Category Archives: Archives

September 2018

Right Trousers Could Help Mobility Impaired Stay Upright

Researchers at the University of Bristol, England, are leading the development of smart pants that are equipped with artificial muscles, which could help the elderly and disabled move around easily and unaided. The project, funded by a £2 million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, incorporates several technologies including smart electronics and graphene. Continue reading

September 2018

Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act Signed into Law

On October 5, President Trump signed into law the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (H.R 302/S. 808), which will reduce barriers to caring for student and professional athletes across state lines. According to a National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) press release, while this law advances safety practices for all sports medicine professionals, it will greatly… Continue reading

September 2018

CMT Experts Launch Nonprofit to Fund Only Treatments and Cures

Two experts in Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT), who also have the condition, recently launched the CMT Research Foundation (CMTRF) as the only nonprofit organization focused solely on delivering treatments and cures for CMT. Patrick Livney, a former chairman of Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA), and Susan Ruediger, a former CMTA development director, have over 20 years of collective experience working with CMT researchers to deliver treatments. Continue reading

September 2018

AAOS Provides Tips to Avoid Injuries in Teen and Young Athletes

With the start of a new school year and participation in after-school sports, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has shared the following fall sport safety tips designed to reduce young athletes’ risk of injury: Continue reading

September 2018

P.W. Minor Shutters Operations

Orthopedic and diabetic shoe manufacturer P.W. Minor, LLC, Batavia, NY, shuttered its operations as of October 5 and laid off 81 employees. Assets were transferred to the company’s senior creditor, Batavia Shoes, LLC. The news follows a series of attempts in recent years to bolster the company and avoid such an event. P.W. Minor was established in 1867; it was the second oldest shoe manufacturer in the country. Continue reading

September 2018

UMiami Scientists to Develop Bioengineering Approach for Meniscus Tear Repairs

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of Miami’s (UMiami’s) Miller School of Medicine and College of Engineering is poised to begin developing a novel, long-lasting treatment for meniscus tears. Meniscus tears, which are among the most common type of knee injuries, are currently treated via total or partial meniscectomy or suturing. In the long term, these treatments often result in meniscus degeneration, re-tear, and premature osteoarthritis of the knee. Continue reading

September 2018

L1844, L1846 Proposed for RAC Reviews

On August 7, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published two new proposed issues for review by Performant Recovery, the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) for durable medical equipment prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS); home health; and hospice claims nationwide. Continue reading

September 2018

Diabetes, Its Impact, and Protection of the Diabetic Foot

Offloading is key to preventing small concerns from becoming life-threatening, but adherence remains less than optimal. The not-so-secret truth: diabetes and its precursor, prediabetes, have reached epidemic status in the United States: More than 100 million Americans are living with the disease.

By Janice T. Radak Continue reading

September 2018

Diabetes Self-Care Adherence: Whose Responsibility Is It? What’s a Clinician’s Role?

As an expert, specialist, trained foot and ankle physician, you have worked hard for your place in the medical landscape, your degree and your confidence. You think you do your job well, but what if you are not getting through to your patients to the extent you thought you were? Over the years, I have prided myself on being an educator.

By Richard Schilling, DPM, FACFAS Continue reading

September 2018

People with Diabetes Foot Complications Do Not Recall Their Education: A Cohort Study

Podiatrists play a large role in education for the prevention of foot complications in people with diabetes. Subsequently, podiatrists also regularly teach self-management strategies for people with or without foot complications relating to their diabetes. Current diabetes guidelines recommend education provision; however…

By Julia Yuncken, Cyclie M. Williams, Rene Stolwyk, Terry P. Haines Continue reading

September 2018

Pes Anserine Tendino-Bursitis: An Underdiagnosed Cause of Knee Pain in Middle-Aged and Older Patients

With an aging population that is increasingly overweight, a growing number of patients present to providers with a chief complaint of “knee pain.” Successful treatment of these individuals depends on making the correct diagnosis. Conventional thinking is that knee pain in middle-aged or older patients is due to the degeneration of the articular cartilage and/or the tearing of the menisci.

By Donald C. Pompan, MD Continue reading

September 2018

Barefoot Training Is Not Just for Barefoot Runners

On January 17, 2011, The New York Times published an article titled “Close Look at Orthotics Raises a Welter of Doubts.” Responding to the writing and research of Benno Nigg, it called into question much of the anecdotal information we provide to our patients when prescribing footwear and foot orthotics.

By William Smith, MSPT, C.Ped. Continue reading

September 2018

Advancements in Wound Healing Management

Skin trauma to the lower extremities—blisters, lacerations, incisions, and punctures—are common for those participating in athletic and recreational activities and are seen every day in clinical care settings. A foot ulcer, an open sore on the foot, is a more serious form of skin trauma or wound that occurs, often brought on in an environment compromised by diabetes or any…

By Keith Loria Continue reading

September 2018

Botox® Injection: Not Just for Celebrities’ Furrows and Wrinkles

When people hear the word “Botox,” their immediate associations might be with facial injection as an anti-wrinkle treatment or magazine gossip on the latest celebrity to suffer a “botch job” from one-too-many injections. Prior to the modern use of this acetylcholine-blocking neurotoxin, no one other than medical professionals who used it to treat their patients really knew what Botox is.

By Benn Jason Scott Boshell, MSc, BSc (Hons) Continue reading

September 2018

Low Cost Insulin Spray Improves Healing of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Spraying insulin into an open wound improves the healing of diabetic foot ulcers in diabetic patients—both type 1 and type 2, reported a poster entitled, The Outcomes of Local Flushing of Insulin on Wound Healing in Patients with Diabetic Foot Ulcers. Continue reading

September 2018

Foot Type Determines Effect of Orthotics on Muscle Activity

Adding a lateral bar beneath foot orthoses does not significantly alter activity in the pronator muscles in people with high-arched feet, according to preliminary data from a poster entitled, Effects of Two Types of Foot Orthoses on the Biomechanics of Participants with Cavus Feet During Walking. Continue reading

September 2018

Treating Vascular Malformations Without Surgery

Arteriovenous malformation can be managed non-surgically according to a poster presented by Rothman Institute podiatrists Faith Schick, PDM, and Nicholas Taweel, DPM. DPT. Their case report detailed how they resolved the patient’s symptoms and the case, highlighting the opportunities for non-operative treatment in this condition. Continue reading

September 2018

Office-based Toe Amputations Are Safe and Efficient

As patients seek more affordable care options, moving surgical procedures from the hospital-based operating room to less expensive, more convenient locations is one tactic being explored. But can such procedures be done safely in these outpatient settings? New research from Podiatrists in the Department of Surgery at the Southern Arizona Veteran Affairs Health Care System provides evidence that they can…and that patients like the convenience. Continue reading

September 2018

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Creates Positive Clinical Outcomes in an Outpatient Setting

A new, disposable negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) system effectively reduced the volume of varied wound types on four patients in an outpatient setting, reported Windy Cole, podiatrist at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical center, in a poster entitled, Management of Small, Lower Extremity Wounds in the Ambulatory Setting Using a Disposable, Mechanically Powered Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System. Continue reading

September 2018

The DFU Dilemma: Is the Total Contact Cast a True “Gold Standard”?

In March 2017, McGuire and Sebag wrote: “Early diagnosis and intervention for diabetic foot wounds is essential for the prevention of complications associated with these ulcers. We are all familiar with the term ‘the golden hour’ with respect to the first 60 minutes after the onset of a stroke or cardiac arrest.

By Harry L. Penny, DPM, DABPM, FAPWHc Continue reading

August 2018

The Future Is Knocking: Novel Sensors Could Enable Smarter Textiles

A next-generation smart textile has been developed by a team of University of Delaware (UD) engineers using light, flexible, breathable carbon nanotube composite coatings on a range of natural and synthetic fibers, such as Kevlar, wool, nylon, Spandex, and polyester. Fabric coated with this sensing technology could be… Continue reading

August 2018

IL Passes Law to Facilitate Access to PT Services

On August 16, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed House Bill 4643, which allows consumers to pursue and begin physical therapy (PT) services without a doctor’s referral while still ensuring professional medical oversight safeguards. The law, effective immediately, permits physical therapists to… Continue reading

August 2018

PT Assessment, Referrals by ER Staff after a Fall May Reduce Revisits

In 2014, about 2.8 million older adults visited the emergency room (ER) for a fall-related injury. Some estimates show that 25% of older adults visiting the ER for a fall returned for at least one additional fall-related visit, and 15% of those older adults died within the following year. Continue reading

August 2018

CMT Patients Experience Improved Gait, Balance with AFO Usage

Use of orthoses can help improve the gait and balance of patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, but patients don’t always follow recommendations for their use, a review study has found. The study, “The Role of Orthotic Service in Modern Rehabilitation of Patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease,” was… Continue reading

August 2018

CDC: 1 in 4 U.S. Adults Have a Disability

One in 4 U.S. adults — 61 million people — have a disability that impacts major life activities, according to the “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report” released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on August 16. Mobility is the most common disability type, affecting 1 in 7 adults under age 65 and about 2 in 5 adults age 65 and older. Continue reading