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February 2020

ORPYX SI SENSOR INSOLES

Orpyx SI sensory insoles help prevent diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) and limb loss through advanced pressure, temperature, and movement sensor technology and analytics. A randomized controlled trial showed an 86% reduction in DFU recurrence compared to control when the Orpyx SI technology was worn 4.5+ hours per day. Continue reading

February 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.

January 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.

January 2020

Going Boldly Into 2020…and Beyond

As we enter a new year AND a new decade, it’s important to affirm our foundation and set our sights on new directions. One of LER’s key strengths is the breadth of our multi-disciplinary highly collaborative audience—and we don’t intend to change that.

By Rich Dubin, Publisher Continue reading

January 2020

Aquatic Walking Relieves Arterial Stiffness in PAD

Aquatic walking can help relieve arterial stiffness among patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to results from a clinical trial published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. The study also showed that aquatic walking boosts patients’ ability to tolerate exercise, cardiorespiratory capacity, and muscular strength, and that patients are largely more inclined to maintain this exercise regimen.

By Chuck Green Continue reading

January 2020

Study Examines Treatment of Chronic Wound Pain with Long-Acting Lidocaine Gel

According to 2004 figures, about 6 million people suffer from chronic wounds due to bedsores and vascular, inflammatory, and rheumatologic sources, with medical costs for this care reaching almost $10 billion.* Opioids and non-opioid treatments are often used to manage the pain associated with these chronic wounds but come with issues such as the potential for addiction or abuse.

By Laura Fonda Hochnadel Continue reading

January 2020

Rehab May Improve 1st MTP Arthrodesis Long-term Outcomes

While arthrodesis of the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint is known to alleviate pain from osteoarthritis in the hallux, long-term outcomes vary, with nearly 20% of patients reporting dissatisfaction with the surgical outcome. “There are a number of patients who have symptoms of pain, metatarsalgia, lateral toe arthritis or… Continue reading

January 2020

Are Lateral Ankle Sprains Being Treated Correctly?

Lateral ankle sprain is the most common injury in physically active populations, yet some believe those who sustain an acute lateral ankle sprain may not receive timely formal rehabilitation and are at an increased risk to have subsequent sprains which can lead to chronic pain and instability.

By Keith Loria Continue reading

January 2020

A Guide to Individualized Management of Foot Drop

Most patients benefit from nonsurgical care of foot drop. Your task is to identify the optimal bracing options and work closely with the patient to understand their personal treatment expectations and goals.

By Jason Wright, DPM, PGY-2, And Marshall G. Solomon, DPM, FACPM, FACAS Continue reading

January 2020

Overuse Injuries in Sports Aren’t Wholly Preventable. But They Are Reducible

Empower athletes and work in partnership with them to reduce their risk and severity of overuse injury and keep them at the level of performance they want. Getting better at any sport, at any level, takes practice, commitment—and repetition. Basketball players shoot jump shot after jump shot, soccer players drill footwork, and cross-country athletes log seemingly endless miles.

By Nicole Wetsman Continue reading

January 2020

A Role for Arthroscopy in Managing Ankle Trauma?

Consider the benefit of arthroscopy for addressing intraarticular pathology at the time initial surgical repair of high-grade ankle fracture is performed. Ankle fractures are a common orthopedic injury. Although surgical repair often yields good results, many cases are nonetheless associated with poor clinical outcome after repair.  

By Kevin Burke, DPM and Jonathan Hook, DPM Continue reading

January 2020

EXCERPT: Muscle Cramping During Exercise: Causes, Solutions, and Questions Remaining, Part 1

These authors tap unusual but useful historic data sets to enlighten the search for the mechanisms that cause exercise-associated muscle cramps. Few athletes escape the painful experience of muscle cramps. Cramps that occur during or soon after a bout of physical activity have been termed exercise-associated muscle cramps (EAMC), and these are commonly experienced as a “painful, spasmodic contraction of the…

By Ronald J. Maughan and Susan M. Shirreffs Continue reading

January 2020

Integrity Orthotics Joins LBG Medical/Strive Footwear

Integrity Orthotics has joined the LBG Medical family of companies. Based in the United Kingdom, LBG Medical has been a leading orthotic provider for over 40 years and is the largest custom orthotic laboratory in Europe. Continue reading

January 2020

Engineer Receives Grants to Further Develop Utah Bionic Leg

Engineers at the University of Utah (UofU), Salt Lake City, have developed and have been trialing a computerized bionic leg to help amputees walk faster, easier, and with better balance. Now, mechanical engineering assistant professor Tommaso Lenzi, PhD, who heads the project developing the Utah Bionic Leg, has received 2 grants to further advance the technology. Continue reading

January 2020

Handheld Fluorescence Imaging Device for Wound Management Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance

MolecuLight, Toronto, Canada, has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its i:X handheld fluorescence imaging device for use in the detection of wounds containing bacteria. The MolecuLight i:X enables real time point-of-care visualization of fluorescence in wounds and measures wounds and digitally records all images and area measurements. Continue reading

January 2020

Study: Student Athlete Safety Is Not a Priority in US High Schools

A recent study showed that one-third of public and private high schools in the US have no access to athletic trainers and that lack of appropriate sports medicine care is even greater for private schools where parents are traditionally paying for what they perceive as a better and safer experience. Continue reading

January 2020

Researchers Land Funding to Further Study Diabetic Ulcer Drug

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame recently received $4.6 million from the US Department of Defense to help fund studies for a drug they developed for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. The compound, called (R)-ND-336, is a topical gel. It was developed by Mayland Chang, PhD, research professor in the Department of Chemistry and… Continue reading

January 2020

Shower Sole Scrubber and Foot Massager

For some patients, bending over to clean their feet is difficult and sometimes even dangerous. Cleaning one’s feet thoroughly, without bending over, is now possible with the Shower Sole Scrubber and Foot Massager available from Love, Lori, a company dedicated to advanced foot care. Continue reading

January 2020

PediFoot Deformity Correction System

OrthoPediatrics announced the domestic launch of the PediFoot Deformity Correction System following 510(k) clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration. According to the company, this is the first pediatric-specific system to treat fractures and deformities of the foot and ankle. Continue reading

January 2020

Botanical Foot Peel Mask

Soft Touch Foot Peel Mask is an exfoliating treatment for dry, cracked, and calloused feet. To use, clean and dry feet, slip feet into the foot masks, and seal. Leave the foot masks on for 1 hour, and then remove and wash feet with soap and water. No need for vigorous scrubbing or a foot file scraper that can make feet feel and look battered. Continue reading

January 2020

Instant Foot Support with New ExtraArches

PediFix is now offering new, self-adhering arch support pads that relieve heel, arch, and general foot pain. ExtraArches support pads are anatomically shaped to provide instant, lasting support with fabric-covered Visco-GEL that never bottoms out. Continue reading

January 2020

Curbell O&P Heavy Transfer Paper

Curbell O&P, a division of Curbell Plastics, has introduced heavy transfer paper to its lineup of O&P materials and products. Available in a variety of patterns and colors, the transfer paper is ideal for adding style to the orthotic experience for children and adults alike. Continue reading

January 2020

Adjustable Hybrid Dorsal Night Splint

New from Elite Orthopaedics is the Adjustable Hybrid Dorsal Night Splint for the treatment of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, heel pain, and other lower extremity overuse injuries. The splint is designed to provide custom dorsiflexion and relief from plantar fasciitis. Continue reading

January 2020

AFO Fashion Cover

Many people who wear AFOs are self-conscious and will only wear long pants, so the AFOs won’t be noticeable. AFOs also limit the type of shoes that can be worn, making it difficult to wear styles like skirts, capris, and boots. Brace for Fashion was borne out of this need—to cover the brace with a trendy, yet classic cover. Continue reading

January 2020

MyQuest Soft AFO for Foot Drop

Available from New England Foot Drop Center is the MyQuest soft ankle foot orthosis (AFO) for foot drop. The MyQuest AFO is designed to allow for flexibility and adjustability using three custom clips and elastic cords that attach a soft cuff worn around the ankle to the outside of the shoe. Continue reading