Offloading Boot

  • Total contact casts used for pressure offloading are the gold standard for treating diabetic foot ulcers but usage remains low (due to patient tolerance complaints, clinic application time, cost of materials, reimbursement issues, lack of familiarity)
  • Invention proposed is a custom fitted foam offloading boot that does not require casting/recasting, thus avoiding some of the disadvantages of current offloading boots on market

Abstract

The lifetime risk of developing a foot ulcer for someone with diabetes is 25%. A foot ulcer is the initial event in more than 85% of major amputations that are performed on people with diabetes. A total contact cast (TCC) is the strongest recommendation to relieve pressure on the foot. Despite being the gold standard for treating DFU, TCC is only used for 6% of patients with DFU and only 1.7% of relevant clinics routinely use TCCs (due to patient tolerance complaints, clinic application time, cost of materials, reimbursement issues, lack of familiarity with the TCC and clinician coverage). The invention is a TCC where a custom fitted foam boot replaces the use of a cast which is difficult and time consuming to apply and reapply. The global diabetic foot ulcer treatment market is anticipated to grow to 11.16 billion at 6.8% CAGR from 2020 to 2026.

Website

https://uab.flintbox.com/technologies/562DBD92FD9F4A868C2CDE6121744FC4

Advantages

Through use of a custom-fitted foam boot. The time required for casting or recasting on multiple clinical visits is not necessary. Foam boot can simply be removed and reworn. Use of foam material could also reduce the cost of using an offloading boot to treat diabetic foot ulcers.

Potential Applications

Pressure offloading boot for foot injury

Contact Information

Name: Francis T Crittenden

Email: ftgcritt@uab.edu

Phone: (205) 975-6851