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.
By Jordana Bieze Foster Much of the discussion at the 2015 Ortho Technology Forum (OTF) focused on various ways in which the future of the orthotic industry will require adapting to new technologies. But the event’s final presenter challenged OTF attendees to consider the possibility that the future of the industry will also require reinventing the entire process of orthotic prescription.
The new MVN Biomech wearable 3D motion system from Xsens is made up of small, lightweight tracking units that communicate wirelessly to a personal computer. These trackers can either be integrated into a Lycra suit (MVN Biomech Link) or mounted in straps that fasten on the human body (MVN Biomech Awinda).
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.
Soletech now offers Rigid-Flex and Semi-Flex insoles for athletes and others who will benefit from extra arch support. Both the Rigid-Flex and Semi-Flex insoles are lightweight and slender, with a streamlined shape. The new insoles are composed of injection-molded polyester and are thermomoldable to facilitate an optimum balance of flex and support.
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.
Hersco’s new Lower Extremity Ankle Protection (LEAP) brace, the latest in the company’s line of ankle foot orthoses (AFOs), is designed to help improve stability and proprioception in elderly patients and others who are at risk for trips and falls. The LEAP brace is a short, semirigid polypropylene AFO that is functionally balanced to support the foot and ankle complex without immobilizing the ankle
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.
Tamarack Habilitation Technologies announces the Tamarack Plantarflexion Limiter Kit, which provides 30° of precision adjustability for plantar flexion control. Kits come in medium and large sizes, can be used with thermoplastic and carbon fiber construction, and include a set of reusable molding dummies. Tamarack Flexure Joints are sold separately