Podiatric patients can treat dry, cracked heels in three steps with the new Sleep-N-Heel Heel Rejuvenating Kit.
The kit contains Sleep-N-Heel Night Heel Sleeves that provide relief by moisturizing dry skin during sleep, according to the manufacturer Pedinol Pharmacal. Also included is Exfolix, an antibacterial soap bar, which the company says cleanses and exfoliates dry, rough skin. A final product included in the kit is Ureacin-20, a cream designed to dissolve dry layers of skin and stimulate skin cell renewal, according to Pedinol.
Pedinol notes that this at-home heel renewal kit is designed to soften dry, cracked skin on the feet, which tend to be prevalent in podiatric patients. Pedinol adds that the three carefully chosen products in the Sleep-N-Heel Heel Rejuvenating Kit help maintain smooth, healthy skin.
Company: Pedinol Pharmacal
Product: Sleep-N-Heel Heel Rejuvenating Kit
For more info, visit www.pedinol.com  .
A new FDA approved treatment may help strengthen fragile, brittle nails.
Genadur, a hydrosoluble nail lacquer, can help restore toenails, according to Medimetriks Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the product. Recently approved by the FDA, Genadur reportedly improves the appearance of toenails and protects them from further damage.
The company cites studies that show Genadur facilitates a 90 percent improvement in nail fragility after 14 days and an 85 percent reduction in lamellar splitting.
Medimetriks says patients should use the prescription-only treatment once daily, preferably at bedtime, and can wash it off with water in the morning.
Company: Medimetriks Pharmaceuticals
For more info, visit www.medimetriks.com  .
A new medical tape may provide comfort to patients while maintaining secure taping.
The 3M Kind Removal Silicone Tape has a silicone-based adhesive technology that provides secure adhesion as well as a gentle, less damaging removal, according to the manufacturer 3M.
3M notes that this tape reacts differently with skin than typical acrylate adhesives found on most medical tapes. The 3M Kind Removal Silicone Tape allows for removal with minimal disruption of fragile skin layers or hair pulling, according to the company.
Healthy volunteers in an 11-day study preferred Kind Removal Silicone Tape to the control tape by a 2 to 1 margin, according to 3M. The company adds that the tape is easy to use and provides an affordable way to support consistency, speed and simplicity.
Product: 3M Kind Removal Silicone Tape
For more info, visit www.3M.com/SiliconeTape  .
A new tourniquet dressing sleeve (TDS) may be a useful alternative for healthcare providers who normally use a digital tourniquet when performing certain surgical procedures.
The TDS is made from neoprene material and eliminates the need for hemostat and rubber band or a Penrose drain, according to the manufacturer Brown Medical Industries. The company says the device serves two purposes. It acts as an exsanguinating tourniquet for digital surgical procedures and surgeons can also utilize it as a compressive dressing after the procedure to help with homeostasis.
Brown Medical Industries says the TDS can be beneficial in procedures for the removal of foreign bodies, ingrown toenails, soft tissue masses or warts.
In addition to reducing the need for extra dressing materials, the TDS provides a smaller, cleaner and more uniform dressing, according to Brown Medical Industries. The company notes the TDS is available in small, medium and large sizes.
Company: Brown Medical Industries
Product: Tourniquet Dressing Sleeve (TDS)
For more info, visit www.brownmed.com  .
Patients may get constant lower extremity therapy with a new brand of socks.
Incredisocks are made of woven material with bamboo charcoal and germanium. The manufacturer, Incrediwear, notes that when the body heats these materials, they release anions that increase circulation, regulate temperature, increase oxygen to the cells, wick away moisture and reduce pain.
In addition, patients with diabetes may try the Incredisocks Rx line, which the company says eliminates cold feet and burning foot pain while increasing blood flow and reducing swelling. Incrediwear says the diabetic sock is helpful for vascular deficiencies, neuropathy and Raynaud’s syndrome.
For more info, visit www.incrediwear.com  .
Two new walking shoes have been designed with biomechanics in mind.
ABEO Biomechanical Footwear™ shoes utilize biomechanical technology to provide lower extremity support and less joint stress, according to the Walking Company, the manufacturer of the shoes. The company notes the shoes can improve mobility and expand joint lifespan.
As part of the ABEO line, SmartSystem™ Revolutionary Walking Shoes have a dual-density midsole with an advanced design, which significantly reduces knee stress, knee pain and the progression of osteoarthritis, according to the company.
B.I.O.system™ Sandals are shock absorbent and feature built-in orthotics. The manufacturer says it also utilizes a 3-D fit process, which employs digital scanning technology to determine arch type and pressure points.
Company: The Walking Company
Product: ABEO Biomechanical Footwear™
For more info, visit www.thewalkingcompany.com  .