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April 2020

Duke Researchers Engineer Bone Bandage to Accelerate Healing

Researchers at Duke University (Duke) have engineered a bandage that captures and holds a pro-healing molecule at the site of a bone break to accelerate and improve healing. In a proof-of-principle study with mice, the bandage helped to accelerate callus formation and vascularization to achieve better bone repair by 3 weeks. Continue reading

April 2020

Conformis Appoints New CFO and SVP, Operations

Conformis, Billerica, MA, a medical technology company that uses its proprietary iFit Image-to-Implant technology platform to develop, manufacture, and sell patient-specific knee and hip joint replacement implants, announced the appointment of Bob Howe as chief financial officer, and Gary Maingot as Senior Vice President, Operations. Continue reading

April 2020

NeoRelief for Muscle Cramping and Restlessness

NeoRelief for Muscle Cramping and Restlessness is a 97%-natural pain relief gel that is formulated to relieve muscle spasms, cramping, tingling, and symptoms associated with restlessness. This patent-pending blend of botanicals and minerals is clear, non-staining, and odorless. It is easily absorbed and free from alcohol, dyes, and perfumes. Continue reading

April 2020

Foot Solutions Acquired by Private Investor Group

Foot Solutions, Atlanta, GA, announced the acquisition of the business by a group of private investors. John Prothro, an experienced executive and one of the anchor investors, has been appointed CEO and will be leading the company day-to-day. The previous owner and CEO, Ray Margiano, PhD, will be a special advisor to the company leadership. Continue reading

April 2020

FitTrack Dara Smart Scale

The FitTrack Dara Smart Scale offers insight into the user’s day-to-day and long-term health. Using Advanced Dual BIA [Bioelectric Impedance Analysis] Technology, FitTrack provides a complete body composition analysis that syncs to the free connected FitTrack Health App. Continue reading

April 2020

Comb O&P Launches iPhone Scanning App for O&P Professionals

Comb O&P, Cleveland, OH, an orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) shape capture company, has announced that its Comb 3D Scanner App is now available on the iPhone App Store. The state-of-the-art app leverages the iPhone’s TrueDepth camera, powered by KNOCKOUT 3D™, to capture 3D scans of body parts—no additional attachments or hardware is needed. Continue reading

April 2020

RunGoo Protective Foot Cream

Active feet sweat and swell, and even the best footwear does not fit everyone perfectly under all conditions. RunGoo is a barrier cream, formulated to prevent blisters in the harsh environment of a boot or shoe. By forming a protective layer on the skin’s surface, RunGoo protects feet from the friction and heat that cause blisters and soft tissue bruising. Continue reading

April 2020

Remington Products Acquires Foot Petals

Remington Products, Wadsworth, OH, manufacturer of aftermarket insoles and orthopedic soft goods, has acquired the Foot Petals brand of foot cushions and inserts from RG Barry Corporation, Pickerington, OH. The acquisition will allow the companies to merge their complementary strengths and collective resources. Continue reading

April 2020

STS Company Rigid Dressing Sock

The Rigid Dressing Sock from STS has been designed for use as a component in a post-operative rigid dressing for a residual limb after amputation. This lightweight sock helps protect the limb, while its uniform compression assists in controlling surgical edema. It is made from polyester and Lycra and impregnated with a water-curable polyurethane resin. Continue reading

April 2020

X4 Foot & Gait Measurement System

Xsensor’s X4 Foot & Gait Measurement System provides accurate, easy-to-use gait, foot function, and plantar pressure data for any patient evaluation scenario, including surgical or therapeutic interventions and pathology. It is also useful in providing real-time feedback for patients with diabetic foot ulcers and is part of an effective treatment plan. Continue reading

March 2020

#1: Why Biomechanics Matter— What Are the Clinical and Athletics Ramifications

We all strive for healthy and happy lives, and many of us are fortunate to reach these goals. For these people, living in the physical world is not a challenge but a pleasure. The world does not overwhelm them; rather, it interacts and plays with them in enjoyable ways. To quote Walt Whitman, we “swim with the swimmers, wrestle with the…

By Paul DeVita, PhD Continue reading

March 2020

AFO Configuration Can Improve Efficacy of the Orthotic Intervention on Gait Patterns in CP Patients

Cerebral Palsy (CP) represents the most common cause of motor disability in childhood with dysfunctional gait being one of the main problems. Early adoption of intervention programs adapted to the patient’s functional limitation and disability represent the current standard of care; therapeutic approaches include Ankle-Foot Orthoses (AFOs) for which the evidence shows they…

By Keith Loria Continue reading

March 2020

Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy in Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Use of negative-pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is growing in the management of complex wounds as well as foot and ankle surgery. Researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Wake Forest Baptist Health Center in North Carolina recently published a review of the evidence for NPWT in Foot & Ankle International. Their findings related to diabetic foot and neuropathic ulcers are excerpted here. Continue reading

March 2020

Updated Treatment Guideline for OA Published

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Arthritis Foundation (AF) partnered to update and publish the 2019 ACR/AF Guideline for the Management of Osteoarthritis [OA] of the Hand, Hip and Knee. Last published in 2012, the updated guideline includes contributions to the literature since the last publication, and for the first time direct patient participation was incorporated.

By Laura Fonda Hochnadel Continue reading

March 2020

What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. Risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Continue reading

March 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.

March 2020

Lower Extremity Noninvasive Vascular Testing Update

Peripheral arterial disease may be a common finding among those over 50, but it remains underdiagnosed. Choosing the right diagnostic test is key. Eight million men and women in the United States have lower extremity peripheral arterial disease (PAD).1 PAD is a common finding among patients over age 50, yet it is frequently underdiagnosed.

By Brittany Mammano, DPM, PGY-1, and Saba Sadra, DPM, MSc Continue reading

March 2020

Injury Prevention Keeps Dancers on Their Toes

Unique partnership between University Hospitals’ Sports Medicine Team and the Cleveland Ballet focuses on performer preparation to avoid long-term problems. Efficient movement in ballet is easy to recognize, as every step the dancer takes flows seamlessly into the next, representing a perfect balance of muscular engagement and release.

By Douglas J. Guth  Continue reading

March 2020

CLINICAL PERSPECTIVE: Assessing Relaxed Standing Alignment and Posture in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Use the scale provided here to help you assess standing posture, including the nature and extent of deviation from normal, in children with a developmental disability. Proper standing alignment requires that muscles, bones, and joints are in correct relation to each other, creating elongation and symmetry while counteracting the detrimental force of gravity.

By Dalia Zwick, PT, PHD Continue reading

March 2020

Rx for Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Optimize Your Communication With Patients

Communication, education, and empathy—combined with a solid knowledge base of the disease—are key components of successful management of these damaging, even life-threatening, lesions. Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) can be concerning to patients and providers for multiple reasons. From the patient’s perspective, DFUs can be uncomfortable, even painful, and a source of embarrassment from a…

By Angela Kelley, PA-C Continue reading

March 2020

CGS Introduces Modifier Recommendation Tool

CGS, the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor (DME MAC) for Jurisdictions B and C, has introduced a modifier recommendation tool. The Advanced Modifier Engine was designed by CGS to assist suppliers in billing proper Healthcare Common Procedure Coding Systems (HCPCS) codes and modifier combinations. Continue reading

March 2020

Jurisdiction D DME MAC Conducting Targeted Probe and Educate Reviews

Noridian, the Jurisdiction D Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor (DME MAC) is conducting Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) reviews for several specialties, among which are ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs), knee orthoses, and therapeutic shoes. The quarterly edit effectiveness results from October 2019 through… Continue reading

March 2020

Soft Exosuit Designed to Help Seniors Walk

A new line of wearable robotics developed by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and The City University of New York, City College (CCNY) could keep seniors on their feet longer. A prototype developed by Hao Su, PhD, an assistant professor at CCNY, and tested by Gerard Francisco, MD, and Shuo-Hsiu (James) Chang, PT, PhD, of… Continue reading

March 2020

O&P Techs Collaborate on Children’s Book About a Boy and His New AFO

Three graduates of the Prosthetic-Orthotic Technician Program at George Brown College, Ontario, Canada, have collaborated on a new children’s book, which was recently published and is available for sale on Amazon. Beau and His New AFO: A Children’s Guide to Ankle Foot Orthoses was written by Stephanie Blunt and illustrated by Amelia Levick and Katrina Whitmell. Continue reading

March 2020

MediKaki Opens in Penang, Malaysia

MediKaki, a new shoe store “that is offering more than shoes,” recently opened in Penang, Malaysia. A team lead by Mogan Naidu, MD, will be screening and assessing patients and will also provide a range of affordable house shoes, depth shoes with custom orthotics, and full custom footwear. Naidu is a wound care provider, head of… Continue reading