April 2020

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Cover Story

Using The “Reformer,” “Wunda Chair,” and “foot Corrector”: The Pilates Method Enhances Alignment and Core Awareness

A trained Pilates professional in a fully equipped studio can help your patient make significant improvement in strength and flexibility by addressing postural habits and alignment problems. Joseph Hubertus Pilates began development of his method – a body–mind approach to exercise –in the early 1920s. As a child, Pilates suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever.

By Marianne Adams, MA, MFA


Guest Editorial

Unique Times, Unique Opportunities

We are living in an exceptional time. Like you, we’re sheltering in our homes and donning face masks when we venture out. We’re happy to play our part to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that leads to COVID-19, but we’ll sure be happier when things return to normal…. But the reality is that there will be a new normal, and we can’t quite see what that looks like ...

From the COVID-19 Frontlines

COVID-19: How The Virus Spreads, Unique Clotting, New Registries

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized infection by COVID-19, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-COV-2), as a pandemic. Worldwide, countries have issued stay-at-home orders of varying degrees, in an effort to stem the spread of the virus and “flatten the curve” on its rising death toll, as well as to prevent…

Access to Medicare Telehealth Services Broadened Temporarily

With the emergence of the virus causing the disease known as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), there is an urgency to expand the use of technology to help people who need routine care, and keep vulnerable beneficiaries and beneficiaries with mild symptoms in their homes while maintaining access to the care they need.

American Academy of Dermatology Registry

The American Academy of Dermatology has also begun a registry to focus on the dermatologic manifestations of the COVID-19 virus. Unlike the COVID Foot Registry, the AAD registry is only for healthcare professionals and is not limited to those specializing in dermatology. Professionals from any country may enter a case.

Feature Articles

A Summary of Potential Pharmacotherapy for COVID-19: A Review of the Available Literature.

At the time of this writing, we as lower extremity providers are in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic.  Per the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no current evidence to recommend any specific anti-COVID-19 supportive or antiviral treatment for patients with confirmed COVID-19.

By Robert G. Smith, DPM, MSc, RPh

Early Orthotic Intervention in Pediatric Patients, Part 3: Muscular Dystrophy

Improving patient care includes questioning traditional treatment approaches; in this case, it’s also about developing ways to enhance and augment those techniques. The first two articles in this series looked, respectively, at early orthotic intervention in children with cerebral palsy (CP) and in those with Down syndrome and other neurological conditions.

By Cary Groner

The Role of Exercise Therapies for the Management of Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction

Clinicians may find the EdUReP theoretical framework provides helpful guidance for exercise prescription and load management for patients with this potentially disabling condition. Despite the substantial gains in knowledge and understanding of lower extremity tendinopathies in recent years..

By Talysha Reeve, B.App.Sc.(Podiatry), GradCertClinRehab

From the Literature

Preventing Re-ulceration in Diabetes

In a recent short review, Michael J. Mueller, PT, PhD, FAPTA, provided 5 evidence-based suggestions for helping patients with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy (PN) safely and effectively increase their mobility after a healed foot ulcer. Mueller is a professor of physical therapy and radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Industry News & Updates

UD Team Receives Funding to Further Develop Smart AFO for Children with CP

The Venture Development Center and Physical Therapy Department at the University of Delaware (UD) have received $50,000 in seed money from the Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium to further develop a motorized ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) called the DE-AFO. The DE-AFO, designed by Ahad Behboodi, PhD, and his team, uses…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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