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Smart Textiles researcher Li Guo received grant to develop smart textile solutions for prosthetic users

Many prosthetic limb users suffer from an ill-fitting prosthetic socket and from phantom limb pain. Smart Textiles researcher Li Guo received grant from The Knowledge Foundation for a project investigating in textile methods to develop a personalised prosthetic sock to improve user comfort.

In some cases, using prosthetic socks can reduce discomfort for a prosthetic limb user. Unfortunately, this solution is limited: as no two amputees have the same residual limb, mass-produced socks do not produce consistent comfort from one amputee to the next. The project aims to develop personalised smart textile solutions for prosthetic limb users to improve user comfort.

  • The simple truth is that if the prosthesis is uncomfortable, the person will not going to wear it. Smart textiles enable the design and production of a functional textile interface between the residual limb and the socket of the prosthetic device to improve wearability and comfort, says Li Guo, researcher at Smart Textiles.

Today, amputees do not have a comfortable device to wear for a long time. That problem can be improved with smart textiles. The new prototype will combine smart textiles and new technology which allow an individualised sock with integrated electrodes that makes the device more wearable.

  • At the end of the project we want to produce individualised prosthetic socks industrially. Such an individualised sock also opens up for home-based treatment of phantom limb pain that can be treated by the amputee, says Li Guo.

The proposed project will combine the cutting edge technologies of smart textiles at the University of Borås and the industrial knowledge of 3 partners: Bola AB; Integrum AB and Lindhe Xtend AB. The project is funded by a grant from The Knowledge Foundation.