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Achilles oddity: Heeled shoes may boost load during gait

October 7, 2014

A recent study using innovative technology has questioned the potential role of standard running shoes with slightly elevated heels for the prevention and treatment of Achilles tendon pathology. For many years, inadequate heel offset has been anecdotally implicated as a factor in tendinopathy of the Achilles, and elevating the heel to address this does seem to make sense.

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DynaFlange Insole

September 26, 2014

The DynaFlange insole, exclusive to The Orthotic Group and Langer Biomechanics, introduces a new method of proprioceptive stimulation to awaken the nervous system, moving it out of a stuck posture with every step. Studied at Noraxon USA, a worldwide leader in human biomechanics research and bioinformatics, the DynaFlange was found to improve center of pressure and stability throughout the gait cycle

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littleSteps in New Sizes

September 26, 2014

Nolaro24 introduces new sizes for littleSteps, its prefabricated foot orthoses specifically designed for kids. Four new sizes (00, 0, 8, and 9) have been added to the line, which now accommodates kids from toddler size 5 up to adult/children’s size 9

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Mobils by Mephisto

September 26, 2014

Mephisto USA introduces its new Mobils by Mephisto handcrafted women’s shoe collection, with multiple features to enhance the comfort of the wearer. All-over soft padding helps prevent pinching and rubbing. Anatomic Mobils Relax footbeds provide comfortable support but can be removed to accommodate ortho­- tic devices

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Sigvaris Sleeves Now in Red

September 26, 2014

In response to popular demand, Sigvaris now offers its sports performance sleeves in red. Sigvaris performance sleeves help improve circulation and flush out lactic acid after a workout

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New Footwear Styles from Sole

September 26, 2014

The new footwear styles from Sole—which include the Navigate, Inhale, and Gasp—are designed to help the wearer feel confident and comfortable during any ambitious adventure. Made with moldable platforms that adapt to the shape of the wearer’s foot, Sole footwear is engineered to help soothe back and foot pain, improve balance and stability, and reduce plantar fascia strain. The Navigate is rugged, with minimal, adjustable straps that anchor the foot without being restrictive

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Stabilizing Speed Pro

September 26, 2014

New from DJO Global is the DonJoy Stabilizing Speed Pro ankle brace, designed to meet the needs of demanding athletes. Improving on the Stabilizing brace design that has been associated with a 61% reduction in the incidence of ankle injuries, the Stabilizing Speed Pro features a contoured design made with rugged ballistic nylon, reinforced eyelets, a 3″ circumferential compression strap, and removable articulated stays. In addition to all the benefits of the Stabilizing Pro ankle brace, the new Stabilizing Speed Pro ankle brace features a “speed-lacing” system that makes applying the brace fast and easy

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Air Active Kinegen Knee

September 26, 2014

Streifeneder USA introduces a new addition to its Kinegen Knee Line: the Kinegen.air-active 3A1800. Using polycentric technology, the knee joint provides an expanded range of motion with flexion angles up to 150°, as well as extra mechanical stance-phase safety in the event of stumbling. An adjustable, pneumatic twin chamber provides pneumatic swing-phase control, which, along with the dynamic performance of the joint linkage, facilitates a harmonic and natural gait.

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Pioneering O&P engineer Dudley Childress dies after 47-year career

September 26, 2014

By Emily Delzell Dudley S. Childress, PhD, professor emeritus of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and director emeritus of the Northwestern University Prosthetic Orthotic Center (NUPOC) in Chicago, died on August 6 after a long illness. He was 79.

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ProtoKinetics software shows reliability

September 26, 2014

By Emily Delzell An August study comparing ProtoKinetics Movement Analysis Software (PKMAS) with the widely used GaitRite system concludes the software from Havertown, PA-based ProtoKinetics is a reliable alternative processing method. Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim collected data with GaitRite hardware from 86 healthy older people and 44 older adults who had undergone surgical hip fracture repair four months prior to study entry and derived temporal-spatial variables from raw footfall data using both GaitRite and PKMAS processing programs.

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