Plantar pressure-based auditory feedback is associated with changes in plantar pressure and muscle activation during gait in patients with chronic ankle instability, according to research from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Researchers from the Spaulding National Running Center at the Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have found that running in highly cushioned shoes is not associated with lower impact forces than conventional running shoes.
EndoFoam, from Rehabilitation Technical Products, is a two-part prosthetic cover system that creates a uniform cell structure similar to the density of human tissue. Simply secure a finishing mold around the prosthesis, mix the two parts, and pour in the solution. After 10 minutes, the mold is removed, and the result is a fully covered prosthesis with minimal trimming necessary.
Townsend Design announces the North American release of the Active Reliever, a soft shell single-upright knee brace for osteoarthritis (OA). This brace, available off the shelf or custom fitted, is designed to relieve pain by reducing load on the affected side of the knee.
Sigvaris announces a new therapeutic compression sock option for patients with diabetes. Constructed with the company’s drirelease yarns and embedded FreshGuard technology, Sigvaris Eversoft Diabetic Socks are designed to wick away moisture and prevent odor, reducing friction and lowering the risk of infection
Copolymer polypropylene is now available from Allied O&P Supply in red, light blue, royal blue, purple, yellow, light pink, and brown. Copolymer polypropylene has some flexibility and good crack resistance, but it is more resilient and less rigid than homopolymers, and it processes at a lower temperature, all of which facilitate spot modification. The recommended oven temperature is 350° to 375° F.
Allied OSI Labs has expanded the “SideKicks” over-the-counter (OTC) orthotic line, providing a more complete solution for in-office dispensing. The original SideKicks line, launched in 2012, consisted of three full-length OTC foot orthoses in sport and casual shell styles as well as a met-length option. The four new Sidekicks Freestyles feature a semirigid 1/8″ Triton shell (comparable to popular and durable thermoplastic materials), a sleek topcover, a suede bottom cover, and optional rearfoot posting.
Shirley, NY-based Biodex Medical Systems and Austin, TX-based Concussion Health reported on May 28 that the two companies have completed a preferred vendor partnership to create a concussion management program for Biodex’s rehabilitation facility customers.
The Gainesville, FL-based OPIE Choice Network and Streifeneder USA in Tampa, FL, on May 8 announced they have inked two new agreements. The first makes Streifeneder USA’s product catalog available to all users of the OPIE Purchasing System when they become an OPIE Integrated Supplier.
Reykjavik, Iceland-based Össur and Tempe, AZ-based SpringActive on May 6 jointly announced a licensing agreement between the global provider of advanced prosthetics and the privately held engineering firm that specializes in robotics and powered prosthetic devices. The agreement calls for Össur’s involvement in the final design, manufacturing, and commercialization of SpringActive’s Odyssey all-terrain prosthetic ankle.