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February 2019

FDA Approves Knee Implant IDE, Clears Bio-Integrative Bone Fixation Implant

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application for Swedish-based Episurf Medical’s Episealer personalized knee implant and has granted 510(k) (premarket submission) clearance to Israeli-based OSSIO Ltd.’s bio-integrative material indicated “for maintenance of alignment and fixation of… Continue reading

February 2019

Sand Color Therafirm Ease Microfiber Tights

Therafirm, a Knit-Rite brand that includes the Ease Opaque, Ease Sheer, and Ease Microfiber lines of compression hosiery, has introduced a new color to its Ease Microfiber Tights line: sand. Like the previously released colors, the new sand-color tights are made with high-stretch microfiber yarns, making them easier to don than some other high-compression garments. Continue reading

February 2019

Non-Opioid, Wearable Pain-Relief Solution

BioWaveGO is a non-opioid, FDA-cleared, wearable chronic pain–relief technology. It is used by most professional sports teams in the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB as well as by US military members and veterans in over 80 VA hospitals. BioWaveGO uses high-frequency neurostimulation technology to block pain at the source. Now available in a non-prescription strength, this… Continue reading

February 2019

New Apex A-Wave Orthotics in Three Durometers

Apex Foot Health Industries welcomes the A-Wave to its suite of prefabricated orthotic inserts. A-Wave orthotics use a proprietary biomechanical blend of thermoplastic resins, performance memory foam, and supportive gels to provide pain relief and stability while maximizing comfort and foot health. Construction includes Visco elastic polymer in the heel and forefoot for shock attenuation, and a thermoplastic heel and arch support to assist in centering the heel. Continue reading

February 2019

Cybersecurity Takes Top Spot on ECRI’s Annual Health Technology Hazards List

ECRI Institute (formerly the Emergency Care Research Institute) has published the “2019 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards” report as a free service to inform healthcare facilities about generic hazards that may arise from the use of medical devices and systems — all of which can be minimized or avoided. Continue reading

February 2019

New Colors for Sigvaris Graduated Compression Garments

Sigvaris North America has added new colors to some of its graduated compression product lines for garments aiding in the management of early-stage venous diseases and pre- and post-vein treatments. Micofiber Shades socks now come in navy argyle and onyx argyle, for a total of 14 color and pattern options. Soft Opaque now includes colors teal, blue iris, caramel, and mist, for a total of 11 color options. Continue reading

February 2019

Alliance PT Sells LTC Division

Alliance Physical Therapy Management (Alliance PT) , which is backed by GPB Capital, sold its long-term care (LTC) division to HealthPRO® Heritage, a portfolio company of the private equity firm Beecken Petty O’Keefe. The terms of the sale were not disclosed. Continue reading

February 2019

Reinforcement Learning Expedites Tuning of Robotic Prostheses

When an individual is fitted with a robotic prosthetic knee, a practitioner works with that person to modify parameters to specifically accommodate their gait, a process that can take hours. Now, a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe; North Carolina State University (NC State), Raleigh; and the University of North Carolina at… Continue reading

February 2019

OPTP Soft Movement Ball

OPTP has added the Soft Movement Ball to its lineup of therapy and fitness products. The Soft Movement Ball is an inflatable 12″ exercise ball with an easy-grip texture. It is designed to assist with body positioning during stretching and stability moves and can be used to perform a variety of movements that increase strength and mobility during physical therapy, Pilates, and general fitness routines. Continue reading

February 2019

2019 DMEPOS Fee Schedule Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has made available the 2019 fee schedule for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS). The fee schedule is effective for dates of service beginning January 1. A 2.3% increase has been applied to DMEPOS items that are not part of the Competitive Bidding Program. Continue reading

February 2019

Shear Alpine Boots

Some boots are warm. Some boots offer great traction. And other boots are just eye candy. Samuel Hubbard offers a new boot that encompasses all three distinctions. The Shear Alpine is fabricated from water-resistant Nubuck uppers and designed with a genuine shearling lining and collar for warmth and comfort. Buttery-soft glove leather sock linings provide comfort and breathability. Continue reading

February 2019

Conservative Management of Freiberg’s Disease

Key options include immobilization, weight bearing restrictions, NSAIDS, orthotics, padding, and shoe modifications. The first report of osteochondrosis of the second metatarsal head was in a series of six cases presented by Dr. Alfred H. Freiberg at the Southern Surgical and Gynecological Association in 1913. The data was published the following year.

By Kerry Sweet, DPM, FACFAS; Rebecca Omana-Daniels, DPM; and Valerie Marmolejo, DPM Continue reading

February 2019

Gait and Balance Dysfunction in Older Adults: Challenges and Interventions

Falls are a significant—yet preventable—health issue among older adults. Each year, 3 million older Americans over the age of 65 are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries which often result in disability, loss of independence, reduced quality of life, and death.1 The number of falls is expected to rise as Americans live longer and the number of older adults continues to grow at an unprecedented rate.

By Aisha Cobbs, PhD Continue reading

February 2019

Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults Now Available

The 2019 AGS Beers Criteria® includes 5 lists of nearly 100 medications or medication classes to avoid or use with caution for some or all older adults. The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) recently unveiled its latest update to one of geriatrics’ most frequently cited reference tools: The AGS Beers Criteria® for Potentially Inappropriate… Continue reading

February 2019

Anterior Femoral Ligament Thickening Seen 3 Years Post-ACL Surgery

Osteoarthritis (OA) affects nearly 50% of patients who undergo anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) within 2 decades after surgery. The mechanism of OA development has been elusive; many experts theorize that disruption of knee–joint tissue homeostasis is key. Now, researchers, using ultrasonography (US), have found an increase in the thickness of the anterior femoral cartilage and cross-sectional area 3 years postoperatively. Continue reading

February 2019

Compression in Lymphedema

In a narrative review of old and innovative concepts concerning pressure and stiffness in lymphedema therapy, the authors of a study just published in Phlebology found that the current literature does not appear to be in sync with the array of options available today. Continue reading

February 2019

Diabetes Updates:  Amputations Increasing; Insomnia as Risk Factor

Amputations on the Rise – After decades of decline, diabetes-related lower-extremity amputations appear to be on the rise in the United States, according to new data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample of the US Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project and the National Health Interview Survey of the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading

February 2019

Bringing Medical Cannabis Into Skilled Nursing Facilities

When New York state legalized medical cannabis, geriatrician Zachary Palace, MD, CMD, realized that many of the conditions that qualified for the drug were those that he saw regularly in the elderly—like  chronic or neuropathic pain, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.

By Nicole Wetsman  Continue reading

February 2019

The Power of a ‘Sit to Stand’: An Infographic

Infographic by Chris Tuckett, Physiotherapist BSc MCSP. Tuckett is based in The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, based in Harlow, Essex, UK. Based on: Harvey JA, Chastin SFM, Skelton DA. Breaking sedentary behaviour has the potential to increase/maintain function in frail older adults. J Frailty Sarcopenia Falls. 2018;3(1):26-34. doi: 10.22540/JFSF-03-026.

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February 2019

FDA Adds Boxed Warning to Uloric

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded there is an increased risk of death with Uloric (febuxostat) compared to another gout medicine, allopurinol. This conclusion is based on its review of results from a safety clinical trial that found an increased risk of heart-related death and death from all causes with Uloric. Continue reading

February 2019

Book Review: Pedorthic Footwear: Assessment and Treatment

Pedorthic Footwear: Assessment and Treatment, a 578-page resource with 550 illustrations, is the result of an ambitious and unique collaboration of international authors and is edited by Klaas Postema, Karl-Heinz Schott, Dennis Janisse, and Gerardus M. Rommers. In total, 54 authors (physiatrists, pedorthists, movement scientists, and physiotherapists) from 7 countries contributed. Continue reading

February 2019

3 Can Be Better Than 6 When It Comes to Weber B Fractures

In medical school, we were taught that Weber B ankle fractures required the 6-week cast immobilization protocol. But for many of us, that protocol has felt excessive due to concerns of increased ankle stiffness, decreased ankle strength, and the possibility of a thrombotic event. However, the thought of possible suboptimal healing of the fracture [malunion or nonunion] with less than 6 weeks of immobilization or use of less rigid forms of immobilization provided anxiety to many of us treating physicians.

By Jeffrey R. Baker, DPM, FACFAS Continue reading

February 2019

The Power Forward and the Exploding Shoe

Nowadays, when we see a headline about an “exploding shoe,” we instinctively think of an alarming situation involving the Transportation Security Administration—the TSA. Thankfully, that was not the case at a memorable February 20 Atlantic Coast Conference basketball game between Duke and North Carolina.

By Robert M. Conenello, DPM Continue reading

February 2019

Type 2 Diabetes in Youth: A 21st Century Disorder

As obesity and overweight affect more adolescents, this disease, once attributed to middle age and older, is striking an aggressive course that all clinicians will need to address. With the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity and with 18.5% (or 13.7 million) of youth already being obese,1 type 2 diabetes (T2D) in youth is becoming an important part of every healthcare practitioner’s daily practice.

By Neil H. White, MD Continue reading

February 2019

Experience 40% Less Pressure with Duo Med Surg Shoe

Darco International is pleased to announce the latest addition to our line of products, the DUO Med Surg Shoe. The DUO is a high quality shoe that offers exceptional pressure relief to a wound or post operative site. The DUO features a dual injected EVA sole that provides FOUR TIMES better shock absorption and up to 40% less pressure than cheaper post op shoes. Continue reading