Restore Your Patients' Nails
With so many people dealing with dry skin and nail diseases, one cannot have too many options for treatment. That is why you may want to consider adding two new products to your armamentarium. Keralac® Lotion is a 35% urea-based moisturizer manufactured by Doak Dermatologics. Offering ingredients of vitamin E, lactic acid and zinc, Keralac Lotion can promote a favorable pH level, which can increase healing and protect against harmful bacteria, according to the company. Available in 7-ounce and 11-ounce bottles, Keralac Lotion has a light texture and patients can spread it easily to treat larger areas of dry skin conditions including xerosis, ichthyosis and keratosis pilaris. Keralac® Nail Gel, another urea-based Doak product, is a keratolytic that can restore a healthy appearance to nails that have been damaged by common conditions such as onychomycosis and psoriasis, according to the company. Doak says the gel is an effective debriding agent and can help protect against T. rubrum. The company adds that the gel is also useful for softening nails in order to facilitate quicker in-office procedures and safer at-home care. It is available in 18-mL bottles. Company: Doak Dermatologics Product: Keralac® Lotion and Nail Gel For more info, circle 399 on your reader service card. Orthotic Tips Delivered To Your In-Box Are you searching for the advice of orthotics experts to help build your practice? Let the advice come to you by way of the Orthotic Communiqué. The medical consultants of ProLab Orthotics send this weekly e-mail to podiatrists. It is loaded with hints and pearls for better orthotics and biomechanics applications that may lead to improved clinical outcomes. The communiqué has featured tips on subjects such as orthotics for complications following rearfoot fusion, preventing cast damage and orthotic arch pain in equinus patients. ProLab Medical Director Larry Huppin, DPM, and Education Director and CEO Paul Scherer, DPM, share their advice in the e-mail. Company: ProLab Orthotics Product: Orthotic Communiqué For more info, circle 400 on your reader service card. A Walker To CROW About If your patients with Charcot conditions are not enthused about wearing a total contact cast (TCC), there is an alternative. For offloading and protection of the foot, you may want to check out the Sure Step Neuropathic Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker (CROW). Manufactured by Seattle Systems, the Sure Step is a custom-molded boot that features a bivalve custom pre-tibial and posterior shell with a rocker bottom sole. The company says it offloads the foot in a manner similar to a TCC but accommodates the needs of each patient. The product reportedly facilitates even distribution of patients’ weight to support mobility while allowing patients to put minimal pressure on their feet. Company: Seattle Systems, Inc. Product: Sure Step Neuropathic Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker For more info, circle 401 on your reader service card. Another Defense Against Bacteria For patients whose shoes are traps for bacteria and fungi, a line of footwear with a high-tech liner may be what they need. Patients may want to try the Sole Defense line of shoes, all of which are lined with the X-Static® fiber, which has a natural layer of silver bonded to it. Manufacturer Acor says the antimicrobial properties of silver will ensure 99 percent of bacteria and fungi are eradicated in two hours. In addition, the company says the X-Static liner binds with ammonia and denatured proteins to reduce odor. It also decreases friction in shoes by displacing heat, according to the company. The Sole Defense shoe line includes the Broadway, RiverWalk, Comfort Street, Spring Street and Activz shoes. Company: Acor Product: Sole Defense with X-Static® For more info, circle 402 on your reader service card. Clearing The Air Breathing in nail dust and chemicals in your office may leave you vulnerable to conditions such as impaired lung function and asthma. The XJ-3000C Air Purifier can clear the air by ridding your environment of bacteria, mycotic nail dust, allergens and mold spores. Manufacturer DPM-Aire says vacuums sometimes are not effective in eliminating particles caused by electrical fungal-nail debridement and other procedures. The air purifier uses six methods to remove nail dust, according to DPM-Aire. The product is available at $179 or less.