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novel Supports Research Among Tribal People in India



novel continues to support a research project on the plantar pressure distribution among tribal people in India, designed by physiotherapist Dr. Rajani Mullerpatan.

Dr. Mullerpatan reports on the ongoing research:



“People in India continue to walk barefoot in varied proportions in rural and urban population for various reasons like socio-economic, climatic and spiritual. A project was designed by Dr. Rajani Mullerpatan, MGM School of Physiotherapy, Navi Mumbai, India to study characteristics of bare foot with an objective of protection of foot health.

However we lacked appropriate equipment for assessment of barefoot. MGM School of Physiotherapy had just begun and therefore could not afford novel pedar in-shoe system which would be appropriate for preliminary work because of its portability. We approached novel for help and am very pleased to share with all of you that Mr. Peter Seitz generously helped by loaning the equipment free of cost. Mr. Seitz has also kindly extended the loan period. I am immensely grateful to him and the entire novel team for their support to foster research in India.

We conducted the study in the tribal village of Ransai in the state of Maharashtra in India. This village is located at an altitude from sea level. People living in this village are below poverty line. They walk many miles barefoot. Hence an investigation was carried out to explore their foot characteristics in terms of plantar pressure distribution using novel pedar in-shoe system. Portability of pedar system allowed us to measure plantar pressure distribution of tribal people in their own village setting.

The study is in process. We intend to continue the study with measurements using emed platform for higher accuracy of findings. Results of the study will follow.

Once again, a big thank you to novel for their support!”