Plantar foot surface temperature has been identified as a clinically relevant physiological variable. Embedding sensors in foot orthoses (FOs) may allow long term monitoring of these temperatures, with compliance via the detection of periods of activity being a potential clinical utilization. This study aimed to test novel designs for FOs with embedded sensing that were produced via additive manufacturing and determine if foot temperature measurements could be used to detect periods of increased activity. FOs with embedded temperature sensors were developed and tested in 10 healthy participants over four day wear periods.
- foot orthoses
- temperature sensors
Telfer, S., Munguia, J., Pallari, J. H. P., Dalgarno, K. W., Steultjens, M., & Woodburn, J. (2014). Personalized foot orthoses with embedded temperature sensing: proof of concept and relationship with activity. Medical Engineering and Physics, 36(1), 9–15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.medengphy.2013.08.002