👞 Footwear to prevent diabetic complications

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The Indian Institute of Science (IISC)-led team has developed footwear with ‘snapping’ arches to combat injuries from abnormal gait.

Story so far: Researchers at IISc have developed a 3D-printed ‘snapping’ footwear which has the potential of solving abnormal gait-induced injuries. They are specifically designed for diabetic patients.

  • Diabetics who have lost sensation in their feet are at a higher risk of developing ulcers and calluses. 
  • Complications from abnormal gait and slow healing in diabetics can lead to infections resulting in amputation.

Key Details: Researchers have developed soles with ‘snapping arches’ in them. These will allow for the pressure from the foot to be evenly distributed.

  • Compared to therapeutic footwear, these soles also deal with offloading pressure. After the pressure is removed, these soles go back to their original shape.

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