Category Archives: Archives

April 2011

Pair walking boot with athletic shoe to decrease contralateral pressures

Pairing a walking boot with an athletic shoe effectively offsets the elevated contralateral peak plantar pressures that can result from the limb length discrepancy created by the boot, according to research from Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. The investigators analyzed … Continue reading

April 2011

Hip flexion-extension ratio findings have implications for design of RGOs

Optimization of reciprocating gait orthoses to maximize function should involve attention to hip flexion-extension ratios, which differ significantly between locked and free joint conditions, according to research from Taiwan presented in March at the annual meeting of the American Academy … Continue reading

March 2011

FootBufferPro

Gurnick Podiatry Supply offers the FootBufferPro for everyday foot hygiene and foot comfort, particularly for patients with such dermatologic issues as tinea pedis, hyperhydrosis, bromhidrosis, and onychomycosis. Designed for use in the shower or tub, the FootBufferPro is a double-sided … Continue reading

March 2011

Zotefoams Evazote EV30 Foam

Zotefoams has responded to medical industry customer request by adding Healthcare Pink to the available colors in its Evazote EV30 foam. Plastazote polyethylene foam has been available for many years in Healthcare Pink, which is the most requested color for … Continue reading

March 2011

Offloading Hawk C-Brace

Ward Medical Innovations offers the patented Hawk (Heightened Above Weight Keeper) C-Brace. The Hawk C-Brace is an orthopedic brace designed to off-load the entire foot and ankle, facilitating ulcer healing in patients with diabetes. Worn on the lower leg, the … Continue reading

March 2011

ALPS EZ Flex Liner

ALPS new EZ Flex Liner is designed to provide greater elasticity over the patella while limiting the vertical stretch posteriorly. An anterior fabric with unlimited stretch reduces pressure on the knee, while a posterior fabric with 80% less vertical stretch … Continue reading

March 2011

The Knead Myofascial Tool

The Knead is a multi-adaptable soft tissue mobilization tool for myofascial release that can be used to treat post-op rehabilitation, post injury rehabilitation, injury prevention, muscle tightness and shortening, and post-exercise soreness. Using The Knead can help to restore normal … Continue reading

March 2011

Activity Specific Running Sock

Thorlos, an originator of activity specific socks, introduces the Thorlos 84N Runner sock. The sock is specifically designed for the serious runner, especially the runner in pain, providing maximum pad protection with minimal weight. The Thorlon acrylic pad technology under … Continue reading

March 2011

Slip-resistant Z-Coil Footwear

For all-day comfort on the job, even on wet, slippery floors, Z-Coil now offers new slip-resistant versions of its two most popular footwear styles: the Freedom athletic shoe and the Z-Walker lace-up Oxford. The outsoles of both the Freedom SR … Continue reading

March 2011

Custom O&P Artwork

Global Tattoo Orthotic Prosthetic Innovations (GTOPI) offers Airbrushed Prosthetic Ink Technology, a unique way for O&P device users to express themselves with color and art. High quality art work is applied to braces and prosthetic sockets using a process similar … Continue reading

March 2011

Schwartz Carbon Fiber AFO

New from Spinal Solutions is the Schwartz Dynamic Carbon Fiber Ankle Foot Orthosis. This floor-reaction AFO was developed in conjunction with Nathan Schwartz, DPM, a board certified surgeon and podiatrist. By making the traditional “in-shoe” device an integral part of … Continue reading

March 2011

Tru-Ice Cold Therapy

Health Enterprises introduces new Tru-Ice cold therapy for sprains, strains, arthritis, tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis. Tru-Ice provides cold therapy in five to seven minutes, one-third the time of an ice bag, to help reduce swelling and relieve pain. The ergonomic, reusable … Continue reading

March 2011

Silifoam Hook Fastening Material

WBC Industries, a materials supplier to the orthotic and prosthetic professions, offers the new Silifoam Hook material as a specialty hook-channeled alternative for O&P device fastening needs. The hook-channeled, soft coated foam material is designed for close to the skin … Continue reading

March 2011

Custom Molded Diabetic Insert

Levy & Rappel announces the release of the Levy-Diabetic insole, a custom molded product that is machine-milled for added efficiency and cost savings that are passed on to the practitioner. The Levy-Diabetic custom molded full contact diabetic inserts are 100% … Continue reading

March 2011

Upstanding interventions: Falls prevention in O&P

Devices that improve proprioception, balance, and biomechanics can help patients avoid the significant morbidity and mortality associated with falls. But in some cases, a device may actually increase risk. That’s why matching the right intervention to the right patient is essential.

By Cary Groner

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March 2011

Out on a limb: Up in arms at AAOS

Many of us were surprised by how cold it was in San Diego this past February. But nobody got an icier reception at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons than Alexandra Soroceanu, MD.

by Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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March 2011

Effect of foot function on landing mechanics

Malalignment or dysfunction of the foot can increase the risk of landing-related trauma such as ACL injury, but the biomechanical effects of foot orthoses and bracing may decrease that risk.

By Douglas Powell, PhD, and Nicholas J. Hanson, MS

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March 2011

Unstable shoe designs: Functional implications

Use of unstable footwear to strengthen the typically underused small muscles of the foot and ankle can help improve posture and gait,  potentially decreasing pain and risk of injury.

By Scott Landry, PhD

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March 2011

VASCULAR VIEWPOINT: Compression therapy and the DVT epidemic

Despite established indications, compression therapy is widely underutilized in all settings of  venous thromboembolism due to a substantial education gap among practitioners.

By Marlin W. Schul, MD, MBA, RVT

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March 2011

Plantar loads influence knee osteoarthritis risk

Research suggests that redirecting ground reaction forces relative to the knee joint’s rotational center can be achieved by repositioning the foot through a number of different mechanisms.

By Roy H. Lidtke, DPM, CPed

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March 2011

Bunion research focuses on patient quality of life

The effect of hallux valgus on a patient’s quality of life starts with a frustrating inability to find fashionable shoes that fit—but evidence suggests it doesn’t end there.

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March 2011

Biomechanical precepts define 21st century yoga

Evidence-based standardization of yoga postures will improve outcomes and acceptance. Downward facing dog offers an opportunity to illustrate the underlying alignment precepts.

By Ginger Garner, MPT, ATC

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March 2011

Can hip IR predict FAI?

Physical exam could be used to screen
Physical exam findings including hip range of motion can be used to help screen athletes for femoroacteabular impingement even before symptoms occur, according to research presented in February at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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March 2011

Positives for Ponseti

Gait study compares clubfoot care
Children with clubfoot treated with the Ponseti casting method have less pain and better function five to 10 years later than those treated surgically, according to gait analysis research from Baltimore that provides evidence to help justify the growing popularity of conservative clubfoot care.

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March 2011

Nutritional management of diabetic neuropathy

Most practitioners are aware that controlling glucose levels through diet is one way to manage symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. What’s less widely known is that there is also evidence to support the use of nutritional supplements in the same patient population.

By David Shofler, DPM and Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS

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