lower extremity review

Ankle fracture patients have elevated levels of synovial biomarkers for OA

May 12, 2015

Patients with acute intra-articular ankle fractures demonstrate elevated levels of biomarkers that are commonly associated with osteoarthritis, suggesting that the degenerative process that leads to OA in the majority of ankle trauma patients begins in the acute phase, according to research from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

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SenMoCOR Rehab System

April 26, 2015

SenMoCOR (Sensory Motor Control-Oriented Rehabilitation) offers the user and the clinician immediate visual feedback regarding sensory motor control with an easy-to-wear laser and laser targets. Developed by the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine-US and available from OPTP, the SenMoCOR system stimulates implicit learning, allowing users to internalize their movement errors and self-correct. Using the three included straps, the laser can be positioned for hip, knee, or ankle control; the user can then aim the laser at the target and guide a feedback dot using controlled body movements.

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ProTech Met Foot Orthosis

April 26, 2015

Powerstep’s new ProTech Met offers the stability, support and comfort of the company’s ProTech Full Length Orthotic but has the added benefit of a built-in metatarsal pad, which helps spread and cushion the metatarsal heads to alleviate pain in the ball of foot. Other features include a strong, medical-grade foot support; double layer, shock-absorbing EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate)/Poron cushioning for comfort; friction-reducing, antimicrobial topcover fabric; and a deep heel cradle and Poron heel pad to stabilize the heel during heel strike. This full length foot orthosis is available in nine sizes for men and women.

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Curbell Transfer Paper Website

April 26, 2015

Curbell Plastics is introducing myDesignOandP.com, a new website that allows patients to explore patterns and colors of transfer papers to personalize thermoplastic orthotic and prosthetic devices. Involving patients, and pediatric patients in particular, in the selection of colors and patterns that appeal to them increases the likelihood that they will wear their O&P devices as prescribed.

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Dynamic Chopart Gait Stabilizer

April 26, 2015

Hersco offers a new Dynamic Chopart Gait Stabilizer as the latest addition to its line of ankle foot orthoses (AFOs). The new Dynamic Chopart Gait Stabilizer is an AFO designed for Chopart amputees who wish to remain active. Addressing concerns about AFOs feeling stiff and unnatural, this new AFO features a hinged ankle and flexible foot plate with a segmented dynamic filler that allows flexion before providing a ‘stop,’ which protects the resi­duum and prevents shoe vamp collapse

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Cascade Dafo Strap Updates

April 26, 2015

Cascade Dafo announces two customer-driven improvements to the straps on its orthoses. First, both custom and prefabricated DAFO (Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis) solutions now have a clean, new look, thanks to upgraded Ultrasonic Welded Straps with rounded, sealed ends and die-cut rivet holes with built-in reinforcement.

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JOSPT board names Abbott editor-elect

April 26, 2015

The Board of Directors for JOSPT , the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy , in an April editorial named J. Haxby Abbott, DPT, PhD, FNZCP, editor-elect of the publication.

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Double bonus: AFOs improve dual-task gait in 2 ways

April 14, 2015

Wearing ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) is associated with both physical and cognitive performance during dual-task gait in children with myelomeningocele, according to research presented in February at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) in New Orleans.

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Where Can I Learn More About Biomechanics?

March 31, 2015

Residents and practitioners always ask me where they can go to learn more about lower extremity biomechanics. The obvious reason is their desire to improve their foot orthotic therapy skills and decision making for reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. I have found the answer to this question to be elusive

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OHI expands lower extremity offerings with Apex foot health division purchase

March 27, 2015

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Orthotic Holdings Inc (OHI) has purchased Aetrex Worldwide’s Apex Foot Health & Wellness division, the companies reported on March 3. The new entity will be known as Apex Foot Heath Industries, LLC, and will stay at Apex’s current location in Teaneck, NJ

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