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New Products April 2009

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A Closer Look At A New NPWT Device

   A new negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) device may offer a variety of benefits for patients.

   Smith and Nephew says the Renasys EZ™ System is designed for ease of use as well as improved comfort for patients being treated with NPWT.

   The Renasys EZ System allows one to administer varying levels of pressure, ranging from 40 to 200 mmHg, according to the manufacturer. The company says clinicians can use Renasys EZ on surgical, traumatic or chronic wounds depending on the wound charac



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New Products March 2009

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Orthotics For Arthritis

   New orthotics may offer more options for patients dealing with arthritis.

   Footmaxx Orthotics introduces a line of orthotics which targets patients with arthritis-related complaints in the lower extremity. The company says the three orthotics, called Arthritic 1, Arthritic 2 and Arthritic 3, can be beneficial for patients with varying stages of arthritis.

   Arthritic 1 is for patients with early stage arthritis and is the most flexible and accommodative orthotic, according to the company. Footmaxx sa



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New Products February 2009

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Orthotics For Kids

   A new line of orthoses may provide relief for children suffering from flatfoot.

   ProLab Orthotics says the P3 Functional Kiddythotics™ provide effective orthotic therapy for young children with flexible flatfoot.

   The company says the functional prefabricated Kiddythotics are compromised of a rigid polypropylene shell, a deep heel cup, medial flange, medial heel skive, and a 4/4 rearfoot post.

   ProLab adds that new color-coded sizes are available.

   Company: ProL



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NPWT Dressing Selection Made Easy

   When using negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) to facilitate wound healing, podiatrists may opt to use a new foam dressing kit.

   The new foam dressing kit, which is designed for use with Smith and Nephew’s NPWT devices, enables DPMs to have gauze and foam choices from one manufacturer, according to Smith and Nephew.

   Smith and Nephew adds that the dressing kit, a single use product, is available in four sizes. The company says the foam dressing kit is both clinically effective and



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Orthotics For Athletes

   A new athletic orthotic may be beneficial for patients who have different athletic activities.

   Sportmaxx™ is the newest orthotic in the Footmaxx family and the company says it may enhance athletic performance, help patients heal from injuries and provide extra support.

   The product is specially made for active patients and allows for use in a variety of sports and activities, according to Footmaxx. The company says the custom made orthotic was designed to provide support while allowing motion con



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Combating Sore Feet

Two new gel cushions may provide just the right amount of padding to alleviate foot soreness while allowing flexibility.

      The Slim-Gel Fit™ line may help protect against shear forces, abrasions, friction and other pressure on the feet, according to the manufacturer Silipos.

      The company says the Slim-Gel Fit line contains a strap that allows the gel pads to be worn on either the left or the right foot.

      Silipos says these products also include a metatarsal pad and bunion sleeve. The company



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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 procedure



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New Options For Healing Damaged Skin

Podiatrists may have two new options in their dermatology armamentarium.

Kerol Emulsion and Kerol ZX can help promote healing of hyperkeratotic conditions such as psoriasis, xerosis and eczema, according to the manufacturer PharmaDerm.

The company notes that physicians can also use the Kerol products to treat dry skin and damaged nails.

PharmaDerm says the Kerol products contain zinc undecylate and lactic acid, which gently dissolve the intercellular matrix andRead the full story »

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A Helpful Night Splint

Patients with various types of heel pain may get relief from a new night splint.

     The Exoform® Dorsal Night Splint can be helpful in treating plantar fasciitis and related types of heel pain, according to the product’s manufacturer Ossur.

     The company says the product can address issues that commonly arise with other braces. These issues include a lack of adjustability, pressure points, product migration and rotation.

     Furthermore, Ossur notes the Exoform has a support shell th



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A Silver Solution For Wounds

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   More patients can utilize the proven benefits of silver, thanks to a new dressing.

   Melgisorb Ag releases a sustained amount of antibacterial silver for up to four days, according to the manufacturer Mölnlycke Health Care. The company says the non-woven dressing is composed of alginate with carboxymethyl cellulosic (CMC) fibers, which limit maceration to the wound due to low lateral wicking.

   The company notes that Melgisorb Ag is designed for moderate to heavily exuding wounds and tests have shown that it absorbs 45 percent more tha