Category Archives: Archives

October 2020

Skineez Hydrating Compression Socks

Skineez Skin-Reparative Hydrating Compression Socks are the only gradient 10–20 mmHg mild-moderate compression, hydrating socks on the market. They are infused with 5 key healthy ingredients that hydrate and repair the skin. In clinical trials 80% saw softer, firmer skin in just 1 hour, and 100% felt this was… Continue reading

October 2020

Motus Smart Diabetic Foot Stabilization and Offloading System

According to the 2019 International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) guidelines, the preferred treatment for neuropathic foot ulcers is a non-removable knee-high offloading device, either a total contact cast (TCC) or a removable walker rendered (by the provider fitting it) irremovable. Continue reading

October 2020

Cord-Free, Bluetooth-Enabled In-Shoe Pressure Mapping System

Tekscan has introduced the F-Scan64, an easy-to-use wireless in-shoe pressure mapping system with a quick setup configuration that is designed for clinicians and clinical researchers seeking a simple and fast in-shoe gait analysis solution. Featuring quick-connect, Bluetooth-enabled data… Continue reading

October 2020

Adapttech Introduces the INSIGHT System

INSIGHT from Adapttech is now available in North America through Cascade Orthopedic Supply. The system is designed to improve the socket fitting process involved with lower-limb prostheses. INSIGHT combines a 3D scanner, sensors, wearable technology, and… Continue reading

October 2020

Warm Series Insoles: Never Get Cold Feet Again

Warm Series insoles from Digitsole are the first connected heated insoles designed to keep feet warm. The dedicated application, available on iOS and Android, allows users to connect their insoles to their smartphones via Bluetooth and regulate the temperature inside shoes, between 20°C to 45°C/68°F to 113°F. Continue reading

September 2020

The Dirty Truth About Being Biped

What bears don’t know didactically about forces, shock, and kinetic chain, they understand naturally, instinctually, and it is evidenced by the way they move. Bears can stand on two legs, play, pose, and walk as bipeds do, but when it comes to motion involving speed, safety, or…

By Jay Segel, DPM; Sally Crawford, MS; Grace Juriel; and Jason Kraus Continue reading

September 2020

A mechanistic model and therapeutic interventions for COVID-19 involving a RAS-mediated bradykinin storm

While COVID-19 is known to affect the body in numerous ways that are yet not clearly understood, several researchers have begun to focus on what is known: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, starts by infecting certain cells in the nasal passage. Stopping, or at least slowing this initial foothold may prove a powerful strategy for taming this pandemic. Continue reading

September 2020

New Treatment Options Focus on the Nose

While COVID-19 is known to affect the body in numerous ways that are yet not clearly understood, several researchers have begun to focus on what is known: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, starts by infecting certain cells in the nasal passage. Stopping, or at least slowing this initial foothold may prove a powerful strategy for taming this pandemic. Continue reading

September 2020

Most Youth Football Helmets DON’T FIT

Youth football players are at increased risk of concussion for one reason: their helmets don’t fit properly! New research has found that the majority (74%) of football players’ helmets in youth football (7-12 years old) did not meet at least one component of the 13 criteria developed for proper football helmet fit. Improper fit is a critical risk factor for increased concussion symptoms and duration. Continue reading

September 2020

HR-QoL in Sjogren’s-Related Peripheral Neuropathy

Sjogren’s patients with coexisting neurological involvement with symptoms, including pain and physical disability, experience diminished health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) according to a recent study of 50 Sjogren’s patients. All patients underwent neurological clinical examination followed by nerve conduction studies and rheumatological examination. Continue reading

September 2020

Improving Diabetes Care Management Processes and Referrals To Podiatry in Primary Care 

Diabetes mellitus (DM) can lead to long-term complications including limb amputations. Annually in the US about 73,000 nontraumatic lower limb amputations are performed and > 60% occur among persons with DM. Veterans have a high number of risk factors and are especially vulnerable. One in 4 veterans has DM, compared to 1 in 6 in the general population.

By Lynn Soban, PhD, MPH, RN Continue reading

September 2020

Expert Opinion: Quantification of Arch Height in a Foot Orthotic: Defining A Standardized Methodology

Science and quantification are long overdue in the orthotic work that we do on a daily basis. The process of capturing the anatomical arch, creating a positive model, and managing arch fill has been solely a decision of those trained in the art.

By Ian Engelman Continue reading

September 2020

Expanding Our Understanding of Chronic Ankle Instability

Research is showing that it’s not “just an ankle sprain,” but rather the first step on a perilous journey to physical instability and lower quality of life. The clinical presentation of chronic ankle instability (CAI) has been defined as the perceived or subjective instability with feelings of giving way, pain, and recurrent sprains. Continue reading

September 2020

Overlooked Arch In The Foot Is Key To Its Evolution And Function

A long-overlooked part of the human foot is key to how the foot works, how it evolved, and how we walk and run, according to a Yale-led team of researchers. The discovery upends nearly a century of conventional thinking about the human foot and could open new avenues to explore in evolutionary biology as well as guide new designs for robotic and prosthetic feet, said the study team.

By William Weir Continue reading

September 2020

Gait Biofeedback and Impairment-based Rehabilitation

In a study that debuted at the National Athletic Trainers Association virtual meeting and was subsequently published later, a multidisciplinary team of clinicians sought to analyze the effects of visual gait biofeedback along with impairment-based rehabilitation on gait biomechanics in a group of patients with chronic ankle instability (CAI). Continue reading

September 2020

An Update on Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): Part II

This 2-part series examines the current state of peripheral artery disease. Part 1, which appeared in the August issue, focused on disease burden, risk factors, and clinical presentation. This article reviews diagnostic tools and current management recommendations.

By Aisha Cobbs, PhD Continue reading

September 2020

A CUSTOM AFO MADE TO FIT YOUR PATIENT’S NEEDS

Lightweight, durable, and stable, the Ottobock custom carbon ankle foot orthosis (CCAFO) provides dynamic support during even the most demanding activities. The CCAFO is fully customized to your patient’s height, weight, and activity level, with a molded-to-you inner boot and adjustable foot and calf straps. Continue reading

September 2020

FIRST-EVER RESEARCH NETWORK TACKLES DFU COMPLICATIONS

Six research institutions are launching the first-ever multicenter network to study diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), which are the leading cause of lower-limb amputations in the United States. The Diabetic Foot Consortium (DFC) aims to lay the foundation for a clinical trial network to test how to improve diabetic wound healing… Continue reading

September 2020

ACTIVATOR MOBILITY AND REHABILITATION POLES

Urban Poling’s evidence-based ACTIVATOR poles were designed by an occupational therapist and gerontologist specifically for rehabilitation and long-term conditions. This patented design enhances strengthening, stability, and off-loading with your clients’ safety in mind. Continue reading

September 2020

STROLLN THERAPEUTIC SHOE BY COYOTE

Strolln by Coyote is a therapeutic mobility shoe that was designed with patented retractable rollers to provide easier toe clearance for patients with foot drop. It is priced appropriately for patients to start using it immediately in therapy. Continue reading

September 2020

UT SOUTHWESTERN SCIENTISTS DEVELOP COOLING INSOLE

A new cooling insole developed by University of Texas Southwestern (UT Southwestern) scientists reduced the foot temperature of patients with diabetic neuropathy by several degrees, diminishing a significant risk factor for diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). Continue reading

September 2020

KNEEKG: KNEE KINESIOGRAPHY EXAM

KneeKG by Emovi is a novel, regulatory-cleared, in-clinic assessment tool used to conduct a knee kinesiography, which evaluates knee functional deficiencies linked to patients’ symptoms or future orthopedic disease progression. Continue reading

September 2020

ÖSSUR’S PRACTICE MANAGEMENT APP FOR DMEPOS

Össur’s streamlined version of its Empower program provides comprehensive workflow and practice-management solutions for providers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies and O&P practices. It is now available via an app that is compatible with both Apple- and Android-based smartphones. Continue reading

September 2020

BLUETOOTH-CONNECTED INSOLES FOR RUNNING

Sport Profiler insoles from Digitsole are the first connected insoles for running that allow athletes to improve their performance by adopting a healthy gait. They are designed to analyze and interpret stride technique via multiple biomechanical parameters, prevent the risk of injury, and monitor and improve performance. Continue reading

September 2020

SIMPLE TEST HELPS TO PREDICT, PREVENT FALLS

The “enhanced paper grip test,” validated by researchers from the Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies (CBRT) at Staffordshire University, England, involves pulling a small card from underneath the participant’s foot while asking them to grip with their big toe (hallux). Continue reading