One is an acute injury, the other a chronic condition. But researchers believe it’s no coincidence that anterior cruciate ligament injury and patellofemoral pain syndrome share many of the same risk factors. The next step is to determine if a single intervention can effectively prevent both.
By Cary Groner
Lower extremity practitioners who treat patients with diabetes are finally receiving their 15 minutes of fame. Enjoy it while it lasts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finding that nontraumatic lower extremity amputation (NLEA) rates in patients with diabetes decreased by 67% between 1996 and 2008 (see “CDC reports dramatic 12-year drop in diabetic lower limb amputation,” page 15) is unquestionably good news.
By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor
Most conservative measures to reduce knee adduction moment in patients with knee osteoarthritis involve altering proximal biomechanics, but research suggests that similar kinetic changes and pain relief can be achieved with the use of wedged foot orthoses.
By Emily Delzell
Recent interest has focused on the use of Nordic hamstring strengthening exercises to prevent hamstring injuries in athletes, but evidence also supports eccentric exercise for managing tendinopathy and for prevention and rehabilitation of anterior cruciate ligament injury.
By Daniel Lorenz, DPT, PT, ATC/L, CSCS
Misalignment between the mechanical joint of an articulated AFO and the corresponding anatomical joint can significantly affect the device’s mechanical properties, particularly resistance and stiffness, which can impair AFO effectiveness and negatively affect proximal joints.
By Fan Gao, PhD, and Susan Kapp, MEd, CPO, LPO, FAAOP
Golfers demonstrate significant asymmetries between hips with regard to rotational range of motion and rotational velocity, which can contribute to the development of conditions including low back pain, femoroacetabular impingement, and hip labral degeneration.
By Heather Gulgin, PhD, ATC
Survey results suggest that at least one-third of individuals at risk for foot pain or diabetic foot ulcers are wearing shoes that are at least one size too big or too small, which can further increase those risks. Proper shoe fit and foot health start with patient education.
By Stephanie Swensen, BSc, and Ran Schwarzkopf, MD, MSc
This study found that closed basket-weave ankle taping significantly affects ankle range of motion and time to peak vertical ground reaction force, which can have implications higher up the kinetic chain that appear to vary from one individual to another.
By Matthew L. Santos-Vitorino, MS, ATC, LAT, Sue Shapiro, EdD, ATC, LAT, Kathy Ludwig, PhD, and Claire Egret, PhD
In the Moment: Footcare
By Emily Delzell and Jordana Bieze Foster
In the Moment: Sports medicine
By Jordana Bieze Foster