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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World Diabetes Day!

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

Diabetes is one of the most devastating and not-so-quietly growing epidemics of modern society. At Orpyx, we're recognizing World Diabetes Day for a variety of reasons: Today marks the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, one of the primary discoverers of insulin and one of the twentieth century's most celebrated medical heroes..who just so happens to be Canadian! The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is releasing a new IDF Diabetes Atlas with the latest estimates on the global and regional prevalence of diabetes. Millions of people from around the world come together in support of diabetes.  We've launched our SurroSense Rx™ system...
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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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Why entrepreneurs must strike a balance between passion and objectivity

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

An excerpt from eMed article by Christina Hernandez Sherwood (Kauffman Foundation) on July 6, 2013  eMed caught up with Dr. Breanne Everett (CEO, Orpyx Medical Technologies) last week at MedCity CONVERGE, a national healthcare innovation summit in Philadelphia.  She shared her insights on approaching heavy hitters, finding employees who will thrive, and striking the balance between passion and objectivity. Reach out to the heavy hitters- Mentorship is key for early-stage companies, Everett said, and it's important to find mentors that complement your skills.  While attending networking events is a great way to meet mentors, she said, Orpyx also found success...
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Neuropathy Awareness Week

Posted by Stephanie Zakala

It’s the ninth annual Neuropathy Awareness Week, an initiative launched by The Neuropathy Association to promote awareness, research, education, support and advocacy for neuropathy and its warning signs.  According to The Neuropathy Association, peripheral neuropathy impacts well over 20 million Americans (at least 1 in 15), making it one of the most coming chronic diseases and a leading cause of adult disability.  Neuropathy disrupts the body’s ability to communicate with its muscles, organs, and tissues.  Symptoms can include numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain.  With early diagnosis, it can often be controlled and quality of life restored.  If ignored, symptoms can intensify to...
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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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Books on Brains

Posted by Amanda Hehr

We recently came across a fabulous collection of book recommendations relating to neuroplasticity published in the Globe and Mail. Neuroplasicity, the ability of the brain to rewire itself, is the concept that inspired the development of the SurroGait Rx. Orpyx Founder and CEO, Dr. Breanne Everett wanted to discover a way to restore lost peripheral sensation in patients with neuropathy in order to help reduce the thousands of diabetes-related amputations performed each year. We are also hoping that the clinical trial outcomes will demonstrate that the device works to improve gait, mobility and balance in those with severe peripheral nerve...
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Diabetes Can Knock You Off Your Feet

Posted by Amanda Hehr

Orpyx is thrilled to announce the launch of the 'Diabetes Can Knock You Off Your Feet' campaign! Our goal is to raise awareness about diabetes and its associated complications, specifically diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy causes a loss of feeling in the feet and lower legs, where the nerves are damaged from high blood sugar levels. When minor injuries such as cuts, calluses and blisters occur, the numbness may cause them to go unnoticed leading to ulcers and even surgical amputation. Our technology hopes to address this problem by offering people with diabetic neuropathy the ability to feel their feet again and...
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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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