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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729467/the-efficacy-of-thoracolumbar-bracing-on-spinal-immobilization-a-precise-assessment-of-gross-intersegmental-and-segmental-spinal-motion-restriction-by-a-3d-kinematic-system
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Gernot Lang, Anja Hirschmüller, Stefanie Patermann, Patric Eichelberger, Peter Strohm, Heiner Baur, Norbert P Südkamp, Georg W Herget
BACKGROUND: Various diseases of the spine are treated by immobilization via orthoses, although detailed evidence on the efficiency of orthotic bracing remains elusive. The present study sought to investigate the impact of three different orthoses on spinal immobilization utilizing three dimensional (3D) kinematic measurements. METHODS: Twelve healthy volunteers performed different motion tasks such as trunk flexion/extension and bilateral trunk bending, respectively...
May 2, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29706200/a-client-centered-approach-for-thumb-carpometacarpal-joint-osteoarthritis-pain-two-case-studies
#2
Barbara Shankland, Bernadette Nedelec
DESIGN: Case study. INTRODUCTION: Hand therapists are often called upon to provide treatment for thumb carpometacarpal joint osteoarthritis. PURPOSE: These 2 case studies present a client-centered approach in the selection of orthoses and joint protection strategies for patients with thumb carpometacarpal joint osteoarthritis. At baseline, the participants presented with pain, decreased active range of motion, decreased pinch strength, and limitations in activity and participation...
April 2018: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29696991/pressure-distribution-in-the-ankle-and-subtalar-joint-with-routine-and-oversized-foot-orthoses
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Patrick Williamson, Aron Lechtig, Philip Hanna, Stephen Okajima, Peter Biggane, Michael Nasr, David Zurakowski, Naven Duggal, Ara Nazarian
BACKGROUND: Foot orthoses are used to treat many disorders that affect the lower limb. These assistive devices have the potential to alter the forces, load distribution, and orientation within various joints in the foot and ankle. This study attempts to quantify the effects of orthoses on the intra-articular force distribution of the ankle and subtalar joint using a cadaveric testing jig to simulate weight bearing. METHODS: Five lower-limb cadaveric specimens were placed on a custom jig, where a 334-N (75-lb) load was applied at the femoral head, and the foot was supported against a plate to simulate double-leg stance...
April 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29467829/surgical-offloading-procedures-for-diabetic-foot-ulcers-compared-to-best-non-surgical-treatment-a-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#4
Aharon S Finestone, Eran Tamir, Guy Ron, Itay Wiser, Gabriel Agar
Background: Diabetic foot ulcers are frequently related to elevated pressure under a bony prominence. Conservative treatment includes offloading with orthopaedic shoes and custom made orthotics or plaster casts. While casting in plaster is usually effective in achieving primary closure of foot ulcers, recurrence rates are high. Minimally invasive surgical offloading that includes correction of foot deformities has good short and long term results. The surgery alleviates the pressure under the bony prominence, thus enabling prompt ulcer healing, negating the patient's dependence on expensive shoes and orthotics, with a lower chance of recurrence...
2018: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240587/reclaiming-autologous-amputated-tissue-for-limb-salvage-of-a-diabetic-foot-burn-with-underlying-critical-limb-ischemia
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Catherine N Tchanque-Fossuo, Andrew M Wishy, Kaitlyn I M West, David L Dawson, Sara E Dahle, John G Carson
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus is a worldwide pandemic that impacts more than 387 million people, with 29 million individuals affected in the United States alone. Diabetic patients have a 25% lifetime risk of developing a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU). Having a DFU is associated with a risk of recurrence approaching 70%. In addition, 1 in 6 patients with DFU will have a lower-limb amputation, with an associated increase in mortality ranging from 47% to 70%. Therefore, limb salvage is critical in patients with DFU...
January 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089196/immediate-effect-of-a-functional-wrist-orthosis-for-children-with-cerebral-palsy-or-brain-injury-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Michelle Jackman, Iona Novak, Natasha Lannin, Claire Galea
STUDY DESIGN: Two-group randomized controlled trial. INTRODUCTION: Upper limb orthoses worn during functional tasks are commonly used in pediatric neurologic rehabilitation, despite a paucity of high-level evidence. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The purpose of this study was to investigate if a customized functional wrist orthosis, when placed on the limb, leads to an immediate improvement in hand function for children with cerebral palsy or brain injury...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749259/management-of-pododermatitis-with-an-orthotic-boot-in-a-southern-isabela-giant-tortoise-chelonoidis-vicina
#7
Lynnette Waugh, Jennifer D'Agostino, Gretchen A Cole, Alicia Hahn, Jonathan D Day
A 62-yr-old male Southern Isabela giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vicina) had a 1-yr history of chronic, reoccurring pododermatitis on the palmar surface of the left forelimb. Aggressive wound management was instituted and included surgical debridement, vacuum-assisted closure, and orthotic boot support during healing. A custom fabricated, carbon fiber clamshell Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker walking boot was utilized to reduce focal pressure over the wound during weight bearing and promote a more normal gait...
June 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596806/custom-made-foot-orthoses-an-analysis-of-prescription-characteristics-from-an-australian-commercial-orthotic-laboratory
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Hylton B Menz, Jamie J Allan, Daniel R Bonanno, Karl B Landorf, George S Murley
BACKGROUND: Foot orthoses are widely used in the prevention and treatment of foot disorders. The aim of this study was to describe characteristics of custom-made foot orthosis prescriptions from a Australian podiatric orthotic laboratory. METHODS: One thousand consecutive foot orthosis prescription forms were obtained from a commercial prescription foot orthosis laboratory located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Footwork Podiatric Laboratory). Each item from the prescription form was documented in relation to orthosis type, cast correction, arch fill technique, cast modifications, shell material, shell modifications and cover material...
2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497718/the-biomechanical-effects-and-perceived-comfort-of-textile-fabricated-insoles-during-straight-line-walking
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Wai-Ting Lo, Del P Wong, Kit-Lun Yick, Sun Pui Ng, Joanne Yip
BACKGROUND: Orthotic insoles that are made of foam material often have less breathability and thus cause discomfort to the wearer. Given that a sandwich structure offers better porosity and breathability that would improve comfort, the impact of custom-made insoles made with three-dimensional spacer fabric is studied. OBJECTIVES: To examine the biomechanical effects and subjective comfort of spacer-fabric insoles during walking. STUDY DESIGN: Repeated measures...
May 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465224/shoe-orthotics-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-low-back-pain-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Jerrilyn A Cambron, Jennifer M Dexheimer, Manuel Duarte, Sally Freels
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the efficacy of shoe orthotics with and without chiropractic treatment for chronic low back pain compared with no treatment. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Integrative medicine teaching clinic at a university. PARTICIPANTS: Adult subjects (N=225) with symptomatic low back pain of ≥3 months were recruited from a volunteer sample. INTERVENTIONS: Subjects were randomized into 1 of 3 treatment groups (shoe orthotic, plus, and waitlist groups)...
September 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324977/a-novel-method-to-assess-angle-sensor-performance-for-wearable-exoskeletal-joint-kinematics
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Nicholas B Bolus, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan
Full range of motion (ROM) at a joint is necessary for efficient and adaptive movement; as such, it is an essential clinical evaluation measure for assessing an individual's motor function, which can be affected by any number of musculoskeletal injuries and neuropathies. Measurement of joint ROM in the clinic has classically been accomplished statically through the use of a manual goniometer. More recent efforts in the fields of prosthetics and orthotics have demonstrated the potential utility of wearable systems (e...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323803/patient-response-to-an-integrated-orthotic-and-rehabilitation-initiative-for-traumatic-injuries-the-prioriti-mtf-study
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Joseph R Hsu, Johnny G Owens, Jennifer DeSanto, John R Fergason, Kevin M Kuhn, Benjamin K Potter, Daniel J Stinner, Robert G Sheu, Sandra L Waggoner, Jason M Wilken, Yanjie Huang, Daniel O Scharfstein, Ellen J MacKenzie
Although limb salvage is now possible for many high-energy open fractures and crush injuries to the distal tibia, ankle, hindfoot, and midfoot, orthotic options are limited. The Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO) is a custom, energy-storing carbon fiber orthosis developed for trauma patients undergoing limb salvage. The IDEO differs from other orthoses in that it allows patients with ankle weakness to have more normal ankle biomechanics and increased ankle power. This article describes the design of a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the IDEO when delivered together with a high-intensity, sports medicine-based approach to rehabilitation...
April 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301825/combined-versus-individual-effects-of-a-valgus-knee-brace-and-lateral-wedge-foot-orthotic-during-stair-use-in-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Rebecca Moyer, Trevor Birmingham, Colin Dombroski, Robert Walsh, J Robert Giffin
The aim of this study was to investigate the combined and individual biomechanical effects of a valgus knee brace and a lateral wedge foot orthotic during stair ascent and descent in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Thirty-five patients with varus alignment and medial knee OA were prescribed a custom valgus knee brace and lateral wedge foot orthotic. Knee angles and moments in the frontal and sagittal planes were determined from 3D gait analysis completed under four randomized conditions: (1) control (no knee brace or foot orthotic), (2) knee brace, (3) foot orthotic, and (4) combined knee brace and foot orthotic...
May 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246134/precision-orthotics-optimising-ankle-foot-orthoses-to-improve-gait-in-patients-with-neuromuscular-diseases-protocol-of-the-proof-afo-study-a-prospective-intervention-study
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Niels F J Waterval, Frans Nollet, Jaap Harlaar, Merel-Anne Brehm
INTRODUCTION: In patients with neuromuscular disorders and subsequent calf muscle weakness, metabolic walking energy cost (EC) is nearly always increased, which may restrict walking activity in daily life. To reduce walking EC, a spring-like ankle-foot-orthosis (AFO) can be prescribed. However, the reduction in EC that can be obtained from these AFOs is stiffness dependent, and it is unknown which AFO stiffness would optimally support calf muscle weakness. The PROOF-AFO study aims to determine the effectiveness of stiffness-optimised AFOs on reducing walking EC, and improving gait biomechanics and walking speed in patients with calf muscle weakness, compared to standard, non-optimised AFOs...
February 28, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227176/a-novel-method-to-assess-angle-sensor-performance-for-wearable-exoskeletal-joint-kinematics
#15
Nicholas B Bolus, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan, Nicholas B Bolus, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan, Nicholas B Bolus
Full range of motion (ROM) at a joint is necessary for efficient and adaptive movement; as such, it is an essential clinical evaluation measure for assessing an individual's motor function, which can be affected by any number of musculoskeletal injuries and neuropathies. Measurement of joint ROM in the clinic has classically been accomplished statically through the use of a manual goniometer. More recent efforts in the fields of prosthetics and orthotics have demonstrated the potential utility of wearable systems (e...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894678/a-simple-orthosis-solves-a-problem-in-a-patient-with-a-dystonic-finger-after-stroke
#16
Stefano Vercelli, Giorgio Ferriero, Elisabetta Bravini, Wafa Al Yazeedi, Ludovit Salgovic, Marco Caligari, Francesco Sartorio
These authors use a custom-fabricated orthotic device to improve hand motion and function for a client with hand dystonia after stroke. Clinical observation and reasoning resulted in an effective solution to control the dystonia that was acceptable to the client. - Kristin Valdes, OTD, OT, CHT, Practice Forum Editor.
January 2017: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824657/effect-of-footwear-on-joint-pain-and-function-in-older-adults-with-lower-extremity-osteoarthritis
#17
Amy Wagner, Sarah Luna
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Lower extremity osteoarthritis (OA) is a common condition among older adults; given the risks of surgical and pharmaceutical interventions, conservative, lower-cost management options such as footwear warrant further investigation. This systematic review investigated the effects of footwear, including shoe inserts, in reducing lower extremity joint pain and improving gait, mobility, and quality of life in older adults with OA. METHODS: The CINAHL, SPORTDiscus, PubMed, RECAL, and Web of Knowledge databases were searched for publications from January 1990 to September 2014, using the terms "footwear," "shoes," "gait," "pain," and "older adult...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771214/orthotic-use-for-cmc-osteoarthritis-variations-among-different-health-professionals-in-brazil
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Pedro H T Q de Almeida, Joy C MacDermid, Tatiana Barcelos Pontes, Clarissa Cardoso Dos Santos-Couto-Paz, Licia Maria H da Mota, João Paulo C Matheus
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional descriptive study. INTRODUCTION: Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent musculoskeletal disease in the adult and older adult populations. The use of orthoses to stabilize the thumb's articular complex is one of the most common conservative management strategies. Despite substantial research about this topic, there is insufficient evidence about the optimal use of orthoses to inform clinical practice, contributing to practice variations within and across health professionals...
October 2016: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27632024/additive-manufacturing-of-biomaterials-tissues-and-organs
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EDITORIAL
Amir A Zadpoor, Jos Malda
The introduction of additive manufacturing (AM), often referred to as three-dimensional (3D) printing, has initiated what some believe to be a manufacturing revolution, and has expedited the development of the field of biofabrication. Moreover, recent advances in AM have facilitated further development of patient-specific healthcare solutions. Customization of many healthcare products and services, such as implants, drug delivery devices, medical instruments, prosthetics, and in vitro models, would have been extremely challenging-if not impossible-without AM technologies...
January 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27619191/combined-ankle-foot-energetics-are-conserved-when-distal-foot-energy-absorption-is-minimized
#20
Elisa S Arch, Bretta L Fylstra
The large, late-stance energy generated by the ankle is believed to be critical during gait. However, the distal foot absorbs/dissipates a considerable amount of energy during the same phase. Thus, the energy generated by the combined ankle-foot system is more modest, which raises questions regarding the necessity of such a large ankle power and the interplay between foot and ankle energetics. This study aimed to evaluate our conservation of energy hypothesis, which predicted if distal foot energy absorption/dissipation was reduced, then less energy would be generated at the ankle and thus the same combined ankle-foot energetics would be achieved...
December 2016: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
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