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April 2019

DFCon 2019 Abstract Submissions Due June 15.

The Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon2019) will be held at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City in Los Angeles, California, USA, Oct. 17-19, 2019. All those engaged in the field of diabetic foot care, wound healing, limb salvage, and amputation… Continue reading

April 2019

When It Comes to Exercise, It’s Never Too Late…

Physical activity reduces the risk of many chronic illnesses and increases the odds of a longer, healthier life. But it hasn’t been clear whether the benefits of exercise differ based on when during their lives people are most active.

By Sharon Reynolds Continue reading

April 2019

Plantar Mechanical Stimulation Improves Sensation in DPN

Over 30 million Americans have diabetes and 1.5 million Americans are newly diagnosed with diabetes each year. Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is a major diabetic complication and affects 30% to 50% of people with diabetes. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is a leading cause of devastating outcomes such as foot ulcer and amputation.

By Bijan Najafi and Gu Eon Kang Continue reading

April 2019

Therapeutic Shoes Work for People with Diabetes. Why Doesn’t Every Patient Use Them?

Patients are unaware or reluctant, and some providers hesitate to engage in what can be a burdensome prescribing and procuring process—helping explain why uptake of this valuable preventative is disappointing. As allied healthcare professionals, we are, of course, acutely aware of the ever-growing diabetes epidemic in the United States.

By Erick Janisse, CO, CPED Continue reading

April 2019

Decreased Physical Activity Seen 1 Year After Acute Ankle Sprain 

Despite an immense amount of research examining the causes and treatment of ankle sprains and chronic ankle instability (CAI), ankle sprains remain the most common musculoskeletal injury. The first consequence of an initial ankle sprain is the development of CAI. With upwards of 70% of patients…

By Tricia Hubbard-Turner, Michael J. Turner, Chris Burcal, Kyeongtak Song, and Erik A. Wikstrom Continue reading

April 2019

Is There a Sprain–Brain Connection That Leads to Chronic Injury?

Research shows that ankle health plays a role in the recruitment of the muscles around it. Millions of people sprain their ankles each year, from athletes to weekend warriors to vacationers stepping off the curb wrong. The injury is common, and for most people, treatable with ice, painkillers, and rest.

By Nicole Wetsman Continue reading

April 2019

Can Stabilization Training Help Minimize Risk of Injury in Adolescent Female Athletes?

5.5 million children and adolescents are injured playing sports annually. Most of these injuries are preventable, the CDC says. More than 30 million children and adolescents participate in organized sports in the United States; according to the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that number is on the rise.

By Warren J. Potash Continue reading

April 2019

It’s Not Limb Salvage…It’s Life Salvage

New research invigorates arguments about limb salvage vs. more proximal amputations. A recent paper from researchers in Australia has reignited the ongoing debate about the relative merits of partial-foot versus transtibial amputations, particularly in diabetes patients.

By Cary Groner Continue reading

May 2019

Act now to get your FREE iTOM-CAT Orthotic Scanning App!

TOM-CAT Solutions has been offering Orthotic Scanning solutions for over 15 years. That experience and advancement in technology has led to the development of the iTOM-CAT. TOM-CAT is able to combine accuracy, reliability with an easy to use program, Freedom of Choice, and support.  The program is free and only takes a few minutes to get started. Continue reading

May 2019

Medi-Dyne X Brace Proven to Relieve Heel Pain – Get a Free Sample!

Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products has acquired The X Brace – a Low-Dye Taping replacement and proven remedy for hard-to-treat clinical heel pain. Developed by Joshua P. Eldridge, DC, DACBSP, for relief of heel pain due to plantar fasciitis and Sever’s disease, the X Brace is an easy-to-use foot and heel support product. Continue reading

May 2019

Finely Crafted AFOs to Meet Virtually any Need

New York OMC offers a host of finely crafted AFOs. The SuperFlex AFO is constructed of durable vegetable dyed leather. A full interface lining cushions and protects fragile skin. The 1/16” super-flexible, molded, integrated AFO allows for dynamic biomechanical function. The medial arch is balanced with 30 shore durometer EVA material for more stability. Continue reading

May 2019

Alleviate Plantar Fasciitis with Targeted Compression

Sports Medicine Leader Pro-Tec Athletics, brings relief to Plantar Fasciitis with the best-selling PF Sleeve. The PF Sleeve is a low-profile, open toe sleeve that is designed to fit comfortably in your shoe and be worn during activity to alleviate pain from Plantar Fasciitis. The comfortable and breathable material uses an advanced stitching technique to provide stabilization to the arch, heel, and Achilles. Continue reading

March 2019

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. Click here if you want to see the answers

March 2019

SPS Promotes Weger to VP and General Manager

Hanger, Inc., Austin, Texas, announced that Regina Weger has been promoted to VP and general manager of its subsidiary SPS, Alpharetta, Georgia. Weger has been with SPS for over 20 years, having started her career within the customer service function and taking on additional roles and responsibilities throughout the years. Continue reading

March 2019

APTA, ACSM Formalize New Partnership

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has partnered with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), under the APTA Partnerships program, which seeks to enhance relationships and develop mutually beneficial partnerships with other organizations that share common goals. Continue reading

March 2019

Renowned Orthopedic Surgeon to Lead Foot and Ankle Division at NYU Langone Health

John G. Kennedy, MD, renowned for his work in the surgical treatment of foot and ankle injuries, has been appointed the new chief of the Foot and Ankle Division in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and Director of the Foot and Ankle Center at NYU Langone Health. He joined NYU Langone in January, where he holds the… Continue reading

March 2019

$11 million NIH Grant Creates New Center for Musculoskeletal Research

Clemson University, South Carolina, received an $11 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Biomedical Research Excellence to launch a new research center that will bring together scientists from across the state to change the way musculoskeletal disorders are diagnosed, treated, and studied. Continue reading

March 2019

CMS Includes 7 OTS Knee Orthoses in 2021 Competitive Bidding Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program for dates of service beginning January 1, 2021, will include 7 off-the-shelf (OTS) knee orthoses. Continue reading

March 2019

SIGVARIS Is now SIGVARIS GROUP

SIGVARIS, Peachtree, Georgia, has changed its corporate name and logo from SIGVARIS to SIGVARIS GROUP. SIGVARIS, a 155-year-old Swiss company, manufactures medical compression socks and hosiery with a wide assortment of inelastic wraps and lymphedema garments. Continue reading

March 2019

Wound Healing Clinical & Translational Research Team Receives Grant to Join Diabetic Foot Consortium

The clinical and translational research team at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery received a 4-year, $1.7 million grant to become 1 of 6 Clinical Research Units (CRU) in the US to help improve outcomes for patients with diabetic foot ulcers. Continue reading

March 2019

CMS Launches “What’s Covered” App to Guide Beneficiaries

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new app that gives consumers direct access on a mobile device to some of the most-used content on Medicare.gov. The new “What’s Covered” app lets people with Original Medicare, caregivers, and others quickly see whether Medicare covers a specific medical item or service. Continue reading

March 2019

UniSA Creates Recipe for Realistic Foot Ulcers

Podiatrists at the University of South Australia (UniSA), Adelaide, have blended icing sugar, chicken stock, and flexible resin to create realistic-looking foot ulcers as part of a world-first podiatric training initiative. Helen Banwell, DPM, and Ryan Causby, DPM, concocted the mixture, which is being added to 3D-printed feet and is designed to mimic infected and non-infected diabetic foot wounds. Continue reading

March 2019

Core-Spun Patterned AFO Socks by SmartKnit

Knit-Rite has long been a manufacturer of SmartKnit Seamless Socks made for adults and children who use AFOs. SmartKnit Seamless Socks are soft and comfortable, giving the feeling of a cool second layer of skin between the wearer and the AFO. Knit-Rite now offers Core-Spun Patterned AFO Socks by SmartKnit. Continue reading

March 2019

Samuel Hubbard Women’s City Zipper Boot

lide in. Zip up. Step out. The City Zipper from Samuel Hubbard is designed to wow the wearer’s feet. Comfort engineering is at the heart of how Samuel Hubbard designs and builds its shoes. Meant to be the go-to-boot in any women’s closet, the women’s City Zipper is fabricated from premium European sourced, tumbled… Continue reading

March 2019

Insightful Products’ Masted Knee Brace

The Masted Knee Brace (MKB) is the newest design offered by Insightful Products. The MKB was developed primarily to address the common problem of distal migration. This knee orthosis is said to ensure good knee and brace-joint alignment. It has adjustable flexion and extension stops at 15-degree increments and the foot section offers… Continue reading