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RehabAngel

Lower limb exercise device.

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Executive Summary

The RehabAngel is a unique variable incline device that provides control and safety for patients requiring lower limb exercises.

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Innovation Owner:
Robert Chesters
Development stage:
ID5: Distribute the Product

Project Detail

Unmet needs

Multiple treatments using a variety of devices have been recommended with various degrees of success for plantar fasciitis.  Conservative modalities used to treat such conditions have been highly costly to services.  Even with appropriate treatment the condition could become chronic; leading to surgery that has its complications. However, recently it has been identified that the increasing flexibility due to lower limb stretching can decrease the need for foot surgery and significantly reduces the number of failed or serial surgical procedures.

Proposed Solution

The RehabAngel is an evidence-based variable incline device which has a flat and 5 degree inverting wedged surface. The device provides for greater ankle and foot stability whilst simultaneously strengthening the lower leg muscles.  This should reduce the number of injuries experienced by athletes and sports people when undertaking normal exercises. Importantly the device speeds up the rehabilitation to the lower limb in a more controlled manner than any other types of devices currently on the market.

A number of devices exist on the market for exercising the lower limbs.  However, many do not meet the required infection control standards and they are not very flexible. The RehabAngel is a rehabilitation exercise device that allows allied health professionals and clinicians to prescribe a range of graduated non-weight bearing, partial weight bearing and full weight bearing exercises, targeting specific muscle groups in the legs.

The device was developed by a podiatrist working at Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT.  TRUSTECH (NHS Innovation Hub for the North West) provided some funding for further development of the device and testing by the University of Central Lancashire.  A licence was granted by the PCT to MDTi to manufacture and sell the device. The device was launched at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapist conference in Liverpool in October 2010.

Intended benefits

  • Reduces the level of stress on ankle joints
  • Offers greater patient safety
  • Convenient to store
  • Meets all health and safety and best infection control protocols
  • Suitable for use in sports, acute and community health environments
  • Provides a controlled graduated rehabilitation environment for squatting and stretching tasks

Key Facts

Benefits

  • Clinical outcomes

Healthcare Areas

  • Acute Care
  • Social Care

Health Problems

  • Musculoskeletal

Origin

  • Domestic