Key Steps to Diabetic Foot Health

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

Proper foot care is paramount for people with diabetes.  According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes are far more likely to have a foot or leg amputated in comparison to the non-diabetic populace.  Complications like Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) - decrease in blood flow to the feet and Peripheral Neuropathy - nerve damage in the feet, are major contributors to the development of ulcers and infections that may lead to amputation.  At Orpyx, we know that diabetes can knock you off your feet.  Here's some key steps that you can take to promote happy and healthy diabetic feet....
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Validation of Plantar Pressure Measurements for a Novel In-Shoe Plantar Sensory Replacement Unit

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

The Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology recently reported on promising preliminary proof of principle research completed on Orpyx's SurroSense Rx™ (Ferber, et al., 2013). The purpose of this study was to compare the SurroSense Rx™ device to a gold standard pressure sensing device (the Novel "Pedar" Pedobarograph) during walking.   The SurroSense Rx™ is a tool to help actively prevent peripheral neuropathy complications and track progress.  The device provides alert-based feedback derived from analyzing plantar pressure threshold measurements in real time. The results showed good-to-very-good ability of the SurroSense Rx™ to recognize areas where pressure exceeded the reported minimum to...
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The Cochrane Collaboration Weighs In On Pressure and Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

Foot ulceration is a significant complication associated with diabetes with pressure often playing a pivotal role in wound formation.  These wounds can have devastating complications, with their presence often predicting the need for future amputation.  In fact, every 30 seconds, a limb is lost to diabetes. Amputation presents a significant health risk to patients, and is a major contributor to morbidity.  A recent Cochrane Review further emphasizes the critical role that pressure plays in ulcer formation, and thus, the need for pressure-sensing and alerting devices. This review from the Cochrane Wounds Group focused on examining literature that has studied pressure-relieving...
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Diabetic Foot Ulcer Prevention: Best Practices

Posted by Amanda Hehr

Dr. Perry Mayer is the principal at The Mayer Institute (TMI) in Hamilton, Ontario. TMI is one of Canada's preeminent Preventative Diabetic Foot Care, Advanced Wound Care and Diabetes Education clinics. Dr. Mayer and his team are strongly committed to advancing technologies and prevention practices in the area of diabetic foot care, and Orpyx is thrilled to have him as a valued member of our Medical and Technical Advisory Board. 

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NY Times Health: Does Foot Form Explain Running Injuries?

Posted by Amanda Hehr

The members of Harvard University’s men’s and women’s distance running squads participated in a study that produced the surprisingly controversial finding that how a person runs may affect whether he or she winds up hurt. The study findings, the first actually associating heel striking with injury, are likely to fuel the continuing and not-always civil debate about whether barefoot running is better.

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Travel Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

Posted by Amanda Hehr

Great article posted by Lee C Rogers of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance on common sense diabetic foot care. http://diabeticfootonline.blogspot.com/ As the holidays approach, many of us travel by car or plane to be with family and friends. In someone with diabetes, this increase in activity can place the foot at risk for complications, like ulcers or infections. Here are some common sense tips to prevent foot problems from ruining your holiday. 1. Wear sensible shoes and socks  While this seems logical, it commonly leads to problems. Realize that airport transfers and travel will increase the number of steps per day...
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Welcome to Orpyx.com!

Posted by Shopify

Orpyx came in to existence to help address a huge problem that we in medicine and surgery face on a daily basis—the problem of diabetes and complications of diabetes. My name is Dr. Breanne Everett and I am a resident in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Calgary. We get consulted regularly to help deal with the problem of diabetic foot complications (including ulcers and infection). Many of these problems stem from one of the main complications of diabetes, “peripheral neuropathy” (or, numb feet). With feedback, people are unaware when damage is being done and...
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