Category Archives: Archives

July 2020


Össur has expanded its line of Unloader One knee braces with the launch of the Unloader One X. The Unloader One X maintains the design elements of the classic Unloader One knee brace, including the patented Össur 3-Point Leverage System, which is clinically proven to improve mobility by… Continue reading

June 2020

How Well Did You Read This Issue?

Test your knowledge of information from this issue of Lower Extremity Review and the world in general with our new crossword puzzle feature.

June 2020

Peroneal Tendonitis: Workup and Nonsurgical Treatment

More than “just a sprain,” accurately diagnosing peroneal tendonitis in a timely manner helps patients recover faster and avoid long-term sequelae from this painful condition. Peroneal tendon disorders have traditionally been considered a rare source of ankle symptoms.

By Kevin Haag, DPM, PGY-3, and Marshall Solomon, DPM Continue reading

June 2020

A Multifactorial Perspective on Lower-Extremity Amputee Rehabilitation

Limb loss alters pain, touch, and proprioception in countless ways that are not yet fully understood. Understanding how to more realistically evaluate the efficacy of both proactive and reactive interventions meant to address these alterations will improve outcomes and quality of life for those living with lower-extremity amputation.

By Austin Davids, MSOP, CPO, and Jeffrey Yau, PhD  Continue reading

June 2020

Recovery and Regeneration Strategies for Foot Performance: Part I

These 2 complex processes are necessary components of quality training programs for athletes at all levels. This article, which covers fundamentals, is the first in a 2-part series. Taking care of the recovery and regeneration of the foot is an integral part of a well-rounded approach to high performance development.

By Antonio Robustelli, MSc CSCS Continue reading

June 2020

Using Functional Movement Assessments to Prevent Lower Extremity Injuries

It seems like every time sports analysts talk about the most recent game—whether it’s football, basketball, baseball, college, or professional—they’re discussing another athlete’s season-ending injury. While the spectrum for the severity of injuries varies, athletes—individuals who we…

By Sami Ahmed, DPT, CES, SFMA, CMTPT Continue reading

June 2020

Manipulation of the Myofascia: Motivations, Methods, and Mechanisms

Foam rolling and roller massage, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, and percussion massage are all the rage amongst consumers all along today’s fitness continuum. But what is the evidence base for the countless claims proponents offer? These authors provide a review of the peer-reviewed literature.

By Linden A. Lechner, BSc; Michael A. Rosenblat, PT, PhD(c), CEP; and Leanne M. Ramer, PhD Continue reading

June 2020

What If the Ankle Is More Than a Class 2 Lever?

The realm of orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) is based on gaining leverage for patients and eking out power when strength is not plentiful. A physical therapist will work with a patient over time to gain power through strengthening exercises where the surgeon may be focused on securing a torn ligament or fracture in hours.

By Thomas J. Cutler, CPO, FAAOP Continue reading

June 2020

Extrapulmonary manifestations of COVID-19

While the respiratory pathology of COVID-19 has taken center stage over the last 6 months, data is beginning to accrue related to its extrapulmonary manifestations, and they are many and widely variable. Continue reading

June 2020

Mask Studies

The experts all agree that frequent hand washing, masks and social distancing are key to keeping down the rate of infection. Studies back that up: A meta-analysis of more than 150 studies, recently published in… Continue reading

June 2020

If You Don’t Have a Mask…

While wearing a mask is now mandated in many places or at least strongly recommended, there are still times where patients or passersby won’t be wearing them and won’t be practicing good cough hygiene. What to do then? Continue reading

June 2020

The Impact of The COVID-19 Pandemic on Global Humanitarian Efforts: A Crisis Within a Crisis

The sun is rising as a mass of people gather outside the Landmark Hotel in Amman, Jordan. It is the first day of the Atlantic Humanitarian Relief (AHR) October 2018 Medical Mission. One hundred volunteers from 15 different countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden…

By Windy Cole, DPM Continue reading

June 2020

Cooling Insoles Offer New Approach to Diabetic Foot Ulcer Prevention

A new cooling insole developed by UT Southwestern scientists reduced the foot temperature of patients with diabetic neuropathy by several degrees, diminishing a significant risk factor for diabetic foot ulcers. This new device, detailed in an article published in The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, could eventually prevent thousands of diabetes-related amputations each year. Continue reading

June 2020

Sjogren’s Musculoskeletal Pain Not Related to Enthesitis

An assessment of entheses involvement using ultrasonography has found that musculoskeletal pain in patients with Sjogren’s Syndrome is not due to enthesitis. This prospective study included 25 Sjogren’s female patients (mean age, 53.2 + 11.3 yrs) and 25 sex and age-matched controls (mean age, 50.6 + 9.7 yrs), who all… Continue reading

June 2020


By performing a few simple physical exercises daily and receiving information about their disease regularly, 500 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) were able to, on average, halve their pain in 6 months—and improve their physical function. Continue reading

June 2020


People with multiple sclerosis (MS) often have a greatly increased risk of falling and injuring themselves even when they feel they’re able to walk normally. Now a team led by scientists from The University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill School of Medicine has… Continue reading

June 2020


Prosthetic solution provider WillowWood, Mount Sterling, OH, announced that Craig Higgins is the company’s new chief financial officer. His focus will be on financial planning, operating budgets, and decision support analysis to guide the leadership team with investments and… Continue reading

June 2020


SubioMed, Bloomington, MN, the inventor/developer of Suspension Biomechanics technology addressing elements of gait and balance, announced that the company’s chief executive officer and co-founder, Patrick Kullman, has also been appointed chairman of its board. Continue reading

June 2020


Össur, Foothill Ranch, CA, has purchased the rights to proprietary design and visualization software used in the shape capture, design, and manufacture of orthoses and prostheses (O&P) from Standard Cyborg, San Francisco, CA, a privately held startup company that develops computer vision tools. Continue reading

June 2020


WaveLife Energy Cell is a new, wearable, and all-natural application for reducing chronic pain. It uses an advanced form of frequency therapy, which clinical studies have shown to be effective. Continue reading

June 2020

SpiralUp TCL Allograft System

Arthrosurface has launched its SpiralUp TCL Allograft System, which is designed for adult and adolescent patients suffering from talocalcaneal instability, peritalar subluxation, and other injuries resulting in instability in the subtalar joint. Continue reading

June 2020


New from Mastercare, the Swedish Backcare System, is the Mini-Mini therapy table. The foldable, portable, and affordable table is recommended by specialists for youth athletes and for traveling when daily traction is needed. Continue reading

June 2020


Injinji, innovator of the patented 5-toe-sleeve Performance Toesock, announced the launch of its Everyday Upcycled collection. The new, limited-edition collection incorporates a sustainable design and an upcycled fabric blend. Continue reading

June 2020


Kinetic Research has taken all the proprietary features of its Noodle AFO and enhanced the design and functionality to create the customizable Nano AFO and Nano Anterior AFO. Continue reading

June 2020


The MultiMotion Hip Abduction System from Allard is a nighttime treatment for correctable pediatric hip contractures. The system consists of two components: the MultiMotion Corrective Joint and the Abduction Bars. Continue reading