A Unique Dressing

A Unique Dressing

A new dressing attacks wounds from more than one angle.
Biostep Ag Collagen Matrix Dressings use a unique dual-action approach to target and deactivate excess matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), according to the manufacturer Smith and Nephew Wound Management.
The company says the dressings also use the antimicrobial effects of silver to minimize the chance of infection.
Smith and Nephew says Biostep has a six-day wear time and is more absorbent than other dressings.

Company: Smith and Nephew Wound Management
Product: Biostep Ag Collagen Matrix Dressing
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Go With The Flow
For wound sites that are difficult to reach, an advanced modality may be a solution.
Integra Flowable Wound Matrix utilizes collagen technology, according to the manufacturer Integra LifeSciences. The matrix is an alternative to filling deep soft tissue or tunneling wounds in patients with diabetic foot and venous leg ulcers, according to the company.
As Integra explains, when the product is hydrated with saline, the matrix forms a gel that one can apply to hard-to-reach
wounds. The Flowable Wound Matrix can also provide a scaffold for capillary growth and cellular invasion, says the company.

Company: Integra LifeSciences
Product: Integra Flowable Wound Matrix
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AFOs That Pass The Gauntlet

A range of custom ankle foot orthotic (AFO) gauntlets is now available to meet the needs of a range of patients.
The custom AFO gauntlets are available as a denim gauntlet, a coronet gauntlet with a suede finish and a rugged camouflage gauntlet with a new ratchet buckle, according to the manufacturer Acor. The company notes that the AFOs are stylish as well as functional.
The AFOs in the line have reinforcement via Quikform, a lightweight thermoplastic material that Acor says is supportive without being rigid.
Acor notes that all of the orthoses are lined with X-Static, which eliminates most bacteria, and 1/16-inch of NeoSponge, a synthetic rubber material that offers support and cushioning.

Company: Acor
Product: Custom AFO Gauntlets
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Several Layers Of Comfort

Two new orthoses have several layers of materials for patient comfort and support.
The Sher Brand 481 and 483 Tri-Laminate Orthotics have trilaminate construction with a nylon topcover and antimicrobial agent, according to the manufacturer Sroufe Healthcare Products. The company notes that the laminates are connected to a semi-rigid polypro shell for support and also have a leather base.
Sroufe notes that DPMs can use a heat gun to mold the orthoses to the patient’s foot. The company says the 481 has a 3/4 length arch support and can be helpful in dress shoes. The 483 is a full length orthotic and has full heel to toe comfort.

Company: Sroufe Healthcare Products
Product: Sher 481 and 483 Tri-Laminate Orthotics
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An Advantageous Walker

There may be a solution for patients who are looking for a low-profile walker for various types of injuries.
The Advantage II can accommodate patients with acute ankle sprains, lower leg stress fractures and stable ankle fractures, according to the manufacturer Elite Orthopedics. The company notes that the walker is lightweight and its wider foot base can accommodate patient dressings.
The walker also has aluminum uprights surrounded by Velcro that cover a larger surface area that stabilizes the leg, notes Elite Orthopedics.
In addition, the company says the walker has a double-laminated breathable liner that prevents skin breakdown.

Company: Elite Orthopedics
Product: Advantage II
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More Comfort For Men’s Feet

Men now have a new option for comfortable feet, thanks to a line of five products.
Spenco® Men’s products are compatible with casual shoes and prevent soreness, according to the manufacturer Spenco. The company already has a comparable line of products for women.
The Spenco Men’s line includes Comfort Insoles, Slim Fit replacement insoles, Gel Insoles and Gel Heel Cushions. Spenco notes that all products except for the Gel Heel Cushions have a micro-denier suede topcloth that provides a comfortable feel.

Company: Spenco
Product: Spenco® Men’s
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A Reel Solution
A new shoe lacing system may fulfill your patients’ therapeutic needs for swollen feet.
The Boa® system is a reel-based lacing system that is normally used for high-tech ski boots, notes the manufacturer Drew Shoe Corp. The company’s Energy for men and Blaze for women use the micro-lacing system.
Drew Shoe notes that an adjustable reel on the back of the shoe will control the shoe’s ultra-thin strands of steel wires. The shoes have received Medicare's HCPCS Code A5500 for diabetic footwear.

Company: Drew Shoe Corp.
Product: Boa®
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