- Volume 20 - Issue 10 - October 2007
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The Healing Power Of The Ocean
Two new wound healing products harness the power of the ocean.
The all-natural Ocean Aid Spray and Ocean Aid Moisturizing Foam can heal wounds without antiseptics or disinfectants, according to the manufacturer Ocean Aid, Inc. The company says the product line uses lysozyme, a natural antibacterial enzyme, along with coral reef sea salt in a sterile solution.
The company says Ocean Aid Spray uses an isotonic, purified sea salt solution while Ocean Aid Moisturizing Foam offers an antiinflammatory formula for soothing pain after phenol procedures as well as other nail procedures. Both products received the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Approval.
Company: Ocean Aid, Inc.
Products: Ocean Aid Spray and Ocean Aid Moisturizing Foam
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Facilitating Better Alignment
For patients with lower extremity misalignment, new wedges may do the trick.
The new Varus/Valgus Wedges can reduce pronation and supination, according to the manufacturer G&W Heel Lift. The company says the wedges can help during heel ambulation and stabilize weak or rotating ankles. They can also decrease loading on the ankle joint, which can reduce pain, according to the company.
The company recommends medial varus/valgus wedges for hyperpronation of the foot, shin splints, posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, chronic medial ankle instability, tibialis posterior tear, adult flatfoot, plantar fasciitis and subtalar instability. Lateral varus/valgus wedges are recommended for patients with supination of the foot, lateral ankle instability and peroneal tendon problems, according to the company. The company says the wedges are available in 6- and 9-degree angles.
Company: G&W Heel Lift
Product: Varus/Valgus Wedges
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A Sweet Deal
A newly developed honey dressing may be a sweet deal for patients.
API-MED™ Active Manuka Honey Absorbent Dressing recently received FDA approval, according to the manufacturer Derma Sciences. The company says the advantages of honey-based dressings include a lack of toxicity, ease of use and the potential for use in all phases of wound healing.
Derma Sciences cites a recent study of recalcitrant venous leg ulcers that did not heal with compression therapy. The company says active manuka honey outperformed hydrogel treatment in the patient population.
Company: Derma Sciences
Product: API-MED™ Active Manuka Honey Absorbent Dressing
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Relieving Metatarsal Pain
New orthoses may be the key to treating metatarsal pain.
Sher™ Brand 470 Series orthotics are available in models 470, 471, 472 and 473 and compliment Sroufe Healthcare Products’ 460 Series. The company notes that the 470 orthotics allow for accurate placement of metatarsal pads to deal with metatarsal pain.
Sroufe says the 470 Series comes in Ultra Fab and Full Grain leather designs, as well as full- and three-quarter-length designs. Both designs feature the company’s “STP” high rebound, shock absorbing polyurethane and a heat adjustable polypro shell.
Company: Sroufe Healthcare Products
Product: Sher™ Brand 470 Series
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Bring Down The Swelling
Patients with swelling feet may have a new option for relief.
Synovium™ is the first topical analgesic made just for the foot and ankle, according to the manufacturer Profoot. The company says the gel reduces swelling, relieves pain and increases range of motion.