Lower Extremity Review

A new triplanar paradigm for bunion management

May 19, 2015

The most common paradigm in bunion surgery relies on one or more metatarsal osteotomies to correct the 1-2 intermetatarsal angle and soft tissue balancing to align the first metatarsophalangeal joint, sesamoid apparatus and hallux. Additionally, the most common approach to assessing and defining the anatomy in a bunion, and subsequently choosing the corrective procedure or procedures for bunion correction, utilizes commonly accepted measurements, such as the IMA, the hallux abductus angle and the tibial sesamoid position.

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Ankle fracture patients have elevated levels of synovial biomarkers for OA

May 12, 2015

Patients with acute intra-articular ankle fractures demonstrate elevated levels of biomarkers that are commonly associated with osteoarthritis, suggesting that the degenerative process that leads to OA in the majority of ankle trauma patients begins in the acute phase, according to research from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

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Habitual foot-strike patterns may persist in older runners after switch from shoes

May 5, 2015

Experienced runners older than 30 years are less likely than adolescents to change foot-strike pattern when switching from traditional running shoes to barefoot running, which may increase their risk of injury, according to a study from the University of Kansas in Kansas City. Researchers analyzed 26 runners (16 men), all of whom were older than 30 years and had more than 10 years of shod running experience, as they ran on a treadmill at various speeds while barefoot and while wearing conventional running shoes.

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Pedors Genext Dress Orthotic

April 26, 2015

The new Genext Dress Orthotic from Pedors Shoes has been designed with a lower profile to fit into almost any dress or casual shoe. Using the original Genext cork and rubber shell for orthotic support, a memory foam component has been added to give the arch a softer, more cushioned feel. The thermoplastic poly­urethane base layer provides durability, and the microfiber topcover finishes the device attractively

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FreeSport Knee Sleeve and Wrap

April 26, 2015

Breg has launched the FreeSport knee sleeve and wrap for athletes with mild to moderate discomfort, patellar maltracking, and related injuries such as runner’s knee.

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SenMoCOR Rehab System

April 26, 2015

SenMoCOR (Sensory Motor Control-Oriented Rehabilitation) offers the user and the clinician immediate visual feedback regarding sensory motor control with an easy-to-wear laser and laser targets. Developed by the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine-US and available from OPTP, the SenMoCOR system stimulates implicit learning, allowing users to internalize their movement errors and self-correct. Using the three included straps, the laser can be positioned for hip, knee, or ankle control; the user can then aim the laser at the target and guide a feedback dot using controlled body movements.

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ProTech Met Foot Orthosis

April 26, 2015

Powerstep’s new ProTech Met offers the stability, support and comfort of the company’s ProTech Full Length Orthotic but has the added benefit of a built-in metatarsal pad, which helps spread and cushion the metatarsal heads to alleviate pain in the ball of foot. Other features include a strong, medical-grade foot support; double layer, shock-absorbing EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate)/Poron cushioning for comfort; friction-reducing, antimicrobial topcover fabric; and a deep heel cradle and Poron heel pad to stabilize the heel during heel strike. This full length foot orthosis is available in nine sizes for men and women.

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Spring Footwear From Spenco

April 26, 2015

Spenco introduces its new fashion-forward footwear for spring 2015. New this year are Crackle and Nightlight athletic slides, which capture the bright, rich color trend in popular footwear.

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Curbell Transfer Paper Website

April 26, 2015

Curbell Plastics is introducing myDesignOandP.com, a new website that allows patients to explore patterns and colors of transfer papers to personalize thermoplastic orthotic and prosthetic devices. Involving patients, and pediatric patients in particular, in the selection of colors and patterns that appeal to them increases the likelihood that they will wear their O&P devices as prescribed.

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Dynamic Chopart Gait Stabilizer

April 26, 2015

Hersco offers a new Dynamic Chopart Gait Stabilizer as the latest addition to its line of ankle foot orthoses (AFOs). The new Dynamic Chopart Gait Stabilizer is an AFO designed for Chopart amputees who wish to remain active. Addressing concerns about AFOs feeling stiff and unnatural, this new AFO features a hinged ankle and flexible foot plate with a segmented dynamic filler that allows flexion before providing a ‘stop,’ which protects the resi­duum and prevents shoe vamp collapse

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