lower extremity review

Treatment of distal toe calluses and ulcerations

July 19, 2016

When calluses or ulcers develop on the distal aspect of the lesser toes, offloading pressure from the distal end of the digit is essential for healing to occur. Research suggests that toe crest pads offer an inexpensive but effective means of offloading and healing these distal wounds.

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Region-specific foot pain doesn’t always match pressures, forces

July 9, 2016

  Gait compensation may play role By Emily Delzell The location of foot pain doesn’t always correspond with elevated plantar pressures and abnormal forces, which suggests the availability of region-specific compensatory gait mechanisms may play a role, according to recent research using Framingham Foot Study data.

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Gem Caballo from Vionic

July 9, 2016

Vionic introduces a new silhouette. The Gem Caballo flat for women features a pointed toe with an envelope vamp detail, along with a removable footbed and stylish uppers made of suede, snake-printed leather, or haircalf. The Gem Caballo also features the company’s Orthaheel technology, including a firm yet flexible midsole, a deep heel cup, and a biomechanically designed footbed.

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Drew Tuscany

July 9, 2016

The Tuscany athleisure shoe for women offers a new, sparkling look from Drew.

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Arcopédico Alice

July 9, 2016

Arcopédico’s new Alice style for women is designed to be the essence of casual chic while still being ideal for all-day wear at work.

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Bail’s Custom Footcare: Resilient business evolves and adapts over five generations

July 9, 2016

By Nancy Shohet West Few businesses can claim a heritage quite as long as the Bail family’s five-generation relationship with the shoe industry. But more than just a long history of selling shoes, the Bail family’s story is one of resilience. One generation after another has adapted to local needs, market trends and economic vicissitudes—from the boot soles crafted by French-Canadian patriarch Napoleon Bail to the custom-made shoes and orthotic devices made five generations later by Chris Bail, CPed, and his daughter, Laura Bail, CPed.

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Importance of intrinsic muscles for foot health

July 9, 2016

A growing body of research suggests the strength of small muscles in the foot can have big implications for a range of foot-health issues—including running-related injuries, diabetic neuropathy, obesity, flatfoot, and plantar fasciitis—and that interventions for strengthening the intrinsics may help.

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Acor AFO Gauntlets

July 8, 2016

For 2016, Acor has updated its custom AFO Gauntlets, which are handmade in the company’s Cleveland, OH, facility. Also known as a “Leather Lacer,” the company’s most popular AFO (ankle foot orthosis) gauntlet is the G9210

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Allied OSI Foot Gym Pro

July 8, 2016

Allied OSI Labs now offers the Foot Gym Pro, an all-in-one tool for performing eight different foot and ankle strengthening and rehabilitation exercises including toe curl, toe extension, dorsiflexion, plantar fascia stretch, arch massage, calf raise, calf stretch, and ankle inversion. The Foot Gym Pro can be used for the treatment of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and foot pain; it can also be used during rehabilitation after injury or surgery.

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Excess weight affects foot loading, peak pressure even in young kids    

June 6, 2016

Weight loss may improve function By Katie Bell Overweight and obese children present with higher overall foot loading and a disproportional impact on the midfoot and longitudinal arch, with those as young as 1 or 2 years of age affected, according to research from Germany that may have implications for abnormal foot loading prevention in children. Lead author Steffen Müller, PhD, research associate at the University Outpatient Clinic, Sports Medicine & Sports Orthopaedics, at the University of Potsdam in Germany, remarked, “In our data we cannot really see a well-adapted gait strategy for these children [for foot loading] since no real compensation is visible. Therefore, it could be speculated that the obese children are not capable [of adapting] their gait sufficiently to extra weight, leading to higher and disproportional foot loading.” The study included 7575 children aged 1 to 12 years and examined foot-loading characteristics during gait

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