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  • Study on wearing time

    Orthopaedic footwear solutions are prescribed for patients with various conditions, such as diabetes, foot ulcers (to prevent their occurrence or recurrence), rheumatic diseases or degenerative foot disorders, to relieve pain and provide support to anatomical foot malformations and muscular disorders, and to provide stability. The effectiveness of orthopaedic footwear solutions is related to their wearing […]

  • Intuitive Natural Prosthesis UTilization (INPUT)

    Prosthetic users are frustrated with the technology available on the market today. The main objective of INPUT is to translate clinically relevant research results on advanced upper limb prosthetic control made in the past from the laboratory to an everyday usable solution for end-users straight after donning of the prosthesis, under the motto “don and play”. Project INPUT will […]

  • Exergaming for balance training of elderly citizen

    Given current demographic developments, the number of elderly and will increase rapidly in the coming years.  Falls are amongst the most frequent reasons for medical intervention in the elderly and are a major threat to their health and independence and medical costs are high and rising. Thirty-two percent of community dwelling persons 75 years and […]

  • SPRINT @work

    Demographic ageing in the Western world means that the average age of the working population is increasing. This has major consequences for the labour process. Growing older is linked to physical and cognitive changes which can influence the performance of tasks. It’s no coincidence that the European Union has designated demographic change as one of […]

  • A new leg-prosthesis to improve the lateral balance of amputees

    The gait of amputees is different from that of normal healthy individuals. The combination of adding a passive aid and a lack of active control over this aid leads to certain restrictions. One of those is the inability to move the pressure point underneath the foot during walking with a prosthesis (Hof e.a., 2007). This […]

  • The Ideal Prosthesis Selection (TIPS)

    Around 700 transfemoral amputations take place in the Netherlands on a yearly basis [Geertzen, 2008]. Although not every Patient with a Transfemoral Amputation (PTFA) will regain walking ability, these numbers indicate the need for prescribing prostheses [Rietman, 2007]. Recently, more and more emphasis is being placed on justifying the indication when prescribing prostheses. However, an […]

  • Orthosis for treatment of Osteoarthritis of the knee

    There is no cure for osteoarthritis for the knee yet. Articular cartilage has a poor self regenerating capacity. Even a prolonged period of non-weight bearing does not help. The ultimate treatment option is total knee prosthesis surgery, which is a radical procedure with risks of complications. Total knee prostheses have a limited life span and […]

  • Self Administered Functional walking Exercise (SAFE)

    Ageing is linked to a decrease in fitness and mobility and increases the risk of a Stroke. In Europe, it is estimated that there are 1.13 million people suffering from a Stroke. In the Netherlands this value is approximately 215.000. It is expected that this population has increased in size with 43.8% by the year […]

  • Rehab-4-Life for people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

    For many people with ABI, the transition from a rehabilitation clinic to home can feel like a ‘black hole’. They need a central figure, such as a coach for multiple problems, who will help them to get on with their life once they get home. Rehab-4-Life is fulfilling this need by offering combined home and […]

  • Exergaming for children with motor disabilities

    Children with a motor disability often come up against physical barriers. Many of them cannot take part in regular games and sports, and risk becoming less physically fit than their non-disabled peers. This in turn increases their health risks in later life. Exergames (exercise and gaming) encourage this group to be more active, take more […]

  • Training with arm prostheses in a virtual environment

    The introduction of myo-electrically controlled  hand prostheses with multiple grips has accelerated the development of lower arm prostheses in the last few years. The handling options of users are greatly extended by these, because of the greater number of movement patterns that can be executed. This technical innovation however, only adds value for the user if he […]

  • Intelligent Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) for slack paresis

    To prevent drop foot, an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) is often prescribed. This is a device that is placed around the ankle and is often made of polypropylene. Human gait is supported by providing functionality to the ankle that normally is done by the dorsiflexor muscles. The dorsiflexor muscles are unable to lift the foot, so […]

  • Symbionics: Co-Adaptive Assistive Devices

    Increasingly many people rely for their independence on “assistive devices”, i.e. mechatronic systems that are wearable and improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Traditionally, these assistive devices are adapted to the patient upon delivery. However, during their use, they typically remain static. In our view, devices should continuously adapt to the user, according to […]

  • Sensor preventing overloading during rehabilitation

    A load-sensor from 1978

    When a patient has received an operation on a leg, rehabilitation is necessary for that patient. During this period of rehabilitation it is important that the patient continues to move. The movement accelerates the recovery prices. The load on the leg however, must remain relatively low. If too much load is put on the leg […]

  • Alternative wheelchair drive mechanisms: development, operation and physical effort

    An estimated 1% of the Dutch population (some 160,000 people) use a wheelchair as their primary means of daily transport. The majority of wheelchairs are manually propelled, usually by turning the hand rims of the rear wheels. However, propelling a wheelchair by hand is an inefficient process with only a 2-11% yield and tires the […]

  • ‘Elderly’ feet

    Older people are more likely to fall. Some of them fall because they are wearing by badly fitting shoes or have problems with their feet. Badly fitting shoes can be the cause or the result of foot disorders. In practice, a lot of medical specialists and orthopaedic shoe technicians think that the shape of people’s […]

  • Cyclist Road-User Interaction Support (CRUISer)

    Elderly people ride bicycles more frequently and keep up cycling longer than before – a positive development, as cycling benefits our health and quality of life and plays a crucial role in staying mobile. However, older cyclists are at a higher risk of falling and injuring themselves in the process (fig. 1). Approximately three-quarters of […]