Student applies engineering, physical therapy skills to ankle rehab

04/18/2013 | MedicalXpress.com

Physical therapists had long been lacking a rehabilitation device for patients recovering from ankle injuries that combined both strengthening and balance functions. The answer is now available, a device called the Virtually Interfaced Robotic Ankle and Balance Trainer, which comes equipped with independent, rotating foot platforms embedded with sensors that apply assistive and resistive forces to the foot. It's the brainchild of a team of five mechanical engineering students led by Paul Dou├žot, who combined his undergrad engineering degree with his graduate program in physical therapy.

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