New 'bionic' leg gives amputees a natural gait
A new lower-limb prosthetic developed at Vanderbilt University allows amputees to walk without the leg-dragging gait characteristic of conventional artificial legs.
Chronic ankle pain may be more than just a sprain
Ankle sprains are a common injury after a fall, sudden twist or blow to the ankle joint. Approximately 40 percent of those who suffer an ankle sprain will experience chronic ankle pain, even after being treated ...
Fossil ankles indicate Earth's earliest primates lived in trees
Earth's earliest primates have taken a step up in the world, now that researchers have gotten a good look at their ankles.
Artificial ankle brings help for those with long-term suffering
As a health care worker, Victor Neufer knew about knee and hip replacements, but not so much about artificial ankles until he needed one. A few years ago, he was riding a bicycle on Scenic Drive in Modesto, Calif., when a ...
Short heels make elite sprinters super speedy
What is it about elite sprinters that gives them the edge over non-sprinters in the 100m dash? Stephen Piazza from the Pennsylvania State University publishes his discovery, in The Journal of Experimental Bi ...
Warrior web closer to making its performance-improving suit a reality
Of the many risks dismounted Soldiers face in the field, one of the most common is injury from carrying their gear—often topping 100 pounds—for extended periods over rough terrain. Heavy loads increase ...
Anthropologist Says Tree Climbing Abilities of Early Hominins Decreased Rapidly in Evolutionary Process
Below-knee cast speeds up recovery for severe ankle sprain
(PhysOrg.com) -- Research led by the University of Warwick shows immobilising a severely sprained ankle in a below-knee cast for a short period of time promotes rapid recovery.
Botflies and the perils of scientific research
At first, Chris Dick thought the persistent ache in his ankle was caused by a thorn embedded in his skin. Made sense, seeing as he had done some work on a Pennsylvania farm around that time. An X-ray revealed ...
Hips take walking in stride; ankles put best foot forward in run
(PhysOrg.com) -- In a first-of-its-kind study comparing human walking and running motions and whether the hips, knees or ankles are the most important power sources for these motions researchers at North Carolina ...
Early primate leaping set stage for human airtime
(Phys.org) —Over a puddle, up to the basket, off the high dive—we all take leaps from time to time.
Ankle bracelet will be Strauss-Kahn companion
As former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn settles into house arrest awaiting trial on sexual assault charges his constant companion will be a GPS-equipped ankle bracelet tracking his every move.
Simple test may identify stroke survivors at risk of another cardiovascular event
Measuring circulation in the ankle using a device similar to a blood pressure cuff can help identify asymptomatic peripheral artery disease (PAD) in stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) survivors, a group at much higher ...
Lohan's ankle bracelet has breathalyzer technology
(AP) -- If an alcohol-monitoring bracelet can keep celebrities like Lindsay Lohan from drinking, some parents might wonder, Can I get one for my teen?