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April 2014

Predicting more than risk: FMS may also have performance link

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is best known as a predictor of future injury in athletes, but a recent two-year study of elite track and field athletes now suggests a relationship between high scores, which indicate fewer deficits, and improved performance. Continue reading

April 2014

Cost-effectiveness study favors universal athlete training for ACL injury prevention

New research supports universal neuromuscular training of all young athletes—not just those at risk—as the most cost-effective and practical way to prevent anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Continue reading

April 2014

Joint stiffness and negative joint work change with footfall pattern in runners

Runners who switch foot strike patterns experience short-term changes in joint stiffness and negative joint work, regardless of whether a runner’s habitual pattern involves the forefoot or rearfoot, according to research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Continue reading

April 2014

Patients as people: Experts emphasize personal approach

The patient in the video, an older woman with diabetic neuropathy, is a dog lover. Her dog-shaped earrings give this away. And this just might be the most important thing for the clinicians treating her to know. Continue reading

April 2014

Extended analysis confirms ironic effect of diabetic foot cost cutting

An Arizona state Medicaid policy change designed to cut costs by eliminating podiatry services for diabetic foot infection had the opposite effect, according to a March presentation that included an extended analysis of previously reported data. Continue reading

April 2014

IWGDF training programs take hold throughout Central, South America

As the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) undergoes a transition in leadership, the organization is reporting significant progress in implementing its Train the Foot Trainer (TtFT) program in Central and South America. Continue reading

March 2014

Walking the walk: Overground training boosts poststroke gait

Chronic stroke patients who can walk independently but retain gait deficits experience greater gains in both walking speed and quality with an overground walking intervention than with body-weight supported treadmill training (BWSTT), according to results of a pilot study epublished by Clinical Rehabilitation in February.

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March 2014

Survey suggests need for simplified AFO-footwear combination tuning

Orthotists report time and a lack of access to 3D motion analysis as barriers to tuning ankle foot orthosis–footwear combinations (AFO-FC), findings that demonstrate a need for better instruction and simplification of the practice, according to investigators who conducted a survey of UK clinicians.

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March 2014

Home-based exercise after hip fracture improves functional mobility, activity

A home exercise program produced modest improvements in physical function in patients who had already completed standard rehabilitation after hip fracture, according to a study published on February 19 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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March 2014

Fear fallout: Studies explore effects on ACL outcomes

The best time to address fear of reinjury in athletes after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction may be between three and six months after surgery, according to research from the University of Florida presented in February at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Las Vegas.

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March 2014

Postural sway complexity may reveal evidence of concussion weeks later

Postural sway complexity can differentiate healthy young athletes from those who are still experiencing symptoms more than six weeks after suffering a concussion, while the standard sideline test for postconcussion postural stability cannot, according to research from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital presented in February at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.

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March 2014

Forefoot-strike running, shorter steps both decrease patellofemoral loads

Shortening step length and switching foot strike pattern both effectively decrease patello­femoral joint loading during running, according to research from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, presented in February at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.

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February 2014

Platelet-rich progress: Data support PRP use for heel pain

Two studies published early this year found platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection improved pain and function in patients with chronic severe plantar fasci­itis who hadn’t responded to conservative treatments.

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February 2014

Neuromuscular training in young girls boosts skills, may reduce future risks

Researchers reported in February that integrative neuromuscular training (INT) enhances motor skills in girls, improving fitness and offering potential protection from development of risk factors for anterior cruciate ligament tears and other musculoskeletal injuries.

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February 2014

Soccer players have strength deficits upon returning from hamstring injury

Researchers from Qatar reported in February that soccer players who sustain a hamstring injury are likely to have isokinetic strength deficits when they return to play, but the effect of those deficits on reinjury rates is unknown.

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January 2014

Switch trials: Shoe use, striking affect risk in runners

Switching between different pairs of shoes may help prevent running-related injuries, but switching from a rearfoot strike pattern to a nonrearfoot strike pattern may not, according to two separate studies from Luxembourg and Iowa State University.

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January 2014

Delayed patellar tendon development in teens may lead to overuse injuries

Knee extensor muscle development appears to outpace patellar tendon development in elite male adolescent volleyball players, which may increase their risk of patellar tendinopathy and other overuse injuries, according to research from Berlin, Germany.

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January 2014

In college football, most turf toe cases occur in games, on artificial surfaces

A Stanford University study suggests that turf toe injury rates in collegiate football players are lower than expected, possibly as a result of improvements in synthetic turf technology.

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January 2014

Fighting falls with feedback: Virtual reality training improves balance

A balance training program featuring a virtual reality feedback component improves postural stability and coordination in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), which may in turn reduce their risk of falling, according to a study published in the November-December 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

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January 2014

Compliance with prescribed footwear depends on perceived clinical benefit

Practitioners should educate patients with diabetes about benefits of custom therapeutic footwear to encourage its use, according to a usability survey conducted by Dutch investigators.

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January 2014

Metatarsal protrusion influences risk of reulceration after surgical resection

First metatarsal (M1) length after metatarsal head resection influences reulceration risk, according to researchers at Complutense University of Madrid.

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December 2013

OHI Acquires SafeStep

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., December 9, 2013 – Orthotic Holdings Inc. (“OHI”), a global leader in lower extremity orthotic devices and durable medical equipment (“DME”) solutions for healthcare providers is pleased to announce the acquisition of SafeStep, LLC (“SafeStep”) , a leading … Continue reading

November 2013

Prepare for landing: Bladed cleats may put fifth met at risk

Bladed soccer cleats were associated with increased forefoot loading during a jump-landing task, which may lead to a higher risk of fifth metatarsal stress fractures, according to a study published in the September-October issue of the Journal of Athletic Training.

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November 2013

Leg mechanics, training conditions may predict Achilles pain in runners

Investigators at the University of Tuebingen in Germany have identified alterations in lower leg mechanics and higher impacts caused by “fast” training conditions (e.g., interval training sessions, competitions) as potential risk factors for Achilles tendon pain in runners.

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November 2013

Anterolateral knee ligament ‘discovery’ makes headlines, but is not really new

The media buzz over the apparent discovery of a new knee ligament announced in early November faded quickly as experts pointed out that the finding was not exactly new.

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