Category Archives: Archives

April 2018

Making the most of resistance training in the management of knee osteoarthritis

Most physical therapists maintain that resistance training is beneficial to patients with knee osteoarthritis, but evidence from trials that have been designed with consistency is lacking. Experts discuss how to create an effective regimen given this information vacuum.

By Jill R. Dorson Continue reading

April 2018

Gait therapy in osteoarthritis of the hip: An assessment

Although clinicians and researchers have been gathering data for the use of gait therapy in patients with knee OA for some time, its use in hip OA is less far along, but shows promise. Does correcting for gait abnormalities have a role in the treatment of hip osteoarthritis (OA)?

By Nicole Wetsman Continue reading

April 2018

Footwear Designed to Reduce Risk of Falling

Described by the manufacturer as the first-ever footwear scientifically designed to reduce a person’s risk of falling, the Moore Balance Shoe (MBS) by Apex is the latest in OHI’s suite of fall risk therapies. The shoes feature a firm, adjustable heel counter with convenient Velcro strap closure. Continue reading

April 2018

Does athletes’ divided attention affect mechanics associated with ACL injury?

We might be falling short in our efforts to prevent ACL injury by allowing athletes to focus on how they are moving during screening. Almost 8 million athletes participate in high school sports each year in the United States, and an additional 490,000 compete at the intercollegiate level.

By Sarah Marie Tighe, SPT, and Thomas Gus Almonroeder, PT, DPT, PhD Continue reading

April 2018

The future is now— Implications of 3D technology for orthoses

2018 is shaping up as a breakthrough year for 3D printing in orthoses, as the industry moves from promise to reality. Experts agree: Three-dimensional printing will deliver custom clinical products, designed for individual patients at an affordable price.

By Keith Loria Continue reading

April 2018

CMS updates 2018 Medi­care fee schedules

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a Medicare fee schedule update effective April 1, 2018, announcing that diabetic shoe inserts fabricated using scanning devices will be now reimbursed using temporary HCPCS code K0903 at the same rate as inserts made over a positive model of the patient’s foot (A5513). The fee schedule for K0903 is set at $43.56, the current Medicare fee schedule for A5513. Continue reading

April 2018

FootFlexor for Patients with Foot Drop

Core Products International introduces the FootFlexor, described as a functional and comfortable AFO that allows the foot to perform naturally while walking. Designed to work with most lace-up shoes and boots, the FootFlexor works by incorporating the FootFlexor Wrap, eyelet clips, and a tension cord to help lift the toe during gait. Continue reading

April 2018

PFA 59th annual symposium set for November

The Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) will hold its 59th Annual Symposium and Exhibition November 15 through 17, at the Marriott Grand in St Louis, MO. According to the PFA, this meeting is the largest educational event in the world solely dedicated to the practice of pedorthics and offers a full program of general and breakout sessions, networking and exhibiting opportunities, and social events. Continue reading

April 2018

Lynda Woodruff, Leader in physical therapy education

Lynda Woodruff, PT, PhD, a visiting professor at Alabama State University (ASU), where she initiated the transitional doctor of physical therapy program, died at age 70 years on March 20. She was a lifetime American Physical Therapy Association member. Continue reading

April 2018

Biofreeze Soothing Pain Relief Cream

Biofreeze is launching its new Soothing Pain Relief Cream. Biofreeze also offers gel, roll-on, and spray external pain relief products. Research-proven to provide temporary relief from many aches and pains, Biofreeze Soothing Pain Relief Cream also hydrates and moisturizes the skin. Indications include sore muscles and joints, sprains, strains, and bruises. Continue reading

April 2018

Charles Southerland, DPM, receives humanitarian award

Charles Southerland, DPM, received the Humanitarian Award at the 98th Annual American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) House of Delegates meeting, held March 20 in Washington, D, in recognition of his medical missionary work. He serves as program director for the Yucatan Crippled Children’s Project. Continue reading

April 2018

Scope-of-practice legislation progresses in South Carolina

Legislation to expand the scope of practice in South Carolina to include the ankle under podiatric medical care received a second read April 4 in the state House of Representatives. The measure was voted forward by a 71-42 vote. The legislation was supported by the South Carolina Podiatric Medical Association. Continue reading

April 2018

Dennis Frisch installed as APMA president

Dennis R. Frisch, DPM, has been installed as president of American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). In accepting the position, Frisch underscored APMA’s unique value to its members. “Every podiatric physician has earned one thing. Continue reading

April 2018

Fracture Sock to reduce irritation

New from Advantage by Elite Orthopaedics is Fracture Sock, designed to reduce skin irritation while wearing an ankle walker. The latex-free fracture sock is composed of 100% synthetic knit for superior moisture absorption. An improved cross stitch provides better compression, which helps reduce the risk of friction and lessens the risk of sock bunching. Continue reading

April 2018

AOPA policy forum meets with congressional representatives

Orthotic and prosthetic stakeholders met March 8 with members of Congress in Washington, DC, to discuss improving patient care and advancing other legislative objectives. Continue reading

April 2018

OIG report on outpatient physical therapy claims may be flawed: CMA, APTA

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) are challenging a recent Officer of the Inspector General (OIG) report, pointing out how flawed processes and misinterpretations are coloring the findings. Continue reading

April 2018

Mastercare Mini Therapy Table

Mastercare AB’s Swedish Back Care System Mastercare Mini is a professional therapy table that can be used to reduce injury risk for runners. The unit strengthens and decompresses the muscles of the back to relieve pressure on the lower extremity joints, as well as the back. Continue reading

April 2018

SMU students and faculty serve San Ysidro with free clinical services

Seventeen Samuel Merritt University (SMU) students and 5 faculty nurse practitioners undertook in March their 10th annual medical mission to San Ysidro, CA, located along the Mexican border. Continue reading

April 2018

Ankle Stabilizing Orthosis

OPED Medical Inc. (dba Evenup) offers the Vacotalus for stable treatment of the ankle region. The ankle appliance is designed for treating acute ankle injuries, for use in after-care for fractures of the ankle joint, preventing ligament lesions on the ankle joint, and for compensation of ankle joint instability. Continue reading

April 2018

Physical therapists invited to DMU’s 2018 Stroke Camp

Physical therapists with post-stroke clients are invited to participate in Des Moines University (DMU) College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery’s seventh annual stroke camp on the DMU campus August 20 to 24. Clinicians can earn 4 continuing education contact hours. Continue reading

April 2018

NYSPMA releases report on value of podiatric services to patients

A report funded by the New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) has found that expanding podiatry’s role may impact healthcare in the state by decreasing the number of hospital admissions, costs of long-term care, and prescription of opioids in target… Continue reading

April 2018

Transplantation may be effective for some knee cartilage repair

Research presented March 10 at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Specialty Day in New Orleans has shown that osteochondral allograft transplantation (OCA) is a valuable and successful approach for isolated femoral condyle lesions, which account for 75% of the cartilage repair procedures performed in the knee joint. Continue reading

April 2018

ToePro Exercise Platform

HumanLocomotion.org offers the new ToePro Exercise Platform for strengthening specific small muscles of the foot and ankle to improve balance, enhance jump performance, and increase gait velocity. Because the toe and arch muscles provide stability during the pushoff phase while walking, jumping, and… Continue reading

April 2018

ETFMx Multi-Frequency Electronic Tuning Fork

O’Brien Medical introduces the ETFMx multi-frequency electronic tuning fork. Building on the success of the ETF128, clinicians can now test sensation with the 3 most used frequencies in medicine, 64, 128 and 256 Hz. The ETFMx is used for diagnosing and… Continue reading

April 2018

Revised Pain Science Book

OPTP has added the new “Explain Pain Supercharged” to its collection of pain science books. Written by David Butler and Lorimer Moseley, the book is a revised and enhanced version of the popular book “Explain Pain” released in 2003. Continue reading