Portable monitoring and feedback device for lower limb performance training

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SmartStepAn important part of therapy for neurological disorder patients is physical therapy to improve motor function and mobility. Neurological disorder patients often suffer from certain physical disabilities, such as paralysis, muscle weakness, spasticity, pain, and difficulty walking or standing. Andante Medical Devices, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets a system for lower-limb therapy that provides immediate feedback for doctors and patients, and whose mobility and at-home monitoring shows promise as an effective therapy device for doctors of neurological disorder patients in India. The device is recommended for patients suffering or recovering from orthopedic surgery, neurological impairments or disabilities, and injuries.

Key Point: An important goal in neurological disorder patients is improving motor functionality and mobility. Patients with impaired lower-limb function may benefit from using Andante’s SmartStep™ system, which provides functional biofeedback and monitoring using a device that is convenient, portable, and user-friendly. Doctors and patients in India can benefit from the convenient, interactive, and portable therapy system.

SmartStep and iSmartStep by Andante

The SmartStep™ system is a biofeedback and monitoring system that measures the force exerted by the heel and forefoot during standing, walking, and other movements. The patient’s data is collected by a transmitter device worn[s2If !is_user_logged_in()]…

[/s2If][s2If is_user_logged_in()] around the ankle, which is then sent to the SmartStep™ software for analysis. The software displays graphic analysis of the objective data, including weight bearing, velocity, cadence and movement timing, which can aid the doctor in structuring therapy and evaluating treatment progress. The SmartStep™ system contains four parts:

  • Force-sensing insole to be placed inside the patient’s shoe
  • Wireless data storage and feedback transmitter device
  • Easy-to-use data analysis software for long-term patient performance storage and evaluation
  • Interactive training software for patient self-training and exercise

Similarly, iSmartStep™ is a wireless functional feedback training device to be used with an iPod touch or iPhone. The training software is programmed into the patient’s iPod touch or iPhone and the collected patient data is transmitted through Tele-Rehab for monitoring by the doctor providing therapy. This allows the patient greater privacy and flexibility during training while getting personalized feedback and treatment from their doctor.

Advantages and impact for India

Reynald Bonmati, the CEO of Andante Medical Devices, explained in an interview with CEOCFO Magazine the need and usefulness of a therapy feedback device like the SmartStep™ system. “Our market is huge and growing, due to an aging population, but also because obesity and diabetes are on the rise,” explains Reynald Bonmati. India’s growth is likewise partly due to an aging population, which also means an increase in the prevalence of age-related neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and stroke. India’s high rate of diabetes indicates a large population to develop diabetic neuropathy that could benefit from lower-limb physical therapy.

SmartStep™ is a convenient training system for patients with impaired lower-limb function – lightweight, portable, interactive, provides instant feedback, and performs analysis to evaluate gait, weight-bearing and other movement factors. Mr. Bonmati further explains in the interview that “SmartStep is unique in a sense that it interacts with a patient and uses audio and visual biofeedback to help retrain the brain to re-learn how to walk correctly, and also provide motivation to help speed up recovery.” This device could provide the individualized therapy that many patients in India need while at an affordable cost to both the patient and the doctor.

The SmartStep™ device is a therapy system option for doctors in India looking to expand or improve their therapy treatment programs. Several clinical studies have been published on the effectiveness of the SmartStep™ system on gait rehabilitation and weight-bearing assessment for various disabilities.

For more information on the SmartStep™ system, visit the Andante Medical Devices website at: http://andantemedical.com/index.html.

Sources: “Andante Medical Devices, Inc.” Andante Medical Devices, Inc. Accessed 25 Mar 2013. Available at: http://andantemedical.com/index.html.

Bonmati, Reynald. “Andante Medical Devices, Inc. (Private).” Interview by Lynn Fosse. CEOCFO Magazine 3 Sept. 2012: Available at: http://www.ceocfointerviews.com/interviews/Andante-AndanteMedical12.htm.


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