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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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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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UK unis to host international PFP events

March 27, 2015

The University of Manchester and the University of Central Lancaster in the UK announced in February plans to host two international events on patello­femoral pain this September. The fourth annual International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat is scheduled for September 2-4 in Manchester and the second annual Inter­national Patellofemoral Pain Clinical Symposium is set to take place September 5 at University of Central Lancashire in Preston. For more information on the events, go to ipfrr.com

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NATA gives first youth sports safety awards

March 27, 2015

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association on March 2 presented its inaugural Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Award to three recipients at the annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Irvine, TX.

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Triton device debuts at Hanger event

March 27, 2015

Birmingham, AL-based Hanger on February 3 debuted its Triton smart ankle at the annual Hanger Education Fair and National Meeting in Las Vegas, where practitioners fit two amputee patients with the microprocessor-controlled prosthetic ankle-feet. Eight pediatric amputees, recipients of a Hanger Kids Scholarship to Camp No Limits, helped kick off the event’s February 4 opening ceremony. Hanger donated $100,000 in 2014 to establish the scholarship, which sends 100 pediatric amputees and a family member to one of the 2014-2015 camps for children with limb loss or limb difference

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Most baseball players return from ACL reconstruction, but play in fewer games

March 27, 2015

By P.K. Daniel Nearly all Major League Baseball position players who undergo anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction return to play at least 30 games, but those who do return play in fewer games in the season after surgery, according to a study whose authors include the head athletic trainer for the Los Angeles Dodgers

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Plantar flexion resistance alters knee flexion, foot strike in stroke patients

March 27, 2015

By Jordana Bieze Foster Increasing the plantar flexion resistance of an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) reduces knee hyperextension and changes foot strike pattern during gait in chronic stroke patients, according to research presented in February at the AAOP meeting in New Orleans. A multicenter team of investigators assessed 10 patients (two women), who were an average of six years poststroke, as they walked while wearing an experimental AFO with a steel-spring design that adjusts for different degrees of plantar flexion resistance. Increasing the resistance of the AFO was associated with a systematic response involving increased knee flexion during gait and a shift from a forefoot strike pattern to a rearfoot strike pattern

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