June 23, 2024


Exercise makes you strong

Easy-to-use foot exercise device to treat sporting injuries and foot complications

A disruptive new unit which is developed to build energy in the muscle tissue of the toes, together with the intrinsic muscle groups within the foot, is set to start adhering to an injection of expert assist from Heriot-Watt University. 

Easy-to-use foot exercise device to treat sporting injuries and foot complications
Novobow inventor Gerry Farrell. Picture Credit: Heriot-Watt College

Unveiled to coincide with the opening ceremony of the Health-related Device Manufacturing Centre, based at Heriot-Watt College, the Novabow machine is designed to reduce and address sporting injuries and a wide selection of foot difficulties and ailment.  

Investigation conducted in modern a long time has disclosed the crucial position played by the intrinsic foot muscle groups, demonstrating their part in running injuries, problems relating to diabetic issues which includes neuropathy (foot numbness) and ulcers, together with more popular nevertheless unpleasant grievances like bunions.  

A practising dentist from Glasgow is now established to renovate foot wellbeing with an uncomplicated-to-use foot workout device which builds foot muscle mass power. Performing with specialist designers and advisers from the Healthcare Device Manufacturing Centre at Heriot-Watt College, Gerry Farrell will launch the gadget this summer season.

In the latest a long time, our understanding of the crucial position that intrinsic foot muscle groups engage in has grown exponentially. Fashionable footwear weakens the feet so most of us deficiency the power we want for correct harmony and workout. This can contribute to a array of toe deformities, ache, and injury.  

Just one of the most important explanations persons quit actively playing a activity or taking pleasure in exercise is due to the fact of soreness. Several of the foot routines available aim on the wrong muscle mass or never sufficiently or very easily arrive at the intrinsic muscle tissues. As an newbie athlete, I wanted to stop sporting injuries and the success of our pilot scientific studies at Napier and Stirling Universities have been really favourable. We have also tested the machine lengthy-time period with Olympic hammer thrower Chris Bennett who was established to have surgery just before resolving his knee and again difficulties applying the Novabow machine. He now uses it every day. 

The assistance delivered by the MDMC has been priceless in developing the machine for marketplace. As a dentist striving to launch a exclusive work out technique with very clear health care gains, I’ve encountered a lot of challenges. The MDMC staff at Heriot-Watt College helped me with in-depth CAD drawings and delivered an introduction to just the right form of specialist plastic company, some thing I would not have found without having their enable. The facility is invaluable for SMEs working in the complicated professional medical system market.” 

Gerry Farrell, Managing Director, Jomarg Innovation Ltd and Inventor of the Novabow Foot Physical exercise Gadget

Significantly, these living with diabetes are at a specifically substantial chance of intricate foot disorders like neuropathy which qualified prospects to serious numbness in the ft. A diabetic with this ailment is 20 moments far more very likely to slide than anyone with no diabetic issues. This appreciably increases the danger of damage, notably as an person receives more mature Foot and ankle workout packages have significantly improved and even reversed neuropathy.[1]

A second obstacle for people living with diabetic issues is ulceration which, in some situations, can guide to infection and eventual amputation. Investigation reveals that ulcer recurrence is dramatically decreased employing foot and ankle training from 72% down to just 16% with this style of workout.[2]

We can see tremendous likely for the Novabow device to tackle and avoid a huge assortment of health and fitness conditions as very well as help equally beginner and expert sportspeople to workout protection. As we mark the official start of the MDMC at Heriot-Watt College, we hope lots of more businesses like Novabow will entry our free of charge professional clinical machine production guidance.

The MDMC has been proven to assistance SMEs like Jomarg Innovation to supply the right companies for their product, to entirely utilise our £2M lab devices with pro guidance and to navigate the demanding route of medical system regulation. Our help is cost-free to Scottish SMEs, demonstrating our institution’s dedication to accelerating daily life sciences innovation in Scotland and further than.”

Professor Marc Desmulliez, Manager, Health-related System Production Centre (MDMC), Heriot-Watt University

Commenting on the opening of the Professional medical Gadget Manufacturing Centre at Heriot-Watt College, Business enterprise Minister Ivan McKee stated:

“The Scottish Government welcomes today’s opening of the Health care Device Production Centre, which we supported by our Advancing Production Problem Fund to promote innovation from lesser companies.

“The Centre can enable make Scotland’s healthcare a lot more ground breaking in addressing urgent clinical wants, in line with ambitions for business in our Nationwide System for Financial Transformation.

“The Centre is supporting smaller sized providers and start off-ups as they prevail over the issues of prototyping and tests though conference stringent NHS regulatory prerequisites. I seem ahead to viewing what further more innovations emerge and how these assistance enhance health care high quality for, perhaps, tens of millions all over the world.”

The Novabow Foot Training System retains patents for Europe and the Usa. It has been supported by a range of collaborators including the Medical Unit Manufacturing Centre primarily based at Heriot-Watt University, Scottish Enterprise, Napier and Stirling Universities, Interface and Business Gateway (Glasgow Town Council).