Category Archives: Archives

April 2011

Sprained Ankle Orthosis

G&W Heel Lift introduces the sprained ankle orthosis (SAO), which gives the common ATF inversion ankle sprain time to heal while the patient remains ambulatory. The SAO is a heel cup with an extended lateral 15° wedge meant to be … Continue reading

April 2011

Adventure Line by pediped

The pediped Spring/Summer 2011 collection debuts with the new Adventure Line, an innovative collection of eco-friendly, machine washable, water-safe shoes. The new collection, an expansion of the popular pediped Flex line, offers style, protection, and comfort in and out of … Continue reading

April 2011

Tiger Tail Muscle Massager

Pressure Positive has added the Tiger Tail Rolling Muscle Massager, 18″ to its line of massage tools. The patent-pending Tiger Tail Rolling Muscle Massager is a dense foam covered, muscle-friendly self care massage tool that helps the user apply rolling … Continue reading

April 2011

PRx II Orthotic

In response to customer requests, Allied OSI Labs developed the PRx II orthotic featuring the company’s Performance RX shell material. The material is comparable to graphite in rigidity but without the bulk. Customers had requested an orthotic product specifically using … Continue reading

April 2011

Achilles Contracture Management Orthosis

Pro-Tech Orthopedics offers the Achilles Contracture Management Orthosis as an alternative to serial casting. The total contact ambulatory boot is removable and the angle can be adjusted at the ankle. Patients should be seen weekly to be remeasure and have … Continue reading

April 2011

Movement System Textbook

A new textbook, Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Extremities, Cervical and Thoracic Spines, is available from OPTP. Extensively illustrated and evidence-based, the book provides an organized and structured method to help practitioners analyze the mechanical causes of movement system … Continue reading

April 2011

American Indian Diabetic Shoes

Sole Nation Health, an American Indian owned company dedicated to preventing diabetic foot problems, offers the Sacred Trail signature shoe collection: men’s Chukka 209 “Desert Tracker” and Oxford 204 “Pathwalker”, and women’s Oxford 103 “Cloudwalk” and Velcro 101 “Featherwalk”.  A … Continue reading

April 2011

PediFoot Shoes and Inserts

Podiatry Enterprises’ PediFoot brand now offers HCPCS Code A5500 Shoes and Code A5512 Inserts. The shoes are made of quality leather and engineered for the diabetic foot. Shoes are offered in women’s sizes 5-11, and men’s sizes 7-14 and in … Continue reading

April 2011

Zoraflexx Medical Paste

Williams Technology International offers Zoraflexx patented medical paste. Composed of natural ingredients, Zoraflexx is engineered to relieve pain and reduce swelling associated with arthritic conditions and sports-type injuries. The paste is designed to create its own barrier after application, thereby … Continue reading

April 2011

Spenco Total Support Insole

The Spenco Total Support insoles product line features cost-effective, over the counter insoles as a preliminary alternative to higher priced custom orthotic devices. With a suggested retail price of $34.99, the Total Support insole features advanced arch support, deep heel … Continue reading

April 2011

Sof Sole Coolmax Socks

Sof Sole introduces the Coolmax Sock Series, designed for a range of applications from recreational activities to daily fitness routines. The low-cut socks feature Coolmax moisture-wicking fiber that pulls moisture away from the skin, leaving feet cool and dry. The … Continue reading

April 2011

Breg Mini Walker Boot

Breg, the sports medicine division of Orthofix International, has introduced one of the industry’s only walker boots for pediatric patients. Breg’s Mini Walker Boot provides protection for stable fractures and ankle sprains in young patients.  As a comfortable alternative to … Continue reading

April 2011

Sprain in the Forecast: Epidemiology and risk factors for ankle sprain

Analysis of the epidemiology of ankle sprain has revealed modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. Understanding these will allow practitioners to help athletes minimize their risk of acute injury and chronic sequelae.

By CPT Brian R. Waterman, MD; Joseph R. Langston, BS; Kenneth L. Cameron, PhD, ATC; LTC Philip J. Belmont, Jr, MD; and LTC Brett D. Owens, MD

Continue reading

April 2011

Out on a limb: Image is everything

Patients have multiple reasons for not complying with a practitioner’s recommendations. Most of them are familiar by now: inconvenience, discomfort, aesthetics, forgetfulness, failure to understand the consequences of not complying.

by Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

Continue reading

April 2011

Fighting back against medical identity theft

The digital age has ushered in many opportunities and threats that a decade ago didn’t even exist. Whether it’s social networking fueling revolutions in far-away lands or blogs giving voice to ordinary people, we know we aren’t in Kansas anymore!

By Jason Kraus

Continue reading

April 2011

In search of a mechanism for foot orthoses’ effects

The seemingly endless quest to discover why foot orthoses relieve symptoms is veering away from skeletal alignment and toward somatosensory variables, though some still insist that kinematics play a role as well.

by Cary Groner

Continue reading

April 2011

Differential diagnosis of Charcot arthropathy

Early detection of Charcot neuroarthropathy is critical for preventing the bone and joint destruction associated with later stages, but symptoms that mimic other conditions can make a differential diagnosis difficult.

By Georgeanne Botek, DPM, and Gina Hild, DPM

Continue reading

April 2011

Sensitivity to self image boosts O&P outcomes

O&P devices are all-too-public indicators of an infirmity, and often limit clothing and footwear options—all of which contributes to poor self image. But a little empathy can keep self image issues from sabotaging patient compliance.

By Emily Delzell

Continue reading

April 2011

Rehabilitation following microfracture surgery

Much of the success of microfracture surgery for articular cartilage lesions in the knee depends on what happens after the surgery is over. Progressive, controlled loading of the repaired joint is the key to safe and effective rehabilitation.

By Jon Fravel, ATC, and Michael Shaffer PT, ATC, OCS

Continue reading

April 2011

Deconstructing DVT

Seeking strategies for foot and ankle
As followers of sports and pop culture were absorbing the news of tennis star Serena Williams’ pulmonary embolism, researchers and clinicians at the annual meeting of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons were discussing strategies for minimizing the risk of such vascular events after surgery.

Continue reading

April 2011

PFP bracing finds focus

Study zeroes in on predictive factors
Researchers from Belgium are making progress toward identifying specific subsets of patients with patellofemoral pain who will benefit from brace treatment.

Continue reading

April 2011

Evidence on corticosteroid injection could change the way you practice

Having just reviewed the medical literature in preparation for a presentation on corticosteroid injection at the annual ACFAS meeting, Paul Dayton, DPM, says that evidence will change the way he uses corticosteroids going forward. In some cases, such as for … Continue reading

April 2011

Strengthening for Achilles tendinosis affects medial but not lateral gastroc

Eccentric strength training of the plantar flexors in patients with Achilles tendinosis results in remodeling of the muscle architecture in the medial gastrocnemius not seen in the lateral gastrocnemius, according to a study from Columbus, OH. Researchers at the Orthopedic … Continue reading

April 2011

Study of Charcot patients suggests BMD does not improve with time

Research from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center suggests that, surprisingly, calcaneal bone mineral density does not improve with time following the onset of Charcot neuroarthropathy in patients with diabetes. Investigators analyzed BMD at a single time point in 10 … Continue reading

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