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 ...
Technical advances help erase stigma of prosthetics
A Scottish magazine once ran a headline above an article on former Paralympics track star Aimee Mullins that read, "Can You See Anything Wrong With This Woman? No? Her Either."
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.
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 ...
Anthropologist Says Tree Climbing Abilities of Early Hominins Decreased Rapidly in Evolutionary Process
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.
'Anklebot' helps determine ankle stiffness
For most healthy bipeds, the act of walking is seldom given a second thought: One foot follows the other, and the rest of the body falls in line, supported by a system of muscle, tendon, and bones.
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 ...
Aspirin use does not significantly reduce events among those identified by certain screening method
Individuals who were identified as being at increased risk of cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events based on screening for low ankle brachial index, a type of pressure measurement used in the diagnosis of peripheral artery ...
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.
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 ...
The FDA has approved ankle replacements, so why don't all insurance plans cover them?
It's been a decade since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first total ankle-replacement system for patients with severe ankle arthritis.