Category Archives: Archives

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

August 2009

Out on a Limb: Thinking big

Obesity is a big problem, one that seems to just keep getting bigger.
by Jordana Bieze Foster

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August 2009

Knee OA: Take a load off

From weight loss to exercise to lever arms, effective early interventions can stave off surgery.
By Monica R. Maly, PT, PhD

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August 2009

Achilles tears: Angling for optimal outcomes

The optimal immobilization angle for Achilles tendon healing may be smaller than previously thought.
By Walter H. Wray III, MD, Conor Regan, MD, Sagar Patel, BS, Ryan May, BS, and Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA

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August 2009

Diabetes: Taking steps to prevent amputation

How a Nashville intervention program decreased amputation rates by 40% over a five year period.
By Mark Hinkes, DPM

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August 2009

Rehab speeds return after ACL surgery

At this knee center, return to play is based not on the calendar but on range of motion and strength. By Scott E. Urch, MD, K. Donald Shelbourne, MD, and Heather Freeman, PT, DHS

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August 2009

How cadavers could change your practice

Modeling studies have implications for management of plantar fasciitis, stress fractures and PTTD.
By Erin D. Ward, DPM

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August 2009

Technology: Choosing a digital foot scanner

Digital scanners can save time and money, but only if they provide the clinical information you need.
By Larry Huppin, DPM

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August 2009

LIMP from G&W

G&W Heel Lift launches the first leg inequality measurement pad. The easy-to-use Leg Inequality Measurement Pad is eight layers of tinted vinyl, each 3 mm thick, for a total of 24 mm or approximately one inch. The layers are easily … Continue reading

August 2009

RX24 Quadrastep System

The RX24 Quadrastep system is a biomechanically tailored approach to ready-to-wear orthosis prescription that is designed to yield custom-quality results. Inventor Roberta Nole, MA, PT, CPed,  has created a patented clinical algorithm that identifies and categorizes a patient’s feet into … Continue reading

August 2009

In the Moment: Sports Medicine

Plus: Knee and the NFL • Tape takes on exercise
by Jordana Bieze Foster

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August 2009

In the Moment: O&P

Plus: Ankle brace effects Amputee hip strength • Feedback boosts OA bracing by Jordana Bieze Foster

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