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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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Custom Composite: Specializing in advanced composite applications for the O&P industry

June 23, 2015

AFO Mechanics The mechanics behind our family of Charcot Marie-Tooth (CMT) braces centers around the medial strut design. The medial strut folds into the footplate in the arch area, making the brace very stable when patients are in midstance

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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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High heels blamed for huge rise in agonizing foot condition compared to ‘walking on razor blades’

June 23, 2015

High heels have been named as the culprit for a huge rise in the number of middle aged women experiencing an agonizing foot condition which has been compared to “walking on razors blades.” Morton’s neuroma, a condition which disturbs the nerve running between the toes, affects four times as many women as men and the number of people experiencing the affliction has more than doubled in the past 10 years.

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Deje socios en este proyecto

June 19, 2015

Estimado Señor / ma, Tengo una oportunidad de inversión para compartir con ustedes que implica la transferencia de una gran suma de dinero. Yo trabajo para una entidad financiera en Holanda. Necesito que me ayudes en el trato con la transferencia de una gran suma de dinero ($ 13.5 millones de dólares) para su custodia en su país.

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Foot orthoses and patellofemoral pain: Frontal plane effects during running

June 16, 2015

Evidence supports the use of foot orthoses for PFP, but their mechanism of action is not well understood.

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Obese children develop knee malalignment as they mature

June 4, 2015

Effect might increase future OA risk By Emily Delzell As obese children undergo the rapid physical changes of puberty, they develop knee malalignment that could potentially contribute to development of knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to recent research from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. “Children start in varus and, typically, around age seven or eight, progress to normal alignment. Our study found that obese children begin with slightly higher varus [than nonobese children] that moves to greater valgus alignment in late puberty,” said study lead author Sharon Bout-Tabaku, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s.

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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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