Wearability and Comfort Improvements to Active Compression Stockings for Lower Leg Compressive Therapy

Robert M Pettys Baker, Rachael M Granberry, Niharikha Subash, Megan E Clarke, Heidi L Woelfle, Julianna Abel, Surbhi Shah, Brad Holschuh

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Abstract

This paper presents the iterative design and development of an actuator-powered, lower leg compressive therapy stocking to provide dynamic compression in a low-profile, textile-based form factor. The active component of the garment uses knitted Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuators which contract upon heating to provide the compressive forces on the body. These active materials are designed to enable at-home dynamic compression and can be actuated using a commercial heating pad. The design of a second-generation device - described herein - is intended to improve upon the first-generation garment (previously presented in the literature) by improving wearability/comfort, minimizing pressure points caused during compression, improving the user experience of the device, and expanding the active component to include both the calf and foot.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISWC 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages127-130
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450394246
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 11 2022
Event2022 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2022 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 11 2022Sep 15 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC
ISSN (Print)1550-4816

Conference

Conference2022 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityCambridge
Period9/11/229/15/22

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was funded through the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (FRD #19.18), as well as the University of Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Owner/Author.

Keywords

  • Active compression
  • assistive technology
  • soft robotics
  • wearable technology

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