Smartboot Could Keep Your Recovery On Track

After breaking or spraining your foot or ankle, chances are you may find yourself in a walking boot with instructions to keep as much weight as possible off your injured body part. Once you get home from your podiatrist’s office, however, it can be tough to tell if you’re following instructions in a way that will allow your body to heal optimally.

That’s why a team of students at the University of Delaware is working on a new device called the SmartBoot, an orthopedic walking boot whose built-in sensors would allow your doctor to monitor your recovery even when you’re going about your business far away from his or her office.

Basically, the sensor will collect data about how much your foot is moving, sending images back to your doctor’s office. This stream of information will let your doctor know if you’re doing something that could inhibit your recovery, calling you back into the office before a little problem becomes a big one.The prototype for the SmartBoot from University of Delaware students

While this device is still in progress, it’s important to remain in close contact with your podiatrist while recovering from a foot or ankle injury. I always welcome questions from my patients—I’d rather you ask me if something is ok than have to help you deal with the aftermath of an activity that made your injury worse. If you are dealing with a sprain or fracture of the foot or ankle, schedule a consultation with Dr. Andrew Schneider today!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.