Diabetes Series: Foot Care

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Part II: Foot Care 37.3 million Americans—about 1 in 10—have diabetes. Though it’s significant to note that approximately 1 in 2 adults living with type 2 diabetes are undiagnosed or unaware. As mentioned in Part I of this series, diabetes can have some seriously negative long-term outcomes. Over time, diabetes can damage the heart, blood…

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Diabetes Series: Complications and Prevention

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Part I: Diabetes Complications & Prevention Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of Canada marked the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin by hosting the Global Diabetes Summit. The focus: reduce the prevalence of diabetes and help those living with it to better manage their disease. Globally, approximately 422 million…

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Stepscan Story Part I: Who is Stepscan?

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Who is Stepscan? And How Did a Marine Biologist End Up Founding a Med Tech Business? Recently, I started an email series for our subscribers that’s a little different than our usual content. As Stepscan celebrates 10 years in business, I thought our audience might enjoy learning about our history. A peak behind the scenes…

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Masks in the News: Update on Living With COVID

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As we approach the end of the second year of the pandemic, the landscape of information around COVID-19 is shifting. Many health experts have acknowledged that we must learn to ‘live with’ the virus. Yet with news stories full of anti-mandate protests and loud rhetoric from all directions, it can be hard to know how…

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Stepscan Makes Gait Analysis Tech Accessible

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How Stepscan Makes Gait Analysis Technology Accessible for You The Past of Gait Analysis: Missed Opportunities  Previously, computerized gait analysis was performed using multiple measurement devices. Data from force plates, motion sensors, and temporal-spatial mats was combined to give clinicians a full picture of a patient’s gait and any pathologies present. Unfortunately, possessing multiple specialized…

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How Stepscan Helps You Promote Senior Wellness

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The Stepscan Gait Analysis System is first, and foremost, a measurement tool. Stepscan tracks and analyses the mobility (gait and balance) of a subject as they move across the tiles. In a clinical setting, that means the Stepscan System can be used for concussion assessment, for diabetic foot monitoring, and for mobility assessments to evaluate…

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Gait Biometrics Bolster Access Control

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How Gait Biometrics Bolster the Access Control Industry Access control is an integral part of any business or facility’s security, ensuring that only those with proper authority and credentials gain access. To enhance security measures, many facilities now use 2-Factor or Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) methods. MFA are often a combination of knowledge (e.g.- PIN code),…

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5 Things I Want You to Know About Physio

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Guest Contributor Sascha Boulet, DPT & 5 Things She Wishes Patients Knew About Her Physio Practice Sascha Boulet is the Owner and CEO of Capture Therapeutics by PhysioFirst PC Inc., operating at three locations in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada. With a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick, a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Evidence…

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3 Applications of Plantar Pressure Analysis

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3 Clinical Applications of Computerized Plantar Pressure Analysis Medical plantar pressure measurement devices (PMDs) have been important tools for gait analysis since their invention, and although historically overlooked, plantar pressures (alongside temporal and spatial parameters) are critical aspects of gait analysis. Analysis of underfoot pressure and foot/floor interactions provide much more than an in-depth analysis of foot function. Similar to temporal and spatial measurements,…

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5 Fall-Risk Factors Measured by Medical PMDs

What is a Medical PMD and Who Are They Useful To? Medical pressure measurement devices (Medical PMDs) are pressure sensitive technologies that have found a niche as modern gait assessment tools. PMDs may be single tiles or walkways and provide clinicians with data-rich analysis of gait parameters such as temporal measurements, spatial measurements, center of pressure (COP), and…

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Choosing the Right Gait Analysis Tech for You

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How to Choose the Right Gait Analysis Technology for You My youngest daughter is off to university in the fall. As a graduation gift, and to support her for the next four years of school, I wanted to buy her a new laptop. Unlike me– who studied science and business–she is going to study film,…

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Hearing Loss: Tips and Common Courtesies for Effective Communication

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Hearing Loss: Tips and Common Courtesies for Effective Communication A few weeks ago, during a coaching training course, my classmates and I were discussing the concept of active listening. How is it practiced? Why is it important? How can you improve it as a skill? I caught myself thinking, “Strange that we need a lesson dedicated to this. Do people really find this hard? Why do I seem to find…

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