Category Archives: Archives

March 2018

AACPT Pledges $90K to Foundation for Physical Therapy

The Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy (AACPT) pledged more than $90,000 to the Foundation for Physical Therapy to support 2 research grants related to acute care physical therapy. Continue reading

March 2018

Ottobock Kenovo knee joint under FDA recall

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class 2 device recall of the Ottobock Kenovo prosthetic knee joint, model 3C60=ST and model 3C60. Continue reading

March 2018

Dorsal Hybrid Night Splint

Advantage by Elite Orthopaedics introduces the Dorsal Hybrid Night Splint, indicated for plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. The shell design with articulating hinge allows functionality with full range adjustability. Continue reading

March 2018

Grant to study TBI-related lower extremity deficits

Kessler Foundation researchers Kiran Karunakaran, PhD, and Karen Nolan, PhD, have received a $35,000 grant from New Jersey Health Foundation to study the cortical changes in children and young adults with lower extremity motor deficits caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI). Continue reading

March 2018

Desksurfer Balance Activity Platform

The new Desksurfer from Medical Fitness Solutions is a patent-pending balance platform providing clinicians with an adjustable stability balance training device, with 360 degrees of rotation and 20 degrees of ankle plantar and dorsiflexion that… Continue reading

March 2018

WPI researchers developing App to track and analyze chronic wounds

Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have received a 4-year, $1.6 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop a smart phone app that will allow patients and their caregivers to track and assess chronic wounds, including… Continue reading

March 2018

GlideWear Midfoot Protection Sock for Charcot Foot

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies has expanded its GlideWear foot protection sock line with the addition of the Midfoot Protection Sock. Designed to protect the plantar surface of the midfoot, which is at greater risk for ulceration in… Continue reading

March 2018

EHI acquires My Foot Doctor; seeks private equity backing

Atlanta-based Extremity Healthcare Inc. (EHI) has acquired My Foot Doctor, with locations in Cleveland, Lenoir City, and Athens, Tennessee. The acquisition was made through EHI’s clinical division in Tennessee, Advanced Foot Care. Continue reading

March 2018

Slippers for Diabetics

Patients with diabetes know that something as simple as stubbing one’s toe or stepping on a random item can lead to a serious foot complication. Anodyne’s new slippers are designed with the diabetic end-user in mind, to protect and accommodate the feet. Continue reading

March 2018

Open Sandals Accommodate Orthotics

Cabo Comfort Sandals specializes in open sandal, thong, and slider styles that allow the wearer to use their own orthotic inserts. The new sandals feature a pocket in the sole to fit the user’s orthotics. The patented sandals feature leather uppers and polyurethane soles… Continue reading

March 2018

Amputee Repair Kit

Wearers of prosthetic devices need to maintain the device, as well as the residual limb. This maintenance includes adjusting or tightening the prosthetic limb to ensure more comfort and safety, as well as caring for the skin the prosthetic goes on. Continue reading

March 2018

Comfort Scan Mobile app

The Comfort Scan Mobile app by Dr. Comfort gives the practitioner’s office the cutting-edge technology to order custom orthotics for patients in minutes. With the use of an iPad and Occipital camera, the new app captures a three-dimensional image of the patient’s foot. Continue reading

March 2018

Chronic Pain Workbook

OPTP has published a new educational resource for chronic pain patients. The Why Do I Hurt? Workbook by Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD is now available for purchase exclusively through OPTP. Continue reading

March 2018

Red Dot Patterned Compression Knee Highs

Therafirm, a Knit-Rite Inc. brand, has released an addition to the Ease Microfiber line of compression hosiery. Ease Microfiber Red Dot Patterned Knee Highs are black with a fashionable red dot pattern woven in. Continue reading

March 2018

AAOP headquarters move to Bethesda

The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists has relocated its headquarters from Washington DC to Bethesda, Maryland, effective March 1. The address is 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 760, Bethesda, MD 20814. Telephone and fax numbers remain unchanged. Continue reading

March 2018

Navigating disruption in the foot orthotics landscape—Are you ready?

For more than 50 years the custom foot orthotic industry has pretty much stayed the same. Of course, change has occurred, such as the introduction and widespread adoption of digital casting and CAD/CAM production vs hand-poured plaster. Continue reading

March 2018

Study finds little difference between DMO and PMO for hallux valgus

Guiding patients to make the most appropriate choice among options to correct hallux valgus has long been a challenge: Distal metatarsal osteotomy (DMO) is liked for its shorter incision, low level of invasiveness, lower complication rate, and its ability to improve pain and functionality across a wider range of deformities. Continue reading

March 2018

Center of pressure in normal, pes planus, and pes cavus feet

To better understand the association of non-normal foot postures with an increased risk of injury to the lower extremity, Australian researchers evaluated center of pressure (COP) in adults with pes planus, pes cavus, or normal feet. Continue reading

March 2018

Midfoot mobility and patellofemoral pain

Seeking to better understand foot mobility in adults with ­patel­lo­­femoral pain (PFP, or so-called runner’s knee), Australian researchers studied almost 200 adults aged 18 to 50 years. Both weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing measures were used to calculate… Continue reading

March 2018

Foot pain, ill-fitted footwear increase risk of falls in elderly

Foot pain and poor-fitting footwear are among the well-known risk factors for falls among the elderly. Two new studies from Spain sought to quantify the significance of these issues in the elderly by looking at lesser toe deformities (LTD) in a general population, and footwear fit among those with Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

March 2018

Reliability of FPI-6 in older adults warrants caution

Because it uses 6 items to quantify and classify foot pressure, the Foot Pressure Index-6 (FPI-6) is considered a more complete measure than many others. The FPI-6 has been validated for use with adults aged 18 to 57, where it can play a role in identifying risk factors for sports and training injuries. Continue reading

March 2018

Neuromuscular training in high-risk female adolescent athletes

Noting that an up to 10-fold increased risk of injury has been demonstrated in female athletes compared with male athletes, particularly for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprains, patellofemoral pain, and ankle injuries, researchers sought to evaluate the effects of… Continue reading

March 2018

How might power training improve gait in older adults?

Building on previous data that tentatively supports the possibility that power training could induce changes in neuromuscular activation during level walking in older adults, researchers tested the effects of a 10-week… Continue reading

March 2018

Effects of running-specific prostheses at varying speeds

Most previous studies on running mechanics in amputees have used prostheses originally designed for walking, and those that have looked at running mechanics using prostheses designed for running have focused on sprinting. Continue reading

March 2018

Core-Spun by Therafirm Support Socks

Core-Spun by Therafirm Support Socks for men and women look and feel like a soft, comfortable everyday sock with the added benefit of true gradient compression, which improves blood flow. Core-Spun Socks are designed to deliver a controlled amount of pressure which… Continue reading