Foot pressure ulcers are one of the major complications for diabetics, both in terms of patient’s quality of life and in terms of social care costs.

The risk of developing foot pressure ulcers can be limited by fitting well-fitting orthopaedic shoes at an early stage. For the time being, this fitting is often not based on objective measurements, but based on the craftsmanship of the orthopaedic shoemaker or podiatrist. In addition, existing measuring systems that can quantify the pressure on the foot in a shoe are limited to the sole of the foot and are therefore unable to identify pressure points on the top of the foot. Because about half of all foot ulcers arise on the top of the foot, it is important that the pressure can also be measured on this side.

Project Goal

The main objective of the ExPressure project is to develop an accurate, valid, durable, comfortable, implementable and user-friendly measurement system for pressure measurements in shoes. This instrument will map the pressure distribution around the entire foot in order to quantify the pressure profile of orthopaedic shoes and insoles at a personal level.


The project duration is for 3.5 years, from January 2020 until June 2023.

More information

For more information about the project, please contact Carlos Kuhlmann.

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This project is made possible in part by a contribution from the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union

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