3D model of human foot deemed a 'medical game-changer'

25 September 2012

A team of Scottish-based researchers has created an in-depth virtual model of a human foot, which could help create substantial improvements for treating serious illnesses and injuries.

Scientists from Glasgow Caledonian University are the brains behind the innovative 3D model, which shows bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons in a previously unimaginable level of detail.

The difficulty of modelling a 3D human foot in the past has stemmed from the complexity afforded to this part of the body.

Professor Jim Woodburn, the project's co-ordinator, commented: "Previous to this development, most computer models of the human body ended in a black rectangle - the foot was simply too complicated to model.

"The Glasgow/Maastricht foot is a game-changer."

Scientists now hope to use the 3D model to create more efficient orthotic devices to tend to disabling foot and ankle conditions, as well as treating the effects of flat feet or foot drop.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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