Quantitative research from The Netherlands suggests that for every ankle foot orthosis, there is an optimal stiffness associated with the lowest energy cost of walking for a given set of gait-related impairments. Achieving this optimal device stiffness in practice, however, may require clinicians to rethink conventional approaches to AFO prescription.
By Daan J.J. Bregman, PhD
There are plenty of reasons you might be thinking about seeing Moneyball. Maybe you’re wondering how anyone could have turned that book into a movie. Maybe you’re curious about how Angelina’s better half and the kid from Superbad ended up with Oscar nominations. Maybe you just need to forget about the snow on your lawn and try to get in the mood for Opening Day.
Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor
Barefoot training and balance training have each been effective in studies of runners, but combining the methods could lead to even better results.
By Emily Splichal, DPM, MS, CPT
Demonstrated associations between impaired proprioception and knee osteoarthritis suggest some interventions that help relieve painful symptoms in patients with knee osteoarthritis , such as exercise and bracing, do so by positively affecting joint position sense.
By Barbara Boughton
Falls are common, disabling and costly. Causes are multifactorial but include foot disorders, ill-fitting footwear, and poor balance. Recent research supports a multidisciplinary approach to falls prevention and indicates that lower extremity practitioners can play an important role.
By Hylton B. Menz, PhD, and Martin J. Spink, BPod(Hons)
Hospitals with multidisciplinary diabetic foot care programs have found that adding vascular surgeons to the team makes their amputation prevention efforts more effective, but also adds an extra layer of challenges in terms of coordination and communication.
By Cary Groner
Not all patients with chronic ankle instability develop ankle osteoarthritis, but evidence suggests the two conditions are related, which in turn suggests that ankle sprain prevention and management could help reduce ankle replacement rates.
By Larry Hand
Acute compartment syndrome can develop after open or closed tibial fractures, even those that appear to be benign. Early diagnosis of increased compartmental pressure and timely surgical intervention can prevent adverse outcomes including nerve injury and muscle necrosis.
By Langdon A. Hartsock, MD, and William R. Barfield, PhD
In the Moment: O&P
By Emily Delzell
In the Moment: Surgery
By Emily Delzell
In the Moment: Sports medicine
By Jordana Bieze Foster