June 2015

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Footwear and risk of knee OA: The search for meaning in moments

Although footwear may in fact play a role in the development of knee osteoarthritis and its clinical management, those relation­ships are turning out to be much more complicated than once thought.

By Cary Groner

Editor Message

Out on a limb: 3DP’s material needs

3D printing is no longer some futuristic concept that might someday affect lower extremity healthcare. It’s here, and it’s already changing the landscape more quickly than many had expected.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

CONFERENCE COVERAGE: Ortho Technology Forum 2015

Technology experts, lower extremity clinicians, and orthotic lab owners and managers collected in Vancouver, Canada, in April to discuss and debate the technical and clinical implications of new developments in the design and manufacturing of footwear and foot orthoses.

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By Jordana Bieze Foster

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The future of footwear and orthoses is here. Now what?

A shift in tone was apparent at this year’s Ortho Technology Forum (OTF), and not just because the focus of the event has been expanded to include design and manufacturing technologies for footwear as well as foot orthoses…

The argument for library-based orthotic prescription

Much of the discussion at the 2015 Ortho Technology Forum (OTF) focused on various ways in which the future of the orthotic industry will require adapting to new technologies. But the event’s final presenter challenged…


Adapted tango: bringing artistry to rehabilitation

Adapted tango, a version of traditional Argentine tango modified to address motor impairments, has been shown to improve balance, mobility, and cognition in older adults and patients with Parkinson disease, with better compliance than conventional rehabilitation.

By Madeleine E. Hackney, PhD 

Total ankle arthroplasty: defining its clinical niche

Research generally upholds total ankle arthroplasty as a viable alternative to the traditional first-line surgical treatment, ankle arthrodesis, for correctly selected patients with end-stage ankle arthritis. But complication rates associated with ankle arthroplasty remain an area of concern.

By Hank Black

Hip strength, balance, and risk of ACL injury

Hip strength is associated with performance on the Star Excursion Balance Test in female collegiate athletes, a finding that adds to the evidence that hip strengthening programs can…

By Jatin P. Ambegaonkar, PhD, ATC, OT, CSCS; Lindsey M. Mettinger, MS, ATC; Shane V. Caswell, PhD, ATC; Andrea Burtt, MS, ATC; Shruti J. Ambegaonkar, PT, PhD; and Nelson Cortes, PhD   


In the Moment: Sports Medicine

By Jordana Bieze Foster

Concussion chronicity: Balance deficits persist long term

Postural control deficits in concussed athletes remain long after their clinical symptoms have resolved, and earlier return to activity exacerbates those lingering effects, according to research presented in May at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in San Diego.

Patients with ankle instability respond to auditory feedback by changing gait

Plantar pressure-based auditory feedback is associated with changes in plantar pressure and muscle activation during gait in patients with chronic ankle instability, according to research from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

One workshop prepares youth coaches to implement knee injury prevention

Youth soccer coaches can successfully implement an injury prevention program after a single 90-minute training workshop, according to research presented in May at the ACSM meeting.

In the Moment: Foot Function

By P.K. Daniel

Running shoe reveal: Study links max cushioning, higher load

Researchers from the Spaulding National Running Center at the Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, MA, have found that running in highly cushioned shoes is not associated with lower impact forces than conventional running shoes.

Balance data suggest somatosensory benefit of minimalist footwear design

Minimalist shoes are associated with better balance performance than clog-style molded plastic shoes or flip-flops, according to a study from the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

Dynamic arch height in runners differs significantly from static measurement

Dynamic measures of arch height in runners are significantly different from static measures, according to research from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT.

Market Mechanics

By Emily Delzell

Galloway wins third place on DWTS

Noah Galloway, a double amputee and former soldier who lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee after a 2005 roadside bombing in Iraq, finished third during the May 19 finale of season 20 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (DWTS).

Biodex, Concussion Health offer rehab cert

Shirley, NY-based Biodex Medical Systems and Austin, TX-based Concussion Health reported on May 28 that the two companies have completed a preferred vendor partnership to create a concussion management program for Biodex’s rehabilitation facility customers.

Streifeneder, OPIE partner on purchasing

The Gainesville, FL-based OPIE Choice Network and Streifen­eder USA in Tampa, FL, on May 8 announced they have inked two new agreements.

Össur, SpringActive to license bionic ankle

Reykjavik, Iceland-based Össur and Tempe, AZ-based Spring­Active on May 6 jointly announced a licensing agreement between the global provider of advanced prosthetics and the privately held engineering firm that specializes in robotics and powered prosthetic devices.

Kinesio tape improves dynamic balance

Sunku Kwon, LAT, ATC, an athletic trainer from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, presented research on May 27 at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in…

Ottobock renews OPAF gold sponsorship

Ottobock, which has its North American headquarters in Austin, TX, on May 27 renewed its $10,000 gold-level sponsorship of the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF).

Registration open for bicycle-fitting event

The Sixth Annual Medicine of Cycling Conference will be held at USA Cycling headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO, August 14-16.

Nets’ Walsh wins top NBATA award

The NBA Trainers Association (NBATA) on May 16 awarded the Brooklyn Nets’ Tim Walsh, ATC, its Jim O’Toole Athletic Trainer of the Year for the second consecutive year.

AOPA announces Thranhardt finalists

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on June 3 announced the contenders for its 2015 Fall Thranhardt Award and noted the five finalists will present their research at AOPA’s annual National Assembly…

OTC orthoses reduce plantar fascia strain

Sole, SuperFeet, and PowerStep over-the-counter (OTC) orthoses reduce plantar fascia strain, according to research epublished on May 26 in Prosthetics and Orthotics International.

APTA names Jette PTJ editor-in-chief

The Alexandria, VA-based American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) on June 1 named Alan M. Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA, editor-in-chief of its monthly scientific journal, Physical Therapy (PTJ). Jette will serve a five-year term beginning…

HSS gets $2.76M sports injury grant

The New York, NY-based Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) on May 13 reported it had received a $2.76 million grant from HSS board member James Dinan and his wife, Elizabeth Miller, through…

Orthologix begins O&P patient navigation

Trevose, PA-based Orthologix on June 1 launched a Patient Navigation Program for O&P patients.


New EMS Socket System

Ottobock is the exclusive distributor of the new EMS (Environmentally Managed System) socket system developed by Carl Caspers, CPO. The EMS technology is fully compatible with the Harmony vacuum system Caspers developed and…

MVN Biomech Motion Analysis

The new MVN Biomech wearable 3D motion system from Xsens is made up of small, lightweight tracking units that communicate wirelessly to a personal computer. These trackers can either be integrated into a Lycra suit…

EndoFoam Prosthetic Cover

EndoFoam, from Rehabilitation Technical Products, is a two-part prosthetic cover system that creates a uniform cell structure similar to the density of human tissue. Simply secure a finishing mold around the prosthesis, mix the…

Soletech Flex Insoles

Soletech now offers Rigid-Flex and Semi-Flex insoles for athletes and others who will benefit from extra arch support. Both the Rigid-Flex and Semi-Flex insoles are lightweight and slender, with a streamlined shape.

Townsend Active Reliever

Townsend Design announces the North American release of the Active Reliever, a soft shell single-upright knee brace for osteoarthritis (OA). This brace, available off the shelf or custom fitted, is designed to relieve pain by reducing load on the…

Chronic Pain Education System

Physical therapist Adriaan Louw’s Why You Hurt: Therapeutic Neuroscience Education System is a comprehensive tool for teaching patients about pain, distilling complex neuroscience into easily approachable language, examples, metaphors and…

Diabetic Compression

Sigvaris announces a new therapeutic compression sock option for patients with diabetes. Constructed with the company’s drirelease yarns and embedded FreshGuard technology, Sigvaris Eversoft Diabetic Socks are designed to…

Hersco LEAP Ankle Brace

Hersco’s new Lower Extremity Ankle Protection (LEAP) brace, the latest in the company’s line of ankle foot orthoses (AFOs), is designed to help improve stability and proprioception in elderly patients and others who are at risk for…

Copolymer Polypropylene

Copolymer polypropylene is now available from Allied O&P Supply in red, light blue, royal blue, purple, yellow, light pink, and brown. Copolymer polypro­pylene has some flexibility and good crack resistance, but it is more resilient and…

Plantarflexion Limiter Kit

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies announces the Tamarack Plantarflexion Limiter Kit, which provides 30° of precision adjustability for plantar flexion control. Kits come in medium and large sizes, can be used with thermoplastic and…

Pressurex Duration

Sensor Products announces Pressurex Duration, a visual indicator sensor film that reveals the longevity of physical compressive load. The technological innovation behind Pressurex Duration is a sophis­ticated nanoparticle lattice structure that…

Sidekicks Freestyles

Allied OSI Labs has expanded the “SideKicks” over-the-counter (OTC) orthotic line, providing a more complete solution for in-office dispensing. The original SideKicks line, launched in 2012, consisted of three full-length OTC foot orthoses…