Lower Extremity Review

Driving safety: The effects of lower extremity impairment

August 25, 2015

The question of when or if it’s safe for patients to drive after surgery or while wearing a lower extremity orthotic device is one practitioners should address. But, in the absence of formal guide­lines, clinicians’ advice is often inconsistent.

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Dynamic arch height in runners differs significantly from static measurement

August 18, 2015

Dynamic measures of arch height in runners are significantly different from static measures, according to research from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The investigators assessed 16 healthy college-aged runners, who ran an average of 15 to 30 miles per week. Arch height was assessed using the Oxford Foot Model with the participants barefoot, first while standing on a treadmill and then while jogging; the dynamic measurement was taken at the point of peak knee flexion.

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Footwear and risk of knee OA: The search for meaning in moments

August 11, 2015

Although footwear may in fact play a role in the development of knee osteoarthritis and its clinical management, those relation­ships are turning out to be much more complicated than once thought.

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Complete Feet: Pedorthist’s new venture emphasizes the customer experience

August 7, 2015

By Catherine M. Koetters | Photos by Michael Moore Michael Duvdevani, CPed, thinks of his newest store, Complete Feet, as a carefully thought-out step in the right direction

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Lamey Wellehan Shoes: Investing in expertise pays off for 101-year-old company

August 7, 2015

By Nancy Shohet West Many foot care professionals would probably confess to a love-hate relationship with the footwear industry.

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Extra bodyweight enhances effects of high heels at knee

August 7, 2015

Lower heels, BMI may reduce OA risk By Emily Delzell Walking in shoes with heels higher than about 1.5 inches causes gait abnormalities that are amplified by extra bodyweight, according to recent research that found high-heeled walking creates significant changes in knee loading similar to those seen in knee osteoarthritis (OA).

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Foot orthoses for heel pain help improve walking activity

August 7, 2015

Study supports custom device use By Barbara Boughton In patients with plantar fasciitis, the pain relief associated with custom foot orthoses (CFOs) appears to result in increased walking activity, as well, according to a recently published clinical trial. In the double-blinded randomized placebo-controlled trial, epublished in May by the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association , episodes of walking lasted significantly longer in patients who wore CFOs for three months than those who wore prefabricated foot orthoses (PFOs) or sham orthoses. Study investigators randomized 77 patients who had plantar heel pain for less than a year into three treatment groups and assessed pain and function at baseline, one month, and three months.

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Arcopédico Leina

August 7, 2015

Arcopédico USA debuts three new colors—grey, camel, and purple—this summer for the top-selling Leina collection of sporty Mary Jane walking slides. Featuring a wide, nonrestrictive form and a stay-on elastic band for a secure fit, these shoes are ideal for misshapen feet. The Lytech upper material offers bidirectional elasticity, easing pressure on the foot and adjusting with every step

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Mobils Ergonomic by Mephisto

August 7, 2015

The Mobils Ergonomic Collection by Mephisto is designed to ensure a healthy, natural walk. Three advanced technological comfort features highlight this brand.

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Vionic Cozy Juniper

August 7, 2015

For fall 2015, Vionic brings its trusted Orthaheel orthotic technology to a new, premium cozy women’s house slipper. The Cozy Juniper is a luxurious option for the patient/consumer who desires structural security for her feet along with the pampering of a house slipper

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