January 2015

IDEO study calls for military participants with post-trauma foot, ankle weakness

The Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC) on January 2 called for participants for a Department of Defense-funded study examining the benefits of an integrated orthosis and rehabilitation program that incorporates the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO) and the Return to Run physical therapy program, both developed by the US Army.

Prospective participants must be service members or veterans who had a serious leg injury while on active duty two or more years ago, and who experience lingering foot and ankle weakness.

The study will enroll 90 participants at three locations: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD; San Antonio Military Medical Center/Center for the Intrepid; and the US Naval Medical Center San Diego. Par­ticipants must live or stay near their treatment center.

Researchers will determine eligibility with a questionnaire and fit selected participants with a custom IDEO. Performance testing will take place at several times during the study, which is expected to last 12 months.

For details about participation requirements, or to complete the initial eligibility questionnaire, visit prioriti-mtf.org.

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