Lower Extremity Review

Patients with ankle instability respond to auditory feedback by changing gait

July 28, 2015

Plantar pressure-based auditory feedback is associated with changes in plantar pressure and muscle activation during gait in patients with chronic ankle instability, according to research from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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Running shoe reveal: Study links max cushioning, higher load

July 21, 2015

Researchers from the Spaulding National Running Center at the Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have found that running in highly cushioned shoes is not associated with lower impact forces than conventional running shoes.

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The future of footwear and orthoses is here. Now what?

July 10, 2015

By Jordana Bieze Foster A shift in tone was apparent at this year’s Ortho Technology Forum (OTF), and not just because the focus of the event has been expanded to include design and manufacturing technologies for footwear as well as foot orthoses. Speakers and attendees are no longer just speculating about how technology will change the footwear and foot orthosis industries—because those changes are already occurring in mainstream, high-profile ways.

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The argument for library-based orthotic prescription

July 10, 2015

By Jordana Bieze Foster Much of the discussion at the 2015 Ortho Technology Forum (OTF) focused on various ways in which the future of the orthotic industry will require adapting to new technologies. But the event’s final presenter challenged OTF attendees to consider the possibility that the future of the industry will also require reinventing the entire process of orthotic prescription.

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New EMS Socket System

July 10, 2015

Ottobock is the exclusive distributor of the new EMS (Environmentally Managed System) socket system developed by Carl Caspers, CPO. The EMS technology is fully compatible with the Harmony vacuum system Caspers developed and sold to Ottobock in 2003, but also offers more surface area for better pressure distribution, a higher coefficient of friction for better connection, a flexible supracondylar connection for knee stability, an air cushion to reduce distal pressures, and flexible inner socket trim lines and lower definitive socket trim lines for better range of motion and improved sleeve durability.

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MVN Biomech Motion Analysis

July 10, 2015

The new MVN Biomech wearable 3D motion system from Xsens is made up of small, lightweight tracking units that communicate wirelessly to a personal computer. These trackers can either be integrated into a Lycra suit (MVN Biomech Link) or mounted in straps that fasten on the human body (MVN Biomech Awinda).

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EndoFoam Prosthetic Cover

July 10, 2015

EndoFoam, from Rehabilitation Technical Products, is a two-part prosthetic cover system that creates a uniform cell structure similar to the density of human tissue. Simply secure a finishing mold around the prosthesis, mix the two parts, and pour in the solution. After 10 minutes, the mold is removed, and the result is a fully covered prosthesis with minimal trimming necessary.

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Soletech Flex Insoles

July 10, 2015

Soletech now offers Rigid-Flex and Semi-Flex insoles for athletes and others who will benefit from extra arch support. Both the Rigid-Flex and Semi-Flex insoles are lightweight and slender, with a streamlined shape. The new insoles are composed of injection-molded polyester and are thermomoldable to facilitate an optimum balance of flex and support.

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Townsend Active Reliever

July 10, 2015

Townsend Design announces the North American release of the Active Reliever, a soft shell single-upright knee brace for osteoarthritis (OA). This brace, available off the shelf or custom fitted, is designed to relieve pain by reducing load on the affected side of the knee.

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Chronic Pain Education System

July 10, 2015

Physical therapist Adriaan Louw’s Why You Hurt: Therapeutic Neuroscience Education System is a comprehensive tool for teaching patients about pain, distilling complex neuroscience into easily approachable language, examples, metaphors and images. The Why You Hurt system includes more than 120 full-color, two-sided education cards related to more than a dozen common chronic pain topics. Every card has teaching cues on the back, to guide the learning session, and vibrant images on the front, to enhance recall

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