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Multi-Sensory Shoe with Wireless Feedback

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
66183
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
HD044426
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
CLEVELAND MEDICAL DEVICES, INC.
4415 EUCLID AVE CLEVELAND, OH 44103-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Multi-Sensory Shoe with Wireless Feedback
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43HD044426-01
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) and peripheral neuropathy (PN) are at high risk for lower extremity skin breakdown and subsequent amputation. Excessive stresses applied to insensitive skin during normal walking, constitutes a primary contributing factor to skin breakdown. Recent literature advocates an optimal window of stress for tissue maintenance or strengthening, above or below which leads to tissue damage. The goal of this proposal is to develop instrumentation to measure, record, analyze, and provide feedback regarding vertical forces, temperature, and humidity on the plantar surface of the foot during prolonged functional activities. A data collection unit (DCU), located within the shoe, will collect, analyze, and store the data, and transmit information to the patient feedback unit (FBU) via a radio frequency (RF) link. The DCU will also download the data to a computer that will transmit the data to a central database for further analysis. The long-term goal of this research will be to determine the optimal window of stress and then ultimately prevent skin breakdown and amputation through real-time feedback and warnings to patients. This device usage may also be extended to elderly or obese patients, or for testing efficacy and efficiency of various footwear or orthotic devices.

Principal Investigator:

Matthew D. Tarler
2166195935
MTARLER@CLEVEMED.COM

Business Contact:


2167916720
Small Business Information at Submission:

CLEVELAND MEDICAL DEVICES, INC.
CLEVELAND MEDICAL DEVICES, INC. 11000 CEDAR AVE, STE 130/461 CLEVELAND, OH 44106

EIN/Tax ID: 341675639
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No