When wearing a stiff orthopedic boot to recover from a foot or ankle injury, patients are commonly told to put less weight on the limb in question.

Sounds simple enough, but modern medicine has two blind spots when this advice is put into practice:

Are patients good at following the directions? And are the directions even meaningful?

Now comes the SmartBoot, a device that University of Delaware researchers have customized so it measures forces on the patient’s foot. 

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