The lead article in this issue is a case report by Carmick1 that underscores the importance of the subtalar neutral position in the fit of orthotics for children with cerebral palsy. It is unusual for a case report to be the featured article in Pediatric Physical Therapy, but Carmick's work occupies this position for several reasons. First and foremost, the report is an excellent reminder of the skill and care clinicians must exercise when fitting and evaluating orthoses for children. Second, the report is provocative, demonstrating that when orthotic fit is appropriate, the Gross Motor Function Classification System level could improve in children with CP. A third reason for featuring a case report is that I am a firm believer in the notion that case reports are an excellent source of research questions. The suggestion that functional status could improve in children with appropriately fitted orthoses poses a question that begs to be answered. And my last, but not least, reason for highlighting this article is that this issue represents the launch of the iPad “app” for our journal. Carmick's supplemental videos highlight both the effect of her orthotic intervention and the great resources we now have to illustrate important findings for our readers. With a simple touch on the iPad screen, you can review the effects of the orthotic intervention being described in the article.
Technology is pushing us forward, first in development of the digital version of our journal available online, and now in a mobile application that will allow readers to take advantage of the supplemental digital video that increasingly accompanies articles published in Pediatric Physical Therapy. The online publication of the journal is largely responsible for the rapid expansion of our international partners, and the adoption of Pediatric Physical Therapy as the official journal of the Dutch and Swiss pediatric physical therapy organizations. Increasingly, we are beginning to understand the possibilities this technology affords. As a human movement system discipline, pediatric physical therapists are increasingly using videos to illustrate the findings in their research and case reports. I expect that this opportunity to convey important information visually will become even more common in the near future. We are gradually creating an online video library that will include all of the videos authors provide to illustrate their work—we hope this library will be as popular as our collections of articles—such as clinical guidelines, articles by international authors, and systematic reviews. And now to access these resources, all you have to do is touch the screen!
Ann F. Van Sant, PT, PhD, FAPTA
The Editor declares no conflicts of interest.
1. Carmick J. Importance of orthotic subtalar alignment on development and gait for children with cerebral palsy. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2012;24(4):302–307.