Lower Extremity Review

Influence of estrogen on the plantar fascia

May 24, 2016

Reported effects of estrogen on knee ligaments and the Achilles tendon raise questions about how the plantar fascia might be altered during the menstrual cycle and how those changes might affect injury risk. This original study was designed to address that question.

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FS6 Compression Foot Sleeve

May 4, 2016

Allied OSI Labs has added the FS6 Compression Sleeve to its growing catalog of products for foot and ankle practices. The FS6 Compression Sleeve is designed to relieve the pain and swelling associated with plantar fasciitis by offering six zones of compression and support: firm compression at the Achilles tendon and midfoot, moderate compression at the heel and forefoot, and mild compression at the ankle and toes.

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Orpyx SurroSense Rx

May 4, 2016

Orpyx’s flagship product, the SurroSense Rx, is a wearable tool to help manage and track complications associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The SurroSense Rx system alerts the user via a smartwatch when plantar pressures are detected above a threshold level for a prolonged period, so the user can take action before damage occurs.

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SportsAT 2.0 Software

May 4, 2016

New from Tekscan, the SportsAT 2.0 software provides essential information for complete balance and concussion assessments. Sports medicine professionals can use SportsAT 2.0 to complete objective baseline and postinjury tests, quickly assess injury risk, identify asymmetries, and evaluate progress. Initiate balance training exercises using the Balance Compass to quantitatively measure postural stability and control

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TheraSport Leg Sleeves

May 4, 2016

Therafirm’s new TheraSport brand introduces TheraSport Athletic Leg Sleeves to round out a product line engineered to improve circulation and help provide energy for greater endurance, enhanced performance, and a speedy recovery. The soft, lightweight sleeves feature a comfortable band with a nonbinding grip to help the socks stay up.

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3DSizeME with Color Detection

May 4, 2016

The 3DsizeME system from TechMed 3D—including the Structure Sensor, 3DsizeME free iPad app, and MSoft software—is a compact, versatile, and affordable scanning solution that now offers a new color detection feature. Operators can now use colored positioning targets to identify anatomical landmarks or to align the 3D form automatically

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FootFidget Exercise Device

May 4, 2016

Designed by physical therapists, the FootFidget is a versatile exercise device for health and fitness that can be used as a dynamic footrest when sitting or standing for long periods of time. “Fidgeting” (pressing the foot against the device’s flexible resistance bands) while sitting or standing can help improve lower extremity strength, endurance, and circulation; other potential benefits include improved balance, ergonomic positioning, comfort, and focus.

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Tendon Trak For Tendinopathy

May 4, 2016

Created by a physical therapist for treating lower extremity tendinopathies, the Tendon Trak from Innovative Bracing supports the tendon to decrease pain and improve function by facilitating anatomically efficient muscle contraction without excessive compression.

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WalkingHealth Fall-Risk Analysis

May 4, 2016

WalkJoy has updated the software used with its namesake gait-restoration product to help clinicians assess a patient’s risk of falling. WalkingHealth is a portable gait-analysis tool to identify a patient’s risk of falling as low, medium, or high, along with tracking functional outcome data for physical therapy G-Code documentation

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Lakers celebrate Vitti, retiring head AT

May 4, 2016

The Los Angeles Lakers honored retiring head athletic trainer Gary Vitti, MS, ATC, during the first quarter of the Lakers’ April 3 home game against the Boston Celtics. Vitti, who will retire from his full-time role this summer, has been with the Lakers for 32 seasons and is the longest-tenured trainer in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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