Category Archives: Archives

October 2011

Sanford Health and ACSM establish institute to protect young athletes

Sanford Health and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have partnered to create the research-based National Youth Sports and Health Safety Institute. More youths are participating in sports then ever before, and the incidence of injuries is rising despite … Continue reading

October 2011

Pedorthist announces FootCentric, CME company with philanthropic mission

Chapel Hill, NC-based pedorthist and physical therapist Patricia Pande, PT, MCLSc, CPed, CSCS, has launched FootCentric (www.footcentriconline.com), a continuing education company created by a team of experienced physical therapy and fitness experts dedicated to teaching comprehensive foot treat­­ment to physical … Continue reading

October 2011

ComfortFit offers Richie Brace webinars

Roselle, NJ-based ComfortFit Orthotics Lab is offering no-cost webinars featuring Richie brace inventor Douglas Richie, DPM. The webinars are appropriate for practitioners currently prescribing Richie Braces and those interested in prescribing the devices. Webinar schedule: “Clinical Indications,” a presentation on … Continue reading

October 2011

Diabetes event targets Native Americans

Native Nation Events, a provider of educational conferences and forums to the Native American community, will hold the Native American Diabetes Pandemic Conference: Prevention, Awareness & Programs November 16-17 in Cabazon, CA. On some reservations, more than 50% of the … Continue reading

October 2011

Fall PediFix catalog has 24 new items

Brewster, NY-PediFix has released its fall 2011 catalog, featuring two dozen new items. The catalog includes new dermatology products, postoperative FootSplints, GelSmart conservative padding options, and other products. It also includes new over-the-counter products. For a free copy of the … Continue reading

October 2011

DJO Global’s pain management knee

Last month Vista, CA-based DJO Global, a provider of medical devices for musculoskeletal, vascular, and pain management issues, introduced the Empi Active Knee to treat knee pain. The device uses transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), comfortable electrical stimulation, to stop … Continue reading

September 2011

New Options Groin/Hamstring Stabilizer

New Options Sports introduces the JPL Groin/Hamstring Stabilizer. The stabilizer’s hip spica design increases hip stability while minimizing migration issues. The brace includes two individual 6-inch linear elastic straps sewn in at appropriate angles to support the groin musculature and … Continue reading

September 2011

Comfort Products AFO Liner Socks

Comfort Products’ AFO Liner Sock is pulled up over the calf and accommodates individuals from foot to knee, allowing patients to roll the sock over the top of an ankle foot orthosis, which helps the sock stay up. The AFO … Continue reading

September 2011

Waterproof CastShield

CastCoverZ has launched the CastShield, a waterproof solution for showering and bathing for patients needing to protect casts, prosthetics, and bandages. Designed as an easy-on, easy-off alternative to plastic trash bags and sponge baths, the CastShield is engineered to prevent … Continue reading

September 2011

Kiddythotics in Seven Sizes

ProLab Orthotics’ pathology-specific prefabricated Kiddythotics are designed to correct function in hypermobile pediatric flexible flatfoot deformity. The evidence-based design of the Kiddythotics incorporates a deep heel cup, medial flange, medial heel skive, and a rearfoot post into the rigid polypropylene … Continue reading

September 2011

Portable BiowavePro

Biowave has added the portable BiowavePro to its collection of neuromodulation pain therapy devices. In physical therapy settings, BiowavePro is used during exercise, stretching, and active and passive range-of-motion therapy to manage pain and facilitate motion. For lower extremities, BiowavePro … Continue reading

September 2011

Pro-Tec Gel Ankle Support

Pro-Tec Athletics offers the Pro-Tec Gel-Force Ankle Support. The ankle support provides compression and moderate stability to the ankle. The product features a breathable, soft fabric with four-way stretch, which applies even, comfortable compression throughout the brace. Two thick oval … Continue reading

September 2011

Genium Prosthetic Knee

Otto Bock HealthCare announces the launch of the Genium Bionic Prosthetic System. The prosthetic knee utilizes sophisticated software along with a complex sensor system, including a gyroscope and an accelerometer, to turn multiple environmental inputs into natural, intuitive motion. This … Continue reading

September 2011

ARANZ Medical Wound Assessment

ARANZ Medical’s wound management technology now includes two new wound assessment products: the SilhouetteStar, a new compact, lightweight 3D camera, and its partnering software, SilhouetteConnect for wound imaging, measurement, and documentation. SilhouetteConnect software controls the camera and manages wound assessment … Continue reading

September 2011

Pre-Cut Kinesio Tape

Kinesio offers a range of pre-cut taping applications that can be customized to meet practitioners’ individual needs. The pre-cut products consist of strips of Kinesio Tex Tape that have been shaped and sized for specific body parts, but can be … Continue reading

September 2011

Dr. Comfort Ortho Sandals

Dr. Comfort’s new Ortho Sandals pair comfort with biomechanical innovation. A built-in orthosis supports the patient’s natural arch, reduces pronation, and helps relieve symptoms of plantar fasciitis. A dual-density midsole encourages healthy foot motion by reducing shock to heels and … Continue reading

September 2011

HeelSafe DVT Hose

DM Systems has added HeelSafe DVT Hose to its line of ulcer prevention products. The latex-free hose have a window design that relieves heel and Achilles tendon pressure and allows for easy visualization and palpation of the heel. Ankle-to-knee compression ratings … Continue reading

September 2011

Polymem Wound Dressing

Maxibrace is now a reseller of Polymem Wound Care Dressings manufactured by Ferris Mfg. Corp., made to roll onto a toe or finger right out of the package. The product embeds everything needed for wound care in the dressing, which … Continue reading

September 2011

Keeping O&P compliance in check

A recent paper suggests that a checklist system can help practitioners educate caregivers about orthotic device use in children with CP, which could improve compliance. But experts differ as to whether such checklists make sense in the complex world of O&P devices.

By Larry Hand

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September 2011

Out on a limb: Jock talk

Much of sports talk radio is essentially a forum for negativity. Even in Boston, where sports fans have been ridiculously spoiled by local teams’ successes in the last decade, talk show hosts and callers spend hours bemoaning athletes’ failures and second-guessing coaches’ decisions. But on a weekday morning in early September, a conversation about ankle injuries on sports talk radio actually left me feeling surprisingly optimistic.

Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor

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September 2011

Practice Tactics: How brand development can benefit your practice

Some of us remember the days when there was virtually no need for marketing healthcare practices. All that was required was hard work, well-developed skills, and a shingle out front. Word of mouth was the primary method for growing practices, and any overt messaging was considered unethical. In fact, there were regulations specifically preventing physicians from advertising themselves. It was a simpler time with far less competition for patients and referrals.

By Jason Kraus

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September 2011

Strategies for rehab after Achilles tendon surgery

At the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, rehabilitation following operative repair of Achilles tendon ruptures is based on three key evidence-based criteria for return to activity and selective use of an anti-gravity treadmill to accelerate that return.

By Amol Saxena, DPM, FACFAS

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September 2011

A patient-first approach to critical limb ischemia

Outcomes of revascularization in pa­tients with lower extremity  critical limb ischemia should be defined according to patient goals and functional criteria rather than more traditional, physician-oriented variables such as limb salvage and graft patency.

By Ginger L. Manos, MD, John W. York, MD, FACS, and Brent L. Johnson, MS

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September 2011

OA after ankle fracture: Surgery’s complex role

In the surgical management of ankle fractures, post-traumatic arthritis is the outcome that practitioners and patients would most like to avoid. But given the sensitivity of joint cartilage to even the slightest malalignment or pressure shift, that can be easier said than done.

By Cary Groner

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September 2011

Effects of load carriage on amputee ambulation

Amputees lack the lower extremity muscles responsible for maintaining kinematic stability under increasing load carriage conditions, and would benefit from a more versatile prosthetic foot design that could adapt dynam­ically to changing loads.

By Kurt Collier, CP

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