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Running shoe reveal: Study links max cushioning, higher load

July 21, 2015

Researchers from the Spaulding National Running Center at the Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have found that running in highly cushioned shoes is not associated with lower impact forces than conventional running shoes.

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The argument for library-based orthotic prescription

July 10, 2015

By Jordana Bieze Foster Much of the discussion at the 2015 Ortho Technology Forum (OTF) focused on various ways in which the future of the orthotic industry will require adapting to new technologies. But the event’s final presenter challenged OTF attendees to consider the possibility that the future of the industry will also require reinventing the entire process of orthotic prescription.

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New EMS Socket System

July 10, 2015

Ottobock is the exclusive distributor of the new EMS (Environmentally Managed System) socket system developed by Carl Caspers, CPO. The EMS technology is fully compatible with the Harmony vacuum system Caspers developed and sold to Ottobock in 2003, but also offers more surface area for better pressure distribution, a higher coefficient of friction for better connection, a flexible supracondylar connection for knee stability, an air cushion to reduce distal pressures, and flexible inner socket trim lines and lower definitive socket trim lines for better range of motion and improved sleeve durability.

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EndoFoam Prosthetic Cover

July 10, 2015

EndoFoam, from Rehabilitation Technical Products, is a two-part prosthetic cover system that creates a uniform cell structure similar to the density of human tissue. Simply secure a finishing mold around the prosthesis, mix the two parts, and pour in the solution. After 10 minutes, the mold is removed, and the result is a fully covered prosthesis with minimal trimming necessary.

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Townsend Active Reliever

July 10, 2015

Townsend Design announces the North American release of the Active Reliever, a soft shell single-upright knee brace for osteoarthritis (OA). This brace, available off the shelf or custom fitted, is designed to relieve pain by reducing load on the affected side of the knee.

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Chronic Pain Education System

July 10, 2015

Physical therapist Adriaan Louw’s Why You Hurt: Therapeutic Neuroscience Education System is a comprehensive tool for teaching patients about pain, distilling complex neuroscience into easily approachable language, examples, metaphors and images. The Why You Hurt system includes more than 120 full-color, two-sided education cards related to more than a dozen common chronic pain topics. Every card has teaching cues on the back, to guide the learning session, and vibrant images on the front, to enhance recall

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Plantarflexion Limiter Kit

July 10, 2015

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies announces the Tamarack Plantarflexion Limiter Kit, which provides 30° of precision adjustability for plantar flexion control. Kits come in medium and large sizes, can be used with thermoplastic and carbon fiber construction, and include a set of reusable molding dummies. Tamarack Flexure Joints are sold separately

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Sidekicks Freestyles

July 10, 2015

Allied OSI Labs has expanded the “SideKicks” over-the-counter (OTC) orthotic line, providing a more complete solution for in-office dispensing. The original SideKicks line, launched in 2012, consisted of three full-length OTC foot orthoses in sport and casual shell styles as well as a met-length option. The four new Sidekicks Freestyles feature a semirigid 1/8″ Triton shell (comparable to popular and durable thermoplastic materials), a sleek topcover, a suede bottom cover, and optional rearfoot posting.

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Galloway wins third place on DWTS

July 10, 2015

Noah Galloway, a double amputee and former soldier who lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee after a 2005 roadside bombing in Iraq, finished third during the May 19 finale of season 20 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (DWTS) . The 33-year-old Birmingham, AL, native, who has become a distance runner, personal trainer, model, and motivational speaker since his military injury, and his professional DWTS partner, Australian ballroom dancer Sharna Burgess, ended the season with a dance mash-up that included the Cha Cha and the Argentine tango.

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Kinesio tape improves dynamic balance

July 10, 2015

Sunku Kwon, LAT, ATC, an athletic trainer from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, presented research on May 27 at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in San Diego, CA, showing Kinesio tape improved dynamic balance in all directions of the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT) in 32 participants with functional ankle instability (FAI).

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