Journal of Foot and Ankle Research

Heel pain gains: Studies support multimodal treatment

March 31, 2015

Multimodal physical therapy is associated with significant symptom relief in patients with plantar heel pain, but may be most effective for those with symptoms lasting less than seven months, according to research presented in February at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.

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Protective socks for people with diabetes

March 28, 2015

Protective socks for people with diabetes: a systematic review and narrative analysis Simon J Otter, Keith Rome, Belinda Ihaka, Andrew South, Mandy Smith, Amit Gupta, Frances Joseph and Peter Heslop Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2015, 8:9 doi:10.1186/s13047-015-0068-7 Quote: Padded socks to protect the at-risk diabetic foot have been available for a number of years.

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The research capacity and culture of Australian podiatrists

March 28, 2015

Background: Best practice clinical health care is widely recognised to be founded on evidence based practice. Enhancing evidence based practice via the rapid translation of new evidence into every day clinical practice is fundamental to the success of health care and in turn health care professions.

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Reviewer Acknowledgement 2014

March 28, 2015

Contributing reviewersThe Editors of Journal of Foot and Ankle Research would like to thank all our reviewers who have contributed to the journal in Volume 7 (2014).

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OHI expands lower extremity offerings with Apex foot health division purchase

March 27, 2015

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Orthotic Holdings Inc (OHI) has purchased Aetrex Worldwide’s Apex Foot Health & Wellness division, the companies reported on March 3. The new entity will be known as Apex Foot Heath Industries, LLC, and will stay at Apex’s current location in Teaneck, NJ

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Olympic marathoner’s family sues Vibram

March 27, 2015

The family of Olympic mara­thon runner Abebe Bikila in February filed a lawsuit in Tacoma, WA, federal court seek­ing up to $15 million in damages from minimalist foot­wear maker Vibram for its unauthorized use of the athlete’s name for its FiveFingers Bikila models. Bikila was born in Ethiopia and ran barefoot for their Olympic team during the 1960 mara­thon in Rome, winning that race as well as the marathon at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, which he ran shod, and his name is an important one in barefoot running lore.

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AOPA invites O&P research proposals

March 27, 2015

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on February 27 unveiled its slate of 2015 RFPs (request for proposals), inviting O&P research project submissions. AOPA has awarded the annual grants, which range from $15,000 up to $60,000, since 2009. Go to aopanet.org to view the list of 2015 research topics and download RFPs

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BOC is OPAF Silver Sponsor for 5th year

March 27, 2015

The Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) announced in February that the Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) is for the fifth consecutive year a Silver Level Sponsor with a $5000 contribution for OPAF and its First Clinics. The First Clinics provide adaptive recreational opportunities for those with physical or mobility challenges.

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Tenex minimally invasive fasciotomy system eases plantar fasciitis pain

March 27, 2015

Data presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology annual meeting in March in Atlanta show percutaneous ultrasonic fasciotomy using Tenex Health’s technology relieves plantar fasciitis pain.

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Olympian opens Algeos Innovation Suite

March 27, 2015

Olympic heptathlete Kelly Sotherton on February 24 officially opened Algeos’s £50,000 state-of-the-art medical technology center at Birmingham Metropolitan College’s Matthew Boulton Campus in the UK. Sotherton, who won a bronze medal for the UK at the 2004 Olympics, launched the Algeos Innovation Suite, which the college’s podiatry students will use for training and providing consultations and treatment for 2500 patients annually at the 18-chair on-site private clinic

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