Injuries in baseball are fairly common, with an incidence of 5.8 injuries per 1000 athletic game exposures and 1.9 injuries per 1000 athletic practice exposures in the collegiate ranks.
By Luis A. Feigenbaum, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, LAT, CSCS; Kathryn E. Roach, PT, PhD; Chris Vitolo PT, DPT; Victoria Bown, PT, DPT; Sabine Gempel, PT, DPT; Natalia Sikaczowski, PT, DPT; Kelly Stapf, PT, DPT; and Michelle Whitaker, PT, DPT
After a year in a fracture boot with a broken foot, I thought my ordeal was over. I was wrong. The broken bone in my foot, sustained after a fall down a staircase in my home, had occurred midway down the fifth metatarsal bone below my little toe—a site that is notoriously difficult to heal, according to my podiatrist.
By Barbara Boughton
Finding the right orthotic design starts with the space limitations presented by cycling shoes, but the challenges for lower extremity practitioners don’t end there. Factors to consider when prescribing foot orthoses include biomechanics, skill level, cycling discipline, and bike technology.
By P.K. Daniel
Foam rolling is a relatively new therapeutic approach, but early research suggests that it can help improve range of motion and muscle performance and aid in recovery after exercise. Questions remain, however, about the extent to which the effects involve myofascial mechanisms.
By Duane C. Button, PhD, CSEP-CEP, and David G. Behm, PhD
As a result of limitations in the fall prevention research to date, investigators and
clinicians are often left to make their best guesses about the effect of foot and ankle interventions based on the effect such strategies have on issues related to falls, rather than on falls themselves.
By Cary Groner
Several patient populations with an increased risk of knee osteoarthritis also are at increased risk for vitamin D deficiency, and research suggests vitamin D levels may be related to knee OA symptoms. The exact nature of the relationship, however, remains perplexing.
By Greg Gargiulo
In the Moment: Diabetes
By Jordana Bieze Foster
The patient in the video, an older woman with diabetic neuropathy, is a dog lover. Her dog-shaped earrings give this away. And this just might be the most important thing for the clinicians treating her to know.
An Arizona state Medicaid policy change designed to cut costs by eliminating podiatry services for diabetic foot infection had the opposite effect, according to a March presentation that included an extended analysis of previously reported data.
As the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) undergoes a transition in leadership, the organization is reporting significant progress in implementing its Train the Foot Trainer (TtFT) program in Central and South America.
In the Moment: Sports medicine
By P.K. Daniel
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is best known as a predictor of future injury in athletes, but a recent two-year study of elite track and field athletes now suggests a relationship between high scores, which indicate fewer deficits, and improved performance.
New research supports universal neuromuscular training of all young athletes—not just those at risk—as the most cost-effective and practical way to prevent anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries.
Runners who switch foot strike patterns experience short-term changes in joint stiffness and negative joint work, regardless of whether a runner’s habitual pattern involves the forefoot or rearfoot, according to research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
By Emily Delzell
Biomechanics expert Peter Cavanagh, PhD, DSc, heads the presentation agenda at the 2014 North American Orthotics Technology Forum (OTF), forum sponsor Delcam announced in March.
The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine’s (ACFAOM) annual clinical conference will focus on interactive podiatric education based on real clinical cases at its 2014 meeting, according to a March release from the organization.
Troy, MI-based Becker Orthopedic relaunched its website in February at beckerorthopedic .com with features that include a searchable online catalog, new product section, technical and clinical support, continuing education programs, and easy-to-access orthometry forms.
Mettawa, IL-based MVI Footcare, a division of Med-Vet International, in March became a national distributor of Mebane, NC-based Comfortland Medical orthopedic rehabilitation, sports medicine, podiatric medicine, O&P, durable medical equipment, and orthotic products.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) will offer the nation’s first online doctorate of education degree in kinesiology beginning in fall 2014, university officials announced in March.
Medical device manufacturer Ottobock has begun relocation of its North America logistics and distribution operations from Minneapolis and Toronto, Canada, to Louisville, KY, the company reported in March. Based in Duderstadt, Germany, Otto Bock HealthCare established Minnesota-based Ottobock in 1958 as the Americas corporate headquarters.
The Colorado Springs, CO-based US Olympic Committee in March designated the The Steadman Clinic and affiliated nonprofit Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) in Vail, CO, as a National Medical Center within the US Olympic Committee’s National Medical Network.
Star Nutrition announces the latest addition to its popular Incrediwear line, the Incredibrace elastic bandage wrap. Applications for the Incredibrace sports wrap include ankle sprains, tendinitis, and knee injuries, as well as general joint discomfort or pain.