Lower Extremity Review

Peripheral neuropathy in Lyme disease patients

March 17, 2015

Reported cases of Lyme disease have been rising steadily over the past 30 years, but its diagnosis can be challenging. Left untreated, patients with Lyme disease can go on to develop neurological symptoms, including those that are characteristic of peripheral neuropathy.

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Sizing up the evidence

March 10, 2015

Evidence-based medicine, defined literally, depends on the existence of studies that justify treatment decisions. But, too often, practitioners who specialize in pediatric lower extremity care find that the only evidence they have to draw on involves studies done in adults, not children.

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Chronic ankle instability: Effects on quality of life

March 10, 2015

Patient-reported outcomes can be used to monitor health-related quality of life in patients with chronic ankle instability, and lower extremity practitioners can design rehabilitation approaches to specifically target physical impairments that are known to contribute to quality of life.

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Sigvaris Merino
 Wool Socks

March 2, 2015

Sigvaris is pleased to announce that its All Season Merino Wool Socks are joining the Sigvaris Medical collection, designed for men and women who wear 20-30 mmHg medical graduated compression socks every day. Made from extra-fine Australian Merino wool, these socks are as soft as cashmere, and the premium wool construction keeps feet dry, for comfortable wear in any season

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Tommie Copper 
Compression Gear

March 2, 2015

Tommie Copper’s recovery line of compression products includes multiple colored sleeves, apparel, and accessories such as shorts and tights for all the pain points of the body, designed to be comfortably worn all day and throughout the night. The 4D compression helps speed joint and muscle recovery and offers relief from aches and pains

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Sonostics
 HeartPartner

March 2, 2015

Sonostics develops and markets “pacemakers for the second heart”—the soleus muscle—to provide nonpharm­- aco­logic relief from unexplained fatigue, swollen feet and ankles, muscle/joint pain, cold hands/feet, dizziness, brain “fog,” varicose veins, and other symptoms associated with fluid pooling in the lower limbs. HeartPartner is a passive exercise footrest that stimulates the soleus muscle to clear fluid from the lower limbs, helping to improve circulation and cardiac output. It features technology developed at Binghamton University in New York that identifies the optimal frequency to trigger soleus contraction.

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Vicon 
Nexus 2

March 2, 2015

Nexus 2 is the newest version of Vicon’s data capture software for sports, rehabilitation, gait analysis, and biomechanical research. New major updates address speed, methodology, and accuracy challenges faced by both clinicians and researchers. The Functional Calibration feature allows multiple frames of dynamic trials to be analyzed rather than single-frame calibration, improving tracking capabilities and generating more accurate and reliable results

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Fascia Therapy 
Book and Tools

March 2, 2015

Eric Franklin’s new book, Fascia Release and Balance, educates the reader on how connective tissues integrate the body’s components and facilitate all movements.

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‘Garden Stretches’
 Patient Education

March 2, 2015

Stretching Inc. presents stretching as a simple, gentle activity that can be done by anyone, anywhere, at any time. “Garden Stretches” provides detailed instructions and illustrations of stretches to do before, during, and after gardening to help relieve lower extremity stress and pain, maintain flexibility, and increase efficiency and time in the garden

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Squid Cold
 Compression

March 2, 2015

Squid, a dynamic cold compression system, combines sequential compression with cold therapy. The cold compression directs edema away from the extremities and toward the heart, promoting venous return and increasing local circulation.

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