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January 2019

Orthotic and Prosthetic Innovation: Tempering Enthusiasm with Caution

My perspective comes from 2 roles: Professional Standards Officer for the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and international lecturer with Human Study e.V., a non-profit organization that delivers and establishes prosthetic and orthotic education in regions and countries where formal and internationally recognized education in this field of medical practice does not exist.

By Louise Puli, BPO, MPH Continue reading

January 2019

Foot Problems Affect 2/3 of Homeless Population

With homelessness on the rise, a recent systematic review sought to characterize the foot problems of homeless persons, based on the available literature. The review included 17 articles with study populations from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy. Continue reading

January 2019

Barcelona Researchers Describe New Anatomic Structure In Ankle

Human anatomy guidelines group the ankle ligaments by two ligament complexes: the lateral collateral ligament and the medial or deltoid collateral ligament. Now, a University of Barcelona (UB) research team has defined a new anatomic structure in the ankle, the lateral fibulotalocalcaneal ligament complex (LFTCL). Continue reading

January 2019

Gait Training Can Slow Age-Related Changes in Energy-Cost of Walking

The aging-induced increase in energy cost of walking can be slowed in older adults leading to improved mobility, according to new research published in the journal Innovation in Aging.

By Chris Klingenberg Continue reading

January 2019

Arch Height Does Not Affect Foot or General Health QOL

Foot-arch height does not affect specific foot and general health-related quality of life (QOL), according to a recent study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Continue reading

January 2019

3D-Printed Knee Brace To Aid Rehab, Elderly

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology recently detailed the successful benchtop testing and pilot human movement studies of a 3D-printed knee brace. The brace, which has an embedded magnetic angle sensor and whose torsional stiffness can be adjusted by applying varying sizes of… Continue reading

January 2019

Polio-like Illness AFM Strikes Nearly 200 People in 2018

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 196 cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a rare polio-like condition, that causes weakness in the arms or legs, across 39 states in 2018. That number could rise as some cases are still under investigation. Continue reading

January 2019

Case: A Woman with Blistering, Erythema, and Scaling of the Feet

What’s causing the worsening signs and symptoms that are eroding the patient’s quality of life? Once that question is answered, what treatment should be pursued? In this case study, we describe the work-up and management of a woman whose illness was characterized by multiple vesicles and pustules and itching, scaling, and redness of the feet (as well as the hands), that progressed over months.

By Carla Benson, DPM Continue reading

January 2019

3D Printing Is Changing the Footwear Game

The increasing cost effectiveness of 3D printing sets the stage for disrupting a decades-old process for making orthotics – No doubt: The advent of 3-dimensional (3D) printing technology has had a major impact on the field of medicine.

By Keith Loria and Janice T. Radak Continue reading

January 2019

Digital Process + Technology + Podiatric Expertise = The Future of Orthotics

New partnership puts streamlined manufacturing process in the podiatrist’s office. Three-dimensional (3D) printing has shown promise in improving medical device manufacture, but cost-effectiveness and seamless manufacturing processes have kept it from becoming mainstream. All that is about to change.

By Keith Loria Continue reading

January 2019

An Interview From NY19 Podiatric Clinical Conference

8sole Makes US Debut – “We created an orthotics toolbox for doctors,” said Pavel Repisky, a partner at 8sole, the newest 3D player in the US orthotics market. On the touchscreen monitor in front of him is the page the company believes sets them apart from other 3D providers…

By Janice T. Radak Continue reading

January 2019

The Invisible Effect of Body Weight on Tendons

While the predominant view on the relationship between an elevated body weight and its effect on tendons, muscles, bones, and joints is grounded in the physical stress effects of body weight, the role of inflammation is becoming better understood.

By Robert Creighton, DPM Continue reading

January 2019

Dynamical Properties of Postural Control in Obese Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Does obesity affect balance and serve as an indicator of fall risk in this vulnerable population? The burden of obesity is rising at an alarming rate for older adults.

Excerpt By Thurmon E. Lockhart Continue reading

November 2018

New Shoe Insole Could Provide Healing On-the-Go

Purdue University researchers have developed a shoe insole that could help make the healing process more portable for people who have diabetes-related foot ulcers. The researchers used lasers to shape silicone-based rubber into insoles and then create reservoirs that gradually release oxygen throughout the day. Continue reading

November 2018

Curbell Plastics Named Exclusive Supplier of ProComp Sheet

Curbell Plastics, Orchard Park, NY, has been named the exclusive supplier of ProComp sheet across the U.S. ProComp is an innovative polypropylene material reinforced with carbon fibers for a 25% increase in stiffness. The individual fibers provide the ability of the composite to flow and stretch during melt temperature vacuum forming. Curbell Plastics was selected due to its orthotic and prosthetic expertise within the Curbell O&P specialty group. Continue reading

November 2018

36″ x 4″ Pro-Roller Foam Rollers

OPTP has added a new 4″ diameter foam roller to its elite Pro-Roller line, available in standard and soft densities. The 36″ x 4″ roller is closer to the ground than the regular 36″ x 6″ diameter roller, for a safer, more stable feeling. They are well suited for the elderly, beginners, or individuals with a compromised sense of balance and are easier to control while using for massage. Continue reading

November 2018

Supportive Shock-Absorbing Orthotics

Cadence Insoles introduces a new model to its line of exclusive, retail-only, over-the-counter orthotics. The EX MP provides semi-rigid support, durable high-rebound/low-compression set polyurethane foam, and an antimicrobial, low-friction CoolMax top cover with a built-in metatarsal pad. The EX MP is only available for purchase from physicians’ offices and select retailers; it is not available for online sales. Continue reading

November 2018

CMS Releases 2019 HCPCS Code Changes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes, effective for claims with a date of service on or after January 1, 2019. The following code changes are relevant to lower extremity care providers… Continue reading

November 2018

ABC Updates Therapeutic Shoe Fitter Exam

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) has established a minimum score to pass the therapeutic shoe fitter certification exam. Certified therapeutic shoe fitters participated in an ABC standard setting meeting to set this new criteria. A new form of the CFts exam was also approved earlier this year; it will be administered for the first time in February 2019. Continue reading

November 2018

Posted CP-3300 Orthotic Shell

KLM Laboratories continues to help practitioners meet the ever-changing needs of each patient. The Posted CP-3300 orthotic shell is the newest addition to the KLM prefabricated product family. This semi-flexible polypropylene shell has a 2-degree inverted rear foot post that is lightweight and low bulk. The design of the horseshoe shape will allow for heel lift attachments, which are under development. Continue reading

November 2018

DJO Global to Be Acquired by Colfax for $13.5B

Colfax, Annapolis Junction, MD, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire DJO Global, Vista, CA, for $3.15 billion. The transaction, which will be funded with cash, debt, and equity, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019. Upon closing of the sale, DJO Global will operate as a new segment within Colfax and be led by current DJO Global President and CEO Brady Shirley, who will report directly to… Continue reading

November 2018

Ottobock C-Brace Lower-Limb Orthosis

The new C-Brace by Ottobock HealthCare uses the world’s first mechatronic stance and swing phase control orthosis (SSCO) system, introduced with the original C-Brace, to control stance and swing phase with microprocessor sensor technology. Building upon the features of the first-generation C-Brace, the new C-Brace is smaller and lighter, allowing it to be worn under clothing. Continue reading

November 2018

Cleveland Clinic Researcher Receives Grant for ACL Surgery Research

Kurt P. Spindler, MD, of Cleveland Clinic and founder of the Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcomes Network (MOON) Group, has received a 5-year, $6 million grant to study techniques used for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. The grant, awarded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, supports a multi-center, randomized clinical trial… Continue reading

November 2018

Waldlaufer Extra-Wide Women’s Lace-up

German comfort footwear company Waldlaufer introduces the stylish new Kagan lace-up, a therapeutic shoe without the therapeutic look, designed to accommodate the footwear needs of women with extra-wide feet, bunions, and hammertoes. Like every Waldlaufer shoe, the Kagan is handcrafted in Europe using the finest leathers and super-light, air cushion soles. Continue reading

November 2018

Grant Awarded to Develop AI App to Monitor Patient Movements

A group led by Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems (CBAS) was awarded a £865,000 grant by Innovate UK to develop an advanced artificial intelligence (AI) platform that analyzes patients’ daily physical movements. The solution will apply to a wide range of conditions and help clinicians make data-informed decisions about patient progress and well being, with the aim of improving care and providing greater insight for patients and their families Continue reading