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Apparatus and Method for Non-Weight Bearing Walking Cast

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234941D
Publication Date: 2014-Feb-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a wearable device that provides a non-weight bearing treatment regimen that enables a person with a lower leg injury to walk normally without assistance from crutches or other support mechanism.

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Apparatus and Method for Non-Weight Bearing Walking Cast

In situations where a person has a lower leg injury, such as a sprained or broken ankle, a method is needed that allows the injured person to walk without crutches in a non-weight bearing treatment regimen. Current solutions exist to immobilize the injured

joint, but do not provide the injured person the ability to walk without crutches or other mobility solutions, such as wheelchair or motorized scooter.

An inflatable cast is one way to immobilize the injured foot, but it does not enable walking without crutches. Other immobilization and bracing techniques exist, but none allows the patient to walk with no weight on the injured extremity without additional assistance.

The novel contribution is a wearable device that provides a non-weight bearing treatment regimen that enables a person with a lower leg injury, such as a sprained or broken ankle or knee, to walk normally without assistance from crutches or other support mechanism.

The main idea of this solution is to distribute the weight of the person's leg from the injured ankle, foot or knee to the knee and/or thigh, thereby removing the weight from the injured ankle, foot or knee. This method allows the injury to be immobilized and non-weight bearing, while allowing the injured person to walk normally without crutches or other mobility device.

In addition, sensors present in the base of the non-weight bearing apparatus prevent the brace from remaining t...