Category Archives: Archives

May 2019

Website Helps DMEPOS Suppliers Prepare for Competitive Bidding

A new website, DME CBP Education, brings together publicly available information from government sources to help suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) prepare for Round 2021 of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP). The DMEPOS CBP was established by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA). Continue reading

May 2019

Is Medical Cannabis an Appropriate Treatment for Joint Pain?

While many states have rushed to legalize cannabis, evidence for its medicinal use remains ‘paltry.’ However, physicians must be willing to talk with patients who want to use it. With medical and recreational cannabis legal across most of the United States and Canada, patients are turning to the drug as an alternative treatment for a wide range of ailments, including arthritis and other types of joint pain.

By Nicole Wetsman Continue reading

May 2019

Sex Differences on Foot Health Related to the Quality of Life in Sedentary People

The sedentary lifestyle is known for its lack of activity and exceptional amount of sitting, all leading to depressed energy expenditure. The medical consequences—from hypertension and obesity to musculoskeletal pain and osteoporosis—are many and represent leading risk factors for early mortality.

By Daniel López-López, Jose María Cancela-Carral, Romeu Araujo, and colleagues Continue reading

May 2019

PRACTICAL MATTER FOR CLINICIANS: Women Are Biomechanically Distinct From Men When They Run

Learn how men and women are constructed differently—and therefore why they each have a distinctive running gait—to be better equipped to manage, and prevent, female-specific lower-extremity sports injury. Starting at puberty, sex hormones begin to affect changes in bone and lean body mass—changes that are different in females than in males.

By Ray M. Fredericksen M.S. C-PED Continue reading

May 2019

Glaucoma = Gait Changes and Fall Risk

early 60 million people worldwide will be affected by primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) in 2020. The condition, a leading cause of irreversible blindness, typically occurs in people > 40 years of age; risk increases with age. The condition is known to cause difficulty walking, particularly when lighting levels differ, such as on steps, or when crossing the street. Continue reading

May 2019

Inverse Association Between Coffee and Falls

European researchers have found an inverse association between habitual (ie, daily) coffee drinking and the risk of falls in the elderly—and that inverse association was particularly strong among those who drank caffeinated! The association also held (although not to the same extent) for a lower risk of injurious falls. Continue reading

May 2019

EXCERPT: Foot Orthoses Alter Lower-limb Biomechanics in Basketball Players—Flat Feet or Normal Arch

Flat-footed persons are believed to have poorer jump performance compared to those who have a normal arch. Foot orthoses are commonly used to support the deformed foot arch and improve normal foot function. However, it is unclear if use of foot orthoses affects jump performance in athletes.

By Malia Ho, Pui Wah Kong, Lowell Jia-Yee Chong, and Wing-Kai Lam Continue reading

May 2019

Infographic on Running Related Injuries

Biomechanical risk factors associated with running-related injuries: a systematic review. The incidence and prevalence of running-related injuries (RRI) is high. Biomechanical factors may play a role in the etiology of these injuries. This systematic review synthetizes biomechanical risk factors related to the development of RRI. Continue reading

May 2019

EXCERPT: Do alterations in muscle strength, flexibility, range of motion, and alignment predict lower extremity injury in runners: a systematic review

Strategies for preventing running-related injury are lacking. These authors examine the evidence supporting use of musculoskeletal clinical assessments to predict runners at risk. Injury in runners is common, affecting 19.4 to 94.4% of runners annually.

By Shefali M. Christopher, Jeremy McCullough, Suzanne J. Snodgrass, and Chad Cook Continue reading

May 2019

Addressing Gender Matters On the Field, In the Locker Room…Everywhere

For decades, numerous research studies have shown that physical activity and sport play a significant role in positively shaping children’s health and emotional well-being. But, as we learn more about biology and psychology, it becomes clear that gender matters in ways not conceived of when John F. Kennedy became President in 1961 and re-energized the President’s Council on Youth Fitness, predecessor of the more recent President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport. Continue reading

May 2019

Effective and Efficient Darco Peg Assist Offloading Insole – Three Versions Now Available!

The Darco Peg Assist Offloading Insole is the most effective, efficient and economical way to offload Lesions, Grade 1 and Grade2 wounds of the foot. The Peg comes in 3 versions: PTQ – for use with the Darco MQ series … Continue reading

May 2019

Achieve Dramatic Foot Drop Relief with X-Strap Systems

X-Strap Systems offers unique proven products for foot drop relief. Products provide full-time comfort, normal ankle joint mobility, and normal gait. Products include the Dorsi-Strap, Dorsi-Strap PRO, and Dorsi-Lite Foot Splint. Each foot drop product is easy on and off, … Continue reading

April 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.

April 2019

Core-Spun Compression Socks Available in New Patterns

Therafirm has released 3 new patterns to its Patterned Core-Spun line of compression socks. Monogradient is a sock with white, gray, and black stripes. Slate argyle is a traditional argyle pattern in black, gray, and a soft slate color. Pink argyle is an identical sock that trades slate for a soft pink. Continue reading

April 2019

SoreSpot Silicone Tape

SoreSpot Silicone Tape from PediFix offers footcare, skin care, scar care, wound care, and other benefits. The use of silicone protects skin from shear and friction while providing instant comfort for sore spots, including blisters, corns, calluses, and bunions. According to PediFix, silicone offers clinically proven help to… Continue reading

April 2019

OPTP Professional Catalog, Volume 39

OPTP has published the 39th edition of its professional catalog, which features innovative new products and books, many of which are available exclusively through OPTP. Therapy and fitness products in the catalog cover 16 categories: manual therapy; therapy essentials; neuroscience; women’s health; soft tissue, myofascial, and… Continue reading

April 2019

Open Heel Modifications for SMOs and AFOs

Surestep’s open heel modifications for supramalleolar orthoses (SMOs) and ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) allow pediatric patients to better feel the ground beneath their feet; this improved proprioception can be especially beneficial for children with sensory deficits. Additionally, Surestep states that … Continue reading

April 2019

Secure Containment and Compression Stockings

Secure containment and compression stockings by Sigvaris Group are indicated for the management of advanced venous edema, lymphedema, post-surgical edema, general edema, and more. Secure has a higher stiffness ratio and a modified, graduated compression profile so that more compression … Continue reading

April 2019

MIO Therapy Wearable Physical Therapy Technology

MbientLab has introduced MIO Therapy (MIO), a wearable technology platform that integrates traditional physical therapy with smart sensors, therapeutic exercises, games, and 3D visualization technology to personalize and improve outpatient rehabilitation and accelerate recovery. MIO leverages technology software and sensors … Continue reading

April 2019

Fully Custom Insoles at Over-the-Counter Prices

COL Orthotics International is now offering premium insoles. COL insoles can be pressed onto any positive mold, which means that providers can offer a fully custom insole for the price of an over-the-counter insole. COL insoles can be stocked in … Continue reading

April 2019

FDA Approves New Osteoporosis Treatment for Postmenopausal Women

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new treatment for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women presenting with a high risk of fracture or who are intolerant to or have not had success with existing therapies. The drug, EVENITY (romosozumab-aqqg; Amgen), was approved April 9 and became available for shipment to wholesalers in the US on April 15. Continue reading

April 2019

An Introduction to Physical Literacy

Physical literacy is defined as ‘the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.’ The notion of ‘literacy’ within the concept of ‘physical literacy’ arises from the importance of our embodied interaction with the world.

By E.J. Durden-Myers and N. R. Green

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April 2019

Exploring 3D printing in Prosthetics

3D-printed Sockets Safe? There are approximately 2 million people living with an amputation in the United States, a number that is expected to increase to 3.6 million by 2050 according to recent studies. In the poster, “Clinical Trial Examining Safety and Feasibility of Definitive 3D-Printed…

By Keith Loria Continue reading

April 2019

New Tool to Assess Clubfoot Treatment

Congenital talipes equinovarus, or clubfoot, is a common deformity in which the affected foot is fixed downward and inward. The birth prevalence of clubfoot in low- and middle-income countries is estimated to be 0.5 to 2.0 cases for every 1000 … Continue reading

April 2019

Peak Tibial Accelerations as Real-time Measure of Impact Loading

Studies seeking to determine the effects of gait retraining through biofeedback on peak tibial acceleration (PTA) assume that this biometric trait is a valid measure of impact loading that is reliable both within and between sessions. However, data was lacking for the validity and reliability of these measures at the speed of endurance runners.

By Pieter Van den Berghe Continue reading