Project Title:
Sensor System for Self-Management of Prosthetic Socket Fit

Summary:
Many individuals with lower-limb amputations have difficulty knowing when to change sock ply and how much adjustment is necessary, especially if they have poor sensation. The goal of this project is to develop and test a socket-fit sensing system that can adapt to patient-specific changes in limb volume. This can help veterans and service members self-manage their socket fit during rehabilitation care and afterwards.

Through enhanced education and training of effective socket management early on, we hope to see a boost in self-efficacy and engagement in self-care which will reduce preventable pain, discomfort, and skin issues. This education is especially important to veterans and service members at an early stage in their rehabilitation as they establish self-management habits and strategies. The long-term impact of this system will be improved socket comfort, prosthesis use, and community participation.

Funding:
This work is supported by the Department of Defense in the performance of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs, an agency of the U.S. Government under U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (820 Chandler St, Fort Detrick, MD 21702-5014) Contract No. W81XWH-18-1-0484. The views, opinions and/or findings contained in this report are those of the author(s) and are not necessarily endorsed by the Department of Veterans Affairs or U.S. Army.

Expected Completion Date:
September 2021