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An Innovative Foot-Leg Walker to Heal Diabetic Foot Ulcers


Optima Molliter's foot-leg walker (Credit: Optima Molliter)

Italian start-up Optima Molliter has just launched an innovative foot-leg walker that can heal foot ulcers and improve a diabetic patient’s mobility. It won a CES award in January.


With its SBi Motus Smart foot-leg support, Optima Molliter wants to bring a “positive moving forward solution” to 50 million patients with diabetic foot ulcers around the world, according to a press release. The company presented its new technology at the CES show in Las Vegas in January and is a CES 2019 Innovation Awards honoree in the Wearable Technologies Marketspace for promoting innovation awareness for possible treatments for diabetes.

The SBi device significantly reduces healing time and gives patients self-sufficiency and autonomy. It is fitted with sensors made by the American company Sensoria, specialized in artificial intelligence applied to sportswear. By measuring patients’ performance and parameters 24/7, SBi enables communication between caregivers and patients via a dedicated app, which reports anomalies, incorrect behavior, risk situations and any relevant information in real time. This ensures constant monitoring in order to guarantee faster and more effective healing.

Franco Salvatelli, head of R&D at Optima Molliter said:

Every 20 seconds, a limb is amputated somewhere in the world because of diabetes. In diabetic patients, lower limb amputation is almost always preceded by a foot ulcer.

SBi Motus Smart foot-leg support (Credit: Optima Molliter)

He added:

We created an effective, sturdy and easy-to-use foot-leg walker that can heal foot ulcers and prevent amputations integrated with a remote monitoring web-based system that provides information to the clinicians and users, improving compliance and outcomes.

400 Million People with Diabetes

According to the World Health Organization, the number of people with diabetes worldwide has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in middle-income and low-income countries and it is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes and lower limb amputation. In 2016, an estimated 1.6 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes.

CEO Susanna Salvatelli explained in a press release:

We believe that movement is freedom. Our mission is to allow people to be on the move when they want to be.


The number of people with diabetes worldwide has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. (Credit: Shutterstock)

About the Author

Celia Sampol has been a journalist for 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national media (Agence France Presse, Liberation). She's the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine.

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