lower extremity review

Kinetic Research: Carbon Fiber Orthopedic Braces

June 23, 2015

AFO Mechanics Composite material advances over the past 10 years have improved the design creativity and possibility for clinical orthotists worldwide. In the past, an ankle orthosis required a completely solid and fully encompassing design in order to attain the mechanical control, durability and ultimately the function needed for corrective ankle varus bracing.

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Brennan Ryan: With AFOs and cool sneakers, this 10-year-old can be a regular kid

June 23, 2015

By Robyn Parets If you ask Brennan Ryan what his favorite after-school activities are, he’ll tell you, “Basketball, baseball, flag football, and Cub scouts.” Ask him what his favorite part of school is and he’ll answer, “Recess.” This isn’t surprising considering that Brennan Ryan is 10 years old and in fourth grade. “He’s a regular boy. He likes sports and has a ton of friends,” said Kathy Ryan, Brennan’s mother.

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Jeff Seitzer: AFOs and staying fit help manage his mild symptoms

June 23, 2015

By Robyn Parets It’s hard to imagine that a 56-year-old man who swims, plays golf, works out, and even practices yoga has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). But Jeff Seitzer, who was diagnosed more than 40 years ago, has managed to keep his symptoms at bay. He believes staying fit and flexible has been the key to maintaining his active lifestyle

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Orthotic devices and CMT: Everyone deserves an aha! moment

June 23, 2015

This guide to orthotic devices for people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease has been a dream of mine for a long time. I was diagnosed with CMT1A at the tender age of 18 months, but didn’t learn about orthotic devices for CMT until 2007, when I started a support group in Atlanta. Up to that point, I thought ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) were for the aged and infirm—something that, at age 35, I didn’t think I was.

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Dual-task gait: The potential influence of orthotic devices

June 23, 2015

Clinicians know walking while performing a secondary task can be particularly difficult for elderly patients or those with neuromuscular impairments. But new research suggests the use of orthotic devices may improve dual-task gait, which could significantly improve quality of life.

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Lower-body focus could help youth baseball player arms

June 4, 2015

Studies link hip, shoulder function By Chris Klingenberg Kids grow up thinking that throwing a baseball hard is all about strength in the arm and shoulder, but new evidence suggests that muscle strength and range of motion in the hip affect shoulder function during throwing in youth baseball players.

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Kinematics identify subgroups of kids with CP and equinovarus

June 4, 2015

Photo courtesy of ProtoKinetics. Treatment planning could benefit By Barbara Boughton Chicago researchers have identified clinically relevant subgroups based on foot and ankle kinematics in children with equinovarus secondary to hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP) that could help improve treatment planning and clinical outcomes

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PT, O&P practitioners deliver medical aid and devices to Nepal earthquake victims

June 4, 2015

The second major earthquake that struck Nepal on May 12 complicated the efforts of charitable relief organizations such as London, UK-based Handicap International, which already had an 84-person team that includes physical therapists, O&P providers, and other lower extremity experts in the country responding to the April 25 earthquake. Handicap International’s team provided emergency rehabilitation in Kathmandu’s four main hospitals, distributing essential mobility aids, orthoses, prostheses, wheelchairs, crutches, and other resources and working with hundreds of people with acute injuries, including compound fractures, amputations, and spinal cord injuries.

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Dr. Comfort expands functional insert line

June 4, 2015

Milwaukee, WI-based Dr. Comfort reported in April that it has broadened its custom functional insert line to include its Exos thermoformable technology. The Exos-constructed func­tional inserts come with an Exothermix heat patch that allows practitioners to apply heat to the specific part of the insert in need of adjustment.

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Aortha announces full launch of 3D insoles

June 4, 2015

Aortha in late April announced that it will move forward in early 2016 with a full launch of its 3D-printed insole technology. The company previewed its technology, which can print a pair of custom, multidensity insoles in an hour, at the British Association of Prosthetists & Orthotists Conference in Manchester, UK, in March, as well as at the combined meeting of the Pedorthic Association of Canada and Prescription Foot Orthotic Laboratory Association in Vancouver, Canada, in April. The OrthaPrint 3D printer uses OrthaFlex material, which has high elasticity to allow for high-speed printing.

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