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Innovative treatment of foot disorders

Objective

Foot disorders are recognised as a large social problem in the EU; app. 35% of the population suffer from serious foot problems. In most cases orthopaedic treatment by means of shoes or orthotics is the best if not the only possible treatment. Therefore, the foot care trade (app. 98% SME's), has an increasing importance through EU with more than 24.000 SME-companies and a total turnover of 7.525 million.

However, this sector is still highly fragmented with huge differences between EU countries. EU countries have also to face the increase in health care costs due to a.o. the ageing population. This is both an opportunity and a risk for the foot care sector. It urgently needs to increase the effectiveness of treatment and to reduce costs in order to gain the possibilities they have. Introduction of improvements would also allow a reduction of 5-8% of serious feet problems, improve the quality of life of more than 1.500.000 EU citizens and save about 150 Million per year.

The objective is to reduce the costs of orthopaedic footwear production of minimal 20% with improved and controllable medical quality, and preserve the competitetiveness of the trade. This will be done by: a. Improve the innovation level and the know-how base of orthopaedic shoe/insole making companies in the treatment of foot disorders b. Generate a common space through Europe in which procedures and methods are shared about the treatment of foot disorders.

To increase the innovation level the project aims to:
- Develop new design criteria, procedures and techniques for shoe/foot orthotics treatment: reduce production/delivery time with at least 35%
- Develop 2 new materials and from that innovative products: active pressure-responding foot orthoses
- Develop new cost effective production techniques for shoes/orthotics, reducing costs with min. 30%
- Innovate the prescription & evaluation of the shoes/orthotics by using better ICT-tools, reducing the medical treatment costs with minimal 15%.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SME-COLL
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Coordinator

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
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Schoemakerstraat 97
Delft
Netherlands

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Participants (22)

NEDERLANDSE VERENIGING VAN ORTHOPEDISCHE SCHOENTECHNICI
Netherlands
Address
Jan Van Galenstraat 78
Schiedam

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API SERVIZI S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Manara, 6
Terni

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CZECH FOOTWEAR AND LEATHER ASSOCIATION (CESKA OBUVNICKA A KOZEDELNA ASOCIACE)
Czechia
Address
Tr. T. Bati 5267
Zlin

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A. MATEOS E HIJOS PLASTIC, S.L.
Spain
Address
Buenos Aires 10-11pol. Ind. La Serreta
Molina De Segura - Murcia

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ASOCIACION DE EMPRESAS DE ORTOPEDIA TECNICA DE ANDALUCIA
Spain
Address
Avda. San Francisco Javier No. 22, Edf. Catalana Occidente Mod 309
Sevilla

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ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXA
Spain
Address
Valencia Parc Tecnologic, C/ Gustave Eiffel, 4
Peterna Valencia

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BALTIC ORTHOSERVICE UAB
Lithuania
Address
Taikos Av 131a
Kaunas

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BUCHRNHORNEN B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Dr Cuyperslaan 86
Eindhoven

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C.F. SRL
Italy
Address
Via De Gasperi 4
Ferentillo (Tr)

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ESPECIALIDADES MEDICO ORTOPEDICAS S.L.
Spain
Address
C/ Padre Esteban Pernet, 21
Valencia

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FLEXOR S.A.
Spain
Address
Watt, 3
Barbera Del Valles (Barcelona)

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GREMIO DE ORTESICOS Y PROTESICOS DE CATALUÑA
Spain
Address
Enrique Granados, Nr 131, 1-1
Barcelona

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Links
INSTITUTO DE BIOMECANICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
Address
Universidad Politecnica De Valencia, Edificio 9c, Camino De Vera S/n
Valencia

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KOPITARNA SEVNICA, D.D.
Slovenia
Address
Prvomajska Ulica 8
Sevnica

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MATERIAL DESIGN AND PROCESSING S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Loc. Pentima Bassa 21
Terni

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METIS S.R.O.
Czechia
Address
Lomecká 696
Praha 9

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ORTOPEDIA MOLLA S.L.
Spain
Address
Avenida Gregorio Molina, 14
Xativa (Valencia)

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REPOL S.L.
Spain
Address
Calle Agricultura 5, Poligono Industrial Mijares
Almazora

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TOMAS BATA UNIVERSITY IN ZLIN
Czechia
Address
Mostni 5139
Zlin

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TRIO TRZICKA INDUSTRIJA OBUTVE IN KONFEKCIJE, D.D., TRZIC
Slovenia
Address
Mlaka 10
Trzic

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UNIVERSITY OF PERUGIA
Italy
Address
Piazza Università 1
Perugia

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WITTEKAMP EN BROOS ORTHOPEDISCHE SCHOENTECHNIEK BV
Netherlands
Address
Palmentuin 63
Rotterdam

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