Category Archives: Feature Article
Clinicians who treat ambulatory cerebral palsy patients rely heavily on ankle-foot orthoses, which are the most effective treatment option for improving gait mechanics. But because CP encompasses such a wide range of symptoms, selecting the most appropriate corrective brace for a patient’s specific gait abnormality or abnormalities can present clinical challenges. Recent studies that shed light on ankle-foot orthoses’ impact on gait are characteristic of crucial ongoing research.
By Linda Weber
Whether it’s rock climbing, triathalons, cycling, running or the high jump, advances in prosthetic design have made high-caliber athletic competition a reality for some amputees. One such athlete testified in the September issue of Prosthetics and Orthotics International, “Snowboarding with the new prosthesis is like it was before the amputation!”
by Barbara Boughton
Achieving full range of motion is a key outcome of any rehabilitation program after ACL reconstruction. But what are the ingredients of a rehabilitation program that produces the best outcomes in terms of ROM?
By Barbara Boughton
Researchers are only starting to examine how orthotic management of PTTD affects foot and ankle kinematics.
By Jeff Houck, PT, PhD, Christopher G. Neville, PT, MS, and Adolph Flemister, MD
Feedback-based gait retraining may help reduce rates of loading by improving joint kinematics and proprioception.
By Jody L. Riskowski, PhD
If foot pressures are to be reduced, healing to progress, and prevention of ulceration to be a realistic
goal, offloading is imperative. Part one of two.
By Robert J. Snyder, DPM, FACFAS, CWS, and Karen K. Lanier, CPed
Treatment program includes patient education, deep friction massage, eccentric exercise, and Mulligan taping.
By Russell Woodman, FSOM,OCS,MCTA, DPT, and Juan C. Garbalosa, PhD, PT
As patients pay more for healthcare, they will expect more from the patient experience. The most successful practices will be those that are best able to meet — and exceed — those expectations.
By Jason Kraus
The basic goal is to improve toe clearance during swing and provide stability during stance, but new orthotic technologies do much more.
By Jeremy Farley, CPO/L
Full-length carbon graphite orthoses may improve outcomes through load redistribution and forefoot motion control.
By Smita Rao, PT, PhD
Research suggests that traction on modern artificial turf can vary depending on cutting angle.
By Michelle Sabick, PhD; Benjamin Cooper, MS; Seth Kuhlman, MS; and Ronald Pfeiffer, EdD, LAT, ATC
Once identified, functional hallux limitus can be effectively managed with orthotic devices.
By James G. Clough, DPM Continue reading
More favorable diabetic foot ulcer outcomes will require a better understanding of why patients don’t comply.
By Ryan Crews, MS, CCRP
Research suggests that plantar pressure measurement can help practitioners pinpoint problematic areas, compare different orthotic devices, and improve consistency in fabrication.
By Georgeanne Botek, DPM, and Tammy M. Owings, DEng. Continue reading
The medical literature doesn’t yet have all the answers regarding orthotic management of stroke, but don’t discount the existing body of evidence. It could—and should—change the way you practice.
By Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons) Continue reading
Balance intervention programs improve postural stability, which reduces ankle sprain risk. By reducing injury recurrence, balance training reduces the risk of chronic ankle instability, and in turn the risk of ankle osteoarthritis.
By Erik A. Wikstrom, PhD, ATC, and Mitchell L. Cordova, PhD, ATC Continue reading
The optimal arch height for a patient with functional flat foot may depend on the goals of orthotic management. Studies suggest that arch height directly affects excessive motion, but that controlling dynamic balance may require a more tailored approach.
By Stephen D. Perry, PhD, E. Anne Cunningham, Msc, CPed, and Kelly M. Goodwin, BSc Continue reading
The optimal immobilization angle for Achilles tendon healing may be smaller than previously thought.
By Walter H. Wray III, MD, Conor Regan, MD, Sagar Patel, BS, Ryan May, BS, and Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA
How a Nashville intervention program decreased amputation rates by 40% over a five year period.
By Mark Hinkes, DPM
At this knee center, return to play is based not on the calendar but on range of motion and strength. By Scott E. Urch, MD, K. Donald Shelbourne, MD, and Heather Freeman, PT, DHS
Modeling studies have implications for management of plantar fasciitis, stress fractures and PTTD.
By Erin D. Ward, DPM
Digital scanners can save time and money, but only if they provide the clinical information you need.
By Larry Huppin, DPM