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March 2011

Positives for Ponseti

Gait study compares clubfoot care
Children with clubfoot treated with the Ponseti casting method have less pain and better function five to 10 years later than those treated surgically, according to gait analysis research from Baltimore that provides evidence to help justify the growing popularity of conservative clubfoot care.

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March 2011

Nutritional management of diabetic neuropathy

Most practitioners are aware that controlling glucose levels through diet is one way to manage symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. What’s less widely known is that there is also evidence to support the use of nutritional supplements in the same patient population.

By David Shofler, DPM and Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS

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March 2011

Meta-analysis underscores benefits of early motion after Achilles rupture

A Canadian meta-analysis presented at the AAOS meeting confirms that early mobilization after Achilles tendon rupture essentially negates the difference in re-rupture rate between operative and nonoperative treatments. Most meta-analyses of operative vs nonoperative management of Achilles rupture, including a … Continue reading

March 2011

Limited ROM after ACL reconstruction linked to radiographic osteoarthritis

Radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis five years after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is significantly more likely in patients with limited range of motion—even by just a few degrees—in the operated knee, according to research presented at the AAOS meeting. Investigators from … Continue reading

March 2011

Mortality data favor transmetatarsal amputation in patients with diabetes

Transmetatarsal amputations offer lower mortality rates and time to failure than other distal alternatives to transtibial amputation in patients with diabetes, according to research from the University of Rochester in New York. Investigators retrospectively reviewed records of 83 patients who … Continue reading

March 2011

Preferred plantar fasciitis treatment changes with duration of symptoms

Foot and ankle surgeons favor stretching for a patient with four months of plantar fasciitis symptoms but turn to less conservative treatments if the pain continues for four months, according to survey results presented in February at the AAOS meeting. … Continue reading

March 2011

ABC releases orthotic fitters survey

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics announced in February the release of its 2010 Practice Analysis of ABC Credentialed Orthotic Fitters. ABC last conducted a practice analysis study of the orthotic fitter profession in 2004 and … Continue reading

March 2011

DJO Global announces its new name

Medical device company DJO Incorporated announced in February a name change to DJO Global, Inc., in recognition of the successful completion of key milestones related to the integration of the operational and commercial activities of its global businesses since the … Continue reading

March 2011

Vicon motion capture technology helps design shoes for skateboarders

The use of Vicon’s motion capture technology to help design skateboarding footwear was featured in February during National Engineers Week as an application that could inspire students to consider engineering careers and fields of study. The Sole Technology Institute is … Continue reading

March 2011

Alpha Orthotics posts bunion eBook

Alpha Orthotics, distributor of the hinged Bunion Aid splint, in February released its latest patient education eBook, “When the foot hits the ground from toe to heel: Bunion self-treatment products.” This complimentary eBook provides an overview of non-invasive bunion treatments … Continue reading

March 2011

Allard launches nonprofit foundation

Rockaway, NJ-based Allard USA has formed a non-profit organization, the Dralla Foundation, to address quality of life issues not only for wearers of its devices, but for all individuals with physical challenges. Expanding on the company’s philosophy of providing “support … Continue reading

March 2011

Game Ready cryotherapy device outperforms ice after ACL surgery

Use of the Game Ready compressive cryotherapy device after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is associated with more pain relief and less use of narcotic drugs than ice alone, according to research presented in February at the annual meeting of the … Continue reading

March 2011

FROM THE EDITOR: KEEPING IT REAL

We hear a lot about evidence-based medicine these days. And there are certainly a number of benefits to being able to base treatment decisions on data from high-level published studies. But practitioners who treat diabetic patients know all too well that healthcare in the real world is different from healthcare in the literature.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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March 2011

Socks: Getting in shape with new technologies

Socks are often an afterthought for patients with diabetes, but they shouldn’t be. Advances in materials science and new twists on old favorites mean that modern socks conform to feet without the bunching, chafing, slipping, and irritation of the past. Some even promote healing.

By Shalmali Pal

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March 2011

Insoles: An exercise in compromise

Diabetic feet need pampering and protection from microtrauma, but they also need stability and support. A diabetic insole, representing the ultimate middle ground between sock and shoe, should offer the best of all worlds: cushioning, structure, shock absorption, and durability.

By Shalmali Pal

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March 2011

Compression stockings: One size definitely does not fit all

Proper selection and sizing of compression hosiery can be confusing, but both are essential for control of edema and management of more serious vascular conditions in patients with diabetes. And then there’s the even more challenging issue of patient compliance.

By Shalmali Pal

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March 2011

The Therapeutic Shoe Bill: Making sure the benefits add up

Taking full advantage of the TSB means jumping through more than a few bureaucratic hoops, as mandated by the federal government. But it also requires that lower extremity experts build better working relationships with each other and with their diabetic patients.

By Shalmali Pal

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March 2011

Footwear: Advantages of a whole-patient approach

As important as it is to fit the foot properly within the shoe, that’s only one part of the process. Patients’ comorbidities, personality, and fashion sense all determine the extent to which a pair of footwear can maximize a diabetic patient’s outcomes and minimize complications.

By Shalmali Pal

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February 2011

Pneusplint Inflate-first Splint

Care2 Medical offers the Pneusplint, a disposable, inflatable air splint that conforms to virtually any extremity fracture. Invented by a 20-year veteran of the firefighting/paramedic industry, the inflate-first splint facilitates a stable and secure fit around any straight or angled … Continue reading

February 2011

BioStride Series Prosthetic Feet

BioQuest Prosthetics introduces the new BioStride Series, featuring the UltraStride, ActiveStride, and NaturalStride feet. Designed for active lifestyle K3 and K4 patients, each BioStride Series foot features a patented mechanical structure that walks naturally and increases mobility. The anterior-facing, convexly … Continue reading

February 2011

Viscolas Modular Orthotic System

Viscolas offers the Viscolas Modular Orthotic System. The custom foot orthotic system includes a regular orthotic insole and an array of specialized, self-adhesive custom orthotic components, including metatarsal pads, longitudinal arch pads, heel wedges, heel lifts, and heel spur cushions. … Continue reading

February 2011

UltraSafeGait Pediatric AFO

Ultraflex Systems announces the availability of the UltraSafeGait Adjustible Dynamic Resonse (ADR) , Pediatric  Ankle/Foot Orthosis (AFO) for children with crouch gait types, equinus gait types, and all of their variants. The pediatric AFO complements UltraFlex’s pediatric line of stretching … Continue reading

February 2011

OrthoPro HyperEx Knee Brace

Ongoing Care Solutions offers the OrthoPro HyperEx knee brace for control of knee hyperextension and genu recurvatum. The light weight, easy to apply OrthoPro HyperEx Knee features a low profile and conforms to leg anatomy, minimizing migration. Along with a … Continue reading

February 2011

CalleX Exfoliating Foot Ointment

Xenna introduces the CalleX exfoliating ointment for dry, cracked feet. The patented topical exfoliating ointment is intended for use by the general and diabetic populations, and engineered to be preservative free. Callex exfoliating ointment thins and softens hardened skin and … Continue reading

February 2011

Alice Alan Luxury Comfort Shoes

Alice Alan, a boutique luxury comfort footwear designer and manufacturer, has debuted a women’s shoe collection that brings together the best of comfort, style and fit.  Alice Alan footwear integrates a full-length, but removable, custom dress-shoe orthotic created in an … Continue reading