Back to search
Publication

Compact and portable digitally controlled device for testing footwear materials: technical note.

Abstract

Little or no practical decision-making data are available to the foot-care provider regarding the selection of orthotic materials used in therapeutic footwear. A device for simulating in-shoe forefoot conditions for the testing of orthosis materials is described. Materials are tested for their effectiveness by evaluating and comparing stress-strain and dynamic compression fatigue characteristics. The device, called the Cyclical Compression Tester (CCT), has been optimized for size, simplicity of construction, and cost. Application of the device ranges from the clinician deciding the useful life of single- and multidensity orthosis materials to the researcher characterizing materials for finite-element analysis modeling. This real-time CCT device and custom user interface combine to make an evaluation tool useful for testing how the pressure distribution of in-shoe materials changes over time in therapeutic footwear for those with peripheral neuropathy at risk for foot injury.

More information

Type
Journal Article
Author
Foto JG
Year of Publication
2008
Journal
Journal of rehabilitation research and development
Volume
45
Issue
6
Number of Pages
893-900
Date Published
2008
Language
eng
ISSN Number
1938-1352
DOI
10.1682/jrrd.2007.07.0111
Alternate Journal
J Rehabil Res Dev
Publication Language
eng