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April 2012

Off their toes: Lower-profile device aids toe-walkers

Idiopathic toe-walking is a bilateral toe-to-toe gait diagnosed when children con­tinue this behavior, which is considered part of the normal spectrum of toddlers’ gait development, past age 2.

By Emily Delzell

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April 2012

Small study suggests no negative effect of rigid knee orthosis on performance

Findings presented at in March at the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists annual meeting in Atlanta suggest rigid knee orthoses (KOs) likely have no negative impact on energy efficiency or performance.

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April 2012

AFOs may improve foot placement in patients with poststroke foot drop

Ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) designed to correct foot drop during swing and provide toe clearance may facilitate more accurate foot placement, according to preliminary data presented in March at the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists annual meeting in Atlanta.

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April 2012

Class action lawsuit alleges deceptive claims about barefoot-simulating shoes

Concord, MA-based Vibram USA was named in late March as the defendant in a class action lawsuit filed in the US District Court in Massachusetts that alleged the company made deceptive claims about health benefits of its FiveFingers running footwear. … Continue reading

April 2012

Switch to Allard carbon composite AFOs increases calf circumference, study finds

Research presented in March at the American Association of Orthotists & Prosthetists meeting in Atlanta reported that switching patients with foot drop from a molded plastic ankle foot orthosis (AFO) to energy reflecting carbon open-heel AFOs made by Rockaway, NJ-based … Continue reading

April 2012

Baylor announces new O&P master’s degree program will debut in 2013

Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston will introduce a new Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics degree program through its School of Allied Health Sciences. The 2.5-year program, which will consist of one year of basic science education … Continue reading

April 2012

TheraTogs launches certified fitter program, sets first workshop dates

Telluride, CO-based TheraTogs announced its Certified Thera-Togs Fitter (CTF) program, a new nationwide workshop series designed to sharpen the clinical skills of physical, occupational, and speech therapists, orthotists, and physiatrists who fit and customize TheraTogs orthotic systems. CTF Level I … Continue reading

April 2012

ComfortFit promotion offers customers free orthotic topcover personalization

Roselle, NJ-based ComfortFit Labs will add practitioners’ custom logo to its prefabricated Comfort Dress and Comfort Active orthotics at no charge and will waive freight charges with a purchase of 100 or more inserts. The Comfort Dress is a functional … Continue reading

April 2012

Apelqvist receives 2012 Olmos award for advocacy in amputation prevention

Noted physician, educator, and international expert on the diabetic foot and wound management Jan Apelqvist, MD, PhD, received this year’s Edward James Olmos Award for Advocacy in Amputation Prevention at the 10th Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon), held in Los … Continue reading

April 2012

Out on a limb: Body politic

With the Supreme Court weighing the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare reform law as this magazine went to press and another presidential election looming this fall, the topic of government healthcare spending is sure to get a lot of airtime in the coming months. That means we can expect to get used to hearing from certain pundits about how federal spending on healthcare takes away from federal spending in other areas.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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April 2012

When foot-ankle issues complicate knee surgery

A patient presenting with both end-stage knee osteoarthritis and a painful foot-ankle deformity is not uncommon, but the medical literature offers practitioners little guidance as to which condition should be managed first or whether they should be addressed simultaneously.

by Michael S. Pinzur, MD, and William Hopkinson, MD

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April 2012

Telemedicine technology propels diabetic foot care

Advances in communications technol­ogy now make it possible for an expert in one location to assess a diabetic foot ulcer in a patient who is miles away. But telehealth efforts face a number of hurdles, the most daunting of which may be patient privacy.

By Emily Delzell

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April 2012

Orthotic considerations for foot drop after stroke

When prescribing an ankle foot orthosis or neuroprosthesis for a patient with acute drop foot following stroke, lower extremity practitioners should consider the device’s potential effects on neural plasticity and motor relearning in addition to its potential effects on gait.

By Chad Lairamore, PhD, PT, CBISt

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April 2012

OA summit examines therapeutic challenges

Newly published proceedings of an inter­dis­ciplinary osteoarthritis summit hosted by the Hospital for Special Surgery ex­plore how researchers are working to under­stand the complexities of the disease and break down the barriers facing the development of new interventions.

By Cary Groner

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April 2012

Clinical management of Lisfranc joint injuries

Indications for operative versus nonoper­ative treatment of tarsometatarsal joint injuries depend on the specific injury pattern and disruption of normal anatomy, which may be evident on physical ex­amin­ation or radiographs but may also present more subtly.

By Andrew Rosenbaum, MD, John DiPreta, MD, and Richard Uhl, MD

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April 2012

Algorithms and views: Whats, whens, and whys of plantar fasciitis care

Published guidelines for management of plantar fasciitis don’t cover every detail of which interventions to try, in what order, and for how long. As a result, every practitioner tends to interpret the gray areas just a little differently.

By Cary Groner

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March 2012

Sani-Cast Hygiene Kit

MD Americas offers a new hygiene product designed to help sanitize and deodorize the skin wrapped in an orthopedic cast. The Sani-Cast kit includes a reusable medical-grade 21” easy-reach applicator and 36 premoistened disposable cleansing pads. Patients simply attach one … Continue reading

March 2012

CosySoles Warming Slippers

CosySoles offers microwaveable slippers to relieve cold feet in patients whose circulation is compromised by conditions such as arthritis, muscular dystrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, Raynaud’s disease, scleroderma, lupus, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and other peripheral neuropathies. … Continue reading

March 2012

ProTech Custom Post

The Powerstep ProTech Custom Post from Stable Step allows for quick and simple adjustments with heel posts or heel lifts to easily create a customized orthotic product. Each full length polypropylene orthotic shell with an EVA base, Poron top layer, … Continue reading

March 2012

Excel Lace-up Ankle Brace

For athletes looking for the best of both worlds, the Excel lace-up brace from Active Ankle provides the comfort and mobility of a lace-up with support and security of a “tape job” at an inexpensive price point.  A circumferential strap … Continue reading

March 2012

Heat-Moldable Ultimate Insole

Archmolds has introduced the Ultimate, a new heat-moldable custom insole offering up to twice the support of the company’s other heat moldable insoles. The Ultimate is designed to prevent foot, leg, hip, or back pain while enhancing comfort and performance … Continue reading

March 2012

Neoprene Hinged Knee Brace

The Advantage Neoprene Hinged Knee Brace provides support for patients with weak or injured knees that require medial and lateral support without restricting mobility. This product is now available in sizes small through extra-large and may be dispensed by orthopedic … Continue reading

March 2012

Topical BioMedics Gift Sets

Topical BioMedics offers health and wellness gift sets featuring Topricin pain relief and health cream or Topricin Foot Therapy Cream. The gift sets, designed for a variety of budgets and lifestyles, also feature natural soaps, handmade candles, foot reflexology rollers, … Continue reading

March 2012

Webly Zap Ankle Brace

The Webly Zap ankle brace from Hely & Weber features a construction of supportive ballistic nylon with non-stretch and non-fraying straps that is designed to replicate taping. Uses include play, rehabilitation, and competitive athletics.  Ankle control is provided by figure-8 … Continue reading

March 2012

Hot and Cold Foot Therapy

Health Enterprises offers two new hot and cold therapy products: TheraToes and TheraPed, which have been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance. Either Therma gel product can be heated in the microwave for targeted heat therapy … Continue reading