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Driving safety: The effects of lower extremity impairment

August 25, 2015

The question of when or if it’s safe for patients to drive after surgery or while wearing a lower extremity orthotic device is one practitioners should address. But, in the absence of formal guide­lines, clinicians’ advice is often inconsistent.

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Dynamic arch height in runners differs significantly from static measurement

August 18, 2015

Dynamic measures of arch height in runners are significantly different from static measures, according to research from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The investigators assessed 16 healthy college-aged runners, who ran an average of 15 to 30 miles per week. Arch height was assessed using the Oxford Foot Model with the participants barefoot, first while standing on a treadmill and then while jogging; the dynamic measurement was taken at the point of peak knee flexion.

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Lamey Wellehan Shoes: Investing in expertise pays off for 101-year-old company

August 7, 2015

By Nancy Shohet West Many foot care professionals would probably confess to a love-hate relationship with the footwear industry.

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Extra bodyweight enhances effects of high heels at knee

August 7, 2015

Lower heels, BMI may reduce OA risk By Emily Delzell Walking in shoes with heels higher than about 1.5 inches causes gait abnormalities that are amplified by extra bodyweight, according to recent research that found high-heeled walking creates significant changes in knee loading similar to those seen in knee osteoarthritis (OA).

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Foot orthoses for heel pain help improve walking activity

August 7, 2015

Study supports custom device use By Barbara Boughton In patients with plantar fasciitis, the pain relief associated with custom foot orthoses (CFOs) appears to result in increased walking activity, as well, according to a recently published clinical trial. In the double-blinded randomized placebo-controlled trial, epublished in May by the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association , episodes of walking lasted significantly longer in patients who wore CFOs for three months than those who wore prefabricated foot orthoses (PFOs) or sham orthoses. Study investigators randomized 77 patients who had plantar heel pain for less than a year into three treatment groups and assessed pain and function at baseline, one month, and three months.

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Mobils Ergonomic by Mephisto

August 7, 2015

The Mobils Ergonomic Collection by Mephisto is designed to ensure a healthy, natural walk. Three advanced technological comfort features highlight this brand.

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Ped Lite Valerie

August 7, 2015

Ped Lite’s newest women’s casual shoe, the Valerie, offers a fashion-forward interpretation of the typical diabetic shoe. Available in black with an all-leather upper, the Valerie looks like a slip-on shoe but has a Medicare-aproved adjustable closure that makes it functional as well as stylish. With the same comfort and affordability as the rest of Ped Lite’s line of women’s footwear, the Valerie offers as much style as any shoe on the market

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Apex Boss Runner

August 7, 2015

The Apex Boss Runner is a biomechanically designed, straight lasted, motion control running shoe. The shoe features a molded external heel counter extended on the medial side for rearfoot stability, Carboplast footbridge for torsional stability, and a triple density, compression sculpted midsole to preserve balance between the body and ground reaction forces.

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Dralla announces 2015 grant recipients

August 7, 2015

The Rockaway, NJ-based Dralla Foundation on June 10 announced its 2015 grant recipients, who will use their shares of the $30,000 in awarded funds to hold events and programs for adults and children with physical challenges. This year’s grant recipients are: the Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program in Berkeley, CA; the Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation in Denver; Daring Adventures in Phoenix, AZ; Heroes on the Water in Allen, TX; Kinetic Kids in San Antonio, TX; the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; and the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program in Mountain Village, CO.

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ING Source supports pedorthic education

August 7, 2015

Hickory, NC-based ING Source, which manufactures the OrthoSleeve line of compression products, announced in July a $60,000 donation to The Robert M. Palmer, MD, Institute of Biomechanics (RMPI), based in Elwood, IN.

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