The SurroGait Rx device provides substitute sensation for "numb" feet. The SurroGait Rx system includes a high-resolution pressure-sensing insert and a low-profile, ergonomic back display. Pressure information collected from the insert is wirelessly sent in real-time to the back display. The back display transposes sensation that would otherwise be felt on the foot onto the back, so that the user can "feel" their feet through the back. With practice, through the incredible phenomenon of neuroplasticity, the user will "rewire" his or her brain so that interpreting the feeling on the back is second nature. This device is intended not only to prevent and treat complications of peripheral neuropathy, but also enable improved gait and balance and decrease the risk of falls inherent to the problem of not being able to properly feel the feet with potential applications including stroke rehabilitation and lower extremity amputation.
Orpyx has teamed up with esteemed biomechanics researchers at the Human Performance Lab (University of Calgary) to complete clinical validation studies for the SurroGait Rx system. For the latest updates on this clinical trial see here.