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January 2017

Hanger foundation awards $424K in 2016

The Austin, TX-based Hanger Charitable Foundation in December completed its final round of 2016 grants, awarding $225,000 to five nonprofits, the foundation reported. These awards bring the foundation’s total 2016 grants awarded to more than $424,000, given to 25 organizations, according to a Hanger release. Continue reading

January 2017

Using wearable sensors to characterize CP gait

Inertial measurement units (IMUs) facilitate the creation of a gait analysis system that is portable and suited for use in the clinic. Research suggests IMUs can be used to measure clinically important gait metrics in children with cerebral palsy, which may improve patient outcomes.

By Mahmoud El-Gohary, PhD; Sean Pearson, BS; Paul Vasilyev, BS; James McNames, PhD; and James Carollo, PhD, PE Continue reading

December 2016

Eponymous brace remains mainstay of evolving company

Douglas Richie, DPM, inventor of the Richie Brace, continues to push the boundaries of technology and design. He will soon add two pathology-specific braces to his existing line of ten models—one targeted to patients with Achilles pathology, another for those with diabetes who’ve had partial foot amputations. Continue reading

November 2016

Peroneal tendinopathy management in tennis

Although not as common as Achilles tendinitis, peroneal tendinitis is seen in a certain group of patients with chronic ankle instability or with a cavovarus foot.1 Peroneal tendinitis presents as lateral foot pain and may also be of unknown etiology or associated with an acute inversion injury.

By Patricia Pande, MClScPT, CSCS, CPed Continue reading

November 2016

AFO stiffness can help optimize patient function

Decisions related to the stiffness of an ankle foot orthosis (AFO)—whether they involve device design or the materials from which it’s fabricated—can help lower extremity clinicians customize stability, biomechanics, and muscle function to meet individual patients’ needs.

By Lori Roniger Continue reading

October 2016

Crossover consequences of unilateral treatments

The mechanisms underlying the so-called crossover effect—when a unilateral intervention results in bilateral changes—are still unclear, but clinical applications related to lower extremity strengthening, fatigue, and stretching are already being explored by rehabilitation specialists.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

October 2016

Insole research explores postural control effects

A growing body of evidence suggests that foot orthoses may be a helpful addition to other therapies for improving balance and potentially reducing the risk of falls. The findings have been mixed, however, and clinical enthusiasm for this type of insole intervention also varies.

By Hank Black Continue reading

September 2016

Support for dry needling builds among clinicians

Dry needling is gaining momentum as an alternative therapy for myofascial pain, and is supported by a small but growing body of research as well as anecdotal evidence. But the training and expertise required to perform the procedure has become a topic of debate.

By P.K. Daniel Continue reading

August 2016

Out on a limb: Falling in with feedback

One of the interesting things about LER’s multi­disciplinary perspective is being able to follow a new idea as it is examined and embraced by one specialty after another, each with its own therapeutic goals and challenges.

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

June 2016

AOPA announces Thranhardt nominees

The Alexandria, VA-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on May 23 announced the contenders for its 2016 Thranhardt Award. They are Beatrice Janka, MPO, CPO; Gordon Stevens, CPO, LPO; Kenton Kaufman, PhD, PE; and Lauren White, PT, DPT, PCS. The nominees will present their research at the 2016 AOPA National Assembly in September in Boston.

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May 2016

Smoking & knee OA: From clinical controversy to therapeutic possibility

Experts say perplexing studies suggesting that smoking may be protective against the development of knee osteoarthritis (OA) should not deter clinicians’ efforts to discourage smoking—even in patients who are at risk for OA.

By Barbara Boughton Continue reading

May 2016

Managing metatarsalgia in athletic populations

Metatarsalgia is a common foot disorder. The term metatarsalgia refers to a pain syndrome in the forefoot and not to a specific diagnosis. Pain is confined to the area across the plantar forefoot, including the second through fourth metatarsal heads.

By Howard Kashefsky, DPM, FACFAS Continue reading

May 2016

Skin-care issues related to orthotic device wear

The care and prevention of skin issues may not get as much attention in orthotics as in prosthetics, but such issues can significantly affect patient outcomes. Here, lower extremity experts share the tips and tricks they use to manage dermatological challenges related to orthotic devices.

By Lori Roniger Continue reading

May 2016

Using subsensory noise to improve balance, gait

Using specially designed insoles to deliver stochastic resonance to the plantar surface of the feet has the potential to significantly improve static balance, dynamic balance, and gait mechanics in healthy…

By Daniel Miranda, PhD; Wen-Hao Hsu, ScD; and James Niemi, MS Continue reading

May 2016

Out on a limb: Stumping for SR in sports

Platelet-rich plasma injections. Kinesiology tape. Foam rolling. Compression garments. Blood-flow restriction training. Elite athletes have always been at the leading edge of the latest tech­niques believed to help speed recovery from injury, often long before they’ve been…

By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

January 2016

Sensoria pairs apps with its smart socks

Redmond, WA-based Sensoria in January announced two new apps that will pair with its smart socks, which integrate textile pressure sensor technology and send gait and walking activity data to an electronic anklet. Continue reading

January 2016

Biomechanics of propulsion: Implications for AFOs

For many patients, the ability of an ankle foot orthosis to enhance propulsion is key to improving gait efficiency and reducing fatigue. But experts are only beginning to understand the biomechanical complexities that influence propulsion, which start with push-off but don’t end there.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

December 2015

Leading innovation in gait and balance measurement

According to ProtoKinetics cofounder Michael Rowling, accurate, objective gait analysis is no longer optional for clinicians who desire to help their patients retain, gain, or regain the independence so integral to their daily lives.

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December 2015

Eponymous brace remains mainstay of evolving company

In 1996, after 15 years of sports podiatry practice, Douglas Richie, DPM, was frustrated by the ongoing challenge of fitting sport ankle braces to patients who also wore custom foot orthoses. The two products should have worked naturally together, but, because neither was made with the other in mind, the result was often ungainly and uncomfortable.

By Gary Groner

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November 2015

Equinus: Its surprising role in foot pathologies

Although milder than the spasticity-induced cases of equinus, limited ankle dorsiflexion in the non-neurological pop­ulation is increasingly recognized as a source of excessive strain throughout the foot and a factor in the pathogenesis of many foot conditions.

By Nicholas V. DiMassa and Jeffrey M. Whitaker DPM, FACFAS    Continue reading

November 2015

Intermittent claudication: next-generation therapy

Given that existing therapies for intermittent claudication are not appropriate for all patients, researchers are working to develop new therapies focused on improving patients’ ability to compensate for a vascular occlusion by expanding collateral artery pathways.

By Steven J. Miller, PhD; A. George Akingba, MD, PhD; and Joseph L. Unthank, PhD  Continue reading

December 2015

Telemedicine: Going virtual improves communication and outcomes

In addition to his usual daily appointments, meetings, lectures, and surgical procedures, David Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, a professor of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) in…

By Shalmali Pal Continue reading

October 2015

Society works to raise gout awareness

The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society (GUAES) in September released a series of four educational brochures to raise awareness of the serious complications of gout, including heart and kidney disease, diabetes, and stroke. Continue reading

October 2015

Post-polio syndrome: It takes a team approach

Along with technical issues related to muscle weakness, fatigue, and pain, the challenges of managing this hetero­gen­eous population include patients’ emotional response to the idea of needing an orthotic device for a disability they thought they had overcome.

By Larry Hand Continue reading

September 2015

Grant will fund study of Cadence device

The Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada and the Quebec Rehabilitation Research Network in August awarded a CA$20,000 grant to Cadence Biomedical’s research collaborators for study of the Seattle-based company’s Kickstart device for stroke recovery. Continue reading