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August 2019

Get a Free Workable Sample of the NEW J-Foam Rigid Fabrication Material!

JMS Plastics Supply has long been recognized for only offering the highest quality fabricating materials. Following in that tradition JMS Plastics now offers you a FREE workable sample of the brand-new Poly-E Foam fabrication material. This amazing new fabricating material is half the weight of competitive products, yet with all the inherent strength needed to be ideal for fabricating lower extremity products. Continue reading

August 2019

Bunion Bracing Sleeve

The OS1st HV3 Bunion Bracing Sleeve from OS1st was created using a light-flex toe splint with an anatomically correct split-toe design to provide relief of bunions, realignment of toe angles, and reduction of forefoot swelling. Built-in silicone stabilizers hold the brace in place so the splint can straighten the hallux and help separate toes for gradual correction, relief, and recovery. Continue reading

August 2019

ProComp Carbon Reinforced Polypropylene Sheet for AFOs, KAFOs, and SMOs

ProComp sheet, available exclusively from Curbell O&P, is an innovative, carbon-fiber-reinforced polypropylene material that is 25 percent stiffer than standard homopolymer polypropylene. Layers of carbon fibers are infused between layers of homopolymer polypropylene which results in zero carbon fiber strand protrusion when finishing. Continue reading

August 2019

20% off the Swede-O® Joint Wrap Cold Therapy Compression Wrap!

Help relieve pain and reduce swelling & inflammation by comfortably surrounding painful, inflamed joints with cold therapy! The nontoxic, biodegradable fill in this Swede-O Joint Wrap stays soft and pliable when frozen. The versatile design of the Swede-O® Joint Wrap is more versatile than rectangle packs. Use the adjustable straps to provide compression and secure the pack to the painful area to help provide long lasting, drug free relief. Continue reading

August 2019

Force and Pressure: Understanding Differences and Purposes

Whenever I talk about foot pressure-mapping technology during my courses or keynote lectures at international conferences, I am always surprised by the volume of misunderstanding that surrounds  force and pressure measurements and questions about differences between them.

By Antonio Robustelli, MSc, CSCS Continue reading

August 2019

AFOs and FES Offer Comparable Outcomes for Foot Drop in MS Patients

Foot drop is a common presentation in people who have multiple sclerosis (MS). The inability to lift the forefoot off the ground adequately, such as to clear curbs and stairs, affects gait and increases fall risk. Ankle–foot orthoses (AFOs) and functional electrical stimulation (FES)…

By Laura Fonda Hochnadel Continue reading

August 2019

Prevalence of Neuropathic Pain Symptoms

Managing pain in patients with foot and ankle pathology can be a challenge. In addition to nociceptive mechanisms, neuropathic mechanisms can contribute to pain in patients with orthopedic conditions and can be found in 10.5% to 53% of patients with chronic pain, depending on the location of the pathology. Continue reading

August 2019

Orthotic insoles for people with diabetes at-risk of ulceration

This study focused on pressure-relieving orthotic insoles designed for retail footwear and people with diabetes and at risk of first forefoot ulceration. The aim was to investigate whether the pressure-relieving effects of a customized metatarsal bar and forefoot cushioning are sensitive to bar location and shape, and material choice.

By Ana Martinez-Santos, Stephen Preece, and Christopher J. Nester Continue reading

August 2019

Early Orthotic Intervention in Pediatric Patients, Part I Cerebral Palsy

Children with cerebral palsy (CP) typically encounter a host of gait- and balance-related issues associated with spasticity, dyskinesia, and weakness. How severe these are depends on CP type and the individual case. As a result, experts have long debated how early to intervene with bracing strategies that include ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs), and how long to maintain those interventions.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

August 2019

Pregnancy Changes the Body: Here’s What That Means for Gait, Balance, and Falls

About a quarter of women fall during pregnancy and 10% fall more than once. Understanding the biomechanical changes of this transitional period may help researchers find ways to prevent such falls. When Robert Catena’s wife was pregnant and working at a restaurant, she fell. It was scary, he says, but everything was ok.

By Nicole Wetsman Continue reading

August 2019

Healthcare Provider-Implemented Foot Evaluations for Walking Exercise Programs

Encouraging exercise and appropriate footwear selection may be key in helping patients maintain healthy activity levels. Exercise is recommended for the majority of patients regardless of age, gender, or physical disability. The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans1 recommended that all adults perform 150 minutes…

By Audris Tien, DPM, Brad Franklin, DNP, RN, FNP-C, FAANP, and Jarrod Shapiro, DPM, FACFAOM, FACFAS Continue reading

August 2019

Chronic Ankle Pain? Put Os Trigonum Fracture in the Differential

This overlooked, often-left-undiagnosed ankle pathology causes long-term pain and instability. Appropriate treatment protocols, applied in a timely manner, can get patients back on their feet. The ankle presents an interesting dichotomy of strength and frailty: Whereas the ankle supports body weight, makes sharp twists and turns, and keeps the body from falling…

By Scott Pensivy, PT, LAT, ATC Continue reading

August 2019

MedShape Launches DynaNail Mini Fusion System

MedShape, Atlanta, GA, an orthopedic device manufacturer, announced the launch of its DynaNail Mini™ Fusion System, which is available in 7mm and 8mm diameters and 60mm to 100mm lengths. Featuring MedShape’s patented superelastic nickel titanium (NiTiNOL) technology, the DynaNail Mini is the first orthopedic device designed specifically for subtalar fusion that offers… Continue reading

August 2019

Policy Article Revised for Therapeutic Shoes

The Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Policy Article (PA) for Therapeutic Shoes for Persons with Diabetes was recently revised, as follows. The effective date is January 1, 2019. Continue reading

August 2019

New DME QIC Contract Effective September 1

Effective September 1, the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Qualified Independent Contractor (QIC) contract for administering all reconsiderations (second-level appeals) on processed DME claims has been transitioned to the contract awardee, MAXIMUS Federal Services. All reconsideration requests must now be submitted to Maximus Federal Services… Continue reading

August 2019

PT Professor Authors New Guideline to Treat PFP

University of Montana (UM) Assistant Professor Richard Willy, PT, PhD, is the lead author on a paper that offers new guidelines for treating patellofemoral pain (PFP), often known as runner’s knee. PFP affects 25% of the general population every year, with women reporting PFP twice as often as men. Continue reading

August 2019

New Polyethylene Rigid Foam

Now available from JMS Plastics is its new polyethylene rigid foam. The foam is available in 20″ x 42″ sheets and in 5 thicknesses: 1/16″, 1/8″, 3/16″, 1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″. The new foam is described as both easy to grind and easy to mold. According to the company, the material is half the weight of competitive products, making it ideal for fabricating lower extremity products. Continue reading

August 2019

OTC Lux Step Insole

Cluffy has introduced the Lux Step insole. This office-dispensed, over-the-counter (OTC) product is designed for optimization of first ray function and to address elements needed for effective relief of plantar fasciitis. A patent-pending dynamic arch design allows for optimum arch support. The insole incorporates a gel heel pad to provide shock absorption without interfering with shoe fit. Continue reading

August 2019

High Achilles Ankle Brace Relieves Pain

The High Achilles Ankle Brace was designed to relieve pain in the back of the heel caused by inflammation of the Achilles tendon; it is appropriate for post-Achilles tendon rupture, tendonitis, and strains. According to BRD Sport, the 3D knit technology creates targeted intermittent compression and reduces swelling while relieving pain and enhancing circulation. Continue reading

August 2019

5 ½” Double-Action Professional Nail Cutters

New to the PediFix product line is the 5 ½” heavy-duty professional nail nippers, which are packaged for sale to appropriate patients for at-home care, yet are tough enough for clinical use. According to the company’s president and CEO, Christopher Case, the new nail clippers were inspired by requests from patients longing for at-home devices capable of trimming thick and fungal nails like those used by physicians. Continue reading

August 2019

RunTime Baropodometric Treadmill

The RunTime baropodometric treadmill analyzes posture accurately by calculating and showing the plantar pressures during walking and running. According to Sensor Medica, it was developed using the latest technologies, and in combination with freeStep software, RunTime belongs to the new generation of integrated instruments for postural evaluation and biomechanical analysis. Continue reading

August 2019

Foot Finish Foot Repair Cream

Inspired by the rough, dry, cracked feet of professional dancers and dance students, Love, Lori is dedicated to providing healthy foot care that soothes and repairs battered feet. Now available from Love, Lori is Foot Finish Foot Repair Cream. The antifungal cream is formulated with tea tree oil, rose oil, and lavender to fight foot infection and odor while reducing inflammation. Continue reading

August 2019

Custom Carbon Fiber AFO

Ottobock’s expertise in custom orthotic fabrication and carbon composites come together to produce an inspiring custom carbon fiber AFO (CCAFO). Crafted from carbon prepreg, this lightweight and low-profile ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) provides a solution for individuals with plantar flexion weakness and those needing triplanar support for the foot and ankle. Continue reading

August 2019

How Well Did You Read This Issue?

Test your knowledge of information from this issue of Lower Extremity Review and the world in general with our new crossword puzzle feature.

September 2019

Style & function has never looked so good!

Inspired by fashion and designed for comfort, revere Shoes offer a beautiful collection of sandals, ballet flats, mary janes, loafers, and booties all with supportive contoured footbeds that can be removed if required to fit custom orthotics. revere also offers innovative fitting features such as extenders to lengthen straps for wide or swollen feet, fillers that can be… Continue reading