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August 2010

Out on a limb: Just average

Lower extremity researchers are realizing what practitioners already know: Sometimes, average just isn’t good enough. Anyone who’s familiar with the college admissions process can tell you about the limitations of averages. Sure, averages – in this case, grade point averages – can be useful as a screening tool, and to get a general sense of a student’s performance.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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August 2010

Patellofemoral taping: Pain relief mechanisms

A recent study sheds new light on the underlying mechanisms of patellar taping, helps explain some previous contradictory findings, and provides strong evidence for patient specific treatments.

By Frances T. Sheehan, PhD

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August 2010

Night splint treatment of plantar fasciitis pain

Both the traditional adjustable night splint and a dorsal night splint improved plantar fasciitis pain outcome scores in a retrospective study, with results trending in favor of the dorsal design.

By Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA, Olubusola A. Brimmo, MD, Ryan May, BS, and Bret C. Peterson, MD.

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August 2010

ACL experts aim to take training to the next level

Research suggests that training protocols can reduce the risk of anterior cruciate ligament tear, but epidemiological evidence suggests that in the real world, training doesn’t work as well as it should.

By Barbara Boughton

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August 2010

Spinal cord injury: Role of ankle foot orthoses

The current approach to gait retraining after incomplete spinal cord injury emphasizes restoration of normal walking patterns rather than compensation, which is changing perceptions about AFOs.

By Preeti M Nair, PT, PhD, and Andrea L Behrman, PT, PhD

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August 2010

Evidence-based foot care in patients with diabetes

The medical literature provides a range of evidence on which to base treatment decisions, but the practitioner must interpret and evaluate that evidence in the context of his or her clinical expertise.

By Cordell Atkins, PT, DPT, CWS, CDE, CPed

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August 2010

A twist in ACL-OA link

Studies clash over surgery’s significance
In the wake of a Dutch report that surgery does not decrease the risk of radiographically diagnosed osteoarthritis following anterior cruciate ligament injury, research presented in July identified preoperative variables that could predict the development of OA after ACL reconstruction.

Plus: • Hamstring injuries • Hip screening

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August 2010

Orthoses relieve PFPS

Key variables predict response
Prefabricated foot orthoses improve the ability to perform weight-bearing knee flexion tasks in patients with patellofemoral pain, according to research from La Trobe University in Australia.

Plus: • Lacing techniques • Fatter, flatter feet

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August 2010

Saving limbs at home

Studies spotlight American outcomes
For years, the amputation prevention literature has been dominated by studies performed outside the United States. Two recent studies, however, have served notice that that trend is starting to change.

Plus: • Depressive effects • Antibiotic regimens

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August 2010

Market Mechanics

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July 2010

APTA endorses WalkAide system from Innovative Neurotronics

The American Physical Therapy Association in June endorsed the WalkAide system, developed by Austin, TX-based Innovative Neurotronics, the development and commercialization subsidiary of Hanger Orthopedic Group . WalkAide, which debuted in 2006, is an intelligent functional electrical stimulation (FES) system … Continue reading

July 2010

Study: Insoles benefit FAI patients

Prefabricated orthoses from Pittsville, MD-based Foot Management can help improve postural stability in patients with functional ankle instability, according to research from Indiana University. Investigators analyzed 40 patients with FAI, 20 of whom wore over the counter Foot Management insoles … Continue reading

July 2010

Launch nears for GPS-enabled shoe

Aetrex Worldwide’s GPS-enabled shoes for Alzheimer’s patients are one step closer to prime time. The Teaneck, NJ-based shoe manufacturer in June became the first commercial customer of Los Angeles-based GTX Corp, with an initial order for 3,000 GPS devices to … Continue reading

July 2010

Endolite gives SPS sole distribution

Alpharetta, GA-based SPS (Southern Prosthetic Supply) announced in July that that it is now the sole distributor of Endolite products within the U.S. All Endolite products may be purchased through any of SPS’ four distribution centers in Georgia, Texas, California, … Continue reading

July 2010

Orthotic Fitters Course makes debut

The American Association of Orthotic Fitters/American Society of Orthopedic Professionals announced in July the Initial Orthotic Fitters Course. The course combines 16 hours of home study with three days of live labs to meet BOC requirements for Certified Orthotic Fitter. … Continue reading

July 2010

Berries Contour Footwear

Aetrex Worldwide introduces the Berries women’s footwear collection, including clogs, slip-ons, and Mary Janes . The shoes incorporate four-way stretch uppers with Spandex and IQ150 breathable memory foam to conform to the foot, along with Mozaic customization to relieve high-pressure … Continue reading

July 2010

Pilates Triadball Manual

A new OPTP exclusive, The Pilates Triadball Manual, written by Pilates Master Teachers Michael Fritzke and Ton Voogt, contains more than 270 illustrated exercises and variations to strengthen, align and sculpt the body without classic Pilates equipment. The dynamic elasticity … Continue reading

July 2010

X-Silver AK Shrinker

Comfort Products now offers the new X-Silver AK Shrinker. Made with X-Static Silver for anti-microbial protection, the X-Silver AK Shrinker is designed for both short term and long term use. A soft, flexible belt is adjustable to accommodate waists from … Continue reading

July 2010

Varus/valgus Heel Wedges

G&W Heel Lift offers varus/valgus heel wedges. Designed based on practitioner recommendations, the 6º and  9º wedges can be used to correct foot and ankle issues related to excessive pronation or supination. In the large size, the wedged area extends … Continue reading

July 2010

Pentagon Knee Orthosis

The Pentagon Knee Orthosis from Anatomical Concepts is a posterior fitting, single upright, five-function knee orthosis that provides the orthopedic/rehabilitation team with a patient-friendly alternative to the traditional bulky double upright hinged knee device configuration. This system allows the calf … Continue reading

July 2010

ProMed Ankle Brace

Active Innovations introduces the new ProMed lace-up ankle brace. The ProMed ankle brace offers  comfort and mobility with added support provided by its Y-shaped vertical stabilization straps that allow for control over both the forefoot and heel. Total control lacing … Continue reading

July 2010

Squared Toe Post Op Shoe

DJO offers the new ProCare Squared Toe Post Op Shoe.  The shoe is designed to provide maximum immobilization and protection of the forefoot and toes for postoperative rehabilitation. The post op shoe features a rigid rocker sole, forefoot fastening system, … Continue reading

July 2010

Roomy Socks

MDI Corporation introduces Roomy Socks. These high quality, affordable diabetic socks have been awarded an exclusive national contract for VA Hospitals and clinics across the country. American made, the socks are acrylic and have relaxed tops with a 12-inch cross-stretch. … Continue reading

July 2010

Arthritis Pain Relief Orthotics

New from Dr. Scholl’s, Arthritis Pain Relief Orthotics are designed to provide both immediate and all-day relief from osteoarthritis pain in the feet, knees, and hips. Offered with a money back guarantee, the pain relief orthotics are engineered with a … Continue reading

July 2010

LER: Our first year

We published 12 information-packed issues,and readers responded— on our website and through our social media outlets. These are just a few of the highlights.

• Top Articles – Most Visits • Top Products – Most viewed • Articles Most Commented On • Most Viewed Product Videos • Top 5 – Most Time Spent on Article • #1 Facebook Fan

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