AN INFLATABLE BLADDER SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR MILITARY FOOTWEAR

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Authors
  1. Yule, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);M.E.T.A. Research Inc, Richmond BC (CAN)
Abstract
Good footwear can mean the difference between health and injury of the user and, in many military operations, between success and failure of a mission. Good footwear is seen as a vital item of general issue equipment, but as with most military supplies there is pressure to reduce overall program costs. One method of decreasing the cost of footwear is to reduce the number of sizes required. Simply reducing the number of sizes is not practical as the frequency of acute injuries (i.e., ankle sprains) and chronic injuries (i.e., plantar fascitis, blisters, etc.) increases greatly with ill-fitting footwear. A solution to the problem would be a low cost construction that allows a reduction in the number of sizes while increasing comfort and protection. One way of doing this is to incorporate inflatable bladders into the boot, in principle ensuring tailored sizing. Under contract No. W7711-4411/01, the Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine tasked M.E.T.A. Research Inc to develop a technology demonstrator boot insert. The main project goal was to build a system that would allow a reduction of the number of sizes wihtout increasing the risk of chronic or acute injuries. Secondly goals concerning fit, comfort, and protection were also established. The project was successful, in that the prototype insert performed will unber the evaluation criteria. The main goal was achieved along with most of the secondary goals. TRUNCATED
Report Number
DCIEM-96-CR-13 — Contractor Report (Final)
Date of publication
01 May 1996
Number of Pages
22
DSTKIM No
97-00618
CANDIS No
500887
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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