July 2009

Cover Story

Practice Tactics: Treatment protocols

Creating a consistent, comprehensive and systematic process for treating lower extremity ailments improves patient outcomes and can also improve the financial performance of your practice, often by a considerable degree. Depending on patient volume and current practice behaviors, adopting comprehensive treatment guidelines can generate between…

By Jason Kraus

Editor Message

Out On a Limb

You’re launching a new magazine? Now? In this economy? Don’t you know that newspapers and magazines are downsizing and folding left and right? Good questions, all. But I can assure you, we’re not living in a bubble. We personally know far too many people, in publishing and in other markets, who have been adversely affected by the recession.

by Jordana Bieze Foster

Feature Articles

Patellofemoral pain takes turn in spotlight

Welcome to the decade of patellofemoral pain: Exclusive coverage from the first-ever PFPS research retreat.

by Jordana Bieze Foster

Diabetes: Options for Offloading

Removable cast walkers offer alternatives to the total contact cast.

by James McGuire, DPM, PT, CPed

Gait Analysis: The link to clinical outcomes

Gait analysis affects treatment decision-making, patient management and outcomes

by Tishya A.L. Wren, PhD, Carole A. Tucker, PT, PhD, PCS, and Robert M. Kay, MD

Treating knee pain from the ground up

Functional foot orthoses can help relieve symptoms

by Paul R. Scherer, DPM

Sports Medicine: An athlete’s oasis in the Middle East

Western-style sports medicine is alive and well in the tiny Gulf nation of Qatar

by Craig R. Bottoni, MD



In the Moment: 0&P

Ankle braces are popular with volleyball players seeking a safeguard against both contact and non-contact sprains. Research from the University of Findlay (OH) suggests that ankle brace wear significantly alters lower extremity muscle activation patterns in volleyball players but, athletes will be happy to know, does not significantly affect vertical jump height.

by Jordana Bieze Foster

OA research: It’s all about the shoes

Laterally wedged orthoses are effective to a point, but the next big thing in knee osteoarthritis treatment just might be a prototype shoe with a sole that notable for its variable stiffness rather than its slope.

by Jennifer C. Erhart, PhD, Nicholas J. Giori, MD, PhD, and Thomas P. Andriacchi, PhD

In the Moment: Sports Medicine

Kids may think they have time on their side, but that’s not the case when it comes to anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, according to research presented in July at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

by Jordana Bieze Foster

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