Design of mechanical bracing device for clubfoot treatment

Mohamaddan, Shahrol and Rasit, Ahmad Hata and Md Dawal, Siti Zawiah (2018) Design of mechanical bracing device for clubfoot treatment. Journal of Telecommunication, Electronic and Computer Engineering, 10 (1-16). pp. 91-95. ISSN 2180-1843,

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Clubfoot is one of the complex three-dimensional deformities of the foot. In Malaysia, clubfoot remains a significant problem and yields an unpredictable outcome due to the late presentation for treatment and ignorance of parents. Invasive and non-invasive treatment is applied for clubfoot. However, relapse can occur after the treatment, and the patient needs to use a bracing device for post-treatment maintenance. In this paper, the design of a new mechanical bracing device for clubfoot treatment is presented. Engineering design approach was applied to the device development. Problem identification and customer requirement, conceptual design, preliminary design, detail design and final design were conducted before the fabrication process. The device consists of adjustable foot width, dorsiflexion, shoe, a horizontal plate, foot pad and foot height. The prototype was fabricated, and SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis was conducted for evaluation purpose. The device consists of multi-adjustable joint that can be considered as a new concept for the bracing device.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Ministry of Education Malaysia under Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) 2014 [FRGS/TK01(01)/1136/2014(03)]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bracing Device; Clubfoot; Foot Deformity; Non-Invasive
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 21 May 2019 04:30
Last Modified: 21 May 2019 04:30

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