Category Archives: Archives

May 2019

Act now to get your FREE iTOM-CAT Orthotic Scanning App!

TOM-CAT Solutions has been offering Orthotic Scanning solutions for over 15 years. That experience and advancement in technology has led to the development of the iTOM-CAT. TOM-CAT is able to combine accuracy, reliability with an easy to use program, Freedom of Choice, and support.  The program is free and only takes a few minutes to get started. Continue reading

May 2019

The X Brace Added to Medi-Dyne Pain Relief Solutions

Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products has acquired The X Brace. Developed by Joshua P. Eldridge, DC, DACBSP, for relief of heel pain due to plantar fasciitis and Sever’s disease, The X Brace is an easy-to-use foot and heel support product. It provides a comfortable, low-profile, pain-relieving solution for previously hard-to-treat circumstances, such as when wearing flip flops or sandals, or when walking barefoot. Continue reading

May 2019

Finely Crafted AFOs to Meet Virtually any Need

New York OMC offers a host of finely crafted AFOs. The SuperFlex AFO is constructed of durable vegetable dyed leather. A full interface lining cushions and protects fragile skin. The 1/16” super-flexible, molded, integrated AFO allows for dynamic biomechanical function. The medial arch is balanced with 30 shore durometer EVA material for more stability. Continue reading

May 2019

Alleviate Plantar Fasciitis with Targeted Compression

Sports Medicine Leader Pro-Tec Athletics, brings relief to Plantar Fasciitis with the best-selling PF Sleeve. The PF Sleeve is a low-profile, open toe sleeve that is designed to fit comfortably in your shoe and be worn during activity to alleviate pain from Plantar Fasciitis. The comfortable and breathable material uses an advanced stitching technique to provide stabilization to the arch, heel, and Achilles. Continue reading

March 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. Click here if you want to see the answers

March 2019

SPS Promotes Weger to VP and General Manager

Hanger, Inc., Austin, Texas, announced that Regina Weger has been promoted to VP and general manager of its subsidiary SPS, Alpharetta, Georgia. Weger has been with SPS for over 20 years, having started her career within the customer service function and taking on additional roles and responsibilities throughout the years. Continue reading

March 2019

APTA, ACSM Formalize New Partnership

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has partnered with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), under the APTA Partnerships program, which seeks to enhance relationships and develop mutually beneficial partnerships with other organizations that share common goals. Continue reading

March 2019

Renowned Orthopedic Surgeon to Lead Foot and Ankle Division at NYU Langone Health

John G. Kennedy, MD, renowned for his work in the surgical treatment of foot and ankle injuries, has been appointed the new chief of the Foot and Ankle Division in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and Director of the Foot and Ankle Center at NYU Langone Health. He joined NYU Langone in January, where he holds the… Continue reading

March 2019

$11 million NIH Grant Creates New Center for Musculoskeletal Research

Clemson University, South Carolina, received an $11 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Biomedical Research Excellence to launch a new research center that will bring together scientists from across the state to change the way musculoskeletal disorders are diagnosed, treated, and studied. Continue reading

March 2019

CMS Includes 7 OTS Knee Orthoses in 2021 Competitive Bidding Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program for dates of service beginning January 1, 2021, will include 7 off-the-shelf (OTS) knee orthoses. Continue reading

March 2019

SIGVARIS Is now SIGVARIS GROUP

SIGVARIS, Peachtree, Georgia, has changed its corporate name and logo from SIGVARIS to SIGVARIS GROUP. SIGVARIS, a 155-year-old Swiss company, manufactures medical compression socks and hosiery with a wide assortment of inelastic wraps and lymphedema garments. Continue reading

March 2019

Wound Healing Clinical & Translational Research Team Receives Grant to Join Diabetic Foot Consortium

The clinical and translational research team at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery received a 4-year, $1.7 million grant to become 1 of 6 Clinical Research Units (CRU) in the US to help improve outcomes for patients with diabetic foot ulcers. Continue reading

March 2019

CMS Launches “What’s Covered” App to Guide Beneficiaries

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new app that gives consumers direct access on a mobile device to some of the most-used content on Medicare.gov. The new “What’s Covered” app lets people with Original Medicare, caregivers, and others quickly see whether Medicare covers a specific medical item or service. Continue reading

March 2019

UniSA Creates Recipe for Realistic Foot Ulcers

Podiatrists at the University of South Australia (UniSA), Adelaide, have blended icing sugar, chicken stock, and flexible resin to create realistic-looking foot ulcers as part of a world-first podiatric training initiative. Helen Banwell, DPM, and Ryan Causby, DPM, concocted the mixture, which is being added to 3D-printed feet and is designed to mimic infected and non-infected diabetic foot wounds. Continue reading

March 2019

Core-Spun Patterned AFO Socks by SmartKnit

Knit-Rite has long been a manufacturer of SmartKnit Seamless Socks made for adults and children who use AFOs. SmartKnit Seamless Socks are soft and comfortable, giving the feeling of a cool second layer of skin between the wearer and the AFO. Knit-Rite now offers Core-Spun Patterned AFO Socks by SmartKnit. Continue reading

March 2019

Samuel Hubbard Women’s City Zipper Boot

lide in. Zip up. Step out. The City Zipper from Samuel Hubbard is designed to wow the wearer’s feet. Comfort engineering is at the heart of how Samuel Hubbard designs and builds its shoes. Meant to be the go-to-boot in any women’s closet, the women’s City Zipper is fabricated from premium European sourced, tumbled… Continue reading

March 2019

Insightful Products’ Masted Knee Brace

The Masted Knee Brace (MKB) is the newest design offered by Insightful Products. The MKB was developed primarily to address the common problem of distal migration. This knee orthosis is said to ensure good knee and brace-joint alignment. It has adjustable flexion and extension stops at 15-degree increments and the foot section offers… Continue reading

March 2019

ReviStim Wearable DC Stimulator

Prizm Medical has introduced the ReviStim DC Stimulator, which is described as the world’s first wearable DC stimulation device. The unit’s copyrighted software delivers DC electrotherapeutic energy uniformly over the entire treatment area through hydrogel stick-on electrodes or Prizm’s proprietary Sigma garment electrodes. Continue reading

March 2019

Orthotic Strap Kits

JMS Plastics Supply has introduced orthotic straps as a new market offering. The exclusive straps are made from reinforced PVC that is welded together with high frequency to make them strong and durable. The straps feature hook-and-loop closures and are available in kits or sold individually. Continue reading

March 2019

Icebreaker Hike Light Crew

Suitable for adventure and hiking, Icebreaker’s men’s Hike Light Crew sock is designed to be an ideal sock for year-round comfort on the trail. The sock has double up cushioning for comfort. It is made from breathable, temperature-regulating merino wool (60%); nylon (37%) for durability; and Lycra (3%). Continue reading

March 2019

Piedro Pediatric Orthopedic Footwear

Cascade Orthopedic Supply has expanded its product line with the addition of Piedro Pediatric Orthopedic Footwear. The new line of footwear features a wider and deeper toe box to ensure a precision fit with orthotic devices. The double stitching and high abrasion-resistant toe cap provide increased durability for children. Continue reading

March 2019

The X Brace Added to Medi-Dyne Pain Relief Solutions

Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products has acquired The X Brace. Developed by Joshua P. Eldridge, DC, DACBSP, for relief of heel pain due to plantar fasciitis and Sever’s disease, The X Brace is an easy-to-use foot and heel support product. It provides a comfortable, low-profile, pain-relieving solution for previously hard-to-treat circumstances, such as… Continue reading

March 2019

Benefits of a Foot Orthosis During a Step-descent Task on Kinematics, Kinetics, and Activation of Muscle

Foot orthoses are considered to work by controlling internal rotation of the tibia and eversion of the calcaneus, and have been reported to be effective during weightbearing activities such as walking and running. As a result, they have been shown to be effective in managing a range of musculoskeletal conditions—not the least of which is patellofemoral pain.

By Sarah Curran, PhD, FCPodMed Continue reading

March 2019

Concurrent Changes in Eccentric Hamstring Strength and Knee-joint Kinematics

Hamstring strain incidence in soccer increases during the latter stages of match-play, consistent with experimental studies that report reduced eccentric hamstring strength during soccer-specific fatigue. The biarticular function of the hamstring is such that fatigue-induced changes in strength are also likely to have an impact on…

By Matt Greig, MPhil, PhD Continue reading

March 2019

Delayed Charcot Diagnosis Increases Costs, Hospital Days, Amputations

Early recognition and treatment of Charcot neuroarthropathy has been long considered paramount to optimizing clinical outcomes and delivering high-quality care. Without this rapid response to control the devastating effects of Charcot, patients are left with significant deformities; increased risk of ulcers, infection, and…

By Jonathan M. Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS, CHCQM Continue reading