Status: Enrolling by invitation
Keywords: Insole Sensor , Optimial Limb Loading , 42IIIB , IIIC , Lower Extremity Fractures
IRB Number: 00058956
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
Sub Specialties: Orthopaedic Trauma
The purpose of this study is to use a novel load monitoring technology to correlate limb loading to OTA type 42IIIB and IIIC tibial fracture outcomes. This study will be the first to collect continuous limb loading data and will provide the first objective insight into how limb loading directs fracture healing. To meet this purpose, two specific aims have been developed.
Specific Aim 1: Preclinical validation of a load-monitoring insole.
The Hitchcock laboratory has overcome the greatest technical hurdle for continuous limb load monitoring: development of load sensor technology that is affordable, accurate and capable of monitoring for over four weeks. To develop this sensor technology into a load-monitoring insole, the Hitchcock lab will incorporate consumer type electronics into the design, including a microprocessor, battery, and data storage media.
Following construction of a functional load-monitoring insole, a pilot human study with orthopaedic trauma patients from the University of Utah (N=20) will be conducted to identify modes of device failure, improve device interfacing and develop data handling protocols and software for the clinical arm of the proposed study.
Specific Aim 2: Conduct a prospective, direct observational cohort study.
Thirty (30) open tibial fracture patients will be recruited at two centers: University of Utah (N=15) and William Beaumont Army Medical Center (N=15). Participants will wear a walking boot instrumented with the load-monitoring insole that will continuously record limb loading and serve as a step counter. X-rays collected at standard-of-care follow-up visits will be used by Drs. Kubiak and Orr to subjectively evaluate fracture healing. A questionnaire regarding subjective perception of patient compliance will be collected at the first and last follow-up visits. Data collected from the insole sensor will be correlated to objective measures of fracture healing and subjective measures of patient compliance to determine the effect of patient limb loading on injury outcome. The Hitchcock laboratory will develop software to process and summarize data from the load monitoring insole and continually improve human interfacing factors of the load monitoring insole based off of feedback from the clinical team and study participants.