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Ankle and Foot Orthotic Personalisation via Rapid Manufacturing

Objective

Disabling foot and ankle pain is common; it impacts negatively on health related quality of life, and it is has major cost implications on health systems across Europe. Foot and ankle orthoses are an effective treatment for these conditions. However, the market is dominated by low cost mass produced products, craftsmanship built customised devices with delivery times >15 days, and a limited range of computer-aided design and manufactured products. The objective of the A-FOOTPRINT project is to develop novel foot and ankle orthoses which are personalised for shape and biomechanical function and can be ready for patient use within 48 hours. The goal is to achieve improved fit and comfort, functionality, aesthetic appeal and ease of use with better clinical and cost effectiveness over state-of-the-art products. Innovative CAD tools will be developed and combined with rapid manufacturing to create complete geometric design freedom. This will be coupled with step change advances in personalisation by developing individual patient data from gait analysis and medical images to inform the design process, aided by biomechanical simulation to optimise functionality such as joint stabilisation and pressure distribution. Rapid manufacturing techniques will be used to develop novel customised orthotic components such as living hinges, variable stiffness and fine resolution cushioning to enable better personalised function. Setting new industry standards, prototype devices will be evaluated by near pharmaceutical industry level controlled trials to further improve product knowledge. This highly integrated, multidisciplinary project will make a significant impact on the health-related quality of life and well-being of EU citizens. The Consortium comprises leading orthotic and enabling technology SME’s, clinical and academic research centres and large enterprise. The project will enable the SME’s to become international leaders with strong competitive advantages.

Field of science

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Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-SME-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

THE GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY
Address
Cowcaddens Road, City Campus 70
G4 0BA Glasgow
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 481 668,57
Administrative Contact
Michelle Connolly (Ms.)

Participants (12)

UAB ORTHO BALTIC
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 108 368,40
Address
Taikos Ave 131 A
51124 Kaunas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rytis Suknelevicius (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 363 900
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Deborah Grieves (Ms.)
MATERIALISE NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 337 994,50
Address
Technologielaan 15
3001 Heverlee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roel Wirix-Speetjens (Mr.)
Peacocks Medical Group Ltd.
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 516 998
Address
Benfield Business Park Benfield Road Na
NE6 4NQ Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steve Cook (Mr.)
Firefly Orthoses Limited
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 233 433,60
Address
Itsbic, Business Innovation Centre, Institute Of Technology
1002 Sligo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jill Mc Geough (Ms.)
THOMAS MORE KEMPEN VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 284 384
Address
Kleinhoefstraat 4
2440 Geel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ward Colen (Mr.)
RSSCAN INTERNATIONAL NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 240 572,80
Address
De Weven 7
3583 Beringen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean Pierre Wilssens (Mr.)
ANYBODY TECHNOLOGY AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 368 400
Address
Niels Jernes Vej 10
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Per Sondrup (Mr.)
ACADEMISCH ZIEKENHUIS MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 411 363,20
Address
P Debyelaan 25
6229 HX Maastricht
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Inge Verkooijen (Ms.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 20 658,33
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paulien Kok (Mr.)
STICHTING FONTYS
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 244 901,60
Address
Rachelsmolen 1
5612 MA Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
P.M.G.F Van Piet Geel (Dr.)
Junquera y Diz S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 116 400
Address
Cl Palencia 1
Gijon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Esteban Rodriguez (Mr.)