Lower Extremity Review

Parents: How to make them your clinical allies

December 2, 2014

While the patient is always the practitionerʼs first priority, establishing a convivial relationship with a childʼs parents can mean the difference between victory and failure when it comes to diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating lower extremity problems in pediatric patients. By Shalmali Pal These days, there as many labels for parenting styles as there are names for mother and father: There’s kangaroo mom versus stroller mom; strict tiger parents versus permissive parents; helicopter (aka anxious) dad versus secure dad

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Rates of chronic ankle instability in children are surprisingly high

December 2, 2014

Experts push for better sprain rehab By P.K.

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Gait compensations vary in kids with limb length discrepancies

December 2, 2014

Location of shortening is key factor By Larry Hand Contrary to popular perceptions, children with limb length discrepancy (LLD) may each use multiple compensatory strategies when they are walking, depending on where their discrepancy is, and those gait patterns may present a dilemma for practitioners.

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Below-knee amputation level has subtle functional effects

December 2, 2014

Photo courtesy of Fillauer Syme, transtibial gaits are similar By Hank Black The relative functional benefits of transtibial and Syme amputations in adults have been discussed in the medical literature, but few studies have addressed similar issues in pediatric patients.

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New igli Junior Insoles

December 2, 2014

Medi USA introduces two new igli Junior carbon insoles in the igli carbon insole series: the Junior Orange and Junior Blue C+ for children. The customizable igli insoles feature a carbon clip on the underside of the insole and adjustable polyurethane postings that support specific foot structures while allowing the foot to function properly.

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FootMat Software

December 2, 2014

Tekscan introduces FootMat software, which allows clinicians to analyze static or dynamic pressure data and generate objective, evidence-based reports for patient education and to document treatment effects. Compatible with both the ClassicMat and MobileMat platforms, the FootMat software features automated three-box analysis that segments the foot into three key regions: heel, metatarsal, and total foot

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Performance RX Orthoses

December 2, 2014

SOLO Laboratories has announced the release of Performance RX, a new material now available as an option for the company’s orthotic products. Performance RX is an engineered nylon plate material that does not fatigue, creep, or settle over time and can be used to create one of the strongest, thinnest orthotic shells available. The RX shell has a variable thickness design, with only 1.5 mm of material at contact points

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MiniTrax Pediatric Boot

December 2, 2014

DJO Global introduces its new MiniTrax pediatric walking boot, designed for small patients with mild to severe foot and ankle injuries. MiniTrax features kid-friendly design elements that make wearing the boot less intimidating for children, which helps to increase compliance

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PolySoft and Gentle Padding

December 2, 2014

Ambra Le Roy announces the addition of PolySoft stockinette and Gentle Padding to its Lymphedema Care line. The Polysoft stockinette is made from soft, comfortable synthetic fibers with no elastic yarns. It is primarily used as a base layer during complete decongestive therapy.

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Rocktape Knee Caps

December 2, 2014

Knee Caps from Rocktape are designed to help protect the knees during complex fitness movements, such as dead lifts, pistols, and squats. Knee Caps are designed to offer compression, warmth, and lateral stability during these movements.

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