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May 2012

Footwear customized with pressure data fails to reduce diabetic reulceration rates

But ulcer severity may be decreased – In a Dutch randomized controlled trial of 171 high-risk diabetic patients, using plantar pressure measurements to confirm offloading below 200 kPa did not result in lower rates of ulcer recurrence over 18 months compared to standard custom shoes.

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May 2012

Sham debridement matches scalpel for relief of painful plantar calluses

Scalpel debridement of plantar calluses in elderly patients does not reduce plantar pressures and is no more effective than sham treatment for relieving pain, according to an Australian study.

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May 2012

Gait changes associated with footwear may explain foot complaints in children

Studies assess school shoes, flip-flops – Researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia have identified gait changes associated with pediatric footwear that may help explain foot complaints that have been reported in children.

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May 2012

Hand tremor as predictor of calf cramp in CMT patients perplexes researchers

Researchers from the University of Sydney remain perplexed by the emergence of hand tremor as a predictor of calf cramp in children with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease but theorize that the relationship may involve fatigue.

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May 2012

Factors other than static curve influence rollover shape with rocker-bottom shoes

Data confirm kinetic, EMG changes – The static curve of a rocker-bottom shoe does not correlate strongly with its rollover shape during gait, suggesting that other factors such as material stiffness may also contribute, according to research from the University of Salford in the UK.

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May 2012

Benefits of variable-stiffness footwear may go beyond reducing knee OA risk

Variable-stiffness shoes may have performance benefits for athletes in addition to addressing kinetic risk factors for knee osteoarthritis, according to research from the National University of Singapore.

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May 2012

Triton VS Foot For Active Users

Developed with input from amputees, Otto Bock’s new 1C61 Triton VS (Vertical Shock) prosthetic foot combines the function of the Triton foot with additional vertical shock and rotation compliance and is suitable for everyday use as well as an active … Continue reading

May 2012

ProMed Ankle Brace

New from Active Innovations, a division of Active Ankle Systems, the ProMed brace provides the comfort and mobility of a lace-up with added support for controlling both the heel and the forefoot, starting with its Y-shaped vertical stabilization straps. Total … Continue reading

May 2012

Total Support Siesta Shoe

Spenco Medical Corporation has unveiled its first full shoe, the Total Support Siesta, as part of its spring 2012 footwear line. The slip-on Siesta features the same footbed contour as the Total Support insole, with a metatarsal bump to offload … Continue reading

May 2012

DDP Yoga Exercise Program

DDPYoga is designed by Diamond Dallas Page (DDP), a three-time professional wrestling heavyweight champion who entered the ring at 35, an age when most pro athletes are in retirement. DDPYoga is a hybrid workout that incorporates some traditional yoga movements … Continue reading

May 2012

Air-Gel Ankle Brace

Elite Orthopaedics introduces the Advantage Air-Gel Ankle Brace. The brace, designed for patients in acute to active phases of ankle recovery and rehabilitation, is available in a universal size to either the left or right ankle and may be dispensed … Continue reading

May 2012

Universal Plantar Fasciitis Support

The Universal Plantar Fasciitis Support from Corflex is designed to provide pressure and continuous support to help reduce the pain caused by plantar fasciitis. The 1½” elastic tension strap applies pressure over the medial calcaneal tubercle and plantar fascia. This … Continue reading

May 2012

Reflective PattStrap

Fabrifoam Products introduces an improved version of its Reflective PattStrap with continuous reflective stripes for increased visibility and greater leg-hugging power. This multi-purpose strap can be used to treat iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), patellar tendinitis, Osgood-Schlatter disease, chondromalacia, and for … Continue reading

May 2012

Poly/Lycra Knee Casting Sleeve

The STS Company of Mill Valley, CA, announces the re-introduction of a new and improved polyester/ Lycra Knee/KAFO Casting Sleeve. The new casting material provides a more detailed, accurate, and precise negative lower extremity mold for custom knee braces or … Continue reading

May 2012

Original Levy Dynamic AFO

Levy & Rappel has finally introduced the Original Levy Dynamic AFO. This biomechanically correct and dynamic ankle foot orthosis is fully custom manufactured from the practitioner’s cast and delivered in seven days. A Tamarack ankle joints (dorsiflexion assist or free … Continue reading

May 2012

Children’s AFO Socks

KeepingPace offers SuperMax Children’s AFO Socks, incorporating 92% CoolMax polyester to wick moisture away from the foot when worn under ankle foot orthoses. Construction features 2% Lycra content to ensure stretch and eliminate bunching. A 6% exterior plated nylon content … Continue reading

May 2012

Ultraviolet Shoe Deodorizer

Using UV technology, the shUVee Ultraviolet Shoe Deodorizer is proven to destroy odor causing germs and bacteria, including MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), and T. Rubruna, the parent strain of the fungus commonly known as athlete’s foot. The deodorizer is … Continue reading

May 2012

Ultra High-5 Ankle Brace

Breg has released a new ankle brace named the Ultra High-5, which features a lightweight, semi-rigid, heat-moldable shell designed for anti-rotation and anti-inversion to help patients or athletes recover from high or low ankle injuries. This brace moves with the … Continue reading

May 2012

Orthofix inks agreement to sell Breg to private equity firm for $140 million

Lewisville, TX-based Orthofix International signed an agreement on April 24 to sell Breg, its sports medicine business, to Chicago-based Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic private equity firm focused on the healthcare industry. Water Street is expected to close on … Continue reading

May 2012

Preliminary research supports use of advanced wound care product

The AutoloGel System, made by Gaithersburg, MD-based Cytomedix, shows efficacy for healing chronic wounds, according to three posters presented at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC), held in Atlanta in April. The system uses an individual’s own blood to … Continue reading

May 2012

Arthritis Foundation recognizes on-the-move orthopedic surgeon

At its April Women on the Move Luncheon in New York City the Arthritis Foundation honored Alexis Chiang Colvin, MD, assistant professor of sports medicine in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Mount Sinai School … Continue reading

May 2012

Cyclist with CMT begins ride across US on elliptical bike to benefit foundation

Last month Andreas Johansson, a Swedish cyclist with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) began a nearly 6000-mile cross-country journey on an ElliptiGo 8C elliptical bike that will take him from New York City to Seattle and then down to his finishing point … Continue reading

May 2012

Biomedix earns best company nod

Minnesota Business magazine has named Saint Paul, MN-based BioMedix one of its “100 Best Companies to Work For,” a list that recognizes businesses that make an impact and set a standard of excellence for others to follow. BioMedix, a medical … Continue reading

May 2012

ABC announces changes for assistants

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC) announced last month that requirements for its certified orthotic/ prosthetic assistant designation will change as of January 1, 2013. Individuals seeking ABC assistant certification have until September 30 to … Continue reading

May 2012

DM Systems goes green, reduces environmental impact, saves dollars

Evanston, IL-based DM Systems made a series of environmental efforts in 2011, including upgrading its lighting to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and implementing a bicycle-friendly commuter policy for employees, according to its first environmental sustainability report, released last month. DM, … Continue reading