Controversy on Barefoot Running & Support for Osteoarthritis in the Knee

Episode 14.15

Segment One – Controversy on Barefoot Running

Barefoot running shoeDenise Smith, PT, CMPT from Accelerated Rehab discusses the recent class action suit related to barefoot running shoes, the importance of wearing proper shoes and avoidance of running related injuries. Denise explains how the new “Love to Run Program” at Accelerated Physical Therapy can help runners focus on their form and technique to improve performance and prevent injury. 

Denise is a certified manual therapist with 12 years of experience in outpatient orthopedics. She graduated from Marquette University with her masters degree in physical therapy and became a certified manual therapist from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 2012. Other specialty certifications include Graston Technique, Functional Movement Specialist and a credentialed clinical instructor. In 2014, she was named a Five Star Physical Therapist through the Five Star Professional research group as was displayed in Chicago Magazine.

Segment Two – Definition, Causes and Treatment for Osteoarthritis of the knee.

Dr. Brian Cole talks with avid golfer Bill Bielmyer about his OA of the knee and how he was able to avoid total knee replacement and get back to his game with the use of OSSUR’s Unloader Knee Brace.

Recent clincial research by the Steadman Philippon Research Institute demonstrated decreased pain, improved function and a reduction in usage of pain medication for patients using the Unloader One brace. The support provided by the brace enables many users to take up activities they might have started to avoid because of the pain and stiffness caused by OA.

For some patients, the Unloader One can mean surgery is no longer a necessity, as their mobility is increased and pain is reduced. For others, the brace is used as an interim solution, postponing the need for surgery until they feel prepared for the procedure. As pain decreases, so does reliance on painkillers. While they certainly have their uses,  painkillers can have negative side-effects when used over extended periods of time.

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