Two female students created a smart shoe and a smart outer suit to help osteoarthritis patients to continue their normal movement without pain, as well as the people most at risk of contracting this disease.
Student Sarah Naeem Fikry, who studies physics and astronomy at King’s College London in the United Kingdom, told Emirates Today that the “Shoe and Suit” project, which she carried out jointly with her colleague Hessa Ahmed and supervised by their teacher, Nafisa Al-Jabban, focuses on early diagnosis For osteoarthritis disease, relieving its symptoms, and helping the injured, pointing out that delaying the diagnosis of the disease may lead to an aggravation.
She indicated that the project consists of the smart shoe, the smart suit, and the “Exosuit” machine, and includes three stages: the first is early detection of the disease by monitoring the pressure distribution in the foot with sensors in the smart shoe, and the second stage is the treatment of the pathological joint, with the smart suit, which provides two types. Of the treatment, they are: “Thermal” and “Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation Machine”. The third stage is for patients in an advanced stage of injury, through the “Exosuit” machine that the patient wears to simulate the movement of muscles that help in facilitating mobility and the movement of the legs.
Fikry stated that the project, which took about four months to implement, aims to facilitate the lives of the injured, and work to reduce the percentage of monthly visits to the doctor.
She added, “The project won first place at the state level, in the category of people of determination, in the (Think Science) competition.”