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June 2019

Explosion of Analytics Will Fuel Growth of Sports Medicine

The field of Sports Medicine has undergone exponential growth over the last few years, but still remains in its infancy. So much research and technology have been added to clinical practice since the simple days of “RICE” (Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation). The catch phrase for some of this phenomenon is “analytics” and it covers a variety of topics. This is where I believe Sports Medicine is going in the future.

By Howard Osterman, DPM Continue reading

June 2019

Technology Is Inevitably Reinventing Orthotics and Prosthetics

Devices and patient care have changed dramatically through the history of the O & P profession. At first, devices were carved of wood, based on visual inspection, then sewn with leather and bent metal; today, we cast in plaster and pull plastic. If history tells us anything, it’s that, first, newer technology will continuously become…

By Jacob Praga, MSBME Continue reading

June 2019

Objective Data Will Lead the Transformation of Treatment

The future isn’t coming—it’s arriving at an incredible pace! Technology and the data it can supply have reshaped the planet and those who fail to adopt it will be left in the dust. The need for objective data in treatment decisions will become mandatory both by payers and patients alike.

By Kendon Howard Continue reading

June 2019

Proper Diabetes Care Can Reduce Rising Lower Extremity Amputation Rates

In a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, reporter Stacey Burling wrote, “Amputation rates among people with diabetes in the United States dropped for about 15 years, but recent reports issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight a disturbing trend: Amputation rates have been rising in people under 65 with diabetes since 2009.

By Mark Hinkes, DPM Continue reading

June 2019

Tech Innovation Has Nudged Podiatry Forward More Than Any Other Force

Although it’s difficult to predict future developments, one might extrapolate, to some extent, large changes to a specialty of medicine by looking back on the history of the field and combining it with recent developments and trends.

By Jarrod M. Shapiro, DPM Continue reading

June 2019

To Improve Patient Outcomes, Measure What Matters

Mobility and balance deficits in patients with lower extremity impairments are significant factors for decreased quality of life. To improve outcomes for these patients, clinicians need measures that are evidence-based and scientifically validated; in other words, there is a need to measure things that matter.

By Michael Rowlings, BS Continue reading

June 2019

Foot and Ankle Surgery: A “Minimal” Future

Before pronouncing what I predict will be the single most significant change in foot and ankle surgery in coming years, it’s essential to look back. I asked an orthopedic colleague what he thought the most significant change in orthopedics was over the past 25 years, and he replied, “locking plate technology.” I agree.

By Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM Continue reading

June 2019

OUTCOMES COULD BE AFFECTED: Is Reimbursement Reduction Imminent for Most Off-the-Shelf Braces?

My perspective on the future reflects my professional interest in lower-extremity injuries and conditions that can be treated by knee braces and by ankle-foot and knee-ankle-foot orthoses. An aging population and other market demographics seem to indicate there is an increasing need for braces; new manufacturing methods, including interesting composite materials and 3D printing, seem to point toward a future of technical innovation.

By Rick Riley Continue reading

June 2019

“Capstone” Research Has Great Value to Orthotics and Prosthetics

Georgia Institute of Technology initiated its Masters of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MSPO) program in 2002, knowing that considerable advances in the profession would be possible if research was an emphasis in clinical education. Students entering the program came with added bases of knowledge, dominated by…

By Geza F. Kogler, PHD Continue reading

June 2019

Embrace Mobile Technology to Meet Challenges of a Growing Older Population

Modern day times not only see us living longer, but enjoying a wide array of advances in lifestyle, medicine, health, and social care, as well as the fast-paced changes in technology. Currently, 13% of the global population is over age 60, a figure which is increasing by 3% each year.1

By Sarah A. Curran, PhD Continue reading

June 2019

Harnessing Emerging Technologies to Standardize Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinical Care Into the Future

Prosthetic and orthotic clinical care involves using custom-made devices to assist in the rehabilitation of people with physical impairments and disabilities. As such, it has long relied on the craftsmanship of prosthetists and orthotists. Although the results of such craftsmanship can be of tremendous benefit to the patient…

By Stefania Fatone, PhD, Ryan Caldwell, CP, FAAOP, and Julia Quinlan, PhD Continue reading

June 2019

BRIEF NATURAL HISTORY: The Essential Human Pedal Arch

The foot ranks high among the most ill-constructed elements of the modern human musculoskeletal system—an observation that necessarily begs the question: Why is this so? Upright, bipedal gait is the defining characteristic of our lineage; humans and our immediate ancestors have been practicing it for at least 5 million years. Why hasn’t evolution perfected this hallmark adaptation?

By Bruce Latimer, PhD Continue reading

June 2019

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun…Thank You for 10 Great Years… Here’s to 10 More!

A big thank you goes out to our readers, expert authors, Editorial Advisory Board members, advertisers, writers, editors, designers, production managers, and webmasters! You all have made 10 years of publishing LER possible. I look forward to the next 10.

By Rich Dubin, Publisher Continue reading

June 2019

Achieve New Level of Comfortable Control with DAFO Softback Orthoses

Cascade Dafo, creators of the original DAFO® (Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis), has added the DAFO Softback™ to their custom line of orthoses. The DAFO Softback provides comfortable control of mild to moderate toe walking and knee hyperextension. The AFO’s soft yet durable posterior pad and strap combination work together to comfortably resist excess plantarflexion while encouraging free dorsiflexion. Continue reading

June 2019

Embrace Comfort and Weight Distribution with CROW Boot and Neuropathic Walker – Act Now for 10% Discount

New York OMC manufactures all of its medical and orthopedic products by hand.  The New York OMC line can be used by practitioners and podiatrists as a way to increase mobility, avoid pain and surgery, and provide a better quality of life to patients. The Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker, or “CROW” Boot, is a cross between an ankle-foot orthoses and a custom boot. The design provides total contact for weight distribution. Continue reading

June 2019

New Ground-Breaking Silicone Tape Available – Get Your Free Sample!

New SoreSpot® Silicone Tape from PediFix® is a ground-breaking advance for footcare, skin care, scar care, wound care and more, with at least 4 helpful applications for foot specialists: First, this unique skin protectant minimizes shear and friction to relieve blisters, corns, calluses and ‘hot spots’, making it ideal for instant conservative care, sports medicine and other skin-saving uses. Continue reading

May 2019

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.

May 2019

Samuel Hubbard Kicks for Women

Samuel Hubbard Kicks for women are where minimalism meets laidback style. These shoes have perforated details and super-light soles, which are fabricated from XL EXTRALIGHT, a moldable, closed-cell foam material with a soft-touch, to provide stability, cushioning, durability, and flexibility. Triple-density memory foam insoles feature comfortable Poron under a layer of silky-smooth leather. Continue reading

May 2019

Icebreaker Run+ Ultralight Micro Socks

Whether a patient is hitting the trails, running a few miles after work, or lining up for their next race, the Run+ Ultralight Micro Socks from Icebreaker provide an optimal balance of comfort and lightweight breathability. This sock’s technical fabric blend combines soft merino wool (60%) with nylon (38%) for durability, and a touch of Lycra (2%) for active stretch and shape retention. Continue reading

May 2019

OPTP Consumer Healthcare Catalog, Volume 17

OPTP has published the 17th volume of its annual consumer healthcare catalog. The new catalog features products, tools, and resources in the following 14 categories: balance, core strength and stability, foam roller therapy, foot therapy, hand therapy, McKenzie Method, movement therapy, myofascial and trigger points, Pilates and yoga, resistance exercise, stretching, taping, therapy essentials, and training and conditioning. Continue reading

May 2019

Quantum OA Unloader Knee Brace

Breg has launched the Quantum OA (osteoarthritis), a next-generation unloader knee brace for mild to severe OA. Featuring dynamic unloading in a sleek and intuitive design, Quantum is designed to offer the best of both worlds for technology and ease of use. It is engineered to address the needs of orthopedic practitioners looking for a pain-relieving OA brace that their patients will wear. Continue reading

May 2019

Build Adjustable RevoFit Sockets

Click Medical now offers free online courses to educate practitioners on how to build and adjust RevoFit transtibial and transfemoral prosthetic sockets. The adjustable, multi-panel socket design provides global and targeted compression. The socket is adjustable through clothing and has micro and macro adjustments in which each click of the dial provides 1mm of movement compression. Continue reading

May 2019

Buoyancy Belts from AquaJogger

Remove impact and weight bearing from conditioning and rehab programs in the forgiving environment of water with the Pro or Pro Plus buoyancy belt from AquaJogger, a division of Excel Sports Science. The company has added some extra buoyancy to its most popular buoyancy belt, the Classic, to assist those who need a little more buoyancy to keep their head comfortably out of the water while running or exercising in deep water. Continue reading

May 2019

Allard’s New FLOW AFO

Allard USA introduces FLOW (patent pending), its newest generation of ankle foot orthoses (AFOs), which was developed with a new, proprietary carbon composite formula to meet the functional and comfort needs of even more individuals. This proprietary formula offers increased range of motion in the sagittal plane and smoother transition (flow) throughout the gait cycle. Continue reading

May 2019

Soft Tissue Therapy Creme

China-Gel and FAKTR have partnered to introduce China-Gel/FAKTRx Soft Tissue Therapy Creme, an herbal-enhanced emollient developed for healthcare professionals to use with instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) as well as manual therapy. Eight herbal ingredients generate a comfortable, cooling sensation and a subtle herbal scent. Continue reading