Optimization of the Orpyx SurroSense Insole to provide valid and reliable measurements of plantar pressure and foot kinematics in distance running

There is a major technology gap for simple unobtrusive pressure insoles that can be used while running to provide feedback to athletes looking to improve performances and prevent injuries. Orpyx Medical Technologies have created a pressure sensitive insole capable of providing real-time foot pressure feedback to patients with peripheral neuropathy. With minor modifications, the Orpyx SurroSense Rx TM insoles could be used to address the measurement needs of runners. This project will provide hardware modification recommendations to Orpyx to optimize their insoles for running. Further, this project will validate and assess the day to day reliability of the Orpyx SurroSense Rx TM Insole by comparing them to gold standard measures. Upon completion of this research, Orpyx, Medical Technologies will have the necessary technical information to expand their SurroSense Rx TM technology from its current application to the running world, significantly increasing their potential sales market and product diversification options.

Intern: 
Samuel Blades
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Marc Klimstra
Project Year: 
2014
Province: 
British Columbia
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