Bracing Patients For PTTD
- Volume 19 - Issue 2 - February 2006
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When treating patients for posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), you may want to try a new brace.
The AirLift PTTD Brace can provide arch support for patients with PTTD or for those with early symptoms of adult-acquired flatfoot, according to the device’s manufacturer, Aircast. The prefabricated brace features integrated aircells. When these aircells are inflated, they accommodate various arch shapes and heights, lifting the arch to achieve a more natural foot position, according to the company.
The company notes the AirLift’s design allows patients to slip the foot into the back of the brace. The device also has two straps that can adjust the brace’s fit. Aircast says this makes the device easier to apply than custom braces. It is available in three sizes and for either foot.
Product: AirLift PTTD Brace
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A New Guide To Lower Extremity Plastic Surgery Techniques
Are you looking for insights on the use of plastic surgery techniques for the foot and ankle?
The new textbook, Lower Extremity Soft Tissue and Cutaneous Plastic Surgery, incorporates techniques from facial plastic surgery, hand reconstructive surgery and general soft tissue plastic surgery and modifies them for use in the lower extremity, according to Elsevier, the publisher of the textbook.
The editors of the book are Gary L. Dockery, DPM, FACFAS, and Mary Elizabeth Crawford, DPM, FACFAS. Dr. Dockery is the Founder and Director of Scientific Affairs for the Seattle-based Northwest Podiatric Foundation for Education and Research. Dr. Crawford is on the Board of Directors of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and has a private practice in Everett, Wash.
Elsevier notes the book tackles the evaluation, exam and documentation of skin and soft tissue conditions in the foot and ankle. It also discusses incisional and excisional techniques, and reconstructive and plastic surgery for various conditions. Drs. Dockery and Crawford also address the correction of digital and toenail deformities, and the use of advancement and rotation flaps, according to Elsevier.
Product: Lower Extremity Soft Tissue and Cutaneous Plastic Surgery
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Take The Pressure Off
Patients can take the pressure off their heels with a new ulcer prevention device.
The Prevalon™ Pressure-Relieving Heel Protector floats the heel by elevating the foot and separating the heel from the mattress surface, according to the manufacturer Sage Products. The company notes this prevents ulcers and keeps the heel visible for easy monitoring between assessments.
The company says the product also contains a foot drop prevention feature, which provides maximum support to the bottom of the foot. Sage adds the product has a low friction exterior that helps maintain the patients’ freedom of movement against bed linens.
The heel protection device is compatible with most deep vein thrombosis pressure devices, according to the manufacturer.
Company: Sage Products
Product: Prevalon™ Pressure-Relieving Heel Protector
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Wound Care Products Delivered To Patients
Are you looking for wound care products that can be delivered directly to patients at their homes?
The new 3PL Services, run by DeRoyal, provides prescribed wound care supplies to insured patients at no upfront costs. DeRoyal’s products, including its wound dressings, are part of the program and the company says this allows it to fulfill orders rapidly with no substitutions.
The company is approved to bill Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare Part B, Workers Compensation, Tri-Care Nationwide and other insurance carriers. DeRoyal says 3PL provides all major wound dressing categories and can service wounds of various sizes and at various stages.
For patients to qualify, the company notes that the product must be medically necessary, the wound must be debrided and the patient must not be receiving home health services.
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