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March 2020

Master Foot & Ankle Biomechanics with New & Improved Class “When the Feet Hit the Ground Everything Changes”

When the Feet Hit the Ground….Everything Changes is a beginner to intermediate live/in person course designed to advance the mastery of foot & ankle biomechanics. As the first point of contact to the ground, the feet play a major role in lower-extremity chain mechanics. With proper treatment and mechanical correction, debilitating injuries can be both overcome and prevented. Continue reading

February 2020

Guest Editorial: Understanding Pronation

As a podiatrist, athlete, coach, and independent running shoe proprietor, I have always had an interest in biomechanics and the impact on lower extremity overuse injuries and conditions. Perhaps the most well-known biomechanical term, pronation, is also the most misunderstood. In his recent article, Benno Nigg et al.

By Mark Mendeszoon, DPM Continue reading

February 2020

One Claudication Question May Be Quick Screen for PAD

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) affects more than 200 million adults around the world. If identified early, PAD is highly treatable and may prevent patients from suffering major adverce cardiac events (MACE) and major adverse limb events (MALE). The most important criterion for definition of PAD is an ankle-brachial index (ABI) below 0.90.

By Lynn Soban, PhD, MPH, RN Continue reading

February 2020

Science Meets Fun on National Biomechanics Day: April 8, 2020

National Biomechanics Day (NBD) is a worldwide celebration of biomechanics in its many forms for middle- and high-school students and their teachers. Designed to introduce biomechanics science and its applications to young minds around the world, the event seeks to teach young people about all that biomechanics contributes to society with the hope of encouraging them to pursue it as a career. Continue reading

February 2020

Study Shows Heel Lifts Affect Biomechanics, Muscle Function

Clinicians use a variety of in-shoe heel lifts to treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions. The mechanics of how these orthotic devices work, however, is unclear. So a group from LaTrobe University in Australia put together a study that asked this question: Do heel lifts affect lower limb biomechanics and muscle function during walking and running? Continue reading

February 2020

1064-nm Laser Technique Shows Positive Results for Onychocryptosis

Onychocryptosis, more commonly known as in-grown toenail, affects nearly 20% of all patients who present a foot problem to their doctor. Current treatments include incisional procedures and nonincisional procedures, such as chemical matrixectomies and physical matrixectomies using a carbon dioxide laser.

By Keith Loria Continue reading

February 2020

Custom AFO With Walking Shoes Improves Balance, Reduces Fear of Falling for Seniors

Research shows that one out of every four older Americans falls annually. Fall-related injuries continue to be a costly and debilitating health risk, costing the US healthcare system about $50 billion annually. More importantly, falling once doubles an older adult’s risk of falling again, increasing their fear of falling and negatively impacting quality of life. Continue reading

February 2020

White Paper: Foot Pronation

Over the past decades, pronation has been discussed as a potential risk factor for injuries or as the mechanism behind impact damping. However, little is understood about pronation. The objectives of this paper were to (a) define and differentiate between the terms of pronation and eversion, (b & c) underline the importance and problematic aspects of pronation.

By Benno Nigg, Anja-Verena Behling, and Joseph Hamill Continue reading

February 2020

Tech Takes On Diabetic Foot Ulcers

DFCON2019* showcased new technologies coming online to aid in the treatment and prevention of diabetic foot ulcers. Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are the most common complication of diabetes. Up to a quarter of patients with diabetes will suffer at least one DFU in their lifetime which can lead to amputation or death.

By Lynn Soban, PhD, MPH, RN Continue reading

February 2020

Expert Commentary: Lymphedema of the Lower Extremities

Often overlooked, lymphedema of the lower extremities is becoming more common as aging, obesity, and cancer therapies all take their toll. Detection is key to getting appropriate treatment. Lymphedema of the lower limbs is a common, complex, and highly treatable disease that begs recognition by healthcare providers.

By Stanley G. Rockson, MD Continue reading

February 2020

Patient Presentations Improve Communications, Increase Efficiency

A legal encounter with a patient led this podiatrist to rethink how and what he communicates with patients. Many of us are increasingly pushed to provide a greater amount of care along with reducing costs or increasing the value of each patient office visit.

By Donald Pelto, DPM Continue reading

February 2020

Battery-Powered Headgear Could Short-Circuit OA Joint Pain

Hyochol “Brian” Ahn, PhD, ANP-BC, an associate professor with Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), believes knee pain can be stopped by administering tiny electrical charges to the brain’s primary motor cortex. The brain is an electrochemical organ that processes pain, according to Ahn, and his team is trying to desensitize the areas tied to knee pain. Continue reading

February 2020

Virginia Tech Researchers Developing Smart Prosthetic Socket to Improve Comfort, Performance

A Virginia Tech research team, led by Associate Professor Michael Philen, PhD, of the Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, and Professor Michael Madigan, PhD, of the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has received a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant to study residual limb volume loss and develop smart prosthetic sockets to improve comfort and performance in prostheses. Continue reading

February 2020

CMS Adds New L-Code for 2020; Updates Therapeutic Shoe Modification Codes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced the following updates, which are effective for dates of service on or after January 1, 2020: New L-Code: A new lower extremity–related Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code has been added. Continue reading

February 2020

Hanger Promotes Regina Weger to SPS President

Regina Weger has been promoted to president of SPS, Alpharetta, GA; the company is a subsidiary of Hanger, Austin, TX. Weger has been with SPS for over 20 years, starting in the customer service function. She most recently served as vice president and general manager. Continue reading

February 2020

Ottobock Approved for €100 million in Financing for Product Development

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing financing of up to €100 million to Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA, Duderstadt, Germany. The company will use the funds over the next three years to fund new product development and product improvements with a focus on prosthetics, orthoses, and human mobility. The loan is backed by a guarantee from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). Continue reading

February 2020

Cascade Orthopedic Supply Announces Investment by Ottobock North America

Cascade Orthopedic Supply, Chico, CA, announced an investment made in the company by Ottobock North America, Austin TX; details of the transaction were not disclosed. The investment aims to strengthen the collaboration of the two companies to further improve access to product for all orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) customers and… Continue reading

February 2020

Master of Science in P&O Program Approved for Kennesaw State

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved a Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) at Kennesaw State University. It will be housed in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management in the WellStar College of Health and Human Services. Continue reading

February 2020

Synthetic Bone Graft Substitute

OrthoPediatrics announced the launch of QuickPack, a fully synthetic bone graft substitute featuring high viscosity, calcium phosphate cement that closely mimics the mineral phase of natural bone. The product is supplied in a user-friendly, self-contained, closed loop double-syringe delivery system… Continue reading

February 2020

DDR: X-ray that Moves

Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas has unveiled the compact and efficient KDR AU Advanced U-Arm, which has the image-acquisition capability of Dynamic Digital Radiography (DDR). DDR, or X-ray that Moves, provides a cine loop of rapidly acquired, diagnostic-quality images depicting full views of articulatory mobility. Continue reading

February 2020

DARCO MedSurg DUO Shoe

The MedSurg DUO shoe is built to provide patients with hassle-free durability and comfort, while providing pressure relief to the post-op or wound site. According to the company, the DUO shoe is constructed of 2 different densities of EVA to provide up to 40% more plantar pressure reduction than… Continue reading

February 2020

SilhouetteLite+ by ARANZ Medical

SilhouetteLite+ is a smart phone–based imaging product designed to enable accurate measurements, images, and data capture of soft tissue and skin lesions, such as diabetic foot ulcers. The SilhouetteLite+ system, in conjunction with the suite of Silhouette products, allows for wound documentation at the point of care or via telehealth solutions. Continue reading

February 2020

Conformis Hip System Features iFit Image-to-Implant Technology

The proprietary iFit Image-to-Implant technology platform from Conformis is used to develop and manufacture joint replacement implants customized to fit each patient’s unique anatomy. The company recently announced US Food & Drug Administration clearance of its 3D-designed Conformis Hip System. Continue reading

February 2020

New LowShock GEL Heel Wedges

PediFix has added LowShock Gel Heel Wedges to its product line. These newly designed heel wedges are constructed from shock absorbing Pedi-GEL, an exclusive gel material that offers shock absorption and long-term use advantages that older wedges do not. Continue reading

February 2020

Armor 8 Lace Up Ankle Brace

Newly available from Elite Orthopaedics is the Armor 8 Lace Up Ankle Brace, which is designed to provide stability and protection. The figure-8 non-stretch wrap is engineered to stabilize the ankle and help control abnormal eversion and inversion. The brace uses a unique soft, pliable armor to limit inversion, eversion, flexion, and extension movements. Continue reading