Development of an Advanced Comfortable Prosthetic Socket

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,985.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
W81XWH-07-C-0094
Solitcitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2007
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A074-029-0162
Solicitation Topic Code:
A07-T029
Small Business Information
INFOSCITEX CORP.
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
004627316
Principal Investigator
 Anna Galea
 Manager, Biomedical Systems
 (781) 890-1338
 agalea@infoscitex.com
Business Contact
 William Thompson
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Email: bthompson@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
 MAYO CLINIC
 Laura Bruzek
 200 1st St SW
Rochester, MN, 55905
 (507) 538-1292
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
With the continued improvements in body armor, and the disturbing increase in explosive offensives in modern combat, more of our wounded soldiers are surviving their injuries and there has been a considerable increase in the military amputee population. Modern prosthetics have improved significantly with regards to control and functionality, but the fit of the residual limb within a prosthetic socket is a primary concern for many amputees. A poor fit can lead to skin irritation, tissue breakdown, and pain. The volume of the residual limb of an amputee changes throughout the course of a day and/or throughout the year. Volume fluctuation within the socket can lead to issues for the amputee, including decreased comfort, increased shear forces, increased pressure on bony prominences, as well as a poor gait pattern. An uncomfortable or non-performing socket/residual limb interface decreases user compliance with the prosthetic and therefore decreases the activity level of amputees who want to remain active in their civilian and military lives. The Infoscitex team proposes a multilayered socket that takes advantage of a novel braided material for strength and passive conformability with thin layers dedicated to wearer comfort. This new socket provides ultimate fit for improvement in the performance of the prosthesis. The socket adapts itself to the changing physical shape of the residual limb as the prosthesis is worn. The materials are lightweight, breathable, and ultrasound transparent, allowing the prosthetic to function in a variety of environments.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government