Category Archives: Archives

May 2020

SELECTFLEX ORTHOTICS WITH ADJUSTABLE ARCH TECHNOLOGY

Alliance Design & Development Group (ADDG) has pioneered what it describes as the first and only orthotics with adjustable arch technology. ADDG engineered SelectFlex insoles to help prevent the many ailments that often afflict those who work on their feet all day, particularly in industrial fields like… Continue reading

May 2020

NEORELIEF FOR PAIN

NeoRelief for Pain is a 97% natural pain relief gel with specially formulated botanicals and minerals, providing an alternative to NSAIDs and/or narcotics. The topical gel is gentle, clear, non-staining, and odorless; it is easily absorbed and alcohol free. Continue reading

May 2020

ULTRASOUND FOR DIAGNOSTIC AND INTERVENTIONAL PRECISION

Konica Minolta ultrasound systems provide the power, clarity, functionality, and ease-of-use to support ultrasound-guided procedures. According to the company, the SONIMAGE HS1 Compact Ultrasound System and the SONIMAGE MX1 Portable Ultrasound System are designed with superior image quality and… Continue reading

May 2020

UCONN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEER CREATES SMART BANDAGES TO HEAL CHRONIC WOUNDS

Diabetes-related chronic and non-healing wounds are a leading cause of limb amputation in the United States. Due to the complex nature of these wounds, proper clinical treatment has been limited. Now, for what they say is the first time, faculty in the University of Connecticut (UConn) Biomedical Engineering Department… Continue reading

May 2020

PHYSICAL THERAPY MEASUREMENT APP

Mobile Measures is a mobile app that offers physical therapists and other providers access to outcome performance measures that assess fall risk, risk of hospitalization, frailty, and more. The app guides users to the best test for more than 40 different patient populations… Continue reading

May 2020

Starting with gait retraining: an analysis of changes in impact over time

The repetitive impact that is experienced upon collision with the ground may be related to running injuries but is modifiable. Lower-impact running can be achieved by receiving biofeedback in response to the peak tibial acceleration, but when are runners adapting to lower-impact running?

By the Biomechanics of Human Movement research group of Ghent University Continue reading

May 2020

Fragility Fractures, Bone Health Management, and Caregiving

Patients who have fragility fractures may experience a disruption of their responsibilities as caregivers to family members and others who depend on them.  The purpose our study was to examine how caregiving responsibilities were associated with, and possibly impacted by, the fracture experience and the resulting management of bone health.

By Joanna Sale, PhD Continue reading

May 2020

Does Physical Activity Relate to Motor Development?

Do certain kinds of physical activity (PA) help children develop motor skills better than others? To find out, researchers from East Carolina University used data from 342 children who had taken part in the 2012 National Youth Fitness Survey to look at specific kinds of PA and motor skill development in preschool-aged children. Continue reading

May 2020

Prevalence of Obesity in US Continues Upward Trend

Nearly 1 out of every 2 US adults will be obese by 2030, and nearly 1 in 4 will be severely obese, according to estimates published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers used 1993-2016 data on 6.3 million US adults who participated in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to project the prevalence of different body-mass index (BMI) categories through 2030. Continue reading

May 2020

Pole Walking Offers Health Benefits, Improved Gait Parameters

The use of trekking poles while walking has been around for decades, having originated in Finland as a way for skiers to maintain fitness off season. Since then, pole walking has been capitalized and expanded upon as the health benefits of this total body workout have been recognized, and in recent years has gained in popularity in the US. Continue reading

May 2020

Use of a Wearable Plantar Sensory Neuroprosthesis Improves Fall Risk

One of the complications of peripheral neuropathy is a lack of sensation in the feet. This, in turn, can cause difficulties with gait and balance, as well as increased fall risk. As a means of addressing these issues, Lars Oddsson, PhD, developed a neuroprosthesis, called Walkasins, to replace the lost sensation.

By Laura Fonda Hochnadel Continue reading

May 2020

COVID-19: Highlights of Responses—Clinical, Economic, Regulatory

The pandemic caused by COVID-19 (brought on by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus, SARS-COV-2), has now touched every continent, save Antartica. The World Health Organization (WHO) is now estimating the global death toll will reach 400,000 by mid-June, with no end in sight. Continue reading

April 2020

A Summary of Potential Pharmacotherapy for COVID-19: A Review of the Available Literature.

At the time of this writing, we as lower extremity providers are in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic.  Per the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no current evidence to recommend any specific anti-COVID-19 supportive or antiviral treatment for patients with confirmed COVID-19.

By Robert G. Smith, DPM, MSc, RPh Continue reading

April 2020

Unique Times, Unique Opportunities

We are living in an exceptional time. Like you, we’re sheltering in our homes and donning face masks when we venture out. We’re happy to play our part to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that leads to COVID-19, but we’ll sure be happier when things return to normal…. But the reality is that there will be a new normal, and we can’t quite see what that looks like just yet.

By Rich Dubin, Publisher, and Janice T. Radak, Editor, LER Continue reading

April 2020

COVID-19: How The Virus Spreads, Unique Clotting, New Registries

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized infection by COVID-19, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-COV-2), as a pandemic. Worldwide, countries have issued stay-at-home orders of varying degrees, in an effort to stem the spread of the virus and “flatten the curve” on its rising death toll, as well as to prevent… Continue reading

April 2020

Access to Medicare Telehealth Services Broadened Temporarily

With the emergence of the virus causing the disease known as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), there is an urgency to expand the use of technology to help people who need routine care, and keep vulnerable beneficiaries and beneficiaries with mild symptoms in their homes while maintaining access to the care they need. Continue reading

April 2020

American Academy of Dermatology Registry

The American Academy of Dermatology has also begun a registry to focus on the dermatologic manifestations of the COVID-19 virus. Unlike the COVID Foot Registry, the AAD registry is only for healthcare professionals and is not limited to those specializing in dermatology. Professionals from any country may enter a case. Continue reading

April 2020

Early Orthotic Intervention in Pediatric Patients, Part 3: Muscular Dystrophy

Improving patient care includes questioning traditional treatment approaches; in this case, it’s also about developing ways to enhance and augment those techniques. The first two articles in this series looked, respectively, at early orthotic intervention in children with cerebral palsy (CP) and in those with Down syndrome and other neurological conditions.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

April 2020

Using The “Reformer,” “Wunda Chair,” and “foot Corrector”: The Pilates Method Enhances Alignment and Core Awareness

A trained Pilates professional in a fully equipped studio can help your patient make significant improvement in strength and flexibility by addressing postural habits and alignment problems. Joseph Hubertus Pilates began development of his method – a body–mind approach to exercise –in the early 1920s. As a child, Pilates suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever.

By Marianne Adams, MA, MFA Continue reading

April 2020

The Role of Exercise Therapies for the Management of Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction

Clinicians may find the EdUReP theoretical framework provides helpful guidance for exercise prescription and load management for patients with this potentially disabling condition. Despite the substantial gains in knowledge and understanding of lower extremity tendinopathies in recent years..

By Talysha Reeve, B.App.Sc.(Podiatry), GradCertClinRehab Continue reading

April 2020

Preventing Re-ulceration in Diabetes

In a recent short review, Michael J. Mueller, PT, PhD, FAPTA, provided 5 evidence-based suggestions for helping patients with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy (PN) safely and effectively increase their mobility after a healed foot ulcer. Mueller is a professor of physical therapy and radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Continue reading

April 2020

Amphibious Prosthetic Limb

In an effort to restore aquatic mobility and independence to lower limb amputees, a team of researchers and doctors at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research at Northwell Health, Manhasset, NY, developed a state-of-the-art, 3D-printed amphibious prosthetic limb known as The Fin. Printed at a lower cost than traditional swim prostheses… Continue reading

April 2020

IntelliSense Temperature-Regulating Custom Orthotics

Foot Levelers has introduced IntelliSense custom orthotics. These smart insoles add comfort while the phase-change top cover helps keep feet regulated in a temperature-controlled comfort zone through the changing seasons. This means feet are kept warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Continue reading

April 2020

UD Team Receives Funding to Further Develop Smart AFO for Children with CP

The Venture Development Center and Physical Therapy Department at the University of Delaware (UD) have received $50,000 in seed money from the Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium to further develop a motorized ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) called the DE-AFO. The DE-AFO, designed by Ahad Behboodi, PhD, and his team, uses… Continue reading

April 2020

New C-TEK MODStiff Material for Orthoses

When fabricating orthoses, many clinicians and technicians have sought a material with a flexural modulus (stiffness) between modified polyethylene (MPE) and copolymer polypropylene (copoly), with a 52 kpsi stiffness and 200 kpsi stiffness, respectively. In response, Curbell O&P, a division of Curbell Plastics, has introduced C-TEK MODStiff Continue reading