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A new angle on crutch design: towards an open standard

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The WHO estimates that 150 million people need mobility aids, with the demand potentially doubling by 2030. The design of the basic elbow crutch has not changed in over 100 years, yet is a source of pain and secondary injuries. Open Mobility Aids (OpMo) is a project that is using gait analysis to build a robust biomechanical understanding of crutching to help optimise crutch geometry to reduce the load on the body. The aim is to develop an open standard for the design and evaluation of crutches. If successful it could, directly and indirectly, impact a billion lives by 2050.

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