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September 2010

Cluffy Wedge helps alter pressures

Use of the Cluffy Wedge in combination with a medial arch support significantly alters dynamic plantar pressures in subjects with asymptomatic functional hallux limitus, according to research from the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. The device, from Great … Continue reading

August 2010

Neurotech Kneehab XP

Kneehab XP is a clinically proven neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) system designed specifically for quadriceps strengthening and as a result, improving knee stability. Kneehab XP incorporates patented Multipath stimulation technology that delivers highly focused, accurately coordinated quadriceps contractions. Multi-directional currents … Continue reading

August 2010

Colorful Cast Coverz

MediFab3 offers CastCoverz! – a colorful solution to the irritations of wearing a cast. Designed to fit over casts, braces, and boots, this product enables cast-wearers to keep the underlying device clean while making a stylish statement.  The cast cover … Continue reading

August 2010

Kalypto NPWT System

Kalypto Medical offers the Medical Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System. The NPD 1000 negative pressure wound therapy system (NPWT) features a pocket-sized pump and three peel-and-stick dressing applications: a 50 cc, a 140 cc and a diabetic forefoot dressing. The … Continue reading

August 2010

Comfort Ease Night Splint

McCarty’s Sacro-Ease offers the Comfort Ease Night Splint, designed to alleviate plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and other lower extremity overuse injuries. Adjustable dorsiflexion straps gently stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon. Three-dimensional molded technology allows for variable padding thickness … Continue reading

August 2010

IMAK Knee Strap

Brown Medical Industries offers the IMAK Knee Strap for non-invasive, targeted pain relief for the knee. A proprietary ergoBeads Pressure Pad conforms to the knee’s anatomy to provide gentle, focused pressure for maximum support, comfort, and stability. The knee strap features … Continue reading

August 2010

GeriMac and MiniMac Knees

Fillauer offers the GeriMac and MiniMac knees. Both knees feature automatic lock at full extension and adjustable release at heel off. Adjustable stance flexion is incorporated to provide shock absorption and smooth gait. Knees are designed for K2 activity level … Continue reading

August 2010

Stump Warmer Stocking

Invented by an amputee who has dealt with severe phantom limb pain for two decades, the Stump Warmer is a multi-layered fabric stocking with a built-in heater. Powered by a rechargeable battery, the device generates heat for several hours on … Continue reading

August 2010

Thermoskin OL Knee Brace

Swede-O launches the functional ROM off-loading Thermoskin OL Knee Brace. This secure and lightweight full contact knee brace features a durable rigid aluminum construction and an easily adjusted flexion/extension stop for control and protection with increased activity. Soft molded condyle … Continue reading

August 2010

Beyond Bunionectomy: The Role of Physical Therapy

More and more surgeons are embracing the idea that physical therapy after bunion surgery can improve range of motion and other functional outcomes. But some practitioners still aren’t sure it’s right for everyone.

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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