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If you’re an orthotist, pedorthist or podiatrist who treats a lot of diabetic feet, check out the story, Treating the Diabetic Foot, in the November 2010 issue of The O&P Edge. Among the things to consider when treating people with diabetes, the article mentions the need for better communication between healthcare providers and improved level […]

Have you had trouble achieving comfort with AFO’s due to irritation around the proximal brim? We’ve had excellent results with applying a small strip of ShearBan® material around the brim of AFO’s. This technique results in a wrinkle-free, cosmetically appealing and functional device that won’t rub AFO wearers the wrong way. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial […]

The September 2010 issue of Lower Extremity Review features an interesting article titled: Diabetes experts focus on foot ulcer recurrence. If you’re diabetic or treat patients with diabetes, it’s certainly worth your time to check it out. According to the article, “up to 60% of diabetic foot ulcers recur even with careful attention.” It’s alarming […]

It’s that time of year again when thousands of professional football players, coaches, athletic trainers and support staff lace up and hit the turf this week to begin training for the next National Football League (NFL) season. It seems like summer just got started, doesn’t it? It’s a mystery whether or not Brett Favre will […]

It is so encouraging to see one of the most respected experts in the world on the diabetic foot, David G. Armstrong, DPM, PhD, writing again on the harmful effects of shear forces on the foot during ambulation. His blog entry is entitled: “Does Stress During Walking Occur During Foot ‘Takeoff’ And ‘Landing’ Rather Than […]

Did you know that 50% of all admissions and 8% of all deaths at specialized spinal cord-injury hospitals are due to decubitus ulcers? 1 Tamarack® Habilitation Technologies recently introduced a new wheelchair seating technology – GlideWear™, to the complex rehabilitation market to address the lack of effective friction & shear management with wheelchair seating devices. […]

Dr. Metin Yavuz is one of the leading researchers on the biomechanical forces causing diabetic foot ulcers. He started his work at the Cleveland Clinic and has continued it at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Yavuz contributed a superb article to the May, 2010 issue of Lower Extremity Review entitled: Plantar Shear: Casting […]

Doug Richie, Jr., DPM, FACFAS, FAAPSM, wrote an excellent article in the June, 2010 issue of Podiatry Today entitled: How to Manage Friction Blisters. The article provides an overview of friction blister pathomechanics, misconceptions about friction blisters, shoe fit, insoles, and socks, and blister treatment tips. The article also explains how shear forces contribute to […]

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic have explored the effect of various diseases on plantar shear stresses while walking. In a 2009 article in Gait & Posture, Dr. Metin Yavuz and colleagues examined hallux valgus, a degenerative joint disease in which the big toe deviates laterally and the first metatarsal bone deviates medially. Generally, the researchers […]

Over the past few years, manufacturers and healthcare professionals in the specialized field of orthotics, prosthetics, pedorthics and podiatry have begun focusing more intensively on the prevention of diabetic foot wounds, including calluses and plantar foot ulcers. With more advanced product technologies, healthcare providers can more effectively evaluate “at-risk” areas for re-ulceration to prevent skin […]