Jari H. P. Pallari

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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(More)
BACKGROUND The design of foot and ankle orthoses is currently limited by the methods used to fabricate the devices, particularly in terms of geometric freedom and potential to include innovative new features. Additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, where objects are constructed via a series of sub-millimetre layers of a substrate material, may present the(More)
1. ABSTRACT Selective Laser Sintering has been recently proposed as a feasible engineering technique for manufacturing of customized ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs). Development of computer-aided design (CAD) models and virtual evaluation of the orthotic devices are important steps in the engineering design process. This paper will describe a method for accurate(More)
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(More)
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