Category Archives: Archives

October 2020

“Renal Foot” – Angiographic Patterns in Chronic Limb Threatening Ischemia + Renal Disease

Patients with chronic limb threatening ischemia (CLTI) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) have greater risk of limb loss compared to those with CLTI alone. These researchers investigated angiographic patterns in patients with CLTI and evaluated for differences based on ESRD status. Continue reading

October 2020

Wound Care Update: Can Bioabsorbable Borate-based Glass Fibers Support Wound Healing?

With increasing demand for biomaterials that have the ability to support wound healing, tissue engineers have been challenged to develop innovative bioactive scaffold materials. In general, bioactive materials have the mechanical properties of the tissue to be replaced while supporting biological activities such as cellular adhesion, proliferation, differentiation, and angiogenesis.

By Windy Cole, DPM, CWSP Continue reading

October 2020

Foot Drop: A Primer

Foot drop, a complex condition that can have a significant impact on independent ambulation, can have many causes. Treatment options vary by cause. These authors provide a review of the condition from etiology through treatment. Foot drop (also known as steppage gait) is an inability to lift the forefoot due to the weakness of dorsiflexors of the foot. This, in turn, can lead to an unsafe antalgic gait, potentially resulting in falls.

By Subhadra L. Nori, MD, and Michael F. Stretanski, DO Continue reading

October 2020

A New Ankle–Foot Orthosis Using Wire for Stroke Patients with Foot Drop

Researchers from Korea have developed a new type of AFO that uses neoprene and a novel wire configuration for use with foot drop after stroke. Foot drop can be a sequela of stroke. An ankle–foot orthosis (AFO) is the most widely used method to prevent foot drop in patients with stroke, and is used during weight-bearing training of the limb on the affected side or when there is ankle spasticity or deformity.

By Jung-Hoon Lee, Im-Rak Choi, and Hyun-Su Choi Continue reading

October 2020

Pain Reduction Methods for Peripheral Neuropathy

As obesity and type 2 diabetes continue to be growing public health burdens, clinicians will be faced with increasing numbers of patients who suffer from their complications, in particular, peripheral neuropathy. These authors review the multiple medications available to help. A 2015 report published in the Journal of Pain, found that…

By Shana Shetty, DPM PGY3, and Marshall G. Solomon, DPM FACPM, FACFAS Continue reading

October 2020

Inventor’s Corner: BioSensics’ Wearable Technology Supports Aging in Place

In 2007, wearable sensor technology was just gaining traction. Applications (known as apps) largely focused on fitness and wellness, measuring things like numbers of steps and hours of sleep. However, Ashkan Vaziri, Ph.D., and a few friends had an idea for a different approach: They believed that wearable sensors with medical applications could help older adults remain independent as they age. Continue reading

October 2020

ASU Team Creates Soft, Robotic AFO

Most ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) are stiff and uncomfortable, so a team of student researchers at Arizona State University (ASU)—Marielle Debeurre, Tiffany Hertzell, and Carly Thalman—has been working to create a dynamic, soft robotic AFO, or SR-AFO, that assists with gait rehabilitation by adjusting itself with each step. Continue reading

October 2020

PodiatryInternational Launches News Website

PodiatryInternational has launched a dedicated news website to support and promote podiatrists and foot care professionals so they can grow and advance their practices and businesses through increasing awareness of the profession and developing greater global access to new advances and technology within the profession. Continue reading

October 2020

High Schooler Creates App to Help Reduce Risk of ACL Injuries in School-aged Athletes

Research has proven that participation in stretching courses can reduce the possibility of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in play by about 72%. After implementing these stretching courses at many Chicago, Illinois, public schools in basketball and soccer… Continue reading

October 2020

Hanger Announces Executive Appointments

Hanger, Austin, Texas, announced that Regina Weger has been promoted to president, products & services, and Pete Stoy will join Hanger in the newly formed position of chief operating officer (COO), to lead the patient care segment. Continue reading

October 2020

First-in-Human Trial Completed for a Novel Treatment for Osteoporosis

Haoma Medica, London, England, announced the completion of a first-in-human trial for NaQuinate, a naphthoquinone carboxylic acid, which is being developed as a novel orally administered therapeutic for osteoporosis. The first-in-human trial initiated last year in healthy adults studied single and multiple doses of the drug. Continue reading

October 2020

AFO Puts Spring-cam Back into Stroke Patients’ Steps

A research group from Tohoku University in Japan has developed a new, lightweight and motor-less device to aid stroke patients in their rehabilitation, improving their gait, and preventing falls. The new device can be easily attached to an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO). Continue reading

October 2020

RevoFlex DorsiFlexion AFO

RevoFlex by Click Medical is an AFO solution for safely progressing a patient through therapy. The dorsiflexion kit can be easily fabricated into plastic-hinged AFOs to give on-demand support while enabling patients to safely dial in when fatigued or in unstable situations. Continue reading

October 2020

Aetrex Next-Gen 3D Foot Scanning System

Aetrex has launched the Albert 2, the company’s next-generation intelligent 3D foot scanning technology; it will be available to retailers in February 2021. This system is engineered to help customers find the right-fitting footwear and orthotics and provide an enhanced customer experience at retail. Continue reading

October 2020

Podimetrics SmartMat

Podimetrics is a virtual care management company dedicated to preventing diabetic amputations, one of the most debilitating and costly complications of diabetes. The company combines its FDA-cleared SmartMat with wraparound care management to spot… Continue reading

October 2020

Skineez Hydrating Compression Socks

Skineez Skin-Reparative Hydrating Compression Socks are the only gradient 10–20 mmHg mild-moderate compression, hydrating socks on the market. They are infused with 5 key healthy ingredients that hydrate and repair the skin. In clinical trials 80% saw softer, firmer skin in just 1 hour, and 100% felt this was… Continue reading

October 2020

Motus Smart Diabetic Foot Stabilization and Offloading System

According to the 2019 International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) guidelines, the preferred treatment for neuropathic foot ulcers is a non-removable knee-high offloading device, either a total contact cast (TCC) or a removable walker rendered (by the provider fitting it) irremovable. Continue reading

October 2020

Cord-Free, Bluetooth-Enabled In-Shoe Pressure Mapping System

Tekscan has introduced the F-Scan64, an easy-to-use wireless in-shoe pressure mapping system with a quick setup configuration that is designed for clinicians and clinical researchers seeking a simple and fast in-shoe gait analysis solution. Featuring quick-connect, Bluetooth-enabled data… Continue reading

October 2020

Adapttech Introduces the INSIGHT System

INSIGHT from Adapttech is now available in North America through Cascade Orthopedic Supply. The system is designed to improve the socket fitting process involved with lower-limb prostheses. INSIGHT combines a 3D scanner, sensors, wearable technology, and… Continue reading

October 2020

Warm Series Insoles: Never Get Cold Feet Again

Warm Series insoles from Digitsole are the first connected heated insoles designed to keep feet warm. The dedicated application, available on iOS and Android, allows users to connect their insoles to their smartphones via Bluetooth and regulate the temperature inside shoes, between 20°C to 45°C/68°F to 113°F. Continue reading

September 2020

The Dirty Truth About Being Biped

What bears don’t know didactically about forces, shock, and kinetic chain, they understand naturally, instinctually, and it is evidenced by the way they move. Bears can stand on two legs, play, pose, and walk as bipeds do, but when it comes to motion involving speed, safety, or…

By Jay Segel, DPM; Sally Crawford, MS; Grace Juriel; and Jason Kraus Continue reading

September 2020

A mechanistic model and therapeutic interventions for COVID-19 involving a RAS-mediated bradykinin storm

While COVID-19 is known to affect the body in numerous ways that are yet not clearly understood, several researchers have begun to focus on what is known: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, starts by infecting certain cells in the nasal passage. Stopping, or at least slowing this initial foothold may prove a powerful strategy for taming this pandemic. Continue reading

September 2020

New Treatment Options Focus on the Nose

While COVID-19 is known to affect the body in numerous ways that are yet not clearly understood, several researchers have begun to focus on what is known: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, starts by infecting certain cells in the nasal passage. Stopping, or at least slowing this initial foothold may prove a powerful strategy for taming this pandemic. Continue reading

September 2020

Most Youth Football Helmets DON’T FIT

Youth football players are at increased risk of concussion for one reason: their helmets don’t fit properly! New research has found that the majority (74%) of football players’ helmets in youth football (7-12 years old) did not meet at least one component of the 13 criteria developed for proper football helmet fit. Improper fit is a critical risk factor for increased concussion symptoms and duration. Continue reading

September 2020

HR-QoL in Sjogren’s-Related Peripheral Neuropathy

Sjogren’s patients with coexisting neurological involvement with symptoms, including pain and physical disability, experience diminished health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) according to a recent study of 50 Sjogren’s patients. All patients underwent neurological clinical examination followed by nerve conduction studies and rheumatological examination. Continue reading