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NZ Manufacturing 
Catalog

October 29, 2014

NZ Manufacturing has released its newest catalog of 
resistance exercise products designed for rehabilitation, physical therapy, sports training, and fitness applications. The catalog includes a variety of in-water and dry-land swim training products, including StrechCordz products for aqua­tic aerobics and for novice or high-level competitive swimmers and triathletes. TurfCordz products for athletes are designed for strength training, explosive start drills, increasing speed, and improved flexibility

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Big Easy
 Footwear

October 29, 2014

Orthofeet has introduced the new Big Easy line of stretchable shoes as a solution for patients with medical footwear needs. The washable shoes are available in both men’s and women’s sizes with widths of M, W, XW, and XXW. The shoes feature elastic uppers, which are designed to ease pressure on the foot and enhance comfort.

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Contact LT
 Digitizer

October 29, 2014

Amfit announces the release of the Contact LT for digital casting and design of custom foot orthotics. The Contact LT (or “light”) is smaller and lighter than the full-featured Contact Digitizer, but still sturdy enough for full weight-bearing scans. The Contact LT allows 3D contact digital casting using 538 sensor pins under operator variable pressure to obtain plantar contours

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Quickthotics 
Insole System

October 29, 2014

The new Quickthotics Component Insole System from Spenco allows practitioners to dispense high-quality, prescription orthotic devices in the office in less than 10 minutes with no need for glue or a grinding machine. Quickthotics insoles incorporate Total Support Technology and can be customized with a die-cut, self-adhesive varus heel and valgus forefoot wedges; interchangeable arch supports; heel lifts; and removable plugs to incorporate first metatarsal cut-outs and calcaneal dells. A 30-page booklet outlines a biomechanical examination protocol and an evidence-based approach to using the product.

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AAOS releases new guidelines for hip fracture, ACL injury, infant hip dysplasia

October 29, 2014

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) on September 9 released three new clinical practice guidelines (CPG) featuring evidence-based recommendations for diagnosing and treating hip fractures in patients aged 65 years and older, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, and hip dysplasia in infants aged up to 6 months. “Management of Hip Fractures in the Elderly” includes a number of recommendations aimed at reducing delirium in hip fracture patients, according to W. Timothy Brox, MD, chair of the hip fracture guideline work group.

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CMS adds two OTS knee orthosis codes

October 29, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and  Medicaid Services (CMS) made effective on October 1 two new off-the-shelf (OTS) knee orthosis codes. These are K0901, for a knee orthosis, single upright, thigh and calf, with adjustable flexion and extension joint (unicentric or polycentric), medial-lateral and rotation control, with or without varus and valgus adjustment, prefabricated, and OTS, and K0902, for a knee orthosis, double upright, thigh and calf, with adjustable flexion and extension joint (unicentric or polycentric), medial-lateral and rotation control, with or without varus and valgus adjustment, prefabricated, and OTS. The codes are OTS versions of L1843 and L1845, respectively, and join the 23 other OTS codes that CMS established as part of the 2014 Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) update.

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Freedom Innovations knee enters market

October 29, 2014

Irvine, CA-based Freedom Innovations in September released its new microprocessor knee prosthesis.

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Cigarette smoking increases complications following fracture: A systematic review

October 28, 2014

Smoking has been suggested to increase the rate of perioperative complications including soft-tissue complications, to decrease the rate of fracture union, and to prolong healing time. The purpose of our study was to systematically evaluate and analyze the literature regarding the relationship between smoking and healing following operative treatment of long-bone fractures.

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Effect of oral nutritional supplementation on wound healing in diabetic foot ulcers: a prospective randomized controlled trial

October 7, 2014

Among people with diabetes, 10-25 percent will experience a foot ulcer. Research has shown that supplementation with arginine, glutamine and β-hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate may improve wound repair. This study tested whether such supplementation would improve healing of foot ulcers in persons with diabetes.

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More evidence ties some bone-building drugs to rare fractures

October 7, 2014

Taking osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates to help prevent fractures may carry a slight risk for unusual breaks in the thigh bone, Swedish researchers report.

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