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Patients with ankle instability respond to auditory feedback by changing gait

July 28, 2015

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.

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The argument for library-based orthotic prescription

July 10, 2015

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.

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New EMS Socket System

July 10, 2015

Ottobock is the exclusive distributor of the new EMS (Environmentally Managed System) socket system developed by Carl Caspers, CPO. The EMS technology is fully compatible with the Harmony vacuum system Caspers developed and sold to Ottobock in 2003, but also offers more surface area for better pressure distribution, a higher coefficient of friction for better connection, a flexible supracondylar connection for knee stability, an air cushion to reduce distal pressures, and flexible inner socket trim lines and lower definitive socket trim lines for better range of motion and improved sleeve durability.

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Soletech Flex Insoles

July 10, 2015

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.

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Chronic Pain Education System

July 10, 2015

Physical therapist Adriaan Louw’s Why You Hurt: Therapeutic Neuroscience Education System is a comprehensive tool for teaching patients about pain, distilling complex neuroscience into easily approachable language, examples, metaphors and images. The Why You Hurt system includes more than 120 full-color, two-sided education cards related to more than a dozen common chronic pain topics. Every card has teaching cues on the back, to guide the learning session, and vibrant images on the front, to enhance recall

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Diabetic Compression

July 10, 2015

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

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Hersco LEAP Ankle Brace

July 10, 2015

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

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Plantarflexion Limiter Kit

July 10, 2015

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

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Pressurex Duration

July 10, 2015

Sensor Products announces Pressurex Duration, a visual indicator sensor film that reveals the longevity of physical compressive load. The technological innovation behind Pressurex Duration is a sophis­ticated nanoparticle lattice structure that facilitates a color change

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Biodex, Concussion Health offer rehab cert

July 10, 2015

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.

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