The Dynamic Sock Brace

Team: Baby Boot Builders

Program: Center for Leadership Education, Multidisciplinary Design

Clubfoot is a birth defect causing a child’s foot or feet to be turned inward and downward, affecting 1 in 1,000 births every year in the U.S. Though clubfoot can significantly affect a child’s ability to walk, it is curable if families adhere to treatment over the course of many years. The standard of care is a bracing solution that rigidly connects a child’s feet to each other, causing discomfort and distress while sleeping.

Our team’s solution, the Dynamic Sock, eliminates the need for a bar, enabling a child to move their feet independently and comfortably. Our brace takes the form of a sock filled with lightweight beads. Using an alignment mat, the proper ankle orientation is set before air is vacuumed out from the sock through a 1-way valve. The brace stiffens, maintaining its shape and the angle of the foot needed for effective treatment.

Dr. John Herzenberg
Dr. Philip McClure

Mentors

Alissa Burkholder Murphy
Rena Liu

Team Members

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This video shows how our Dynamic Brace reimagines the clubfoot bracing experience, making the healing journey more comfortable for kids.