Pune: Dhananjay Kelkar of Dhansai Laboratory received a patent for the foot standard and footwear made accordingly after working for 11 years on a special footwear. This footwear is more useful for people having diabetes and knee pain.
Dhanajay Kelkar, Chief Scientist, ‘Dhansai Laboratory’, gave details about the patent at a press conference held on Thursday. He received the patent on May 2.
Dhansai Laboratory is a physics laboratory which manufactures medical instruments and lasers. Kelkar designed the special footwear suitable to Indian foot.
“This patent is a foot standard and not a shoe standard. Indian foot has several different forms, whereas all other shoe standards assume a single foot shape as reference. We are aware that millions of feet of people with diabetes are likely to be amputated in coming years. We can reduce this number by using this special footwear made by us,” said Kelkar.
He named this footwear as ‘Seffshoe’, which stands for Scientifically Engineered Form Featured Shoe. ‘Seffshoe’ Diabetic footwear is a state-of-the-art footwear, customised to the needs of an individual’s feet.
He said the footwear is produced after a careful study of a foot and gait problems, using high speed videography, flat plantar photography to measure the foot.
“A patient whose foot is deformed due to arthritis, knee pain, corn (callus), flat feet, heel spur can also get relief with ‘Seffeshoe’,” said Kelkar.