of risk stratification in Scotland significantly decreased the incidence of amputation within the first years of its implementation, according to unpublished data presented in March at the Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon) in Los Angeles.

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April 2012

Texas experience suggests amputees gain from support group participation

Participation in a support group for diabetic amputees is associated with significant clinical and educational benefits, according to unpublished data from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio presented in March at the Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon).

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