The ForceShoe For Gait Therapy

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The wonders of technology never cease to amaze me, especially when they are applied to gait therapy and stroke recovery. From the Netherlands comes this very clever invention, which not only has the potential to collect very valuable data but save time and cost of commuting to specialist appointments.

Therapies that can make services more easily accessible for stroke survivors is a great idea and there should be more of them.

Designed to help medical professionals analyze precisely how a stroke affected individual is using their feet, these sneakers have a slew of sensors that measure the location where the individual is putting pressure as they walk. This data then helps them to develop therapies to aid the patient as they relearn walking.

Created by research workers at The University of Twente in the Netherlands, the ForceShoe transmits the collected information wirelessly to some personal computer for evaluation, meaning the individual no longer needs to go to a specialized movement laboratory.

Professor Peter Veltink sees a lot of uses outside of rehabilitating stroke patients, and thinks there’s great probability of the shoe in sports medicine assisting professional athletes to improve their jumping and running methods.

Although the shoe may look a bit cumbersome, that is OK I guess it is in the function not fashion stage of development. Learn more about the ForceShoe for gait therapy.

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