Category Archives: Archives

January 2020

Integrity Orthotics Joins LBG Medical/Strive Footwear

Integrity Orthotics has joined the LBG Medical family of companies. Based in the United Kingdom, LBG Medical has been a leading orthotic provider for over 40 years and is the largest custom orthotic laboratory in Europe. Continue reading

January 2020

Engineer Receives Grants to Further Develop Utah Bionic Leg

Engineers at the University of Utah (UofU), Salt Lake City, have developed and have been trialing a computerized bionic leg to help amputees walk faster, easier, and with better balance. Now, mechanical engineering assistant professor Tommaso Lenzi, PhD, who heads the project developing the Utah Bionic Leg, has received 2 grants to further advance the technology. Continue reading

January 2020

Handheld Fluorescence Imaging Device for Wound Management Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance

MolecuLight, Toronto, Canada, has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its i:X handheld fluorescence imaging device for use in the detection of wounds containing bacteria. The MolecuLight i:X enables real time point-of-care visualization of fluorescence in wounds and measures wounds and digitally records all images and area measurements. Continue reading

January 2020

Study: Student Athlete Safety Is Not a Priority in US High Schools

A recent study showed that one-third of public and private high schools in the US have no access to athletic trainers and that lack of appropriate sports medicine care is even greater for private schools where parents are traditionally paying for what they perceive as a better and safer experience. Continue reading

January 2020

Researchers Land Funding to Further Study Diabetic Ulcer Drug

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame recently received $4.6 million from the US Department of Defense to help fund studies for a drug they developed for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. The compound, called (R)-ND-336, is a topical gel. It was developed by Mayland Chang, PhD, research professor in the Department of Chemistry and… Continue reading

January 2020

Shower Sole Scrubber and Foot Massager

For some patients, bending over to clean their feet is difficult and sometimes even dangerous. Cleaning one’s feet thoroughly, without bending over, is now possible with the Shower Sole Scrubber and Foot Massager available from Love, Lori, a company dedicated to advanced foot care. Continue reading

January 2020

PediFoot Deformity Correction System

OrthoPediatrics announced the domestic launch of the PediFoot Deformity Correction System following 510(k) clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration. According to the company, this is the first pediatric-specific system to treat fractures and deformities of the foot and ankle. Continue reading

January 2020

Botanical Foot Peel Mask

Soft Touch Foot Peel Mask is an exfoliating treatment for dry, cracked, and calloused feet. To use, clean and dry feet, slip feet into the foot masks, and seal. Leave the foot masks on for 1 hour, and then remove and wash feet with soap and water. No need for vigorous scrubbing or a foot file scraper that can make feet feel and look battered. Continue reading

January 2020

Instant Foot Support with New ExtraArches

PediFix is now offering new, self-adhering arch support pads that relieve heel, arch, and general foot pain. ExtraArches support pads are anatomically shaped to provide instant, lasting support with fabric-covered Visco-GEL that never bottoms out. Continue reading

January 2020

Curbell O&P Heavy Transfer Paper

Curbell O&P, a division of Curbell Plastics, has introduced heavy transfer paper to its lineup of O&P materials and products. Available in a variety of patterns and colors, the transfer paper is ideal for adding style to the orthotic experience for children and adults alike. Continue reading

January 2020

Adjustable Hybrid Dorsal Night Splint

New from Elite Orthopaedics is the Adjustable Hybrid Dorsal Night Splint for the treatment of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, heel pain, and other lower extremity overuse injuries. The splint is designed to provide custom dorsiflexion and relief from plantar fasciitis. Continue reading

January 2020

AFO Fashion Cover

Many people who wear AFOs are self-conscious and will only wear long pants, so the AFOs won’t be noticeable. AFOs also limit the type of shoes that can be worn, making it difficult to wear styles like skirts, capris, and boots. Brace for Fashion was borne out of this need—to cover the brace with a trendy, yet classic cover. Continue reading

January 2020

MyQuest Soft AFO for Foot Drop

Available from New England Foot Drop Center is the MyQuest soft ankle foot orthosis (AFO) for foot drop. The MyQuest AFO is designed to allow for flexibility and adjustability using three custom clips and elastic cords that attach a soft cuff worn around the ankle to the outside of the shoe. Continue reading

January 2020

Improve Your Quality of Life Now with Our Pneumatic Compression Devices

For over 35 years, manufacturing quality pneumatic compression devices has been what Bio Compression Systems is all about. As a family owned and operated business, we know what patients need when it comes to treating all stages of lymphedema, non-healing wounds, DVT prophylaxis, post-op edema and sports injuries. Continue reading

January 2020

New Orthotic Base Foam – Half the Weight

Since our beginning in 1981, JMS Plastics Supply has always been dedicated to being more than just a provider of plastic materials, covering and cushioning materials, and equipment and supplies. We are, in fact, your partner. We work for you to continuously meet and exceed the needs of the lower extremity market. Continue reading

January 2020

FREE 3D WEBINAR for O & P Labs & Clinics: What does it take to adopt 3d foot & ankle orthotic technology?

3D Printing is the next wave in O&P design and manufacturing- the technology is now cost-effective/affordable. Register by 2/2/20 for FREE informative webinar on how to understand and adapt to 3D software, scanners, and printers to lower extremity orthotic design and production. Learn how to pick scanners, printers, and CAD software, without being limited to one lab. Continue reading

January 2020

OS1st WP4 Wellness Performance Socks

OS1st WP4 Wellness Performance Socks are the latest innovation in OS1st’s Socks with Purpose Program. The WP4s are strategically designed for individuals who suffer from diabetes, sensitive feet, edema, neuropathy, and poor circulation. They feature four zones of graduated compression to help boost circulation, reduce friction, and provide overall foot support. Continue reading

October 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.

October 2019

With Heartfelt Thanks and Appreciation

As another year draws to a close, the natural inclination is to look ahead and plan for the future. But the beauty of the year’s end also gives us the chance to look back and appreciate the path we have travelled, the lessons we have learned, and the many, many people and organizations who have helped us on that journey.

By Janice T. Radak, Editor, and Rich Dubin, Publisher Continue reading

October 2019

Bilateral Custom AFOs Reduce Fear of Falling, Up Physical Activity

For older adults who have fears about falling, the daily use of custom-made ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) with walking shoes is effective in improving balance and reducing fear of falls, according to a recent study published in the journal Gerontology. In the elderly population, falls are a particularly serious problem. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 3 million older patients are treated in emergency rooms for fall injuries each year.

By Robert Sberna Continue reading

October 2019

Wearable Tech May Enhance Benefits of Structured Exercise  

Combining structured exercise with wearable technology interventions designed to enhance non-exercise physical activity (NEPA) may help reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) in high-risk older adults, according to a October 2019 study published in the online medical journal, Clinical Interventions in Aging. Researchers from the University of Alabama at…

By Douglas J. Guth  Continue reading

October 2019

AHA Scientific Statement on CLI Emphasizes Early Diagnosis, Treatment

Critical limb ischemia (CLI), a condition characterized by the narrowing or blocking of arteries that lead to the legs, is the most severe form of peripheral artery disease (PAD) and a leading cause of lower-limb amputation. Moreover, patients with CLI have high mortality rates. As such, early diagnosis and treatment are key, according to a scientific statement recently published by the American Heart Association (AHA) in its journal, Circulation. Continue reading

October 2019

Extra Cushioning May not Help Shoes Prevent Injuries

While innovations in running shoes have helped everyone from top athletes to casual joggers push the boundaries of speed, efforts to determine the characteristics of shoes that will help reduce injury risks are more elusive. In his lab at San Jose State University, JJ Hannigan, PhD, ATC, CSCS, is working to understand the way different levels of cushioning affect gait and running mechanics.

By Nicole Wetsman Continue reading

October 2019

Ankle Replacement System Receives FDA Premarket Approval

The Hintermann Series H3 Total Ankle Replacement System (DT MedTech, Towson, MD), received premarket approval from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). This is a non-cemented, implanted medical device intended to replace a painful arthritic ankle joint and improve ankle motion and is indicated for use in the first surgical treatment for the joint.

By Laura Fonda Hochnadel Continue reading

October 2019

Plantar fasciitis: A New Approach to An Old Problem

Introducing the kineticokinematic approach to treating plantar fasciitis. This approach focuses not only on the position of the foot but also on the forces that may be contributing to this highly prevalent foot condition. Heel pain is one of the most common complaints treated by lower extremity specialists, affecting an estimated 10% of the population.

By Pedro Aldape-Esquivel, DPM and Jarrod Shapiro, DPM, FACPM, FACFAS Continue reading