- Volume 21 - Issue 7 - July 2008
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A new bootie can offer cold therapy for patients suffering from various conditions.
The NatraCare Cold Therapy Bootie has three pockets that allow patients to place cold packs around the heel, ball of the foot or the top of the feet, according to the manufacturer GelSmart/ PediFix.
The company says the booties can help ease chronic heel pain, Achilles tendonitis and low ankle sprains. In addition, patients can get relief from inflammation due to arthritis and strains from minor sports injuries. The company says patients can refrigerate or freeze the product, which is washable and reusable. NatraCure is available in two sizes and can fit most patients, according to the company.
Company: GelSmart/PediFix Product: NatraCure Cold Therapy Bootie For more info, circle 399 on your reader service card
Get Around Easier
Patients on crutches now have more control over their movements.
The SW-500 is a steerable crutch substitute that combines stability with maneuverability, according to the manufacturer Roll-A-Bout. As the company notes, the product has dual brakes, two-piece knee and ankle cushions, a wire basket and even a cup holder.
Roll-A-Bout says the SW-500 is adjustable without tools for left or right leg injuries, and is lightweight enough to lift into the trunk of a car. Roll-A-Bout says the crutch substitute can accommodate patients who range in height from 5’ to 6’4”, and those weighing up to 500 pounds.
Company: Roll- A-Bout Product: SW-500 For more info, circle 400 on your reader service card
More Stable Ankles
Those who need extra ankle support may find it in a new ankle stabilizer.
The ASO® EVO™ ankle stabilizer has stabilizing straps and a dynamic cuff, according to the manufacturer Med Spec. The company says the straps and cuff incorporate stirrups, a figure-eight heel lock and circumferential closure.
The company says the cuff and straps work together to increase the circumferential compression around the distal tibiofibular joint while the stabilizing straps restrict inversion or eversion of the calcaneus.
Med Spec says podiatrists can utilize the ASO EVO to help treat ankle injuries and reduce the severity of future ankle injuries.
Company: Med Spec Product: ASO® EVO™ For more info, circle 401 on your reader service card
Easing Neuropathic Pain
Patients can now use a new neuropathy medication as a monotherapy or in combination with other treatments to help relieve pain.
Zostrix® Neuropathy Cream utilizes 0.25% purified natural capsaicin, which is the strongest concentration of capsaicin on the market, according to the manufacturer Health Care Products. The company notes that the product’s lidocaine base helps patients tolerate the high capsaicin concentration.
Health Care Products notes that Zostrix is effective for continued use to help relieve localized neuropathic pain. The company adds that the cream, available in 2-oz. tubes, has a low risk of systemic side effects, drug interactions and adverse events.
Company: Health Care Products Product: Zostrix® Neuropathy Cream For more info, circle 402 on your reader service card