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August 2021

Game Ready’s Full Leg Boot Wrap

Game Ready’s Full Leg Boot is a wrap that provides compression, cold, and heat therapies in order to help speed recovery. The wrap allows for active pneumatic compression with deeper penetrating cold, plus controllable heat or rapid contrast treatment options for outstanding recovery and rehabilitation after a sports injury or surgery. Continue reading

August 2021

Cheetah Xceed

The new Cheetah® Xceed was designed to enhance running symmetry over earlier models, making it an ideal foot for unilateral and bilateral amputee athletes who are participating in professional sports or recreational activities such as long-distance running. Continue reading

July 2021

New Arize Custom Orthoses to Help Podiatrists Relieve Foot Pain for Millions

Arize Orthotic Solution enables podiatrists and orthotists to prescribe custom orthoses tailored to their patients’ specific needs in less than five minutes. For pictures and video click here News Highlights: Disrupting an industry and improving patient wellness: 77% of Americans … Continue reading

July 2021

2020’s Struggles Shine Light on New Opportunities—for LER and Readers

So much has happened, I don’t even know where to begin. This is time for reflection and appreciation for where we have been and where we are going. All our lives and businesses have been changed forever. This pandemic has affected us in so many ways personally and professionally. In many ways, our eyes and hearts were opened.

By Rich Dubin, Publisher Continue reading

July 2021

The Future of Orthotics Manufacturing

3D printing has been waiting to disrupt the orthotics market for years. Only time will tell if the pandemic’s pause afforded clinicians the opportunity to understand the benefits this technology can bring to their practice and their patients. Recent decades have seen a proliferation of technological advances that promise to transform traditional methods of fabricating in-shoe foot orthoses.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

July 2021

The Coming Renaissance Will Unlock the Innovation Vault in Orthotics

I joined Langer Biomechanics toward the end of 1979. I believe the orthotic industry was about halfway through the first of 3 distinct periods in its evolution: the development phase. The science, education, and product development work of that era created a level of utilization by clinicians that forever altered the previous use of “arch supports” and replaced…

By Jason Kraus Continue reading

July 2021

Embracing the Transformation Brought by a Black Swan

We see the signs of COVID-19 loosening all around us. Protocols are relaxing, stores are opening, social events are happening, and people are traveling again. At a personal level, we are experiencing a series of post-COVID firsts. Some are small, such as a first trip to the store without a mask, first in-person meeting, or first sporting event.

By Gerald Stark, PhD, MSEM, CPO/L Continue reading

July 2021

Now We Know: Virtual Is Real

Lower Extremity Review reminds us of Bob Dylan’s famous line, “the times they are a-changin’,” as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. But one has to wonder a bit why it took the pandemic to induce 1 very large change we all experienced: the shift from centralized to decentralized workspaces, at least for those of us in academia.

By Paul DeVita, PhD Continue reading

July 2021

2021 “Normal” Same as 2019, Just Different

In 2019, I worked in an office/clinic setting seeing multiple patients per day. On a normal day, I would shake their hand, touch as clinically necessary, fit and adjust prostheses. I would talk with colleagues in the breakroom while reaching for adjoining coffee mugs and exchange pleasantries with the patients of colleagues I passed near shoulder-to-shoulder in the hall.

By Robert Lin, CPO Continue reading

July 2021

Pandemic’s ‘Marathon Journey’ Forces Change

Forcing Change…The intensity, uncertainty, and rolling grip of the COVID-19 pandemic has, without doubt, challenged many of us, both professionally and personally. The arrival of innovative vaccines at the end of 2020 and early 2021 has enabled many countries to slowly return to some degree of normality.

By Sarah Curran, PhD Continue reading

July 2021

Limb Preservation in a Post-pandemic World: Virtually or Physically We’re all in this Together

The past 18 months have proven challenging for everyone; however, those afflicted with diabetes have borne a heavier load than most. The increased mortality associated with diabetes1 has justifiably received much attention.

By Ryan T. Crews, PhD, CCRP; Brian D. Lepow, DPM; and David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD Continue reading

July 2021

Making the “New Normal” a “Smarter Normal”

The times are definitely changing and will continue to change for the better. As the rest of the world pulls down their masks, we in the medical community will continue to stay masked, prepared, and ready for change.

By Philip Stotter, CEP Continue reading

July 2021

‘Thank You Note’ from the Future Deepens the Meaning of Essential

The COVID-19 pandemic became an unwelcome defining factor of 2020 and into 2021. Now, we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. And this makes it a good time to reflect on the pandemic’s effect on podiatric medicine and surgery. It’s also time to ask how we can be prepared for future events that may affect how we practice.

By Andrew Schneider, DPM Continue reading

July 2021

Pandemic’s Effects Ripple Into Practices Large and Small

The COVID-19 pandemic’s profound effect on the healthcare system will produce a ripple across all healthcare industry sectors, including podiatric medicine and surgery. Some of these changes are obvious and currently taking place, and many are still to be determined.

By Patrick DeHeer, DPM Continue reading

July 2021

Pandemic Changes Paradigm for Where Data Can Be Collected

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of telehealth visits has skyrocketed in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus. And due to its popularity, the continued use of telehealth is expected. However, while telehealth can be effective in many areas, there are limitations when it comes to characterizing changes in physical function such as gait.

By Patrick Roscher, MS, and Arnaud Gouelle, PhD Continue reading

July 2021

Pandemic Proves O,P&P Is Nothing If Not Adaptable

As we pass the midpoint of 2021, our great country is slowly but surely reopening and, hopefully, returning to normal (not the overused-to-the-point-of-being-nonsensical “new normal” that we heard about ad nauseum, but the real “normal” that we all remember and long for).

By Erick Janisse, CPed Continue reading

July 2021

Rediscovering Original Purpose

Like many of us, I have had my share of trying times. I remember a quote I read while battling an illness that said, “Sometimes painful things can teach us lessons that we didn’t think we needed to know.” This couldn’t be more meaningful than during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Rob Conenello, DPM Continue reading

July 2021

The Paradox of Modern Technology: Closer But Less Human

COVID-19 has changed the world in ways that we can’t even imagine as of yet. One thing that this pandemic has done is it caused us to distance ourselves from other people and realize the paradox of modern technology.

By Mark Mendeszoon Continue reading

July 2021

Research During Pandemic Highlights Athletes’ Need for Sleep

Salerno, Italy: The COVID-19 pandemic has opened a Pandora’s box in the world of professional sport: But that’s not all bad. It has prompted a further and definitive qualitative leap in the application of sports science and medicine principles to a more inclusive vision of the human machine.

By Antonio Robustelli, MSc, CSCS Continue reading

July 2021

When Optimal is Not Possible, Go For Sufficient

The field of strength and conditioning encompasses many different career paths and consists of individuals who work with people representing every conceivable part of the human spectrum, from high-performance athletes to the general population to individuals with disabilities or health-related conditions to children and adolescents.

By N. Travis Triplett, PhD, CSCS*D, FNSCA Continue reading

July 2021

Like Athletes on the Field, Pandemic Required Pivots with Limited Input

The past few decades have seen a prioritization of evidence-based practice in athletic training, sports medicine, and all of healthcare. The premise of evidence-based practice is that clinical decisions should be based on a combination of the best available research evidence…

By Jay Hertel, PhD, ATC, and Kathy Dieringer, EdD, LAT, ATC Continue reading

July 2021

Our Hopes and Challenges as the Pandemic Winds Down

Yes, the pandemic is winding down and so many thanks to all who have helped! An endless array of champions in all areas of our society. The best of us! This has been a year that none of us will ever forget – so many lost and destroyed lives.

By Robert Weil, DPM Continue reading

July 2021

At Camp No Limits, Adapt Is What We Do – Every Day!

“Adapt! It’s what we do!” became the 2020 motto for Camp No Limits as the world shut down in March for the COVID-19 pandemic. Needless to say, the pandemic changed things: the way we all had to put our lives on hold, the way we live, and even the way we have hosted camps since our humble beginnings in 2004.

By Mary Leighton, OTR/L Continue reading

June 2021

French Open’s Treatment of Osaka Exposes Long-Buried Bias in Sport

Naomi Osaka, 23, a no. 2 ranked woman tennis player is taking professional sports and athletes higher. Leading up to the French Open, Osaka declined to participate in mandatory press conferences to preserve her mental health. Osaka stated, “I am not a natural public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety before I speak to the world’s media…

By Valerie Rein, PhD Continue reading

June 2021

The Mental Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

Despite the smoldering nature of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Americans apparently are finding some significant silver linings, according to a survey of 1,000 adults conducted for by Scott Rasmussen in early June. Continue reading