This Orthopedic Walking Boot Helps Doctors Monitor Their Patients

By: Katherine Pendrill - Jul 20, 2015
References: udel.edu & psfk
A group of engineering students at the University of Delaware recently developed an orthopedic walking boot that will help doctors better monitor a patient's recovery. Recovering from an ankle sprain or broken foot can be a long and difficult process. The 'SmartBoot' is designed to make recovery easier by helping doctors track their patient's progress.

Most doctors assume that patients will consistently perform partial weight bearing when they return home from the hospital. However, this is not always the case. The SmartBoot contains a series of advanced sensors that allow doctors to collect specific data about a foot's movement. By using the data from the orthopedic walking boot, doctors can determine if a patient is resting enough and if they are working with an appropriate weight load for their injury. The doctor can then provide feedback that will prevent the patient from putting too much strain on their foot and prolonging their recovery time.