Volume 18 - Issue 2 - February 2005

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New Products

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Relieve Dry Skin

   Dry skin can be a problem for many patients in the winter.

   Given this common problem, one may want to consider Umecta, which can provide relief for moderately to severely dry skin. The JSJ Pharmaceuticals product contains 40% urea and SanoDerm technology, and is available in an 8-oz. tube.

   The company notes Umecta also features a physiologic lipid base that is rich in omega-6 essential fatty acids. Such acids, which are readily absorbed into the epidermal barrier, can help in



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Study: Custom Orthotics Not Necessarily Better Than Prefab

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 14490 reads | 2 comments

   Many podiatrists report positive benefits anecdotally of using custom orthotics to treat plantar fasciitis. However, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Association (JAPMA) points out flaws in the current literature on the subject and suggests there is no current evidence basis to support the notion of custom orthotics being more effective than prefabricated orthotics for plantar fasciitis.

   While authors of the study concede that the “vast majority” of articles in the last 30 years say orthoses are “highly effect



Orthotics Q&A »

Expert Insights On Prescribing Pediatric Orthotics

Guest Clinical Editor: Eric Feit, DPM | 25668 reads | 0 comments

   There is an array of special considerations one must take into account when prescribing pediatric orthotics. In addition, it is important to work with both children and their parents to encourage compliance so the child does not develop problems later in life. With this in mind, our expert panelists share their experience on prescribing pediatric orthotics.

   Q: When prescribing an orthotic for a child, how do you explain to the parents that the child may need to wear these devices for many years or the rest of his or her life?

   A: