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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.

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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

January 2019

Performance Graphite Orthotic

The new Performance Graphite orthotic was designed by Foot Management with athletes and low-volume shoes in mind. The latest technology allows engineered nylon to be blended with carbon graphite, creating a lightweight shell that offers functional control with less bulk. Continue reading

January 2019

Medi-Dyne ProStretch NightSock

Medi-Dyne’s new ProStretch NightSock is said to help alleviate heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, calf muscle cramps, and runners’ cramps. By keeping the foot in a slightly flexed position, the ProStretch NightSock elongates the muscles and soft tissues of the calf and foot to help speed up recovery while sleeping. Continue reading

January 2019

Unna Boot Zinc Oxide Compression Dressing

Oasis Medical now offers the Unna Boot, named after German dermatologist Paul Gerson Unna, who specialized in diagnosing and treating skin diseases. The Unna Boot is a cotton compression dressing with a zinc oxide paste applied uniformly to the entire bandage; zinc oxide does not harden or cake. Continue reading

January 2019

OPTP Stability Trainer

The Stability Trainer balance pad is the latest addition to OPTP’s line of balance pads, stability equipment, and exercise mats. The trainer is made from soft yet durable, nearly 2.5-inch thick, high-quality foam and features a non-slip, textured surface for sure footing and security during use. Continue reading

January 2019

Swede-O PowerWrap Ankle Brace

The patented, positive tensioning–system on the Swede-O PowerWrap Ankle Brace provides a personalized fit with no-tie laces, and the center wedge allows for natural ankle movement during activity. This brace is said to be ideal for athletes who tape their ankles to help protect or prevent ankle injuries and for individuals suffering from weak or injured ankles. Continue reading

January 2019

Therafirm Ease Microfiber Chevron-Patterned Knee Highs

Therafirm has added a new chevron pattern to its Ease Microfiber Knee Highs line. Like other Ease Microfiber hosiery products, the chevron-patterned knee highs are made with super soft, high-stretch microfiber yarns, making them easier to don than other higher-compression garments, and they include a… Continue reading

January 2019

Kintrol Hydraulic Ankle/Foot System

Freedom Innovations’ new Kintrol Hydraulic Ankle/Foot system combines advanced Kinterra hydraulic ankle technology with aerospace-grade fiberglass to provide K2-level ambulators with comfort and control. K2 ambulators are prosthetic users who are typically defined as having the ability or potential for ambulation with the ability to traverse low-level environmental barriers such as curbs, stairs, or uneven surfaces. Continue reading

January 2019

Precise AT for Underfoot Stability

Precise AT (Arch Truss) insoles from Amfit were developed to provide the level of underfoot stability that consumers crave. These insoles are designed with an H-1-5 Stability Triangle philosophy that provides a flat, planed area under the heel and first through fifth metatarsal heads to offer a solid platform that… Continue reading

January 2019

UA Researchers Study How to Regrow Long Bone Segments Using 3D Printing

John A. Szivek, PhD, a scientist at the University of Arizona (UA) College of Medicine – Tucson, has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to launch a study to determine how to heal bone fractures using a combination of 3D printing and adult stem cells. Continue reading

January 2019

CMS Improperly Paid DMEPOS Suppliers

A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) review found that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) improperly paid $34 million to suppliers for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) that were provided to beneficiaries during inpatient stays. Continue reading

January 2019

American Joint Replacement Registry Releases 2018 Annual Report

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the cornerstone of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Registry Program, released its 2018 Annual Report on hip and knee arthroplasty patient outcomes. The report includes findings from 1,186,955 cumulative procedures performed between 2012 and 2017, and it provides updates on key initiatives delivered to registry stakeholders… Continue reading

January 2019

AOFAS Campaign Helps Consumers Make Informed Choices for Foot and Ankle Health

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) has launched a campaign, Look for the “O,” to encourage consumers to take charge of their foot and ankle health and choose a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon when medical care is needed. AOFAS has an interactive channel on its website that offers informational videos and resources to help consumers make informed choices. Continue reading

January 2019

ACSM Survey: Wearable Tech is New Top Fitness Trend for 2019

Wearable technology is forecast as this year’s most popular trend in fitness, according to more than 2,000 health and fitness pros surveyed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Continue reading

January 2019

Weil Inducted into National Fitness Hall of Fame

Robert Weil, DPM, is a National Fitness Hall of Fame (NFHOF) class of 2019 inductee; he joins four other inductees. Weil specializes in orthotics and sports medicine. He has written a column for the Naperville Sun and Aurora Beacon since 2007 as “The Sports Doctor,” and hosts a weekly radio show by… Continue reading

January 2019

NUPOC Appoints New Director

Chad Duncan, PhD, CRC, CPO, has been appointed director of the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC), Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Duncan, an associate professor and clinical educator at NUPOC, assumed this position January 1, succeeding John W. Michael, MEd, CPO, the director since 2009. Michael will continue as an educator and will support and facilitate the transition. Continue reading

January 2019

eWellness’ CEO Sells PT Clinics to Focus on Telehealth Platform

eWellness Healthcare Corporation, Culver City, CA,  which developed the PHZIO physical therapy (PT) telehealth platform, recently announced that CEO Darwin Fogt has sold all Evolution Physical Therapy clinics to solely focus on the expansion and success of eWellness. Evolution PT has six locations in California and two in Connecticut. The PHZIO platform allows physical therapists to monitor up to six patients concurrently. Continue reading

January 2019

Pes Anserine Tendino-Bursitis: To Inject or Not To Inject

While the pes anserine bursa has been shown to occupy the bulk of the proximal medial tibia, the area of maximal tenderness is palpable with the tip of the index finger in the same specific location − slightly posterior to the middle of a line drawn between the apex of the knee flexion crease and the tibial tubercle (Figure 1). Continue reading