A clubfoot is a congenital deformation of the foot that can be diagnosed immediately after birth. At the moment of this project, the clubfoot was corrected using the Ponseti-method, which entails a casting period of four weeks and a brace for four years. Even though the method is effective in treating clubfoot, the casting period offers a lot of usability issues for the parents of the child.
The biomedical department of the University of Twente is, therefore, developing a dynamic brace that can be taken off to replace the casting period. A brace, however, means that the parents are becoming part of the treatment: they are responsible for ensuring the brace to be on as often as possible. For the parents, this raises a lot of insecurities and considerations on what it means to take good care of the child.
In this project, three concepts were created on the basis of philosophical analyses with the Mediation theory and the Product Impact Tool. The first concept tries to address the conscious decision-making of the parent by giving a visual reminder. The second concept tries to create a positive association about the brace by making the brace attractive to the baby and to the senses. The third concept uses distance to make sure the parents won’t forget the brace.