Catalyst Awardee

Project Description

Enhancing Mobility of Elderly Stroke Patients using sustainable solution

Urvashi Fowdar Gunputh, PhD | University of Derby; Ruth Sims, PhD; Professor Paul Wood; Gavin Williams, PhD;  Rania Edris, PhD
Competition Sponsor
: United Kingdom Research and Innovation
Awardee Year: 2022


About 60% of UK stroke survivors are aged ≥65 years and have lower limb weakness with reduced mobility. A custom-made ankle-foot orthotic (AFO) helps increasing their mobility. Currently the NHS uses a labour-intensive manufacturing process for the AFO with a turnaround time of 4-12 weeks. The proposed solution targets to reduce the turnaround time to <5 days using a digitised workflow. A clinical trial aims to assess the efficacy of the proposed manufacturing process.

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