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Mass customisation of foot orthoses for rheumatoid arthritis

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Kenneth Dalgarno


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Currently, there are two options for patients requiring in-shoe orthoses for painful and disabling foot deformities associated with rheumatoid arthritis: standard prefabricated or custom-made devices. Improved clinical outcomes are seen with custom foot orthoses but they are costly and their lengthy manufacturing process can delay treatment. The novelty of this research is the application of mass-customisation principles and layermanufacturing technology to existing clinical processes. Patient-orientated factors that inform and constrain orthotic design will be identified and validated using standard clinical outcome assessments. These factors will be translated into design parameters that will drive a production process for custom orthotics with the most effective combination of shape and stiffness. The orthoses were tested in a patient trial, where their current customised orthoses and the new mass customised orthoses were tested using a number of gait analysis methods. The results indicate that the mass customised orthoses achieved a similar effect in patients gait as normal customised orthoses. © 2008 Taylor & Francis Group.

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Author(s): Pallari J, Dalgarno KW, Woodburn J

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping: Virtual and Rapid Manufacturing Advanced Research Virtual and Rapid Prototyping

Year of Conference: 2008

Pages: 795-800

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ISBN: 9780415416023