Category Archives: Archives

November 2018

Vexing Question: How Soon Should Patients Drive After Lower-Extremity Surgery?

The answer doesn’t come easily; official guidelines are lacking. Ultimately, patients bear responsibility for the decision, but you can still offer them valuable advice for keeping safe. “Doctor, when can I start driving again?”  That’s a common question patients ask when they’re headed for lower-extremity surgery. But it’s not always an easy one to answer.

By Keith Loria Continue reading

November 2018

Exploring Stability and Freedom with the GYROKINESIS® Method

New somatic practice uses repeated movements, breath awareness and rhythmic patterns to loosen joints and ease muscle tension. The GYROKINESIS® Method* is a unique form of somatic practice that is gaining popularity around the world. The Gyrokinesis Method promotes a holistic approach to health and well-being that could be useful to a variety of populations.

By Marianne Adams, MA, MFA Continue reading

November 2018

Stylish Prosthetic Limbs Boost Amputees’ Quality of Life

Aesthetic devices respond to emotional needs and can lead to “positive conversations”. In the early 1900s in the United Kingdom, the National Health Service considered glasses and spectacles medical devices—designed to be functional, but without any consideration of style and experience.1 As a result, said Stefania Sansoni, PhD, companies that made eyeglasses didn’t think about their appearance. “They were thinking about not attracting attention,” she said.

By Nicole Wetsman Continue reading

November 2018

National Biomechanics Day 2018: Opening Young Minds to a Burgeoning Field

National Biomechanics Day (NBD) 2018—April 11, 2018—continued building excitement for the field by engaging 11,000 young students across 150-plus sites around the globe. The home-grown events allow high school (and younger) students to experience first-hand a field that underlies orthopedics, exercise physiology science, physical therapy, and countless other fields that involve human movement and performance. Continue reading

November 2018

The PodPAD Project: A Podiatry-led Integrated Pathway for People with Peripheral Arterial Disease in the UK – a Pilot Study

Clinical evidence suggests that this intervention (foot care plus advice on diet, exercise & smoking) is highly effective at reducing the progression into acute care and can reduce the incidence of amputation by 60%.

By Lisa Farndon, John Stephenson, Oliver Binns-Hall, Kayleigh Knight, and Sally Fowler-Davis Continue reading

November 2018

Patellofemoral Pain: An Ongoing Orthopedic Enigma

Patellofemoral pain (PFP), also known as anterior knee pain, is one of the most common but complex knee problems to manage. PFP affects approximately 23% of the general population and 29% of adolescents. Moreover, females are twice as likely to develop PFP as males.

By Lori A Bolgla, PT, PhD, MAcc, ATC, and Michelle C Boling, PhD, LAT, ATC Continue reading

December 2018

JumpStart® Softback provides comfortable control of excess plantarflexion

Cascade Dafo, a manufacturer of pediatric lower-extremity braces and creator of the original DAFO® (Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis), has added the JumpStart® Softback™ to its Fast Fit® line of prefabricated braces. This AFO is designed to provide lightweight, comfortable control of mild to moderate toe walking and knee hyperextension. Continue reading

December 2018

Low-Temperature Thermoplastic Made in U.S.

Since its inception in 1981, JMS Plastics Supply has been committed to partnering with its orthopedic customers for product satisfaction, including plastic materials, covering and cushioning materials, and equipment and supplies. New from JMS Plastics is a low-temperature thermoplastic for splinting, which JMS reports to be the only low-temperature plastic made in the U.S. Continue reading

December 2018

Tread Labs Insoles Improve Patient Outcomes and Your Bottom Line

Some of your patients need custom orthotics. Others will achieve equal outcomes, at lower cost, with pre-fabricated insoles. Tread Labs offers semi-custom insoles that provide excellent relief from plantar fasciitis and other foot ailments. They are the perfect solution for customers who do not need, or cannot afford, custom devices. Continue reading

November 2018

Z-CoiL Relieves Foot, Leg, and Back Pain Immediately

Z-CoiL shoes feature an innovative spring in the heel. Like shock-absorbers for the body, Z-CoiL’s reduce impact by 50%, enabling the wearer to walk, run, and stand for hours in comfort. Now those suffering from foot, leg, and back pain can reduce pain and injury without pills, shots, or surgery. It sounds too good to be true – but it’s not! Continue reading

November 2018

Tread Labs Insoles Improve Patient Outcomes and Your Bottom Line

Some of your patients need custom orthotics. Others will achieve equal outcomes, at lower cost, with pre-fabricated insoles. Tread Labs offers semi-custom insoles that provide excellent relief from plantar fasciitis and other foot ailments. They are the perfect solution for customers who do not need, or cannot afford, custom devices. Continue reading

November 2018

Orthofeet Tie-Less Lacing System

Orthofeet therapeutic shoes offer unique functional features: Tie-Less Lacing System offers an easy way of fastening the shoe without the need for lacing up – and ideal solution for patients who have difficulty tying laces. Two-Way Fasting uses straps on both the medial and lateral sides of the shoe. Heel-Strap enables adjusting the grip around the heel, eliminating slippage, and accommodating braces and wide feet… Continue reading

November 2018

The Neuropathic Walker is your solution

The Neuropathic Walker is a more advanced and comfortable solution to the CROW Walker. The Neuropathic Walker is integrated with custom molded 3/16” solid polypropylene and 1/4” Aliplast lining with the same trim lines as a CROW Walker. We use high-quality leather that is molded over the solid polypropylene. Continue reading

November 2018

Control Pronation with New Fast Fit Bug Prefabricated Shoe Inserts

Cascade Dafo, creator of the original DAFO (Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis), has added the Fast Fit Bug to its line of prefabricated shoe inserts. This low-profile foot orthosis is designed to control mild to moderate pronation with an optimal amount of support and comfort, yet minimal volume in the shoe. Continue reading

September 2018

Bonapeda FORS-15 Off-Loading Insole

The new FORS-15 Off-Loading Insole from Bonapeda Enterprises is designed to gently and consistently offload targeted plantar surfaces without edge effects. The multilayered Poron insole is durable, elastic, and crush resistant; soft, low-density Poron is closest to the foot and high-density Poron is underneath for support. Continue reading

September 2018

Hip Surgery Preparation Book

OPTP and author Adriaan Louw PT, PhD, CSMT, have released the latest book in their patient education series: Your Nerves Are Having Hip Surgery is a neuroscience education book that helps prepare patients for their hip surgery; explains how nerves react before, during, and after the surgery so they can understand what to expect; and reveals key recovery process strategies. Continue reading

September 2018

Low-Temperature Thermoplastic Made in U.S. 

Since its inception in 1981, JMS Plastics Supply has been committed to partnering with its orthopedic customers for product satisfaction, including plastic materials, covering and cushioning materials, and equipment and supplies. New from JMS Plastics is a low-temperature thermoplastic for splinting, which JMS reports to be the only low-temperature plastic made in the U.S. Continue reading

September 2018

Air Ankle Sleeve

The Air Ankle Sleeve is the newest addition to the foot and ankle support product line offered by Elite Orthopaedics. The Air Ankle Sleeve is designed to be used while ambulating to help support treatment of plantar fasciitis, heel pain, and Achilles tendonitis. The sleeve is constructed of soft, breathable fabric that encloses connected pneumatic cells located under the foot arch and… Continue reading

September 2018

Cascade Dafo JumpStart Softback

Cascade Dafo, a manufacturer of pediatric lower-extremity braces and creator of the original DAFO (Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis), has added the JumpStart Softback to its Fast Fit line of prefabricated braces. This AFO is designed to provide lightweight, comfortable control of mild to moderate toe walking and knee hyperextension. Continue reading

September 2018

Graduated Compression and Containment Garment

Sigvaris introduces Secure, an affordable, innovative, ready-to-wear garment featuring graduated compression and containment properties, which is designed to manage advanced venous edema, lymphedema, post-surgical edema, and general edema. This garment maintains and delivers more graduated compression (compression profile) than… Continue reading

September 2018

British Luxury Footwear Available in U.S.

Created by the founder of shoe brand Lisa Kay London, Sole Bliss uses 5 years of research and development to produce stylish footwear designed to accommodate women who have bunions. The British footwear is now available in the U.S. The patent-pending Juanet Technology provides an invisible stretch panel inside each shoe to support the bunion area, while… Continue reading

September 2018

Apex SelectFlex Rx Adjustable Orthotic

Apex Foot Health Industries introduces SelectFlex Rx, described as the first-ever adjustable orthotic. SelectFlex Rx, powered by iFlex technology, was designed by engineers at Apex Foot Health to relieve foot pain while improving performance. Users can easily adjust the orthotics to match activity level throughout the day by simply turning a key. Continue reading

September 2018

The Future Is Knocking: Hanger, AT&T Create Network-Connected Monitoring Device for Transtibial Prostheses

Hanger, Inc. (Austin, TX) and AT&T, through its AT&T Foundry innovation center, have developed a proof of concept for what the companies are calling the industry’s first standalone, network-connected monitoring device for prosthetic limbs. The device mounts onto a transtibial prosthesis and is fit with an LTE-M modem that syncs to the cloud without relying on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or a separate mobile device. Continue reading

September 2018

In Memoriam: Paul Scherer, DPM

Well-known lecturer, author, and educator, Paul R. Scherer, DPM, passed away October 1, 2018. Scherer contributed to the podiatric profession authoring numerous scientific articles and book chapters, as well as conducting and organizing a variety of scientific workshops at both national and state meetings. Continue reading

September 2018

Right Trousers Could Help Mobility Impaired Stay Upright

Researchers at the University of Bristol, England, are leading the development of smart pants that are equipped with artificial muscles, which could help the elderly and disabled move around easily and unaided. The project, funded by a £2 million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, incorporates several technologies including smart electronics and graphene. Continue reading