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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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Cloudflyer Footwear

June 2, 2016

The Cloudflyer from Swiss footwear company On features a low-profile outsole, a wide platform, and an active wedge in the medial heel and lateral forefoot to give pronation guidance without static features such as posting and dual-density foam. A star lacing system helps alleviate pressure points across the forefoot

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Jellyfeet Foot Covers

June 2, 2016

Jellyfeet occlusive foot covers are reusable, multiuse products that offer protection, aid in treatment, and enhance moisturization. They serve as a barrier between the skin and dirt or other harmful agents on the ground.

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BetterDoctor Websites

June 2, 2016

BetterDoctor helps healthcare practices create and manage their online presence and builds tools to bring trust, confidence, and transparency to the process of finding a doctor. The company works to fix incorrect contact information across the internet and get reviews on applicable industry websites

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AOPA continues to fight amputee coverage limitations at policy forum

June 2, 2016

The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on May 2 wrapped up its 2016 Policy Forum with its first-ever O&P Legislation-writing Congress.

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Homisak joins OHI central casting

June 2, 2016

Hauppauge, NY-based OHI on May 3 announced the appointment of Lynn Homisak, PRT, CHC, as central casting program consultant for the company’s on-demand pedorthic service. Homisak, principal owner of Seattle-based SOS Healthcare Management Solutions, is an award-winning consultant and management coach known for developing and facilitating successful practice management strategies for podiatrists and their staffs

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ING gives $60K to fund RMPI tuition

June 2, 2016

The Elwood, IN-based Robert M. Palmer, MD, Institute of Biomechanics (RMPI) reported that OrthoSleeve brand maker ING Source has committed to a second year of scholarship support for students of the nonprofit institute. ING Source, based in Hickory, NC, donated $60,000 to reduce RMPI’s published tui­tion for some of its pedorthic precertification courses from $4000 to $2500 annually.

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Emerging treatments for diabetic neuropathy

May 31, 2016

Strict glycemic control is the most reliable treatment for diabetic peripheral neuropathy, but expanding knowledge of central and peripheral nervous system processes may help identify therapeutic methods that can effectively target the underlying mechanisms of pathogenesis.

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FS6 Compression Foot Sleeve

May 4, 2016

Allied OSI Labs has added the FS6 Compression Sleeve to its growing catalog of products for foot and ankle practices. The FS6 Compression Sleeve is designed to relieve the pain and swelling associated with plantar fasciitis by offering six zones of compression and support: firm compression at the Achilles tendon and midfoot, moderate compression at the heel and forefoot, and mild compression at the ankle and toes.

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TheraSport Leg Sleeves

May 4, 2016

Therafirm’s new TheraSport brand introduces TheraSport Athletic Leg Sleeves to round out a product line engineered to improve circulation and help provide energy for greater endurance, enhanced performance, and a speedy recovery. The soft, lightweight sleeves feature a comfortable band with a nonbinding grip to help the socks stay up.

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