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February 2020

Virginia Tech Researchers Developing Smart Prosthetic Socket to Improve Comfort, Performance

A Virginia Tech research team, led by Associate Professor Michael Philen, PhD, of the Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, and Professor Michael Madigan, PhD, of the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has received a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant to study residual limb volume loss and develop smart prosthetic sockets to improve comfort and performance in prostheses. Continue reading

February 2020

CMS Adds New L-Code for 2020; Updates Therapeutic Shoe Modification Codes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced the following updates, which are effective for dates of service on or after January 1, 2020: New L-Code: A new lower extremity–related Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code has been added. Continue reading

February 2020

Hanger Promotes Regina Weger to SPS President

Regina Weger has been promoted to president of SPS, Alpharetta, GA; the company is a subsidiary of Hanger, Austin, TX. Weger has been with SPS for over 20 years, starting in the customer service function. She most recently served as vice president and general manager. Continue reading

February 2020

Ottobock Approved for €100 million in Financing for Product Development

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing financing of up to €100 million to Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA, Duderstadt, Germany. The company will use the funds over the next three years to fund new product development and product improvements with a focus on prosthetics, orthoses, and human mobility. The loan is backed by a guarantee from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). Continue reading

February 2020

Cascade Orthopedic Supply Announces Investment by Ottobock North America

Cascade Orthopedic Supply, Chico, CA, announced an investment made in the company by Ottobock North America, Austin TX; details of the transaction were not disclosed. The investment aims to strengthen the collaboration of the two companies to further improve access to product for all orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) customers and… Continue reading

February 2020

Master of Science in P&O Program Approved for Kennesaw State

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved a Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) at Kennesaw State University. It will be housed in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management in the WellStar College of Health and Human Services. Continue reading

February 2020

Synthetic Bone Graft Substitute

OrthoPediatrics announced the launch of QuickPack, a fully synthetic bone graft substitute featuring high viscosity, calcium phosphate cement that closely mimics the mineral phase of natural bone. The product is supplied in a user-friendly, self-contained, closed loop double-syringe delivery system… Continue reading

February 2020

DDR: X-ray that Moves

Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas has unveiled the compact and efficient KDR AU Advanced U-Arm, which has the image-acquisition capability of Dynamic Digital Radiography (DDR). DDR, or X-ray that Moves, provides a cine loop of rapidly acquired, diagnostic-quality images depicting full views of articulatory mobility. Continue reading

February 2020

DARCO MedSurg DUO Shoe

The MedSurg DUO shoe is built to provide patients with hassle-free durability and comfort, while providing pressure relief to the post-op or wound site. According to the company, the DUO shoe is constructed of 2 different densities of EVA to provide up to 40% more plantar pressure reduction than… Continue reading

February 2020

SilhouetteLite+ by ARANZ Medical

SilhouetteLite+ is a smart phone–based imaging product designed to enable accurate measurements, images, and data capture of soft tissue and skin lesions, such as diabetic foot ulcers. The SilhouetteLite+ system, in conjunction with the suite of Silhouette products, allows for wound documentation at the point of care or via telehealth solutions. Continue reading

February 2020

Conformis Hip System Features iFit Image-to-Implant Technology

The proprietary iFit Image-to-Implant technology platform from Conformis is used to develop and manufacture joint replacement implants customized to fit each patient’s unique anatomy. The company recently announced US Food & Drug Administration clearance of its 3D-designed Conformis Hip System. Continue reading

February 2020

New LowShock GEL Heel Wedges

PediFix has added LowShock Gel Heel Wedges to its product line. These newly designed heel wedges are constructed from shock absorbing Pedi-GEL, an exclusive gel material that offers shock absorption and long-term use advantages that older wedges do not. Continue reading

February 2020

Armor 8 Lace Up Ankle Brace

Newly available from Elite Orthopaedics is the Armor 8 Lace Up Ankle Brace, which is designed to provide stability and protection. The figure-8 non-stretch wrap is engineered to stabilize the ankle and help control abnormal eversion and inversion. The brace uses a unique soft, pliable armor to limit inversion, eversion, flexion, and extension movements. Continue reading

February 2020

ORPYX SI SENSOR INSOLES

Orpyx SI sensory insoles help prevent diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) and limb loss through advanced pressure, temperature, and movement sensor technology and analytics. A randomized controlled trial showed an 86% reduction in DFU recurrence compared to control when the Orpyx SI technology was worn 4.5+ hours per day. Continue reading

February 2020

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.

January 2020

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.

January 2020

Going Boldly Into 2020…and Beyond

As we enter a new year AND a new decade, it’s important to affirm our foundation and set our sights on new directions. One of LER’s key strengths is the breadth of our multi-disciplinary highly collaborative audience—and we don’t intend to change that.

By Rich Dubin, Publisher Continue reading

January 2020

Aquatic Walking Relieves Arterial Stiffness in PAD

Aquatic walking can help relieve arterial stiffness among patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to results from a clinical trial published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. The study also showed that aquatic walking boosts patients’ ability to tolerate exercise, cardiorespiratory capacity, and muscular strength, and that patients are largely more inclined to maintain this exercise regimen.

By Chuck Green Continue reading

January 2020

Study Examines Treatment of Chronic Wound Pain with Long-Acting Lidocaine Gel

According to 2004 figures, about 6 million people suffer from chronic wounds due to bedsores and vascular, inflammatory, and rheumatologic sources, with medical costs for this care reaching almost $10 billion.* Opioids and non-opioid treatments are often used to manage the pain associated with these chronic wounds but come with issues such as the potential for addiction or abuse.

By Laura Fonda Hochnadel Continue reading

January 2020

Rehab May Improve 1st MTP Arthrodesis Long-term Outcomes

While arthrodesis of the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint is known to alleviate pain from osteoarthritis in the hallux, long-term outcomes vary, with nearly 20% of patients reporting dissatisfaction with the surgical outcome. “There are a number of patients who have symptoms of pain, metatarsalgia, lateral toe arthritis or… Continue reading

January 2020

Are Lateral Ankle Sprains Being Treated Correctly?

Lateral ankle sprain is the most common injury in physically active populations, yet some believe those who sustain an acute lateral ankle sprain may not receive timely formal rehabilitation and are at an increased risk to have subsequent sprains which can lead to chronic pain and instability.

By Keith Loria Continue reading

January 2020

A Guide to Individualized Management of Foot Drop

Most patients benefit from nonsurgical care of foot drop. Your task is to identify the optimal bracing options and work closely with the patient to understand their personal treatment expectations and goals.

By Jason Wright, DPM, PGY-2, And Marshall G. Solomon, DPM, FACPM, FACAS Continue reading

January 2020

Overuse Injuries in Sports Aren’t Wholly Preventable. But They Are Reducible

Empower athletes and work in partnership with them to reduce their risk and severity of overuse injury and keep them at the level of performance they want. Getting better at any sport, at any level, takes practice, commitment—and repetition. Basketball players shoot jump shot after jump shot, soccer players drill footwork, and cross-country athletes log seemingly endless miles.

By Nicole Wetsman Continue reading

January 2020

A Role for Arthroscopy in Managing Ankle Trauma?

Consider the benefit of arthroscopy for addressing intraarticular pathology at the time initial surgical repair of high-grade ankle fracture is performed. Ankle fractures are a common orthopedic injury. Although surgical repair often yields good results, many cases are nonetheless associated with poor clinical outcome after repair.  

By Kevin Burke, DPM and Jonathan Hook, DPM Continue reading

January 2020

EXCERPT: Muscle Cramping During Exercise: Causes, Solutions, and Questions Remaining, Part 1

These authors tap unusual but useful historic data sets to enlighten the search for the mechanisms that cause exercise-associated muscle cramps. Few athletes escape the painful experience of muscle cramps. Cramps that occur during or soon after a bout of physical activity have been termed exercise-associated muscle cramps (EAMC), and these are commonly experienced as a “painful, spasmodic contraction of the…

By Ronald J. Maughan and Susan M. Shirreffs Continue reading