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September 2015

Surface EMG: A how-to guide for practitioners

With evidence-based protocols in hand, practitioners can feel more comfortable clinically integrating surface electromyography (sEMG) assessment, creating more sophisticated sEMG treatment protocols, and demonstrating the effectiveness of interventions.

By Rachelle Bordlee, sDPT, and Christopher Kevin Wong, PT, PhD Continue reading

May 2015

Dual-task gait: The potential influence of orthotic devices

Clinicians know walking while performing a secondary task can be particularly difficult for elderly patients or those with neuromuscular impairments. But new research suggests the use of orthotic devices may improve dual-task gait, which could significantly improve quality of life.

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May 2015

Exergaming: therapeutic benefits in older adults

Increasing numbers of studies are suggesting that exergaming can help improve strength, balance, and other variables in older adults, but clinicians also need to be aware that some aspects of exergaming can present challenges in this patient population.

By Ying-Yu Chao, RN, GNP-BC, PhD Continue reading

May 2015

Music therapy and gait: rehab to a different beat

Research suggests the use of rhythmic stimuli for gait rehabilitation can help improve gait and balance in patients with Parkinson disease, stroke, and other conditions, but some questions regarding its overall applicability and optimal delivery method remain.

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May 2015

Overview of CMT – Clinical challenges and opportunities

Early diagnosis and early intervention in people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease give clinicians and patients a valuable head start on keeping symptom progression in check.

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March 2015

Home Heart Beats
AFO Assist

The Original AFO Assist from Home Heart Beats is a lower body dressing aid used by stroke survivors, patients with multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy, and other physically challenged… Continue reading

March 2015

Bionic Leg

AlterG offers the AlterG Bionic Leg, a robotic assistive device that is activated by patient-
initiated movement, with benefits for both the therapist and patient. The Bionic Leg is… Continue reading

March 2015

Out on a limb: Rethinking pain

Pain doesn’t always behave the way we think it will. An intervention that relieves pain in the majority of patients might not provide relief for a significant minority. But that might mean we need to change the way we think about pain.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading

December 2014

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. Continue reading

February 2015

Treating and preventing ankle sprains in children

High rates of chronic ankle instability in children suggest a need for better prevention and treatment of ankle sprains in young patients, but researchers are just starting to explore whether clinical approaches designed for adults will also be effective in their younger counterparts.

By P.K. Daniel Continue reading

January 2015

BiOM gets $6M for bionic development

Bedford, MA-based bionics company BiOM announced in December 2014 that it had recently raised $6 million from Dutch and US venture firms, bringing its total funding to $48 million, according to the Boston Business Journal (BBJ). Continue reading

October 2014

Impact of AFO design on calf circumference

Preliminary research suggests the use of a kinetic return ankle foot orthosis is associated with small but significant short-term increases in calf circumference, which in turn suggests this type of device might reduce or protect against the risk of disuse muscle atrophy.

By Robert H. Meier, CO, BOCO; David C. Ruthsatz, CO, CPA; and Daniel Cipriani, PT, PhD Continue reading

September 2014

AFOs and interfaces: The important role of socks

Interface use has long been the subject of study and clinical emphasis in prosthetics, but too little attention has been given to the role of interfaces—padded socks in particular—in protecting the skin and soft tissues from forces experienced during ankle foot orthosis use.

By Harry “J.R.” Brandt Jr, CO, LO, BOCO Continue reading

August 2014

Incline walking: An offloading option for patients with knee OA

Incline walking on a treadmill results in less frontal plane knee loading and more gluteus, hamstrings, quadriceps, and triceps surae muscle activation than level walking, and therefore may benefit patients with knee osteoarthritis or those who have undergone knee replacement.

By Henry Wang, PhD, Mason Haggerty, MS, Clark Dickin, PhD, and Jennifer Popps, PhD Continue reading

August 2014

AFO tuning: Balancing function and satisfaction

Tuning of ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) and AFO-footwear combinations can significantly improve gait in patients with neuromuscular impairments. Even so, some pa- t­ients still prefer their untuned devices, which has led researchers and clinicians to reexamine their approach to intervention.

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June 2014

A virtual reality approach to lower extremity rehab

When commercially available active video games are used in rehabilitation settings, often the level of challenge does not match the patient’s ability level. Customized interventions can address these limitations while capitalizing on the fun and motivating aspects of the technology.

By Rachel Proffitt, OTD, OTR/L Continue reading

April 2014

Patient Perspective: Taking an alternative path to chronic foot pain relief

After a year in a fracture boot with a broken foot, I thought my ordeal was over. I was wrong. The broken bone in my foot, sustained after a fall down a staircase in my home, had occurred midway down the fifth metatarsal bone below my little toe—a site that is notoriously difficult to heal, according to my podiatrist.

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April 2014

Cadence Kickstart enters Korean market

Seattle-based Cadence Biomedical inked a distribution agreement on March 6 with a Korean medical device importer for the US company’s KickstartPT and KickstartPersonal systems. Continue reading

April 2014

Step Sensor 
Vibration Therapy

The Step Sensor is the first offering in Brownmed’s new line of vibration therapy products under the Intellinetix brand. The Step Sensor is a low-
profile, discreet device designed to harness the power of vibration to improve balance… Continue reading

March 2014

Bariatric surgery: Effects on patient gait and function

Existing data suggest bariatric surgery-induced weight loss can lead to rapid improvements in gait and physical function. The surgery may also help to address factors associated with knee osteoarthritis, which itself can affect mobility and function in obese patients.

By Andrew W. Froehle, PhD, Neal Dollin, MS, Richard T. Laughlin, MD, Donovan D. Teel II, MD, Richard J. Sherwood, PhD, and Dana L. Duren, PhD

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March 2014

Influence of stride length on mechanics of pitching

Because power in baseball pitchers is generated from the feet through the core to the throwing arm, the study of stride length and its impact on pitching performance may help define an optimum technique that better protects pitchers from upper extremity injuries.

By Ryan L. Crotin, PhD, and Dan K. Ramsey, PhD

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February 2014

WalkOn Reaction AFO

Ottobock announces the launch of the WalkOn Reaction AFO. Fabricated from a prepreg advanced carbon composite, the Reaction is lightweight, low profile, and extremely tough. It is designed for patients with weak dorsiflexion, poststroke impairment, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular atrophy, peroneal paralysis, and partial foot amputation.

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February 2014

Charcot-Marie-Tooth: AFO mechanics and gait patterns

Patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease showing the greatest increase in speed appear to respond to and utilize the energy storing and releasing properties of a carbon fiber composite ankle foot orthosis differently from those who had smaller increases in walking speed.

By Janet S. Dufek, PhD; Edward S. Neumann, PhD, PE, CP; M. Cameron Hawkins, PhD; and Brendan J. O’Toole, PhD

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February 2014

Exploring treatment options for intermittent claudication

Despite the documented benefits of supervised exercise in patients with claudication, its effect on actual clinical practice has been disappointing due to a lack of reimbursement. But practitioners and research­ers have been investigating other options, with encouraging preliminary results.

By Cary Groner

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December 2013

Quikiks: gears up for first production run of hands-free shoes, available in early 2014

Perhaps watching television can be good for you. About six years ago, Steve Kaufman was watching the late-night CNBC show “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch,” during which successful entrepreneurs tell how they got started in business. At the end of the show, the host would challenge viewers to come up with their own big ideas.

By Larry Hand

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