Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 1

with Dr Bob Eckles

Kia Ora, welcome to the Formthotics Journal Club!

Each month, our medical director, Dr Bob Eckles, will share his thoughts on a few of the latest research papers that he finds interesting, in a short video, for you to enjoy.

In the very first episode of the journal club focused on:

  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • DM foot assessment
  • Risk factors for older New Zealanders
  • Cardio-vascular effects of aging with exercise.

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 2

with Dr Bob Eckles

In the second episode of the journal club, we focused on:

  • First metatarsal rotation in Hallux Valgus
  • Weightbearing CT in assessment of 1st Ray rotation
  • The effect of COVID on trained individuals
  • Local anaesthetic technique and pain

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 3

with Dr Bob Eckles

We are excited to share you the 3rd episode of the journal club. This time, we focused on:

  • Survival of pts following first diagnosis of DM
  • Amputation as a first treatment in DM
  • Oral v IV antibiotics for DFU infection
  • Kinesio-taping and Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Subtle Lisfranc injury

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 4

with Dr Bob Eckles

In the fourth journal club episode, Dr Bob discussed the latest papers focusing on:

  • Bone fragility and DM
  • Long COVID and autoantibodies
  • GRF and running-related injury
  • Shear force and DFU
  • Shock wave therapy v eccentric protocols

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 5

with Dr Bob Eckles

In the fifth journal club episode, we have Dr Bob to share his insights on the latest papers focusing on:

  • Achilles tendinopathy and neo-vascularity
  • DM and the pain of OA
  • A new radiographic measure- Calcaneal Offset Index
  • Gait in the presence of HAV
  • Running related risk factors for overuse injury

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 6

with Dr Bob Eckles

In this episode of the journal club, Dr Bob discusses the latest papers related to the following topics:

  • Radio frequency ablation for plantar fasciitis
  • A finite element analysis of orthoses and plantar fascia strain
  • Early treatment of COVID w Ivermectin
  • Ultrasound evaluation of intrinsic plantar muscles in pt’s with plantar fasciitis
  • A bibliometric analysis of cited articles on plantar fasciitis
  • Stretching protocols and plantar fasciitis
  • Dextrose prolotherapy and plantar fasciitis

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 7

with Dr Bob Eckles

Here are the topics we covered in this episode:

  • Harm reduction via low or no calorie beverages
  • A new classification format for adult acquired flat foot
  • The importance of plantar calcaneal fat pad in foot mechanics
  • An unusual diagnosis mimicking plantar fasciitis
  • Gastrocnemius recession as a solution to chronic heel pain.

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 8

with Dr Bob Eckles

In this episode, Dr Bob shared his thoughts and insights on the latest research papers related to:

  • Medial plantar vein thrombosis and heel pain.
  • Necrotising fasciitis related to pedicure.
  • Therapeutic effect of injectable normal saline
  • Non-surgical interventions for HAV.
  • Efficacy of orthoses for symptomatic hallux
  • Limitus/rigidus.

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 9

with Dr Bob Eckles

Here are the topics we covered in this episode:

  • Mortality of “weekend warrior” athletes
  • The effect of texture pattern and location on gait kinematics
  • The effect of plantar fasciitis on foot posture and postural stability

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 10

with Dr Bob Eckles

In this episode, we will focus on:

  • The relationship between metformin use and dementia
  • B12 deficiency and metformin use
  • Varus knee position and efficacy of lateral wedged insoles
  • A comparison of PRP and methylprednisolone for chronic plantar fasciitis
  • Gender and footwear issues in surveyed netball injury

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 11

with Dr Bob Eckles

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Here are the topics Dr Bob discussed in this episode:

  • Efficacy of stand-alone eccentric (ECC) protocols vs ECC + ESWT for Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Pathology review- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome- MTSS
  • Vitamin D Supplementation and Fracture Incidence
  • Comfort, Speed and Running-related Injury (RRI) Incidence and foot orthoses usage
  • Foot Orthoses and Sensory facilitation on lower limb electromyography

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 12

with Dr Bob Eckles

We are excited to bring you the last Journal Club episode of the year. We hope you enjoy your learning experience with us.

In this episode, Dr Bob will focus on:

  • A comparison between low level laser (LLL) and shock wave therapy for plantar fasciitis
  • Diabetes and obesity and disordered limb kinematics
  • Fatigue and running kinematics
  • Footwear design- performance and injury rates
  • Effects of 3D printed insoles on common objective stance parameters.

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 13

with Dr Bob Eckles

Happy New Year, everyone. It’s 2023, and we’re back with a new journal club episode for you. Dr Bob has done the reading, so you can relax and enjoy the video.

This time, Dr. Bob covered a few interesting topics:

  • The effect of silver on wound care/sepsis/amputation rates
  • A complete systematic review of short and long term interventions for Plantar Fasciitis
  • A comparison between patients receiving endovascular interventions with and without negative pressure therapy
  • The effect of foot orthoses on knee valgus amongst female athletes during cutting manouevers
  • Thickness change in Achilles Tendon immediately post-marathon
  • Proprioceptive effects and knee kinematics with and without compressive sports clothing

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 14

with Dr Bob Eckles

Join us for our latest episode of the Journal Club, where we will be delving into the latest research in the podiatry industry. Dr Bob Eckles will be discussing a range of topics, including:

  • Radiology of acute foot and ankle sprains
  • Low-level laser therapy vs ESWT for plantar heel pain
  • The use and effect of “wrap” and BOA lacing systems in trail running shoes
  • The “cost” of injury diversion in marathon training
  • The effectiveness of forefoot wedging in the mechanics of pronated runners
  • Eccentric protocols in Achilles Tendinopathy
  • The origins of “Preferred/Habitual” Pathway foot mechanic theory and near-muscular tuning.

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 15

with Dr Bob Eckles

In this episode, hosted by Dr. Bob Eckles, is now available, covering a diverse range of topics, including:

  • Cortico-steroid Injection vs ESWT for Plantar fasciitis
  • Cortico-steroid injection vs PRP and ESWT for plantar fasciitis
  • The mechanics of patients with MTSS
  • The effect of mobility/exercise on mortality
  • Contributions of shell thickness and rearfoot posting to orthotic shell stiffness
  • Ivermectin and Covid-19
  • The performance effects of advanced footwear technology (AFT)
  • The position of the FHL muscle belly in patients with functional hallux limitus
  • The newest tech design in racing footwear

If you’re interested in staying up-to-date with the latest developments in the field of podiatry and biomechanics, don’t miss this episode. You can watch the full episode here. So, grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and join us for the newest edition of Formthotics Journal Club!

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 16

with Dr Bob Eckles

Join us for the 16th Journal Club episode as we delve into the latest research findings in the podiatry field. Dr. Bob Eckles will be leading the discussion and covering a range of topics including:

  • The influence of carbon fiber plating in running gait and forefoot pathology
  • Wearable insoles to monitor pressure and shear in the diabetic patient
  • The effect of exercise program on elements of the diabetic foot
  • The importance of the form of plantar calcaneal spurring
  • Step rate and patello-femoral running related injury

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 17

with Dr Bob Eckles

On this episode, hosted by Dr. Bob Eckles, covering the following topics:

  • The effect of medial wedging of foot orthoses
  • Biomechanical and lower extremity care considerations in pregnant individuals
  • Walking gait speed and impact variables
  • MRI assessment of achilles tendon strain
  • Associations between knee OA and plantar fasciitis
  • High speed fluoroscopic analysis of the ankle and STJ in barefoot runners
  • Summation of current data on high performance running footwear

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 18

with Dr Bob Eckles

Join us for the 18th Journal Club episode as Dr. Bob Eckles will be leading the discussion and covering a range of topics including:

  • The importance of impact in running-related injury
  • Tibial Varum amongst Asian populations
  • Efficacy of low-level laser in soft tissue pathology
  • Minimalist shoes and balance assessment in older women
  • Functional hallux limitus in children

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 19

with Dr Bob Eckles

Join us for the 19th Journal Club episode as Dr. Bob Eckles will be leading the discussion and covering a range of topics including:

  • Low level laser therapy and knee osteoarthritis
  • Revascularisation and morbidity/mortality in DM patients- a systematic review
  • Stride length and running related injury in women
  • PRP (Platelet rich plasma) vs Injectable cortico-steroid in plantar fasciitis
  • The efficacy of PRP within the foot and ankle- a systematic review.

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Formthotics Journal Club- Episode 20

with Dr Bob Eckles

Welcome to the latest edition of Formthotics Journal Club! Our newest episode, hosted by Dr. Bob Eckles, is now available, covering the following topics:

  • Metformin and the prevention of dementia
  • The biomechanics of “toe-spring” shoes
  • The strength of extrinsic and intrinsic muscles in RF and NRF striking runners
  • Liver function testing protocols in the use of terbinafine
  • Manual therapies and objective plantar fascia change
  • Injury rates and cohort analyses of ultra-runners
  • The presence of a unique potential pathogen in limb-threatening DFU

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