August 2014

Insoles decrease sensitivity to pain

A study epublished on July 16 reported that shock-absorbing insoles (SAIs) made by Otto Bock Scandinavia in Norrköping, Sweden, reduce pain sensitivity and perception in young soccer players playing on artificial turf.

Danish investigators randomized 75 premier youth league players aged 14 to 18 years to their usual insoles or SAIs.

They assessed pressure pain threshold (PPT) after three and six weeks of training on artificial turf and found that PPT increased significantly more in the SAI group compared with controls.

The investigators reported the results in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.

Also in July, Minneapolis, MN-based Ottobock and Össur Americas, headquartered in Foothills, CA, announced a confidential settlement and cross-
license agreement that fully resolves the lawsuit filed last year by Ottobock.

That suit involved patent infringement and breach of settlement regarding patented technology incorporated into Ottobock’s Harmony and Triton Harmony vacuum prosthetics systems.

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