Category Archives: Pediatric Clinical News

August 2017

Dyslexia affects ability to adjust to impaired sensory feedback

Kids struggle to maintain balance – Children with dyslexia are unable to compensate with other available inputs when sensory feedback to the soles of their feet, their vision, or both is less informative, resulting in poor postural stability, according to research from Paris, France, which may have implications in training to help these children improve their use of sensory inputs.

By Katie Bell

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August 2017

Parents say comfort, easy use are clubfoot compliance keys

All devices present challenges – A recently developed pediatric orthosis for Ponseti night bracing received positive ratings from parents in a small Swedish study of children with idiopathic clubfoot who had compliance problems or relapse with one of two earlier bracing devices, a foot abduction brace (FAB) or a dynamic knee ankle foot orthosis (KAFO).

By Hank Black

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August 2017

Weak hip extensors contribute to ankle sprains in soccer players      

Findings support use of strengthening – Hip strengthening may be as important for preventing lateral ankle sprains in youth soccer players as it is in adults, according to a recent Belgian study.

By Jill R. Dorson

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May 2017

Genetic mutations in CMT help predict phenotypic differences      

Ankle strength commonly affected – Researchers are inching closer to being able to predict specific symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) based on a child’s genotype, but the variability found in a recent Australian study suggests that, for now, patients should still be assessed and managed individually.

By Greg Gargiulo

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May 2017

Gait metrics highlight gender differences after concussion

Girls show more postinjury changes – A recent study’s findings related to dual-task gait analysis in adolescents add to the body of evidence suggesting that concussion effects differ between male and female patients.

By Hank Black

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May 2017

Age-based patterns of patellar maltracking require tailored care      

PFP etiology differs in adults, kids – Patellar maltracking persists in adolescent girls with patellofemoral pain (PFP) even as symptoms improve, according to a study from Maryland, which suggests the etiology of PFP differs between adolescents and adults and should be managed accordingly.

By Katie Bell

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February 2017

Shoes add to energy cost of gait compared with barefoot walking

Footwear should allow dynamic activity – A recent study of the metabolic costs of barefoot versus shod walking found walking in shoes required a higher energy expenditure and had a poorer economy than barefoot walking. These outcomes suggest going barefoot may be preferable for children whenever it is deemed…

By Greg Gargiulo

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February 2017

Sensor data quantify clubfoot patients’ reported, real brace use     

Parents overestimate wear times – Researchers who used temperature-sensitive devices to measure brace-use adherence in children with clubfoot found parents overestimate brace wear time when reporting to clinicians and that children are not in their braces as long as their doctors recommend.

By Peaches Yeilding

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February 2017

Martial arts students at risk for lower extremity injury, sequelae     

Traumas increase with age, skill level – Martial arts participation has numerous benefits for children and adolescents, but it also has its risks—including lower extremity injury, according to a recent clinical report and literature review published by…

By Chris Klingenberg

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November 2016

Early motor skills training in ASD improves locomotion, socialization

Intense therapy creates quick gains – Intense motor skills interventions in young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can significantly improve locomotor and other lower extremity skills in addition to socialization behaviors, according to a recent pilot study.

By Peaches Scribner 

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