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To assist with planning your 2015 Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics Industry education and product showcase schedule, here’s a list of events, dates, and locations we’ve compiled for O&P practitioners, technicians, students, and staff. **Schedule Updated March 18, 2015** Event Date Location Hanger Education Fair 2-7 Feb. 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada Academy Annual Meeting & Symposium […]

A recent analysis of the October 2009 Arizona state Medicaid decision to cut certain preventive podiatry services shines a bright, ironic light on the state’s cost-cutting efforts. Skrepnek, Mills, and Armstrong presented at the 73rd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association that “Through the end of 2011, inpatient admissions had increased 35%, inpatient charges […]

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) has declared November 16, 2012 “Pressure Ulcer Awareness Day”. According to Dr. Aimee Garcia, NPUAP President, “Over 2.5 million US residents develop pressure ulcers every year.”  She adds, “The impact of pressure ulcers on the patient, the providers who are trying to prevent these wounds and the payers […]

UnitedHealth Group recently released findings from a study predicting that “the majority of Americans could have diabetes or prediabetes by 2020, at a cost of $3.35 trillion to the health care system over the next 10 years.” The company proceeded to mention how community wellness programs and public health initiatives could help prevent nearly 10 […]

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 […]

On November 15th, the American Diabetes Association is hosting a “Let’s Strike Out Diabetes!” bowling fundraiser at the Park Tavern in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. They’re looking for teams of 4-6 people to sign up to play as well as organizations willing to sponsor the event. The fee is $23.60 per person. Donations beyond the […]

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 […]

With dozens of running shoe manufacturers and hundreds of models and features available today, it can be daunting to find the right shoe for a given activity and foot type. Nike® is perhaps the most synonymous brand in sports gear, but other brands like New Balance®, Asics® and Brooks® are well-known for producing high quality, […]

It may surprise many that a desire to “take control” by a patient with a diabetic foot ulcer may actually delay healing. According to a just-published study in Diabetologia, “confrontation coping and depression predict ulcer healing.” According to the lead author, professor Kavita Vedhara, “My colleagues and I believe that this confrontational approach may, inadvertently, […]

Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, recently wrote this article on patients with diabetes who wear sandals or, worse yet, flip flops: Flip-Flops Versus Sandals: Does It Make A Difference For Patients With Diabetes? She points out two dangers: first, the potential for trauma to the exposed foot; and, second, the lack of support for the foot provided […]