The University of Newcastle, Australia

Australia is facing an unsustainable and evergrowing burden of lower-limb complications. Early intervention is the gold standard towards prevention of costly lower-limb pathologies such as arthritis and diabetic ulcerations.

Competitive advantage

  • Does not require the need for a specialised clinician or additional manufacturing equipment, making it widely accessible and affordable by the community
  • Can be used immediately in any shoes
  • Instant improvement on different gait and biomechanical parameters
  • ‘Own Your own Shoes‘ (OYS) does not create waste, therefore it is environmentally friendly
  • OYS has been tested to reliably perform at higher temperatures and prolonged time

Successful applications of research

  • This self-fitting product aims to reduce pain while walking or exercising
  • The special material will have positive clinical impact, especially for those people with different lower limb complications
  • We use the best shock absorption material available in the market that enables reduction of peak pressure in painful lower limb joints

Partners

  • Mr Scott Van Epen - Director of Co-Bond limited
  • Mr Prateek Rangra - Senior Physiotherapist - NHS Scotland
  • Tekscan - Boston - world leading supplier of high resolution gait analysis sensor to detect pressure profile

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