Category Archives: Archives

March 2021

CURREX SupportSTP Insoles

CURREX SupportSTP insoles are designed to support the foot and its natural movement. Designed for comfort and relief from foot pressure, SupportSTP may help reduce pain from plantar fasciitis. These insoles deliver stability as well as premium shock absorption and cushioning for endless walking, golfing, or light work. Continue reading

March 2021

Moflex Foot and Ankle Training

Moflex, which stands for Motion Flexibility, is a portable device that helps improve foot stability and ankle mobility. It can be used in fitness, sports training, daily function, and injury rehabilitation and prevention. The device is based on the science of correcting proper foot loading patterns. Continue reading

February 2021

Guest Perspective: The Global Impact of COVID-19 on Humanitarian Efforts

Christian was 2 years old when The FOOT Foundation met him 6 years ago. Born without legs in rural Guatemala, our humanitarian team fitted him with his first artificial limbs. We have seen him several times since, upgrading his bilateral above knee prostheses as he grows.

By Dino Scanio, MPH, CO, LO Continue reading

February 2021

Stair Gait in Younger and Older Adults

Older people have an increased risk of falling during locomotion, with falls on stairs being particularly common and dangerous. Step going (i.e., the horizontal distance between two consecutive step edges) defines the base of support available for foot placement on stairs, as with smaller going, the Continue reading

February 2021

Increased 1st-Trimester Exercise May Reduce Gestational Diabetes Risk

Pregnant women who exercise more during the first trimester of pregnancy may have a lower risk of developing gestational diabetes, according to a new study led by Samantha Ehrlich, an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and… Continue reading

February 2021

Orthotic Insoles Improve Gait and Pain in Lower Limb Discrepancy

Orthotic insoles significantly improved gait symmetry in the pelvis in the frontal plane and the ankle in the sagittal plane in participants with lower leg discrepancies (LLD) of both ≤ 1 cm and > 1 cm but > 3 cm, suggesting that it may be appropriate to treat even mild leg length discrepancy. Continue reading

February 2021

Prickly Pear Fruit Juice Improves Mobility

The Nopal or Prickly Pear Cactus is a staple across the southwestern United States and Mexico. Its broad flat leaves can be eaten as a vegetable (like a green pepper) and its colorful bulbous fruit is often sought after for the health benefits of its juice. Continue reading

February 2021

Expert Opinion: Principles of Best Diagnostic Practice in Tissue Repair and Wound Healing: An Expert Consensus

Background: Chronic wound treatment currently relies heavily on visual assessment by clinicians; however, the clinical signs and symptoms of infection and…

By David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD; Karen Bauer, DNP, APRN-CNP, CWS; Greg Bohn, MD; Marissa Carter, MA, PhD; Robert Snyder, DPM, MBA, MSc, CWSP; and Thomas E. Serena, MD, FACS, FACHM, MAPWCA Continue reading

February 2021

BEHOLD the Human Arch! Biomechanics of Longitudinal Arch Load-Sharing System of the Foot

The human foot is an engineering marvel, consisting of 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. But it is the unique and elegant load-sharing system of the longitudinal arch that makes human locomotion possible. This author explains how.

By Kevin A. Kirby, DPM Continue reading

February 2021

Achilles Tendon Stiffness in Gout

Inflammation associated with gout may change tissue elasticity. Ultrasound imaging using shear wave elastography (SWE) offers a non-invasive method of quantifying changes in tendon stiffness. These authors sought to determine differences in Achilles tendon stiffness in people with gout compared to controls (non-gout) using SWE.

By Simon Otter, Catherine Payne, Anna-Marie Jones, Nick Webborn, and Peter Watt Continue reading

February 2021

Patient Guidance: Is there conservative care for bunions?

The bunion deformity, technically termed Hallux Abductovalgus or HAV for short, is much more than just a bump of bone growing on the foot. Technically, it is a 3-dimensional positional misalignment of the entire 1st ray, which includes the great toe and the first metatarsal. Simply put, it’s a biomechanical misfit between the bones that control your big toe…

By Paul J. Betschart, DPM, FACFAS Continue reading

February 2021

Biomedical Engineers Develop Smart Sensor Bandages

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) are working to create an affordable, user-friendly oxygen-sensing patch printed on a flexible, disposable bandage that can interact with a smartphone. This smart bandage could enable remote monitoring for the early detection of problematic conditions, such as pressure ulcers and… Continue reading

February 2021

AOPA 2021 National Assembly Set for September 9–12

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) announced that its 2021 National Assembly is scheduled to take place September 9–12, in Boston, MA. The AOPA National Assembly Planning Committee is seeking high-quality educational and research content for the Assembly, which is… Continue reading

February 2021

CreakyJoints Launches Gout Podcast Series, Educational Campaign

CreakyJoints, a digital arthritis community for patients and caregivers worldwide and part of the Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF), has launched The Gout Show, a new podcast series and digital destination to raise awareness of gout, a form of arthritis that causes severe, sudden attacks of inflammation, often in the toe joints or other large joints. Continue reading

February 2021

Proteor Acquires Freedom Innovations from Ottobock

Proteor, a Dijon, France–based company specializing in prosthetic and orthotic solutions, has completed its acquisition of Freedom Innovations, Irvine, CA, and a part of the product portfolio from Ottobock, Duderstadt, Germany. Included in the product portfolio that Proteor will receive are the microprocessor-controlled knee (MPK) Plie3; the Kinnex and… Continue reading

February 2021

Consensus Document Outlines Treatment for Knee OA Patients by Age, Activity Level

A global panel of over 40 orthopedic-related experts has published the first-ever Consensus Document that outlines guidelines for active, older less active, and younger knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients. The recommendations define approaches for diagnosis, conservative treatment—comprised of core treatment, biomechanical, pharmaceutical, orthobiologic, and… Continue reading

February 2021

OPTP Releases Professional Catalog Vol. 41

The 2021 OPTP product catalog is now available and includes exclusive professional pricing. This 41st edition of the catalog features innovative new products and resources, many of which are offered exclusively by OPTP. Therapy and fitness products in the catalog cover the following… Continue reading

February 2021

Cadence ¾ Insoles

Cadence Insoles introduced a ¾-length model to its line of exclusive, retail-only over-the-counter orthotics. The ¾ provides semi-rigid support combined with a durable, high-rebound, low-compression set polyurethane foam and an anti-microbial low-friction CoolMax top cover. The ¾ is exclusive to and only available for purchase from physicians’ offices and… Continue reading

February 2021

The Liner Wand Prosthetic Liner Hygiene Kit

The Liner Wand is a clinically proven, prosthetist-recommended prosthetic liner care and hygiene system. Originally brought to market under the name Apocrine, this titanium-based technology is now available directly to the consumer as a subscription service or 1-time purchase, and through the company’s Clinical Partner Program, prosthetists can… Continue reading

February 2021

Bioness Integrated Therapy System for Balance

The Bioness Integrated Therapy System for Balance (BITS Balance) combines visual, cognitive, motor, and balance training into one system, making it a multidisciplinary therapy solution. BITS Balance adds proprietary motion sensors to track patient movements and a balance platform for challenging weight shift. Continue reading

February 2021

CURREX RunPro Insoles

CURREX RunPro insoles are scientifically proven to reduce foot pressure while providing superior support. Plus, they deliver sensational comfort, optimized motion, and enhanced stability, and can even reduce injuries. Experienced runners in a blind study at the German Sport University Cologne chose RunPro for comfort. Continue reading

February 2021

BlastX Antimicrobial Wound Gel

BlastX Antimicrobial Wound Gel is a breakthrough innovation powered by Next Science’s patented, non-toxic biofilm-disruption Xbio Technology. It deconstructs the bacterial biofilm matrix, destroys bacteria within the wound, and defends from recolonization while maintaining a moist wound environment. Continue reading

February 2021

Digital Workflow in a Box

Comb has paired its scanner with some of Össur’s digital tools to offer an easy, complete, and cost-efficient way to try the digital workflow in your practice for the fabrication of orthoses, prosthetic sockets, and more. For $100, Comb will ship the Digital Workflow in a Box, which any practice can… Continue reading

February 2021

Hatchbacks Quest

Hatchbacks offers adaptive footwear to the special needs children’s and youth community. This footwear utilizes an exclusively engineered last (foot form), based on extensive patient fittings, that offers extra depth and width along with innovative functional features. Continue reading

January 2021

Publishers Memo: Carpe Diem! Let’s Seize the Heck Out of 2021!

Now that 2020 is finally over…we can reflect on all that we have learned: Who and what is important, how to work on our business and not in it, how to slow down, look for opportunities, stay positive, be kind to others always, stay focused, and keep our eyes and ears open.

By Rich Dubin, Publisher Continue reading