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Use of dorsiflexion assist orthosis reduces deterioration of strength, balance for multiple sclerosis patients

October 17, 2014

Patients with moderate multiple sclerosis had a reduction in physiological cost and a decrease in the deterioration of strength and balance when using dorsiflexion assist orthoses, according to results of a study published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

The study of 34 patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) included a 6-minute walk test in which researchers measured distance walked, perceived fatigue and physiological cost with and without a dorsiflexion assist orthosis (DAO). Pre-walk and post-walk changes were compared in knee extensor and ankle dorsiflexor isometric strength, as well as standing postural sway with eyes open and closed.

FitFlop reduces loading rate at heel strike, frontal plane motion at ankle

October 17, 2014
Use of FitFlop could reduce risks associated with flip-flop footwear including loading rate at heel strike and frontal plane motion at the ankle during stance, according…
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Ekso Bionics Inc. expands medical and marketing teams

October 16, 2014
Ekso Bionics Holdings Inc., a robotic exoskeleton company, announced the promotion of Thomas Looby, MBA, to president and chief commercial officer. The company has also…

Sensor under development will help accommodate prosthesis fit changes

October 16, 2014
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are working to develop a sensor that will show how a prosthetic limb changes throughout the day, along with a system that…
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The Affordable Care Act and amputees

October 13, 2014
Daniel Ignaszewski, director of government relations and development for the Amputee Coalition, discusses the impact…
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George Gondo, MA, speaks at the AOPA National Assembly

September 29, 2014
LAS VEGAS — George Gondo, MA, director of research and grants for the Amputee Coalition, spoke about the BMI…
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Glenn Garrison, CPO, at the AOPA National Assembly

September 22, 2014
LAS VEGAS - At the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly, Glenn Garrison, CPO spoke…
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