Surgeons now have a new implant system for patients with hammertoe.
HammerTube™ is composed of polyether ether ketone (PEEK), a non-reactive biomaterial that closely matches the mechanical properties of bone, according to the manufacturer Paragon 28. The company says the implant is coated with a porous titanium spray both proximally and distally to improve mechanical fixation and bone ingrowth in comparison to implants not coated with titanium. Paragon 28 adds that titanium plasma spray is absent from the joint of the implant to permit streamlined removal.
HammerTube is available in four unique implants with 2.75 mm and 3.50 mm straight and angled options in tapered designs, notes the company. Paragon 28 says all the implant’s instrumentation is cannulated to accommodate either a trocar or guide wire.
Company: Paragon 28
For more info, go to www.paragon28.com/products/hammertube-hammertoe-system/.
A new podiatry exam chair is the first standard swivel and mobile chair to comply with federal standards for Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment.
The 550 Podiatry and Wound Care Chair complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act regulation mandating that medical diagnostic equipment provide accessibility for patients with disabilities, according to the manufacturer MTI. The company says the chair uses SmartTech,™ which combines MTI’s Smart Controller™ and Smart Safety™ technology. As MTI explains, SmartTech uses a centralized computer controller to improve safety, decrease energy usage, facilitate smoother movement and more memory options.
The MTI 550 Chair has a power footrest extension, which the company says independently and automatically power extends 7 inches and retracts when the chair returns to the home position.
Product: 550 Podiatry and Wound Care Chair
For more info, go to www.mti.net/products/550/.
A new internal fixation system may enable surgeons to achieve a more stable Charcot foot.
One may use the G-Beam™ Fusion Beaming System to help align the medial and lateral columns, facilitating increased stability, according to the manufacturer Orthofix. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted 510(k) clearance for the G-Beam.
Orthofix adds that the G-Beam system can also fuse the hindfoot, which may ultimately lower the risk of amputation. The company says the system comes with single-use, sterile-packed implants and an efficient, compact instrumentation tray.
Product: G-Beam™ Fusion Beaming System
For more info, go to www.orthofix.com.
Patients with smaller wounds can now get more targeted antimicrobial benefits from a wound management product.
PuraPly® Antimicrobial (AM) is now available in a smaller 1.6 cm size, notes the manufacturer Organogenesis. The company says the product combines native collagen with polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB) to eradicate biofilm from wounds.
PuraPly AM is indicated for partial- and full-thickness wounds, pressure ulcers, surgical wounds, trauma wounds, and venous and diabetic ulcers, according to Organogenesis. The product is available in various sizes.
Product: PuraPly® Antimicrobial (AM)
For more info, go to www.organogenesis.com.