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November 2020

A New Product for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic OA

A team of investigators at Boston Children’s Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital received a Military Medical Research and Development Award from the Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program (JWMRP) in 2016 to advance the development of a novel treatment for… Continue reading

November 2020

American Limb Preservation Society is Established

The American Limb Preservation Society (ALPS) has been established to advance the science and clinical care surrounding limb preservation as well as support year-round efforts to advocate for best practices that champion prevention and lead to better health… Continue reading

November 2020

Researchers Develop Smart Suit to Monitor Physiological Data

The current technology used to monitor an athlete’s performance ranges from small wearable fitness trackers to elaborate clinical monitoring equipment. Fitness trackers are compact and lightweight but can only collect data from a single point, which is… Continue reading

November 2020

Prophylactic Dressing Standards Initiative is Launched

The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) and the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) have announced the launch of the Prophylactic Dressing Standards Initiative (PDSI) and the establishment of a dedicated international task force to lead… Continue reading

November 2020

NYCPM to Join Touro College & University System and NY Medical College

New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) will join the Touro College & University System and New York Medical College. Touro President Alan Kadish, MD, and NYCPM President Louis Levine signed a Membership Agreement in an… Continue reading

November 2020

Texas’ First Podiatry School to Open in 2021

Texas’ first school of podiatry could potentially open in fall 2021 at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) after being approved by the University of Texas System board of regents. The school of podiatry will be housed within the Division of Health Affairs… Continue reading

October 2020

ASU Team Creates Soft, Robotic AFO

Most ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) are stiff and uncomfortable, so a team of student researchers at Arizona State University (ASU)—Marielle Debeurre, Tiffany Hertzell, and Carly Thalman—has been working to create a dynamic, soft robotic AFO, or SR-AFO, that assists with gait rehabilitation by adjusting itself with each step. Continue reading

October 2020

PodiatryInternational Launches News Website

PodiatryInternational has launched a dedicated news website to support and promote podiatrists and foot care professionals so they can grow and advance their practices and businesses through increasing awareness of the profession and developing greater global access to new advances and technology within the profession. Continue reading

October 2020

High Schooler Creates App to Help Reduce Risk of ACL Injuries in School-aged Athletes

Research has proven that participation in stretching courses can reduce the possibility of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in play by about 72%. After implementing these stretching courses at many Chicago, Illinois, public schools in basketball and soccer… Continue reading

October 2020

Hanger Announces Executive Appointments

Hanger, Austin, Texas, announced that Regina Weger has been promoted to president, products & services, and Pete Stoy will join Hanger in the newly formed position of chief operating officer (COO), to lead the patient care segment. Continue reading

October 2020

First-in-Human Trial Completed for a Novel Treatment for Osteoporosis

Haoma Medica, London, England, announced the completion of a first-in-human trial for NaQuinate, a naphthoquinone carboxylic acid, which is being developed as a novel orally administered therapeutic for osteoporosis. The first-in-human trial initiated last year in healthy adults studied single and multiple doses of the drug. Continue reading

October 2020

AFO Puts Spring-cam Back into Stroke Patients’ Steps

A research group from Tohoku University in Japan has developed a new, lightweight and motor-less device to aid stroke patients in their rehabilitation, improving their gait, and preventing falls. The new device can be easily attached to an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO). Continue reading

September 2020

FIRST-EVER RESEARCH NETWORK TACKLES DFU COMPLICATIONS

Six research institutions are launching the first-ever multicenter network to study diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), which are the leading cause of lower-limb amputations in the United States. The Diabetic Foot Consortium (DFC) aims to lay the foundation for a clinical trial network to test how to improve diabetic wound healing… Continue reading

September 2020

UT SOUTHWESTERN SCIENTISTS DEVELOP COOLING INSOLE

A new cooling insole developed by University of Texas Southwestern (UT Southwestern) scientists reduced the foot temperature of patients with diabetic neuropathy by several degrees, diminishing a significant risk factor for diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). Continue reading

September 2020

SIMPLE TEST HELPS TO PREDICT, PREVENT FALLS

The “enhanced paper grip test,” validated by researchers from the Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies (CBRT) at Staffordshire University, England, involves pulling a small card from underneath the participant’s foot while asking them to grip with their big toe (hallux). Continue reading

September 2020

DOD GRANTS $2M TO STUDY FALL-RELATED HEALTH OUTCOMES IN LOWER-LIMB PROSTHESIS USERS, MPKS

A $2,000,000 grant from the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs’ Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program has been awarded to a group of institutional collaborators to study fall-related health outcomes in lower-limb prosthesis users, including… Continue reading

August 2020

GAITREC: A Data Treasure for Gait Analysis

To facilitate research, therapy, and diagnosis, FH-Prof. Dr. Brian Horsak and his colleagues at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences (UAS), Austria, and the Austrian insurance institution AUVA have published one of the biggest data records worldwide on gait analysis. The data include anonymized information on over 2,000 patients after joint transplantations, fractures, and ligament injuries… Continue reading

August 2020

New Approach to Improving Gait of Children with CP

Ben Conner, a third-year MD/PhD student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, is studying a robotic walking therapy for children with cerebral palsy (CP). His research is part of an interdisciplinary team housed at Northern Arizona University’s Biomechatronics Lab, which is led by Zachary Lerner, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Continue reading

August 2020

30 Years Post-ADA, People Who Use Wheelchairs Still Excluded

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law 30 years ago, but the needs of people with mobility disabilities continue to be overlooked and unheard, according to the 2020 Drive for Inclusion Report Card published by BraunAbility, a manufacturer of wheelchair-accessible vehicles and lifts. In their recent survey, only 15% of this population is satisfied with the current effectiveness of ADA laws, and nearly half feel excluded from… Continue reading

August 2020

James Hanna, DPM, Named NYSPMA’s 78th President

The New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) has named James Hanna, DPM, as its 78th president; he was installed July 23 during a Zoom ceremony. Hanna succeeds Daniel B. Keating, DPM. Hanna has been in practice in the Western New York area for over 25 years and has served on the NYSPMA Board of Trustees since 2013; he has held other leadership positions. Continue reading

July 2020

Honda Walking Assist Device Studied in Hemiplegic Stroke Patients, Children with CP

The Honda Walking Assist Device (HWAD) powered exoskeleton consists of a lumbar frame with motors on both sides to transfer force to the legs via thigh frames. This training device supports walking, based on the inverted pendulum model. Honda has been conducting research on the device since 1999. Continue reading

July 2020

SMART KNEE BANDAGE FOR ARTHROSIS PATIENTS

A multidisciplinary team of researchers and industry partners have collaborated on the development of a sensor-equipped prototype smart knee bandage that uses self-learning algorithms to estimate strain. Dubbed “Anthrokinemat,” this smart bandage was designed to support arthrosis patients in determining the right amount of daily exercise. Continue reading

July 2020

SQAIRZ ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH ICONIC GOLFER SIR NICK FALDO

SQAIRZ, Windham, NH, a company whose new line of golf shoes was engineered around a patented square toe and other performance innovations, announced it has entered into a long-term partnership with legendary golfer Sir Nick Faldo. Continue reading

July 2020

NOW AVAILABLE: GUIDELINE FOR PREVENTION, TREATMENT OF PRESSURE ULCERS/INJURIES

The 2019 Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries is now available for purchase. Developed and published by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel, and the… Continue reading

July 2020

CMS TO RESUME PRE- AND POST-PAYMENT AUDITS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has authorized Medicare contractors (eg, DME MACs, RACS, SMRCs, etc.) to once again perform pre-payment and post-payment audits as part of their medical review responsibilities. Continue reading