Category Archives: Archives

May 2018

Iowa governor signs the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law April 4, 2018 the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (House File 2425). The compact is an agreement between member states to improve access to physical therapy services by increasing the ability of physical therapists to work in multiple states. Continue reading

May 2018

APMA Registry Ready for MIPS 2018 Reporting Year

The American Podiatric Medicine Association (APMA) registry is accepting 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting data from MIPS eligible practitioners. The 2018 performance period score will impact 2020 Medicare payments, with a positive, neutral, or negative payment adjustment. Continue reading

May 2018

Heel Pain Orthotic Device

Heel pain affects over 25% of the adult population and 20% of the pediatric population. Heel Defender is a patented heel orthotic device for off-loading the painful heel in both adults and children. Heel Defender is designed to remove the impact force from the heel, allowing for comfortable walking and standing while heel pain is being treated. Continue reading

May 2018

Podiatry Care May Lead to Reduced Hospitalizations and Opioid Prescription, Study Shows

A New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) survey, initiated in late 2017, has found that expanding podiatry’s role in health care may lead to reduced hospitalizations, long-term health care costs, and opioid prescription in 4 target groups: diabetes, obesity, substance abuse/back pain, and fall prevention. Improvement in health care in these conditions aligns with New York’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program health goals. Continue reading

May 2018

Advisory Book for Parents of Child Athletes Pneumatic Walker

#HeySportsParents is a new advisory book written by Sharkie Zartman and Dr. Robert Weil. The book is intended for parents with children playing sports. The first segment of the book (Sports Parenting 101) covers the basics of parenting a young athlete, including the perks and pitfalls of youth sports, how to choose the right program, how to feed a young athlete, what a parent’s role should be, how to coach one’s own child, how to navigate the college recruiting process, and stress management. Continue reading

May 2018

PT Referral Rates Nearly Halved Between 2003 and 2014

A study recently published in the April issue of Journal of General Internal Medicine has found that primary care physician referrals to physical therapists for musculoskeletal conditions declined by nearly half over a 12-year period, while referrals to specialists during that time increased by a similar rate. Continue reading

May 2018

Pro Select Full Shell Pneumatic Walker

The Pro Select Full Shell Air Walker from Elite Orthopaedics, Inc. features a full circumference shell design that provides controlled immobilization of the lower leg, ankle, and foot. A breathable insole, featuring patent-pending technology, allows for air to circulate to prevent the accumulation of heat during patient usage. Small perforations work to prevent humidity and help heat escape. Continue reading

May 2018

Infinite Socket

Every human limb is different and changes over time, whether due to volume fluctuation, or painful skin breakdown. LIM Innovations now offers a customizable solution to combat volume fluctuation by providing a dynamic socket interface that can be adjusted by patients. Continue reading

May 2018

APTA posts 2018 House of Delegates motions

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) posted on May 18 the official packet of motions to be considered by the 2018 House of Delegates when it meets June 25-27 in Orlando, FL. Packet I with Background Papers contains 57 motions includes 4 bylaws amendments that are coming before the 2018 House of Delegates. Contact APTA’s Cheryl Robinson with any questions. Continue reading

May 2018

Second Edition of Neuroscience Clinical Guide

The revised second edition of Pain Neuroscience Education: Teaching People About Pain is now available exclusively from OPTP. Written by physical therapists Adriaan Louw, Emilio Puentedura, Steve Schmidt, and Kory Zimney, this clinical guide contains significant updates and new content, explaining how to teach patients about pain. Continue reading

May 2018

Foundation announces 2018 scholarship and grant opportunities

The Foundation for Physical Therapy is accepting applications for the 2018 Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships and the 2018 Research Grants. The Kendall Post-Professional Doctoral Scholarships assist physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with outstanding potential who are in their first year of post professional doctoral degree studies. Continue reading

May 2018

TPE audit shows sharp decline in improper claim payment rate

An initial Target, Probe, and Educate (TPE) audit for Jurisdiction D conducted by Noridian Healthcare Solutions has found an improper claim payment rate of 19% for 4 HCPCS codes: L4360, L4361, L4386, and L4387. The codes relate to walking boot style orthoses. Continue reading

May 2018

DMU students exercise with Parkinson’s patients

In the spring, physical therapy and podiatric medicine students from Des Moines University in Iowa partner with patients who have been diagnosed with Parkinson disease (PD) for weekly evenings of dancing, singing, and other forms of mild exercise. Continue reading

May 2018

Microfiber Shades Argyle Compression Socks

Sigvaris offers a new fun and colorful addition to its popular line of Microfiber Shades line of compression stockings – the Argyle. All Microfiber Shades compression socks, including the Argyle, are designed to incorporate advanced microfiber technology to provide ultimate comfort while also providing excellent breathability and moisture management. The compression stockings incorporate double-covered inlay yarns. Continue reading

May 2018

American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine elects new president

Magali “Maggie” Fournier, DPM, a sports medicine podiatrist in LaCrosse, WI, has been elected president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM). Originally from Quebec, Dr Fournier moved to the United States to study at New York College of Podiatric Medicine. She graduated in 2001. Also elected were Clint Laird, DPM, Port Charlotte, FL, as vice president; Howard Osterman, DPM, Washington, DC, as secretary-treasurer. Continue reading

May 2018

Bionic Knee Brace

Levitation from Spring Loaded Technology is the world’s first compact bionic knee brace. According to the company, Levitation is the only brace that can significantly reduce pressure throughout the knee while enhancing strength to alleviate pain and improve mobility for people with damaged knees. Continue reading

May 2018

Dillon completes AOPA-funded systematic review project

Michael Dillon, PhD, of La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, has completed his project, “Evaluating outcomes of dysvascular partial foot and transtibial amputation: a systematic review for the development of shared decision making resources.” The review was funded by the American Orthotic Prosthetic Association. Continue reading

May 2018

PERSPECTIVE: Podiatry

Dr. Segel is in private podiatry practice in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and Director of Applied Podiatric Biomechanics at Noraxon USA. He is also a podiatric advisor and member of the medical education staff at Orthotic Holdings Inc.

By Jay Segel, DPM Continue reading

May 2018

PERSPECTIVE: Physical Therapy

Mr. Johnson is director of outpatient rehabilitation therapy services at Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network in Baltimore, Maryland. He has disclosed no relevant relationships.

By Ken Johnson, PT Continue reading

May 2018

PERSPECTIVE: Chiropractic Medicine

Dr. Ross is Director of Education Year 1, and associate professor at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He conducts educational sessions on behalf of Orthotic Holdings Inc.

By J. Kim Ross, DC, PhD Continue reading

May 2018

Wearable sensors assess relationship between foot problems and frailty

Assessing how foot problems— namely, pain, neuropathy, and deformity— contribute to frailty syndrome has been a challenge for researchers, as transporting frail elders to lab facilities creates its own set of issues. But a recent study from the University of Arizona used wearable sensors to assess the seniors in their “natural” environment and found significant relationships between the number of foot problems and degree of frailty. Continue reading

May 2018

Three-year follow-up: Close contact casting vs surgery

In a pre-specified, 3-year extension of a randomized clinical trial of equivalence, close-contact casting maintained equivalence in function compared to surgery in older adults with unstable ankle fracture. Furthermore, no significant differences were reported in quality of life or pain. The authors concluded that the focus of treatment for these patients should be on obtaining and maintaining reduction until union, using the most conservative means possible. Continue reading

May 2018

Lower-extremity amputation feared more than death

Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are known for their life-threatening complications—in particular, blindness from retinopathy, kidney failure, and peripheral neuropathy. For patients with diabetes and foot pathology, amputation is a significant worry. A recent study in Foot & Ankle Specialist sought to understand just how much this population fears lower-extremity amputation (LEA).

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May 2018

Wasp stings: Some really do hurt more than others, and how to counsel patients

As summer approaches and we become more active outdoors, wasps will become more active, too. Two recent studies highlight the pain and danger of the ubiquitous wasp. The first study, from entomologists at the University of Utah, looked at stinger length compared to reported pain and toxicity.1 Continue reading

May 2018

Flip flops, bare feet, or sports shoes: Which are best and which are worst?

Many have long suspected the answer, but a new study would appear to resolve the question: Are flip flops really that bad for your feet? According to Chen and colleagues from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, flip flops are most likely no better than barefoot when it comes to lower-limb co-contraction and joint contact force in the ankle. Continue reading