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Research project: Prosthetic socket interface monitoring for children with limb losses

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The high growth rate of children means that children who have lower limb loss need prosthetics that match their growth rate.  This could mean that a new socket is needed regularly.  Current bespoke prosthetic sockets cannot easily accommodate changing skeletal and body growth of children, affecting their physical development. If socket interface cannot be closely monitored and adjusted, it can potentially lead to deformity which can set in quickly for children with limb losses.

This project aims to develop a smart monitoring system for socket fit which help identify the right time for a child’s prosthetic to be replaced. This project was funded by NIHR/D4D StarWorks initiative. We are also grateful that this project has been extensively supported by the involvement of many children with limb losses and their families as well as clinicians to identify the key design criteria. This also allows us to conduct novel research in the relevant fields of biomechanics and intelligent systems which underpins science-enabled technologies to help improve quality of lives.

Further details can be found here.

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