Category Archives: Archives

June 2020

TULI’S SO SOFT HEEL CUPS

Tuli’s So Soft Heel Cups from Medi-Dyne are designed to provide relief for common ailments such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, and general heel pain and discomfort. Continue reading

June 2020

ETECH_RX

KLM Laboratories continues to use innovation to help footcare practitioners meet the ever-changing podiatric needs of patients with the introduction of the eTech_Rx, a new, cost-efficient custom prescription orthotic device. Continue reading

May 2020

Bike Fit Unplugged

This Bike Fit specialist explains his process for fitting the cyclist, not the bike, to address the individual needs of the rider. He provided commentary to LER Editor Janice T. Radak for the photographs taken at a recent bike fitting clinic and displayed in this story. Bike Fit Unplugged is the technique I developed…

By Happy Freedman Continue reading

May 2020

Wound Care Update: The Role of Topical Oxygen Therapy in the Treatment of Wounds

When you think back to your early studies in General Biology you may recall memorizing the steps of the Krebs Cycle. It is through this process of aerobic respiration that most living things generate energy. In aerobic organisms, cells utilize oxygen (O2) as a final electron acceptor to synthesize high-energy…

By Windy Cole, DPM Continue reading

May 2020

CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Prefab or Custom: Which Foot Orthosis Is Better for Plantar Heel Pain?

Recent analysis of the podiatric literature concludes that custom foot orthoses aren’t superior to prefab inserts—an account one expert rejects. It’s a matter of who does the custom work, he says.

By Stanley Beekman, DPM Continue reading

May 2020

The Utility of External Fixation for Midfoot Charcot Neuroarthropathy

When conservative therapies fail, surgical reconstruction of the foot is often required to restore function, heal ulcerations, and decrease risk of amputation in patients with CN. External fixation remains a reliable method, with plenty of advantages.

By P. Tanner Shaffer, DPM, Jonathan Hook, DPM, FACFAS, and Ben Potter, DPM Continue reading

May 2020

Keep Your Business Safe During COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis is creating unprecedented challenges for practitioners and business owners. Organizations are facing new challenges and need to help employees transition back to the physical workplace. A few thoughts on keeping your business safe.

By Andrew Rawson Continue reading

May 2020

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.

May 2020

DIGITIZED WOUND MANAGEMENT

Healthy.io is a company dedicated to turning smartphone cameras into clinical medical-grade devices. New from Healthy.io is a digital wound management solution. With a smartphone app and 2 calibration stickers placed around the wound to track dimensions, medical staff can scan the wound to derive a measurement quickly and effectively. Continue reading

May 2020

FDA CLEARS EXTERNAL ELECTROSTIMULATION DEVICE FOR PERIPHERAL BLOOD CLOTS

Sky Medical Technology, Daresbury, England, has received US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its geko electrosimulation device, which is designed to stimulate the calf muscles to increase blood flow in the deep veins of the calf, thereby preventing blood clots in at-risk non-surgical patients. Continue reading

May 2020

ZENTOES GEL TOE SEPARATORS

ZenToes Gel Toe Separators are designed to provide pain relief from bunions and overlapping toes by gently realigning and straightening the big toe. A soft, flexible gel toe ring conforms to the user’s toes, allowing the user to stand or walk for longer in comfort. According to the company, the toe rings are comfortable in any shoes. Continue reading

May 2020

HERSCO PARTNERS WITH IORTHOTICSUSA IN NEW 3D PRINTING HUB

iOrthoticsUSA, Astoria, NY, announced its launch as a 3D-printing central fabrication hub to supply custom orthotics to orthotic labs. This is a new venture between iOrthotics Australia, a 5-year veteran in 3D printing, and Hersco Ortho Labs, Long Island City, NY, an experienced US manufacturer. Continue reading

May 2020

ROBOTIC EXOSKELETON FOR SKIING

Roam Robotics has introduced Elevate, a new robotic exoskeleton that allows skiers with bad knees to conquer the slopes without knee pain. The exoskeleton is made of plastic and high-strength fabrics. The pneumatically powered unit attaches to the thigh and the ski boot. Continue reading

May 2020

ALLARD USA PARTNERS WITH FSHD SOCIETY TO EDUCATE ON FOOT DROP MANAGEMENT

Allard USA, Rockaway, NJ, is partnering with the FSHD (Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy) Society. Together they will work to educate the population served by the FSHD Society on how to best manage foot drop, including discussing the use of orthoses. FSHD is a genetic disorder that leads to weakening of the skeletal muscles Continue reading

May 2020

ANTI-CHAFE BODY LUBRICANTS

Body Glide offers plant-derived skin products that repel water and perspiration that contribute to the rubbing that causes irritation, chafing, foot blisters, and raw skin. The product line includes Body (the original anti-chafe, anti-blister balm), Foot Glide (anti-blister balm), and Skin Glide (anti-friction cream). Continue reading

May 2020

VIRTUAL GAMES HELP PEOPLE STAND, WALK IN REHAB

Virtual reality video games, activity monitors, and handheld computer devices can help people stand as well as walk, the largest trial worldwide into the effects of digital devices in rehabilitation has found. The study was undertaken at hospitals in Sydney and Adelaide, Australia, and had 300 participants ranging from… Continue reading

May 2020

SELECTFLEX ORTHOTICS WITH ADJUSTABLE ARCH TECHNOLOGY

Alliance Design & Development Group (ADDG) has pioneered what it describes as the first and only orthotics with adjustable arch technology. ADDG engineered SelectFlex insoles to help prevent the many ailments that often afflict those who work on their feet all day, particularly in industrial fields like… Continue reading

May 2020

NEORELIEF FOR PAIN

NeoRelief for Pain is a 97% natural pain relief gel with specially formulated botanicals and minerals, providing an alternative to NSAIDs and/or narcotics. The topical gel is gentle, clear, non-staining, and odorless; it is easily absorbed and alcohol free. Continue reading

May 2020

ULTRASOUND FOR DIAGNOSTIC AND INTERVENTIONAL PRECISION

Konica Minolta ultrasound systems provide the power, clarity, functionality, and ease-of-use to support ultrasound-guided procedures. According to the company, the SONIMAGE HS1 Compact Ultrasound System and the SONIMAGE MX1 Portable Ultrasound System are designed with superior image quality and… Continue reading

May 2020

UCONN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEER CREATES SMART BANDAGES TO HEAL CHRONIC WOUNDS

Diabetes-related chronic and non-healing wounds are a leading cause of limb amputation in the United States. Due to the complex nature of these wounds, proper clinical treatment has been limited. Now, for what they say is the first time, faculty in the University of Connecticut (UConn) Biomedical Engineering Department… Continue reading

May 2020

PHYSICAL THERAPY MEASUREMENT APP

Mobile Measures is a mobile app that offers physical therapists and other providers access to outcome performance measures that assess fall risk, risk of hospitalization, frailty, and more. The app guides users to the best test for more than 40 different patient populations… Continue reading

May 2020

Starting with gait retraining: an analysis of changes in impact over time

The repetitive impact that is experienced upon collision with the ground may be related to running injuries but is modifiable. Lower-impact running can be achieved by receiving biofeedback in response to the peak tibial acceleration, but when are runners adapting to lower-impact running?

By the Biomechanics of Human Movement research group of Ghent University Continue reading

May 2020

Fragility Fractures, Bone Health Management, and Caregiving

Patients who have fragility fractures may experience a disruption of their responsibilities as caregivers to family members and others who depend on them.  The purpose our study was to examine how caregiving responsibilities were associated with, and possibly impacted by, the fracture experience and the resulting management of bone health.

By Joanna Sale, PhD Continue reading

May 2020

Does Physical Activity Relate to Motor Development?

Do certain kinds of physical activity (PA) help children develop motor skills better than others? To find out, researchers from East Carolina University used data from 342 children who had taken part in the 2012 National Youth Fitness Survey to look at specific kinds of PA and motor skill development in preschool-aged children. Continue reading

May 2020

Prevalence of Obesity in US Continues Upward Trend

Nearly 1 out of every 2 US adults will be obese by 2030, and nearly 1 in 4 will be severely obese, according to estimates published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers used 1993-2016 data on 6.3 million US adults who participated in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to project the prevalence of different body-mass index (BMI) categories through 2030. Continue reading