Suspending Patients' Pain
- Volume 17 - Issue 5 - May 2004
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Looking for something to support the orthotic you’re already using?
Look no further than the Arch Suspender, which has lifting straps that provide adjustable support for the talonavicular joint and/or calcaneal cuboid joint. The product supports the custom Richie Brace® orthotic.
While applying ankle tape to the medial arch and leg has provided temporary relief for posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), the Arch Suspender’s adjustable strapping provides “maximum support and comfort,” according to patent holder Douglas Richie, DPM.
He says you can apply the Arch Suspender’s lifting straps medially, laterally or both for the treatment of PTTD, lateral ankle instability or peroneal tendinopathy.
Company: Richie Brace
Product: Arch Suspender
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A Walker For All Sizes
During the course of a day, you may see a variety of foot and ankle injuries that require extra accommodation. A newly improved walking device rises to the challenge.
A short, pneumatic walking brace, the SP Walker™ can be employed for patients who cannot use a regular walker due to limb length discrepancy or calf circumference, according to the manufacturer Aircast.
The company notes you can also prescribe the device postoperatively for patients or you can use it to help manage soft tissue injuries and fractures.
Aircast says the device’s low rocker sole will promote more ambulation and the foot base allows more room for dressings. The device also has three aircells that line the shell, enhancing stability and providing intermittent compression to fight edema, according to the company.
Aircast adds that the SP Walker accommodates limb dimension changes and is available in small, medium and large sizes.
Product: SP Walker™
For more info, circle 400 on your reader service card.
Ensuring A Better Fit For The Future
A new implant may be helpful in correcting flexible flatfoot deformities.
The Conical Subtalar Implant, which manufacturer Futura Biomedical calls the first of a new generation of implants, can reportedly block excessive pronation in young patients and provide permanent anatomical correction.
According to the company, the implant’s shape is designed to ensure a better fit to the sinus tarsi and its progressively softened threads can reduce postoperative pain and resist migration.
Futura developed the Conical Subtalar Implant with Gary M. Lepow, DPM, Past President of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
The product is available in six sizes and its cannulated instrumentation system is color coded.
Company: Futura Biomedical
Product: Conical Subtalar Implant
For more info, circle 401 on your reader service card.
Saving Time With A Quick Scan
Since you see so many patients a day, you and your staff don’t have a second to spare and a new scanner may help save some time.
With the compact Sammy Card Scanner, you can quickly scan your patients’ insurance cards. The device, manufactured by ICS Software, Ltd., permits you to scan the front and back of the card, while photocopying and storing the insurance document in the patient’s file.
The process takes only seconds and the company says it can eliminate wasted paper and wasted time.
Company: ICS Software, Ltd.
Product: Sammy Card Scanner
For more info, circle 402 on your reader service card.