lower extremity review

FS6 Compression Foot Sleeve

May 4, 2016

Allied OSI Labs has added the FS6 Compression Sleeve to its growing catalog of products for foot and ankle practices. The FS6 Compression Sleeve is designed to relieve the pain and swelling associated with plantar fasciitis by offering six zones of compression and support: firm compression at the Achilles tendon and midfoot, moderate compression at the heel and forefoot, and mild compression at the ankle and toes.

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TheraSport Leg Sleeves

May 4, 2016

Therafirm’s new TheraSport brand introduces TheraSport Athletic Leg Sleeves to round out a product line engineered to improve circulation and help provide energy for greater endurance, enhanced performance, and a speedy recovery. The soft, lightweight sleeves feature a comfortable band with a nonbinding grip to help the socks stay up.

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WalkingHealth Fall-Risk Analysis

May 4, 2016

WalkJoy has updated the software used with its namesake gait-restoration product to help clinicians assess a patient’s risk of falling. WalkingHealth is a portable gait-analysis tool to identify a patient’s risk of falling as low, medium, or high, along with tracking functional outcome data for physical therapy G-Code documentation

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Reichel forms sales rep group Medlutions

May 4, 2016

Patrick Reichel, a podiatry-focused medical, surgical, and pharmaceutical brand management expert, announced in March that he has formed Medlutions, a contract sales representative group and consulting firm for the Midwest region.

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Tekscan updates SportsAT software

May 4, 2016

Boston-based Tekscan in February released its SportsAT 2.0 for balance assessments. SportsAT, which includes a built-in balance compass to aid in rehabilitation and track prog­ress, helps lower extremity practitioners quickly quantify gait asymme­tries and evaluate rehabilitation pro­gress, and features automated time-to-boundary calculations.

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Nike releases three new easy-don shoes

May 4, 2016

Beaverton, OR-based shoe giant Nike in March released three athletic shoes newly fitted with its Flyease entry system, designed for children and adults with disabilities (See “Nike launches easy-don Flyease high-tops,” August 2015, page 66). The LeBron Soldier IX Flyease and Pegasus 32 Flyease are available now in retail stores and at nike.com, and the Flex Run Flyease will be available beginning May 1.

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Patients give custom devices high marks

May 4, 2016

The Winnipeg-based Pedorthic Association of Canada (PAC) on April 11 released results of a patient-centered study showing six weeks of custom foot orthosis wear reduced foot and ankle pain and upped activity levels in most people who wore the devices. The Patient Outcome Measure Evaluation Strategy (POMES) study surveyed 217 patients from 23 Canadian pedorthic clinics over 12 months about their perspectives on custom orthoses before and after using the devices. All were aged between 18 and 65 years and presented with a below knee musculoskeletal condition.

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Ongoing Care OA brace improves gait

May 4, 2016

Ongoing Care Solutions’ pneumatic unloader brace with extension assist improved various gait parameters in people with knee osteoarthritis (OA) compared with standard conservative care, according to a study published in the April issue of The Journal of Knee Surgery .

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15 high schools get $50K each for ATs

May 4, 2016

The NFL Foundation, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), Gatorade, and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) announced on March 14 the winners of the Athletic Trainer Initiative at the seventh-annual Youth Sports Safety Summit, held in Alexandria, VA, and hosted by NATA and the Youth Sports Safety Alliance. The national grant contest expands access to athletic trainers in underserved high schools to improve youth athlete safety.

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Amniox allografts help heal DFUs

May 4, 2016

Atlanta-based Amniox’s umbilical cord and amniotic membrane (UC/AM) wound allograft product helped promote healing in chronic diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), according to findings of a retrospective study presented on March 23 at the Superbones Superwounds East 2016 Conference in Teaneck, NJ. After wound debridement, clinicians applied Neox Wound Allograft (cryopreserved UC/ AM) directly to 32 DFUs in 29 patients, securing grafts with sutures. Complete healing was achieved in 28 wounds, or 87.5%

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