Soothing Itchy Conditions

For patients with dermatological conditions, a new product may be able to provide some relief.

Ammonium Lactate Cream 12% is indicated for ichthyosis vulgaris and xerosis, according to the manufacturer, Paddock Laboratories. The product offers 12% lactic acid neutralized with ammonium hydroxide, according to the company.
As Paddock Labs says, when one applies lactic acid to the skin, it may decrease corneocyte cohesion. In addition, the company says an in vitro study showed that in cadaver skin, 6.1 percent of the Ammonium Lactate Cream was absorbed in 68 hours. It is available in a lotion and cream in various sizes.
Company: Paddock Laboratories
Product: Ammonium Lactate Cream 12%
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One-Stop AFO Shopping
For one-stop shopping for ankle-foot orthotics (AFOs), a new catalog has the goods.

The Ankle Foot Orthoses Catalog for 2006 provides comprehensive information on the complete line of custom AFOs available from the manufacturer, Langer, Inc. In addition to the catalog, Langer also offers an AFO Starter Kit.
Langer’s orthotic brands include Sporthotics, Fashion Devices, Theracare, Controlling Devices, Accommodative Orthotics, Firstchoice and L.Xcel.
Company: Langer, Inc.
Product: Ankle Foot Orthoses for 2006
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An X-Cellent Brace
A new ankle brace may offer a simpler alternative to bulky braces.
The X8 Ankle Brace has twin dual-purpose straps that patients can easily readjust. Swede-O, the brace’s manufacturer, says this is an improvement over other companies’ four-strap designs. The company says the straps secure both on the brace and the other straps, creating a figure eight shape.
The X8’s top locking straps go over the laces, which secure a tight fit around the ankle, according to Swede-O. The company notes that the straps are pre-positioned halfway through the figure eight shape for more convenient application that simulates the effect of professional ankle taping.
Company: Swede-O
Product: X8Ankle Brace
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Walking Smart
For Baby Boomer patients looking for comfort footwear, a new brand may offer a solution.
WalkSmart® includes over 150 varieties of comfort shoes, slippers and sandals, according to the manufacturer, Benchmark Brands, Inc. The company notes the shoes offer adjustability, shock absorption, an anatomic last, toe boxes and moisture-control linings.
Benchmark notes its creation of Peda Bella comfort accessories for women’s shoes. These comfort accessories include toe socks, foot tubes and loafer socks with gel pads. More information on WalkSmart products is available in a 48-page catalog.
Company: Benchmark Brands, Inc.
Product: WalkSmart®
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Twin Solutions For Cleaner Wounds
To clean various types of wounds and ulcers, twin products offer a number of benefits.

Iodosorb and Iodoflex are indicated for cleaning wounds including pressure sores, venous stasis ulcers and infected wounds as well as wet ulcers, according to Smith & Nephew. Smith & Nephew recently took over the U.S. marketing rights to the products, which were formerly marketed by Healthpoint.
Smith & Nephew notes that Iodosorb protects the wound area and can reduce the microbial load in the wound environment. Iodosorb facilitates the absorption of exudate from ulcers and wet wounds, says the company.
Company: Smith & Nephew
Products: Iodosorb and Iodoflex
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