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September 2011

Factors affecting athletes’ perception of movement

In sports, the concept of “affordance perception” can mean sensing an op­po­nent’s next move, which has implica­tions not just for performance but also for reducing injury risk.  An understanding of affordance perception also can improve the effectiveness of training.

By Julie A. Weast-Knapp, MA, and Kevin Shockley, PhD

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September 2011

OA braces: Buying time

Long-term compliance data raise issues
A study published in the August issue of Orthopedics found that although un­loader braces effectively relieve pain and improve function in patients with unicompartmental knee osteoarthritis, many patients stop wearing the devices after a few years and opt for total knee replacement.

By Emily Delzell

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September 2011

Orthotic clubfoot outcomes depend on complexity, not socioeconomics

The critical factor affecting compliance with the orthotic aspect of Ponseti clubfoot therapy—and its success—appears to be complexity of the therapy, not parents’ education and income levels, according to research published in the September issue of the Journal of Pediatric … Continue reading

September 2011

Patients feel both electrical stimulation and AFOs have a place in stroke rehab

Although patients with drop foot show an overall preference for functional electrical stimulation over ankle foot orthoses, individuals familiar with both therapies recognize the benefits and drawbacks of the two modalities, according to research published in the September issue of … Continue reading

September 2011

Control issues

Shoe effects on tibial rotation vary
Research from the U.K. published this month suggests that motion control running shoe technology can help decrease tibial internal rotation during running, theoretically decreasing the risk of proximal symptoms such as those associated with iliotibial band syndrome or patellofemoral pain syndrome.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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September 2011

A decade later, athletes maintain benefits of training for groin pain

The positive effects of a training program on adductor-related groin pain are still evident up to 12 years later, according to a Danish study. Researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital in Amager, Denmark, assessed the long-term effects of training eight to … Continue reading

September 2011

Whole body vibration training fails to improve jumping performance

Two recent studies cast doubt on the merits of whole body vibration training, as either a replacement or an adjunct to conventional training, for improving jump performance. Researchers from Springfield College in Massachusetts found that WBV training and conventional strength … Continue reading

September 2011

Pregnancy and falls

Risks involve mechanics, not just chance
Pregnancy changes gait and balance, and in ways that increase the risk of falling in certain women. Research suggests falls aren’t caused by environmental differences and that exercise confers a protective effect, according to investigators from West Virginia University in Morgantown, whose most recent data appeared in the August issue of Gait & Posture.

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September 2011

Patients with diabetes exhibit gait deficits before neuropathy develops

Type 2 diabetes results in less efficient gait mechanics well before patients develop frank neuropathy and other threats to mobility, according to research in the August issue of Gait & Posture. Investigators for the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, an … Continue reading

September 2011

Study links rate of 6MWT progress to function following hip fracture

Among patients who sustain a hip fracture, those who can improve 6-meter-walking time by more than one second a day achieve greater functional independence than those who improve more slowly, according to research from the Beit Rivka Geriatric Rehabilitation Center … Continue reading

September 2011

Mixed martial arts fighter wins right to compete wearing prosthetic limb

In August, the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission awarded Shea Taylor, a 28-year-old transtibial amputee who wears an Össur prosthetic foot, an amateur mixed martial arts license. The MMA license clears the way for him to compete in a September … Continue reading

September 2011

Delcam launches workflow software, announces dates for technology forum

Fort Myers, FL-based CAD-CAM developer Delcam announced in August the upcoming launch of its workflow management product, OrderManager, at the 2011 American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association National Assembly, held in Las Vegas, September 19-22. OrderManager software helps practitioners and orthotic … Continue reading

September 2011

National Pedorthic Services opens new locations in Milwaukee, St. Louis

National Pedorthic Services announced in August the opening of two new facilities, one in Milwaukee and one in St. Louis, MO. Both locations feature state-of-the-art equipment and fixtures and are located in shopping plazas that offer easy-access parking. NPS specializes … Continue reading

September 2011

Awards for young O&P researchers will debut at AOPA national assembly

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association was scheduled to announce the inaugural winners of two new awards recognizing outstanding O&P research at its 2011 National Assembly on September 19-22 in Las Vegas. Undergraduate and graduate students in O&P programs and … Continue reading

September 2011

ASOP promotion features home study course on fracture casting and bracing

The American Society of Orthopedic Professionals/American Association of Orthotic Fitters is offering a limited-time deal on its CD version of the Manual of Fracture Casting and Bracing, by Augusto Sarmiento, MD, and the accompanying 100-question exam. The CD manual covers … Continue reading

September 2011

South Asian diabetic foot conference will feature international experts

The Indian Uttar Pradesh Madhumeh Association is sponsoring the Diabetes Update for Clinicians (DUFC) conference to help advance clinician education in South Asia, where there are no colleges of podiatric medicine and few opportunities for structured training in foot care. … Continue reading

September 2011

Langer Biomechanics offers fall seminars, free workshops

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Langer Biomechanics announced new educational offerings for practitioners specializing in lower extremity healthcare with its Comprehensive Orthopedic Man­agement of Lower Extremity Ailments (COMLEA) seminar series and the debut of the no-cost After Hours Ankle Foot Orthoses Workshop program. … Continue reading

September 2011

FDA clears DynaNail for ankle fusion

Atlanta, GA-based medical device company MedShape Solutions announced in August that it has received 510(k) market clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for its DynaNail, an intramedullary fusion nail intended for tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis procedures. The DynaNail incorporates a shape … Continue reading

September 2011

Annual symposium on ACL injuries relocates to Ohio State University

The Ohio State University Sports Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center will host the 9th Annual ACL Workshop on October 22 in a new location: the OSU campus in Columbus, OH. The symposium offers laboratory and clinic-based risk … Continue reading

September 2011

R&B inks deal with Roadrunnerfoot

Tampa, FL-based R&B Medical Distributors, an importer and distributor of O&P components that opened its doors in January, announced in August an exclusive distribution partnership with Roadrunnerfoot Engineering, based in Milan, Italy. Roadrunnerfoot produces and sells carbon fiber feet, orthoses, … Continue reading

August 2011

OPTP Foam Roller Techniques

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products has released the updated second edition of Foam Roller Techniques. The edition offers full-color images, new anatomical diagrams, 47 pages of descriptive instructions, and clear photo demonstrations of self-massage techniques for each muscle group. Self-massage with … Continue reading

August 2011

REL-K Microprocessor Knee

The REL-K (Rizzoli Electronic Knee), distributed by Fillauer, is the latest generation of microprocessor knees, giving patients who have undergone amputation the ability to easily navigate their environment. With six modes of control, patients can walk, run, negotiate slopes, climb … Continue reading

August 2011

TheraFlix Online Exercise System

TheraFlix.com’s exercise prescription software provides patients and providers with an online library of physical therapy exercise videos. Each exercise is featured in a high-definition video, still image, and full-text description with verbal cueing. Exercises can be organized into protocols or … Continue reading

August 2011

Arcopédico Travel Shoes

Arcopédico’s Portuguese-made women’s shoes are designed for frequent travelers. The anatomically designed shoes have arch-supporting soles and nonbinding uppers and are engineered for comfort. The lightweight, packable shoes have moisture-wicking and antimicrobial insoles. The Shawna leather line has a flexible … Continue reading

August 2011

Therapy Motions Exercise Cycle

Therapy Motions’ second-generation eVO System is a stationary, motorized dual-motion therapy cycle with reciprocating handlebars and foot pedals that are interlinked to provide coordinated movement. Its motion provides simultaneous physical and rehabilitative therapy to both the upper and lower extremities. … Continue reading