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Forefoot-strike running, shorter steps both decrease patellofemoral loads

April 15, 2014

Shortening step length and switching foot strike pattern both effectively decrease patello­femoral joint loading during running, according to research from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., presented in February at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.

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Ankle sprain prevention in basketball: Why some high schools are opting out

April 8, 2014

Despite published evidence that bracing and targeted exercises can prevent ankle injuries in high school basketball players, surprisingly few teams have adopted these practices. Barriers to implementation include a lack of awareness and expertise as well as time and money.

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ACTitouch Compression

March 27, 2014

Tactile Medical (formerly Tactile Systems Technology) has launched ACTitouch Adaptive Compression Therapy, which combines intermittent and sustained compression in one device to heal chronic venous leg ulcers.

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PediFix 
FungaFiles

March 27, 2014

The PediFix Footcare Company introduces FungaFiles for treating warts and fungal nails. FungaFiles are the first disposable debridement files for patient use between office visits. Disposing of the files after use helps prevent reinfection of the treatment site and contamination of other healthy tissue and nails; family members are also less likely to use the infected files by mistake.

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Apex T2000 
Footwear

March 27, 2014

Apex Foot Health & Wellness, a division of Aetrex Worldwide, announces the launch of the Apex T2000. This new addition to the Stretchables Collection is designed to limit stress in the areas of the foot that are most susceptible to pain. The T2000 includes a single hook and loop strap style that offers adjustability and allows easy entry, even for problem feet

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Educational videos detail Heelift boots

March 27, 2014

Evanston, IL-based DM Systems launched a series of educational videos in February featuring its offloading boots for prevention or treatment of heel pressure ulcers. The three short videos provide detailed clinical information about the company’s Heelift Glide, Heelift AFO, and Heelift Suspension boots.

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Early results support cell therapy for OA

March 27, 2014

Researchers from the Cellular Biomedicine Group presented data on February 18 at the Stem Cell Summit in New York City supporting safety and efficacy of the company’s cell-based therapy for patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Wei “William” Cao, PhD, BM, CEO of the Palo Alto, CA-based company, reported that three-month data from a phase I/IIa clinical trial of intra-articular injections of autologous human adipose-derived mesenchymal precursor cells in patients with knee OA show no adverse events and statistically significant improvement in knee pain, knee mobility, and prolonged walking distance.

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Home-based exercise after hip fracture improves functional mobility, activity

March 27, 2014

By Emily Delzell A home exercise program produced modest improvements in physical function in patients who had already completed standard rehabilitation after hip fracture, according to a study published on February 19 in the Journal of the American Medical Association . Boston University research­ers randomized functionally limited older adults to exercises taught by a physical therapist and performed independently for six months (n = 100) or to a control group (n = 95).

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Fear fallout: Studies explore effects on ACL outcomes

March 27, 2014

By Jordana Bieze Foster The best time to address fear of reinjury in athletes after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction may be between three and six months after surgery, according to research from the University of Florida presented in February at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Las Vegas. The Florida research was just one of a number of studies on fear of reinjury after ACL reconstruction presented at the meeting—some of which raised as many questions as they answered about the extent to which concern about reinjury is associated with limb symmetry or predictive of return to sports

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Epidemiology of Achilles tendon rupture in the US

March 25, 2014

The etiology of Achilles tendon rupture is multifactorial, but the injury occurs most frequently in the athletic population. Clini­cians still miss 24 percent of ruptures acutely, particularly in older patients, those in whom sports was not the causative mechanism, and those with high BMIs.

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