Lower Extremity Review

Double bonus: AFOs improve dual-task gait in 2 ways

April 14, 2015

Wearing ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) is associated with both physical and cognitive performance during dual-task gait in children with myelomeningocele, according to research presented in February at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) in New Orleans.

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Predicting recurrence after clubfoot treatment

April 7, 2015

In the search for factors that predict recurrence after use of the Ponseti method for successful treatment of idiopathic clubfoot, conclusive evidence is in short supply. However, the one factor that is consistently associated with the risk of recurrence is compliance with brace wear.

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Heel pain gains: Studies support multimodal treatment

March 31, 2015

Multimodal physical therapy is associated with significant symptom relief in patients with plantar heel pain, but may be most effective for those with symptoms lasting less than seven months, according to research presented in February at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.

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Where Can I Learn More About Biomechanics?

March 31, 2015

Residents and practitioners always ask me where they can go to learn more about lower extremity biomechanics. The obvious reason is their desire to improve their foot orthotic therapy skills and decision making for reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. I have found the answer to this question to be elusive

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OHI expands lower extremity offerings with Apex foot health division purchase

March 27, 2015

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Orthotic Holdings Inc (OHI) has purchased Aetrex Worldwide’s Apex Foot Health & Wellness division, the companies reported on March 3. The new entity will be known as Apex Foot Heath Industries, LLC, and will stay at Apex’s current location in Teaneck, NJ

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Olympic marathoner’s family sues Vibram

March 27, 2015

The family of Olympic mara­thon runner Abebe Bikila in February filed a lawsuit in Tacoma, WA, federal court seek­ing up to $15 million in damages from minimalist foot­wear maker Vibram for its unauthorized use of the athlete’s name for its FiveFingers Bikila models. Bikila was born in Ethiopia and ran barefoot for their Olympic team during the 1960 mara­thon in Rome, winning that race as well as the marathon at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, which he ran shod, and his name is an important one in barefoot running lore.

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AOPA invites O&P research proposals

March 27, 2015

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on February 27 unveiled its slate of 2015 RFPs (request for proposals), inviting O&P research project submissions. AOPA has awarded the annual grants, which range from $15,000 up to $60,000, since 2009. Go to aopanet.org to view the list of 2015 research topics and download RFPs

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BOC is OPAF Silver Sponsor for 5th year

March 27, 2015

The Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) announced in February that the Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) is for the fifth consecutive year a Silver Level Sponsor with a $5000 contribution for OPAF and its First Clinics. The First Clinics provide adaptive recreational opportunities for those with physical or mobility challenges.

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Tenex minimally invasive fasciotomy system eases plantar fasciitis pain

March 27, 2015

Data presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology annual meeting in March in Atlanta show percutaneous ultrasonic fasciotomy using Tenex Health’s technology relieves plantar fasciitis pain.

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Olympian opens Algeos Innovation Suite

March 27, 2015

Olympic heptathlete Kelly Sotherton on February 24 officially opened Algeos’s £50,000 state-of-the-art medical technology center at Birmingham Metropolitan College’s Matthew Boulton Campus in the UK. Sotherton, who won a bronze medal for the UK at the 2004 Olympics, launched the Algeos Innovation Suite, which the college’s podiatry students will use for training and providing consultations and treatment for 2500 patients annually at the 18-chair on-site private clinic

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