Mass customization of foot orthoses for rheumatoid arthritis using selective laser sintering

Jari H.P. Pallari, Kenneth W. Dalgarno, James Woodburn

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Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory joint disease that can lead to pain, stiffness, and deformity, often with marked involvement of the small joints of the foot and ankle. Orthotic devices are commonly prescribed for this condition to lessen symptoms and improve function and mobility, and customized devices are most effective. The work reported in this paper has examined the feasibility of using an additive manufacturing-based approach to manufacture customized orthoses. In order to test feasibility, orthoses have been manufactured using the additive manufacturing technology of selective laser sintering, and have been evaluated through a small-scale patient trial ( n = 7).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1750-1756
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010



  • podiatry
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • foot orthoses

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