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April 2019

Fully Custom Insoles at Over-the-Counter Prices

COL Orthotics International is now offering premium insoles. COL insoles can be pressed onto any positive mold, which means that providers can offer a fully custom insole for the price of an over-the-counter insole. COL insoles can be stocked in … Continue reading

April 2019

FDA Approves New Osteoporosis Treatment for Postmenopausal Women

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new treatment for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women presenting with a high risk of fracture or who are intolerant to or have not had success with existing therapies. The drug, EVENITY (romosozumab-aqqg; Amgen), was approved April 9 and became available for shipment to wholesalers in the US on April 15. Continue reading

April 2019

An Introduction to Physical Literacy

Physical literacy is defined as ‘the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.’ The notion of ‘literacy’ within the concept of ‘physical literacy’ arises from the importance of our embodied interaction with the world.

By E.J. Durden-Myers and N. R. Green

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April 2019

Exploring 3D printing in Prosthetics

3D-printed Sockets Safe? There are approximately 2 million people living with an amputation in the United States, a number that is expected to increase to 3.6 million by 2050 according to recent studies. In the poster, “Clinical Trial Examining Safety and Feasibility of Definitive 3D-Printed…

By Keith Loria Continue reading

April 2019

New Tool to Assess Clubfoot Treatment

Congenital talipes equinovarus, or clubfoot, is a common deformity in which the affected foot is fixed downward and inward. The birth prevalence of clubfoot in low- and middle-income countries is estimated to be 0.5 to 2.0 cases for every 1000 … Continue reading

April 2019

Peak Tibial Accelerations as Real-time Measure of Impact Loading

Studies seeking to determine the effects of gait retraining through biofeedback on peak tibial acceleration (PTA) assume that this biometric trait is a valid measure of impact loading that is reliable both within and between sessions. However, data was lacking for the validity and reliability of these measures at the speed of endurance runners.

By Pieter Van den Berghe Continue reading

April 2019

DFCon 2019 Abstract Submissions Due June 15.

The Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon2019) will be held at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City in Los Angeles, California, USA, Oct. 17-19, 2019. All those engaged in the field of diabetic foot care, wound healing, limb salvage, and amputation… Continue reading

April 2019

When It Comes to Exercise, It’s Never Too Late…

Physical activity reduces the risk of many chronic illnesses and increases the odds of a longer, healthier life. But it hasn’t been clear whether the benefits of exercise differ based on when during their lives people are most active.

By Sharon Reynolds Continue reading

April 2019

Plantar Mechanical Stimulation Improves Sensation in DPN

Over 30 million Americans have diabetes and 1.5 million Americans are newly diagnosed with diabetes each year. Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is a major diabetic complication and affects 30% to 50% of people with diabetes. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is a leading cause of devastating outcomes such as foot ulcer and amputation.

By Bijan Najafi and Gu Eon Kang Continue reading

April 2019

Therapeutic Shoes Work for People with Diabetes. Why Doesn’t Every Patient Use Them?

Patients are unaware or reluctant, and some providers hesitate to engage in what can be a burdensome prescribing and procuring process—helping explain why uptake of this valuable preventative is disappointing. As allied healthcare professionals, we are, of course, acutely aware of the ever-growing diabetes epidemic in the United States.

By Erick Janisse, CO, CPED Continue reading

April 2019

Decreased Physical Activity Seen 1 Year After Acute Ankle Sprain 

Despite an immense amount of research examining the causes and treatment of ankle sprains and chronic ankle instability (CAI), ankle sprains remain the most common musculoskeletal injury. The first consequence of an initial ankle sprain is the development of CAI. With upwards of 70% of patients…

By Tricia Hubbard-Turner, Michael J. Turner, Chris Burcal, Kyeongtak Song, and Erik A. Wikstrom Continue reading

April 2019

Is There a Sprain–Brain Connection That Leads to Chronic Injury?

Research shows that ankle health plays a role in the recruitment of the muscles around it. Millions of people sprain their ankles each year, from athletes to weekend warriors to vacationers stepping off the curb wrong. The injury is common, and for most people, treatable with ice, painkillers, and rest.

By Nicole Wetsman Continue reading

April 2019

Can Stabilization Training Help Minimize Risk of Injury in Adolescent Female Athletes?

5.5 million children and adolescents are injured playing sports annually. Most of these injuries are preventable, the CDC says. More than 30 million children and adolescents participate in organized sports in the United States; according to the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that number is on the rise.

By Warren J. Potash Continue reading

April 2019

It’s Not Limb Salvage…It’s Life Salvage

New research invigorates arguments about limb salvage vs. more proximal amputations. A recent paper from researchers in Australia has reignited the ongoing debate about the relative merits of partial-foot versus transtibial amputations, particularly in diabetes patients.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

May 2019

Act now to get your FREE iTOM-CAT Orthotic Scanning App!

TOM-CAT Solutions has been offering Orthotic Scanning solutions for over 15 years. That experience and advancement in technology has led to the development of the iTOM-CAT. TOM-CAT is able to combine accuracy, reliability with an easy to use program, Freedom of Choice, and support.  The program is free and only takes a few minutes to get started. Continue reading

May 2019

Medi-Dyne X Brace Proven to Relieve Heel Pain – Get a Free Sample!

Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products has acquired The X Brace – a Low-Dye Taping replacement and proven remedy for hard-to-treat clinical heel pain. Developed by Joshua P. Eldridge, DC, DACBSP, for relief of heel pain due to plantar fasciitis and Sever’s disease, the X Brace is an easy-to-use foot and heel support product. Continue reading

May 2019

Finely Crafted AFOs to Meet Virtually any Need

New York OMC offers a host of finely crafted AFOs. The SuperFlex AFO is constructed of durable vegetable dyed leather. A full interface lining cushions and protects fragile skin. The 1/16” super-flexible, molded, integrated AFO allows for dynamic biomechanical function. The medial arch is balanced with 30 shore durometer EVA material for more stability. Continue reading

May 2019

Alleviate Plantar Fasciitis with Targeted Compression

Sports Medicine Leader Pro-Tec Athletics, brings relief to Plantar Fasciitis with the best-selling PF Sleeve. The PF Sleeve is a low-profile, open toe sleeve that is designed to fit comfortably in your shoe and be worn during activity to alleviate pain from Plantar Fasciitis. The comfortable and breathable material uses an advanced stitching technique to provide stabilization to the arch, heel, and Achilles. Continue reading

March 2019

How Well Did You Read This Issue?

Test your knowledge of information from this issue of Lower Extremity Review and the world in general with our new crossword puzzle feature. Click here if you want to see the answers

March 2019

SPS Promotes Weger to VP and General Manager

Hanger, Inc., Austin, Texas, announced that Regina Weger has been promoted to VP and general manager of its subsidiary SPS, Alpharetta, Georgia. Weger has been with SPS for over 20 years, having started her career within the customer service function and taking on additional roles and responsibilities throughout the years. Continue reading

March 2019

APTA, ACSM Formalize New Partnership

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has partnered with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), under the APTA Partnerships program, which seeks to enhance relationships and develop mutually beneficial partnerships with other organizations that share common goals. Continue reading

March 2019

Renowned Orthopedic Surgeon to Lead Foot and Ankle Division at NYU Langone Health

John G. Kennedy, MD, renowned for his work in the surgical treatment of foot and ankle injuries, has been appointed the new chief of the Foot and Ankle Division in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and Director of the Foot and Ankle Center at NYU Langone Health. He joined NYU Langone in January, where he holds the… Continue reading

March 2019

$11 million NIH Grant Creates New Center for Musculoskeletal Research

Clemson University, South Carolina, received an $11 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Biomedical Research Excellence to launch a new research center that will bring together scientists from across the state to change the way musculoskeletal disorders are diagnosed, treated, and studied. Continue reading

March 2019

CMS Includes 7 OTS Knee Orthoses in 2021 Competitive Bidding Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program for dates of service beginning January 1, 2021, will include 7 off-the-shelf (OTS) knee orthoses. Continue reading

March 2019


SIGVARIS, Peachtree, Georgia, has changed its corporate name and logo from SIGVARIS to SIGVARIS GROUP. SIGVARIS, a 155-year-old Swiss company, manufactures medical compression socks and hosiery with a wide assortment of inelastic wraps and lymphedema garments. Continue reading