Today’s news, New Suede Shoes Use Smart Technology To Prevent Ankle Injuries.
Ankle injuries are the most frequent musculoskeletal ailments,
With a strained or torn membrane in the joint being the most prevalent cause.
A sprain from a small slip can have a substantial impact on physical activity and quality of life.
External active supports, such as clips and braces, are commonly used to prevent and recover from ankle sprains.
However, these solutions may pose issues.
Passive approaches can damage the supporting muscles and soft tissue around the joint over time, making a person dependent on them indefinitely.
While reducing joint motion can help avoid future sprains,
It also makes the ankle less able to deal with disturbances like uneven terrain without additional support.
This affects the foot and leg’s normal function.
To circumvent the limits of current treatment procedures, a team of researchers from Arizona State University is developing an active, automated ankle support system.
The SUEDE Shoe, or Smart User-Effective Data-Enabled Shoe, is a wearable smart shoe that fully promotes the ankle without obstructing natural motion.
The soft brace may change its hardness as needed to assist the user as opposed to the less constant support tapes and typical braces.
“Wearable gadgets can provide constant support to the human user during daily tasks,” says Hyunglae Lee,
An assistant professor in the department and aerospace engineering at Arizona State University who is leading the SUEDE Shoe development team.
“We also expect the wearable gadget to be smarter, smaller,
And more comfortable, thanks to recent breakthroughs in sensor and actuator technology, as well as control and machine learning-based.”
An easy smartphone-based user interface, will also give users a real-time injury risk and assist them in following clinical treatment standards.
The project, which is funded by a $1.074 million Institutes of Health R01 research grant, is a collaboration between ASU’s Fulton Schools, Observational Institute for Design and the Arts, and College of Health Solutions. The CORE Institute and Rise Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy will provide orthopedic medicine and physical therapy consultation.
“The active smart shoe system necessitates a close integration of innovations in sensor data processing, smart actuation, biomechanical modeling, injury prediction, and closed-loop control,
As well as a comprehensive customer experience study and clinical integration study, which cannot be achieved without an interdisciplinary team of engineers, behavioral science researchers, and clinicians,” says Lee.
Lee is in charge of designing the soft dynamic ankle brace and biomechanical modeling of ankle mechanics.
His prior and continuing research on ankle studies and soft clothing robots has led to this idea.
“Our lab, the Neurological Control and Human Robotics Laboratory, has created a patented innovative robotic platform to evaluate ankle biomechanics,
And ankle stabilization during functional tasks, including dynamic walking,” says Lee, a faculty member in one of the Fulton Schools’ seven schools.
“We’ve also tested the effectiveness of a soft robotic ankle prosthesis vs its stiff version.
“With enhanced utilization of sensors, theory, machine learning, and clinical practice, the ASU team is adopting a novel approach to building the system.
“These regions for ankle biomechanics have never been brought together with this level of precision and coherence before,” Turaga explains.
The team will create the SUEDE boot system, which includes the soft brace as well as additional data modeling and algorithms, during the course of the four-year project.
The researchers will measure and simulate the movement of healthy and injured ankles,
As well as combine an injury prediction algorithm and an algorithm to detect when the ankle requires active support to avoid strains.
Throughout the project, the team will iterate on the algorithm and user interface, as well as test and verify the smart shoe systems with the support of clinical partners.
The CORE Institute’s orthopedic surgeon Ryan Scott and Rise Orthopaedic and Sports Physically Therapy’s physiotherapist Mark Jagodzinski both have substantial experience in ankle rehabilitation.
They’ll collaborate with the ASU team to develop treatment plans and plans, review performance metrics, and assess the SUEDE Shoe approach’s efficacy in a patient group.
Clinicians will benefit from the SUEDE Shoe as it will help better understand foot and ankle mechanics and how they relate to ankle injury risk during a range of sports.
They will also be better equipped to assist their patients by providing fast and accurate feedback on their injury-prevention methods.
The team is ecstatic about the potential for this new solution to enhance people’s lives.
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