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January 2019

UA Researchers Study How to Regrow Long Bone Segments Using 3D Printing

John A. Szivek, PhD, a scientist at the University of Arizona (UA) College of Medicine – Tucson, has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to launch a study to determine how to heal bone fractures using a combination of 3D printing and adult stem cells. Continue reading

January 2019

CMS Improperly Paid DMEPOS Suppliers

A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) review found that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) improperly paid $34 million to suppliers for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) that were provided to beneficiaries during inpatient stays. Continue reading

January 2019

American Joint Replacement Registry Releases 2018 Annual Report

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the cornerstone of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Registry Program, released its 2018 Annual Report on hip and knee arthroplasty patient outcomes. The report includes findings from 1,186,955 cumulative procedures performed between 2012 and 2017, and it provides updates on key initiatives delivered to registry stakeholders… Continue reading

January 2019

AOFAS Campaign Helps Consumers Make Informed Choices for Foot and Ankle Health

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) has launched a campaign, Look for the “O,” to encourage consumers to take charge of their foot and ankle health and choose a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon when medical care is needed. AOFAS has an interactive channel on its website that offers informational videos and resources to help consumers make informed choices. Continue reading

January 2019

ACSM Survey: Wearable Tech is New Top Fitness Trend for 2019

Wearable technology is forecast as this year’s most popular trend in fitness, according to more than 2,000 health and fitness pros surveyed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Continue reading

January 2019

Weil Inducted into National Fitness Hall of Fame

Robert Weil, DPM, is a National Fitness Hall of Fame (NFHOF) class of 2019 inductee; he joins four other inductees. Weil specializes in orthotics and sports medicine. He has written a column for the Naperville Sun and Aurora Beacon since 2007 as “The Sports Doctor,” and hosts a weekly radio show by… Continue reading

January 2019

NUPOC Appoints New Director

Chad Duncan, PhD, CRC, CPO, has been appointed director of the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC), Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Duncan, an associate professor and clinical educator at NUPOC, assumed this position January 1, succeeding John W. Michael, MEd, CPO, the director since 2009. Michael will continue as an educator and will support and facilitate the transition. Continue reading

January 2019

eWellness’ CEO Sells PT Clinics to Focus on Telehealth Platform

eWellness Healthcare Corporation, Culver City, CA,  which developed the PHZIO physical therapy (PT) telehealth platform, recently announced that CEO Darwin Fogt has sold all Evolution Physical Therapy clinics to solely focus on the expansion and success of eWellness. Evolution PT has six locations in California and two in Connecticut. The PHZIO platform allows physical therapists to monitor up to six patients concurrently. Continue reading

January 2019

Pes Anserine Tendino-Bursitis: To Inject or Not To Inject

While the pes anserine bursa has been shown to occupy the bulk of the proximal medial tibia, the area of maximal tenderness is palpable with the tip of the index finger in the same specific location − slightly posterior to the middle of a line drawn between the apex of the knee flexion crease and the tibial tubercle (Figure 1). Continue reading

January 2019

Orthotic and Prosthetic Innovation: Tempering Enthusiasm with Caution

My perspective comes from 2 roles: Professional Standards Officer for the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and international lecturer with Human Study e.V., a non-profit organization that delivers and establishes prosthetic and orthotic education in regions and countries where formal and internationally recognized education in this field of medical practice does not exist.

By Louise Puli, BPO, MPH Continue reading

January 2019

Foot Problems Affect 2/3 of Homeless Population

With homelessness on the rise, a recent systematic review sought to characterize the foot problems of homeless persons, based on the available literature. The review included 17 articles with study populations from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy. Continue reading

January 2019

Barcelona Researchers Describe New Anatomic Structure In Ankle

Human anatomy guidelines group the ankle ligaments by two ligament complexes: the lateral collateral ligament and the medial or deltoid collateral ligament. Now, a University of Barcelona (UB) research team has defined a new anatomic structure in the ankle, the lateral fibulotalocalcaneal ligament complex (LFTCL). Continue reading

January 2019

Gait Training Can Slow Age-Related Changes in Energy-Cost of Walking

The aging-induced increase in energy cost of walking can be slowed in older adults leading to improved mobility, according to new research published in the journal Innovation in Aging.

By Chris Klingenberg Continue reading

January 2019

Arch Height Does Not Affect Foot or General Health QOL

Foot-arch height does not affect specific foot and general health-related quality of life (QOL), according to a recent study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Continue reading

January 2019

3D-Printed Knee Brace To Aid Rehab, Elderly

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology recently detailed the successful benchtop testing and pilot human movement studies of a 3D-printed knee brace. The brace, which has an embedded magnetic angle sensor and whose torsional stiffness can be adjusted by applying varying sizes of… Continue reading

January 2019

Polio-like Illness AFM Strikes Nearly 200 People in 2018

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 196 cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a rare polio-like condition, that causes weakness in the arms or legs, across 39 states in 2018. That number could rise as some cases are still under investigation. Continue reading

January 2019

Case: A Woman with Blistering, Erythema, and Scaling of the Feet

What’s causing the worsening signs and symptoms that are eroding the patient’s quality of life? Once that question is answered, what treatment should be pursued? In this case study, we describe the work-up and management of a woman whose illness was characterized by multiple vesicles and pustules and itching, scaling, and redness of the feet (as well as the hands), that progressed over months.

By Carla Benson, DPM Continue reading

January 2019

3D Printing Is Changing the Footwear Game

The increasing cost effectiveness of 3D printing sets the stage for disrupting a decades-old process for making orthotics – No doubt: The advent of 3-dimensional (3D) printing technology has had a major impact on the field of medicine.

By Keith Loria and Janice T. Radak Continue reading

January 2019

Digital Process + Technology + Podiatric Expertise = The Future of Orthotics

New partnership puts streamlined manufacturing process in the podiatrist’s office. Three-dimensional (3D) printing has shown promise in improving medical device manufacture, but cost-effectiveness and seamless manufacturing processes have kept it from becoming mainstream. All that is about to change.

By Keith Loria Continue reading

January 2019

An Interview From NY19 Podiatric Clinical Conference

8sole Makes US Debut – “We created an orthotics toolbox for doctors,” said Pavel Repisky, a partner at 8sole, the newest 3D player in the US orthotics market. On the touchscreen monitor in front of him is the page the company believes sets them apart from other 3D providers…

By Janice T. Radak Continue reading

January 2019

The Invisible Effect of Body Weight on Tendons

While the predominant view on the relationship between an elevated body weight and its effect on tendons, muscles, bones, and joints is grounded in the physical stress effects of body weight, the role of inflammation is becoming better understood.

By Robert Creighton, DPM Continue reading

January 2019

Dynamical Properties of Postural Control in Obese Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Does obesity affect balance and serve as an indicator of fall risk in this vulnerable population? The burden of obesity is rising at an alarming rate for older adults.

Excerpt By Thurmon E. Lockhart Continue reading

November 2018

New Shoe Insole Could Provide Healing On-the-Go

Purdue University researchers have developed a shoe insole that could help make the healing process more portable for people who have diabetes-related foot ulcers. The researchers used lasers to shape silicone-based rubber into insoles and then create reservoirs that gradually release oxygen throughout the day. Continue reading

November 2018

Curbell Plastics Named Exclusive Supplier of ProComp Sheet

Curbell Plastics, Orchard Park, NY, has been named the exclusive supplier of ProComp sheet across the U.S. ProComp is an innovative polypropylene material reinforced with carbon fibers for a 25% increase in stiffness. The individual fibers provide the ability of the composite to flow and stretch during melt temperature vacuum forming. Curbell Plastics was selected due to its orthotic and prosthetic expertise within the Curbell O&P specialty group. Continue reading

November 2018

36″ x 4″ Pro-Roller Foam Rollers

OPTP has added a new 4″ diameter foam roller to its elite Pro-Roller line, available in standard and soft densities. The 36″ x 4″ roller is closer to the ground than the regular 36″ x 6″ diameter roller, for a safer, more stable feeling. They are well suited for the elderly, beginners, or individuals with a compromised sense of balance and are easier to control while using for massage. Continue reading