Inventors at Georgia Tech have created a general foot orthosis that is customizable in shape and has tunable material stiffness properties. This invention, called Foot Granular Orthosis (Foot GO), allows for instantaneous customization of fit to the plantar surface of the foot and direct control over the material properties of the orthosis. Foot GO is also re-conformable; the custom fit and tunable stiffness can be readjusted multiple times for different activities or for different ailments. Foot GO has the ability to provide a custom fit to an individual’s foot with a desired stiffness and can be placed in a shoe to relieve undesirable symptoms.
- Customizable: Can easily adjust fit and stiffness
- Simpler: has potential to simplify the foot orthosis manufacturing process
- Re-conformable: custom fit and stiffness can be readjusted multiple times for changing needs over time
- Foot health
- Reducing plantar pressures
- Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic foot ulcers, plantar fasciitis, or any condition requiring customized alleviation of pressure underneath the foot
- General self-treatment of foot pain due to pressure
Foot orthoses are widely used to treat athletic, neuromuscular, or neuropathic dysfunction of the foot. The current orthotic manufacturing process has tedious steps and is cost and time consuming. Current commercial orthoses are either mass produced with a generic, non-custom fit or they require a clinician and patient to undergo a laborious fitting process. There is a need for a device that has a simpler manufacturing process and can be quickly and easily customized to each individual’s needs.