Footwear for diabetics patented

The Prof. M. Viswanathan Diabetes Research Centre in Royapuram has received exclusive patent rights to develop footwear for persons with diabetes. The Intellectual Property India has offered the rights.

The footwear is designed to reduce pressure under the foot while walking.

It is particularly useful for diabetics with neuropathy and those with loss of sensation in their feet.

Vijay Viswanathan, head and chief diabetologist at the centre and M.V. Hospital for Diabetes said: “The patent has been given for developing unique preventive footwear for people with diabetes who risk developing foot complications. The foot research centre has been actively involved in diabetes research since 1972 and has published more than 1,000 research papers in the field. MV Hospital has successfully prevented a major amputation in more than 80,000 patients in the past 28 years.”

The hospital was established in Royapuram in 1954. Recently, the centre was re-designated as the World Health Organisation collaborating centre for research, education and training in diabetes for the fifth consecutive time since 2002.

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