Lower Extremity Review

A virtual reality approach to lower extremity rehab

July 17, 2014

A virtual reality approach to lower extremity rehab | Lower Extremity Review Magazine : 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 Virtual reality (VR) and video games are becoming more and more popular in the field of rehabilitation.

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Effects of targeted exercise on chronic ankle instability

July 15, 2014

Clinicians and researchers are increasingly utilizing exercise protocols focused on improving proprioception, range of motion, and strength to influence the more active and functional deficits that have been associated with chronic ankle instability in the literature.

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Correcting hallux valgus

June 30, 2014

Although some research has described sensory nerve dysfunction as a potential complication of hallux valgus surgery, most patients undergoing the procedure have measureable preoperative deficits—and most of these improve after surgery, according to results from a prospective study e-published in May by Foot & Ankle International.

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Evidence-based use of metatarsal pads

June 24, 2014

Plantar pressure analysis studies are demonstrating the effectiveness of met pads for forefoot offloading and helping clinicians determine which patients are most likely to benefit from different pad designs and placement strategies.

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Walking 600 miles is tough; plantar fasciitis is tougher

June 20, 2014

By Laura Potts In 2008 I walked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago, the medieval pilgrimage route through northern Spain leading to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It was my first long distance walk, and because I completed it without injury, pain, or a blister, I fancied myself a walking superhero, immune to suffering or discomfort

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Updated F-Scan Software

June 19, 2014

Tekscan announces the release of new, improved software for its F-Scan in-shoe analysis system. This new software automatically performs an in-depth foot function analysis and generates print-friendly reports at the push of a button. Now practitioners can document the effect of custom orthotic devices and footwear instantly and generate reports in seconds

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Townsend Nox Splint

June 19, 2014

Townsend announces the release of the Nox splint. The Nox (from the Greek word for night) splint is designed for nighttime relief and treatment of plantar fasciitis, fibromatosis, Achilles tendinitis, heel spurs, and foot drop

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Therapeutic Kickstart System

June 19, 2014

Cadence Biomedical introduces the therapeutic version of the Kickstart Walking System, a rehabilitation system designed to help physical therapists maximize rehabilitation outcomes in patients who have experienced a neurological injury. Kickstart’s technology provides effective walking assistance that is patient-initiated and uses their existing motor skills to promote learning.

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Therafirm Ease Compression

June 19, 2014

New from Therafirm is the Ease premium opaque gradient compression line, which complements Knit-Rite’s patented Core-Spun by Therafirm compression socks. Both the gradient compression line and the compression socks are engineered using ultra stretchy yarns for comfort and ease of use. Moisture-wicking CoolMax fibers provide dry, comfortable coolness.

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Slim Fit Max Insoles

June 19, 2014

Foot Management is now introducing its Slim Fit Max insole, which is made with durable EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) top and bottom covers for added comfort and shock absorption. This orthotic device has a sturdy polypropylene shell that is designed to provide the foot with maximum arch support, as well as more stability and control

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