Balancing Patient Needs

For many patients, stability and cushioning are high on their list of footwear needs. A new shoe may fulfill those needs. The 992 is for the overpronating patient, according to the manufacturer New Balance. The company says the N-Durance® feature provides the cushioning, stability and durability that patients need. In addition, New Balance notes the Encap® provides additional support and cushioning through the polyurethane rim while the Abzorb® SBS absorbs shock at the heel and forefoot. The 992’s C-Cap® midsole is compression molded EVA, according to the company. Company: New Balance Product: 992 For more info, circle 399 on your reader service card Spirited Sandals Inserts and orthotics become a challenge in the summer when patients have to fit them into their sandals. A new line of sport sandals may be able to meet that challenge. The Spirit OS line is the first sport thong with a removable footbed so patients can customize footwear with custom orthotics or over-the-counter inserts, according to the manufacturer Bite Footwear. The sandal is available in stores this spring. The Spirit OS, part of the Orthosport line, is good for after-sports activities or to wear on the beach, according to the company. As Bite says, the sandals have a footbed that contours to a patient’s feet and also contains an extra heel cushion, toe ridge and metatarsal pad. The sandals have adjustable straps and are available in five colors. Company: Bite Footwear Product: Spirit OS For more info, circle 400 on your reader service card Laser Treatment At Home Lower extremity laser treatment often means patients have to go to a podiatrist constantly to receive therapy. With the ML830 Cold Laser, patients can treat themselves at home. The device is approved by the FDA and can treat plantar fasciitis, according to the manufacturer, Southwest Cold Laser. The company says the ML830 Laser reduces inflammation, decreases pain and increases tissue healing. Patients can rent the device for $100 with a referral, according to the company. Company: Southwest Cold Laser Product: ML830 Cold Laser For more info, circle 401 on your reader service card A Supplement That Hits The Spot A new dietary supplement may hit the spot for patients with a number of podiatric conditions. SoyPro is a protein powder supplement with 7 g of protein and 245 mg of calcium per serving. The supplement is good for those who need extra protein to help heal decubitis ulcers and post-surgical wounds, according to the manufacturer, ND Labs, Inc. The company says the phytonutrients, isoflavones and esterdiols in SoyPro can prevent bone loss and lower cholesterol. ND Labs adds that patients can mix the supplement into beverages or food. Company: ND Labs, Inc. Product: SoyPro For more info, circle 402 on your reader service card Cataloguing Podiatry Products The busy practitioner can now turn to one comprehensive catalogue for information on a number of products. The Podiatry catalogue by AliMed has an array of information for DPMs. As AliMed notes, the catalogue features information on products including wound dressings, insoles, post-op diabetic footwear, surgical equipment, heel cups and toe splints. Company: AliMed Products: Podiatry catalogue For more info, circle 403 on your reader service card Editor's Note Want your new product listed in Podiatry Today? To submit a press release, contact Associate Editor Brian McCurdy at (800) 237-7285, ext. 225 or Plain color photos or high-resolution tif files may also be published. Please mail materials to HMP Communications, 83 General Warren Blvd., Suite 100, Malvern, PA 19355.

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