Centre d’innovació i Tecnologia BARCELONATECH

New textile structure for orthopedic fabric

INNOTEX CENTER/CFT has designed a new textile structure with shape memory and controlled elasticity that is comprised of new threads with a complex structure that can adapt to the profile of sensitive feet. The fabric is particularly useful for diabetics who may develop foot ulcers and skin problems that are often caused by rubbing against shoes and are related to a loss of feeling in the feet. The new structure has bactericidal properties (to prevent foot odour); antiviral, antifungal, anti-algae and anti-spore treatments; and a system to warm the feet in a controlled way. The project was carried out in collaboration with Proorto, an orthopedic textile manufacturer that is already marketing the new fabric.