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May 2018

Infinite Socket

Every human limb is different and changes over time, whether due to volume fluctuation, or painful skin breakdown. LIM Innovations now offers a customizable solution to combat volume fluctuation by providing a dynamic socket interface that can be adjusted by patients. Continue reading

May 2018

APTA posts 2018 House of Delegates motions

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) posted on May 18 the official packet of motions to be considered by the 2018 House of Delegates when it meets June 25-27 in Orlando, FL. Packet I with Background Papers contains 57 motions includes 4 bylaws amendments that are coming before the 2018 House of Delegates. Contact APTA’s Cheryl Robinson with any questions. Continue reading

May 2018

Second Edition of Neuroscience Clinical Guide

The revised second edition of Pain Neuroscience Education: Teaching People About Pain is now available exclusively from OPTP. Written by physical therapists Adriaan Louw, Emilio Puentedura, Steve Schmidt, and Kory Zimney, this clinical guide contains significant updates and new content, explaining how to teach patients about pain. Continue reading

May 2018

Foundation announces 2018 scholarship and grant opportunities

The Foundation for Physical Therapy is accepting applications for the 2018 Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships and the 2018 Research Grants. The Kendall Post-Professional Doctoral Scholarships assist physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with outstanding potential who are in their first year of post professional doctoral degree studies. Continue reading

May 2018

TPE audit shows sharp decline in improper claim payment rate

An initial Target, Probe, and Educate (TPE) audit for Jurisdiction D conducted by Noridian Healthcare Solutions has found an improper claim payment rate of 19% for 4 HCPCS codes: L4360, L4361, L4386, and L4387. The codes relate to walking boot style orthoses. Continue reading

May 2018

DMU students exercise with Parkinson’s patients

In the spring, physical therapy and podiatric medicine students from Des Moines University in Iowa partner with patients who have been diagnosed with Parkinson disease (PD) for weekly evenings of dancing, singing, and other forms of mild exercise. Continue reading

May 2018

Microfiber Shades Argyle Compression Socks

Sigvaris offers a new fun and colorful addition to its popular line of Microfiber Shades line of compression stockings – the Argyle. All Microfiber Shades compression socks, including the Argyle, are designed to incorporate advanced microfiber technology to provide ultimate comfort while also providing excellent breathability and moisture management. The compression stockings incorporate double-covered inlay yarns. Continue reading

May 2018

American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine elects new president

Magali “Maggie” Fournier, DPM, a sports medicine podiatrist in LaCrosse, WI, has been elected president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM). Originally from Quebec, Dr Fournier moved to the United States to study at New York College of Podiatric Medicine. She graduated in 2001. Also elected were Clint Laird, DPM, Port Charlotte, FL, as vice president; Howard Osterman, DPM, Washington, DC, as secretary-treasurer. Continue reading

May 2018

Bionic Knee Brace

Levitation from Spring Loaded Technology is the world’s first compact bionic knee brace. According to the company, Levitation is the only brace that can significantly reduce pressure throughout the knee while enhancing strength to alleviate pain and improve mobility for people with damaged knees. Continue reading

May 2018

Dillon completes AOPA-funded systematic review project

Michael Dillon, PhD, of La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, has completed his project, “Evaluating outcomes of dysvascular partial foot and transtibial amputation: a systematic review for the development of shared decision making resources.” The review was funded by the American Orthotic Prosthetic Association. Continue reading

May 2018

PERSPECTIVE: Podiatry

Dr. Segel is in private podiatry practice in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and Director of Applied Podiatric Biomechanics at Noraxon USA. He is also a podiatric advisor and member of the medical education staff at Orthotic Holdings Inc.

By Jay Segel, DPM Continue reading

May 2018

PERSPECTIVE: Physical Therapy

Mr. Johnson is director of outpatient rehabilitation therapy services at Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network in Baltimore, Maryland. He has disclosed no relevant relationships.

By Ken Johnson, PT Continue reading

May 2018

PERSPECTIVE: Chiropractic Medicine

Dr. Ross is Director of Education Year 1, and associate professor at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He conducts educational sessions on behalf of Orthotic Holdings Inc.

By J. Kim Ross, DC, PhD Continue reading

May 2018

Wearable sensors assess relationship between foot problems and frailty

Assessing how foot problems— namely, pain, neuropathy, and deformity— contribute to frailty syndrome has been a challenge for researchers, as transporting frail elders to lab facilities creates its own set of issues. But a recent study from the University of Arizona used wearable sensors to assess the seniors in their “natural” environment and found significant relationships between the number of foot problems and degree of frailty. Continue reading

May 2018

Three-year follow-up: Close contact casting vs surgery

In a pre-specified, 3-year extension of a randomized clinical trial of equivalence, close-contact casting maintained equivalence in function compared to surgery in older adults with unstable ankle fracture. Furthermore, no significant differences were reported in quality of life or pain. The authors concluded that the focus of treatment for these patients should be on obtaining and maintaining reduction until union, using the most conservative means possible. Continue reading

May 2018

Lower-extremity amputation feared more than death

Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are known for their life-threatening complications—in particular, blindness from retinopathy, kidney failure, and peripheral neuropathy. For patients with diabetes and foot pathology, amputation is a significant worry. A recent study in Foot & Ankle Specialist sought to understand just how much this population fears lower-extremity amputation (LEA).

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May 2018

Wasp stings: Some really do hurt more than others, and how to counsel patients

As summer approaches and we become more active outdoors, wasps will become more active, too. Two recent studies highlight the pain and danger of the ubiquitous wasp. The first study, from entomologists at the University of Utah, looked at stinger length compared to reported pain and toxicity.1 Continue reading

May 2018

Flip flops, bare feet, or sports shoes: Which are best and which are worst?

Many have long suspected the answer, but a new study would appear to resolve the question: Are flip flops really that bad for your feet? According to Chen and colleagues from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, flip flops are most likely no better than barefoot when it comes to lower-limb co-contraction and joint contact force in the ankle. Continue reading

May 2018

In a perfect world, no one would need health insurance

In my podiatric practice, I have found that health insurance can impede patient care, by adding layers of complication and burden to all involved, particularly the patient and the provider. Private-sector insurance companies have profits to make, buildings to build, shareholders to satisfy, and overhead costs to pay. Government-run plans have costs, exclusionary policies, bureaucratic oversight, and a changing landscape as administrations change.

By Jay Segel, DPM Continue reading

June 2018

Med Spec Supinator PTT Stabilizer

Med Spec introduces the new Supinator PTT Stabilizer, a comfortable and relatively low-profile brace for the treatment of posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD). With its patent-pending design, the Supinator reduces overpronation by applying a supinating force. Continue reading

June 2018

Mastercare Mini Therapy Table

Mastercare – The Swedish Back Care System, Model Mini is a professional therapy table that can be used to reduce injury risk for runners. The unit strengthens and decompresses the muscles of the back to relieve pressure on the lower extremity joints, as well as the back. The table is easy-to-use and folds away for convenient storage when not in use. Continue reading

June 2018

Capture Complete Gait Analysis in Minutes!

Tekscan’s Strideway has simplified the gait analysis process with easy access to essential gait parameters and a platform that is flexible in length. Unlike other systems, Strideway provides pressure information, as well as spatial, temporal and kinetic parameters for a complete gait analysis. Continue reading

June 2018

Pro Select Full Shell Pneumatic Walker

The Pro Select Full Shell Air Walker from Elite Orthopaedics, Inc.features a full circumference shell design that provides controlled immobilization of the lower leg, ankle, and foot. A breathable insole, featuring patent-pending technology, allows for air to circulate to prevent the accumulation of heat during patient usage. Continue reading

June 2018

Fracture Sock to Reduce Irritation

New from Elite Orthopaedics is the Fracture Sock, designed to reduce skin irritation while wearing an ankle walker. The latex-free fracture sock is composed of 100% synthetic knit for superior moisture absorption. An improved cross stitch provides better compression, which helps reduce the risk of friction and lessens the risk of sock bunching. Continue reading

April 2018

Limb Salvage or Amputation of the Diabetic Foot?

The decision often hinges on how a given inter­vention will affect the patient’s quality of life. How, then, to define optimal QoL for your patient, and to agree on the means to achieve it? As clinicians well know, diabetes puts patients at risk of foot ulcers that can lead to poor outcomes, evidenced by the 40% 5-year mortality in patients with newly diagnosed diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs).

By Cary Groner Continue reading