Volume 18 - Issue 10 - October 2005

Orthotics Q&A »

A Closer Look At Orthotic Technologies And Modifications

Guest Clinical Editor: Lawrence Huppin, DPM | 9546 reads | 0 comments

   The development of new materials and technologies has had an impact on orthotics and biomechanics. These expert panelists discuss the technologies they have found helpful. In particular, they assess the impact of pressure analysis and how it can influence the writing of effective orthotic prescriptions. They also discuss common orthotic modifications and which orthotic materials they use in their practices.

   Q: How have new materials and technology changed the state of podiatric biomechanics and orthotic therapy?

   A: Russell Vol



Technology In Practice »

HealthiBetic Cream: Can It Improve Circulation In Diabetic Feet?

By Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor | 9870 reads | 0 comments

   There is an array of foot creams on the market to treat patients with diabetes and neuropathy, some of which work better than others. HealthiBetic Foot Cream is one product that appears to be successful in reducing symptoms in patients, according to podiatrists who have prescribed the medication.

   HealthiBetic’s patented Transdermal L-Arginine cream, which was developed specifically for people with diabetes, increases foot temperature 5º to 8ºF and improves blood flow 33 to 35 percent, states the cream’s manufacturer, Strategic Science and Technologi



Feature »

Redefining Biomechanics Of The Foot And Ankle

By Christopher Nester, BSc (Hons), PhD, Andrew Findlow, BSc (Hons), Anmin Liu, BSc (Hons), Erin Ward, DPM, and Jay Cocheba, DPM | 23319 reads | 0 comments

   When it comes to the load-bearing joints of the lower limb, the foot is the least understood. This stems from the fact that its size is a major barrier to quality scientific investigation but is also partly due to the the misconception that its function is simple. While we may believe we know a great deal about the biomechanics of the foot and ankle, in reality, it is relatively uncharted territory compared to the knee and hip.

   The foot is far from simple as it comprises hundreds of different ligaments and bony structures and scores of articulations. Its



Editor's Perspective »

A Memorial Tribute To Gerard V. Yu, DPM (1954-2005)

By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor | 3122 reads | 1 comments

   As we were putting last month’s issue to bed, we received the stunningly sad news about the sudden passing of Gerard V. Yu, DPM, due to a heart attack. A leading educator and ambassador for the podiatry profession, Dr. Yu was an active member of our Editorial Advisory Board for the past three years. Dr. Yu was a dynamic presence whose generous spirit, good humor and compassion will leave a lasting legacy.

    “Surgical successes and unraveling clinical complications have always been things that I attribute to having trained and worked with (Dr. Yu),”



Feature »

Understanding The Diabetic Therapeutic Shoe Program

By Douglas Stoker, DPM | 20930 reads | 0 comments

   One of the first patients I saw when I started practice many years ago was a diabetic patient who presented with medial ulcerations on both great toes. I aggressively treated the ulcerations and offloaded the toes. After the lesions had healed, I triumphantly told the patient she could go back to wearing her regular shoes.

   Two weeks later, she returned to the office with the ulcers back in full bloom. As I should have done earlier, I had a discussion with the patient about shoes and found out she was wearing the same shoes she had worn for many years and



New Products »

New Products

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Protecting Diabetic Feet

   Patients with diabetes now have two new options when it comes to protective footwear.

   The T1230 and T1220 are the latest additions to the Ambulator Stretcher footwear series manufactured by Aetrex Worldwide. The shoes provide comfort and protection for patients who are diabetic or arthritic, and the shoes can accommodate a variety of foot injuries or conditions, according to the company.

   Aetrex says the shoes feature high toe boxes, seamless spandex uppers and a removable depth of a half inch. The c



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