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Development of a new generation of therapeutic surgical footwear

The aim of the project is development and clinical tests of a new generation of therapeutic surgical footwear for patients suffering from common simple and medially heavy orthopaedic handicaps.

Frequent causes of the incidence of orthopaedic defects and irreversible changes of feet are wearing fashion shoes of unsuitable shape and proportion, namely at the infant and adolescent age. Specialised medical studies state that the majority of children are born with healthy feet, but 30% of children of school age and almost 60% of women suffer from various orthopaedic defects caused mainly by wearing shoes of unsuitable shape and proportion. The majority of orthopaedic foot defects can be corrected by individual modifications of shoes produced in series, which must however be adapted in their shape, design and materials used to the individual adjustments. Owing to the fact that, for the time being, the accessible shoes produced in series do not meet the given requirements in all necessary parameters, most patients are limited to wearing shoes individually made to measure. But such footwear is financially rather costly and not always comfortable for the patient. The aim of the above project is to propose and test a new generation of therapeutic orthopaedic footwear made in series with various design and material modifications intended for the most frequent medium, heavy and light orthopaedic defects with the possibility of individual additional modifications according to the extent of the feet affection of the given patient. Primarily we can name the following most common defects: * Pes planus; * Pes vagus; * Metatarsi adducti; * Metatarsi vari; * Pes transversoplanus; * Talus verticalis; * Halux valgus, rigidus; * Digiti hamati; * Toe or partly foot amputation; * Callus, sole of the foot affekces, mildew, trofick toenail adjustment, low instep, heel cracks, etc. The therapeutic orthopaedic footwear made in series, the design and the materials used which enable correcting the above mentioned defects by individual adjustments of shoes and sock linings, will replace the individually made shoes for many patients. This means above all lower costs of the necessary footwear, which also means economic savings for the given patient and for the Health Insurance Office as well, and at the same time, increased comfort and better quality of life for the patient. Keywords: therapeutic footwear, measurement, foot defects.
Acronym: 
ORTHOSHOE
Project ID: 
5 015
Start date: 
01-01-2010
Project Duration: 
45months
Project costs: 
1 060 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Footwear / Leather Technology
Market Area: 
Other therapeutic (including defibrillators)

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