Modification of finger web gusset for improving fit and comfort of pressure therapy gloves

Annie Yu, Kit Lun Yick, Sun Pui Ng, Yiu Wan Yip, Xin Zhang

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Abstract

Pressure gloves are an important therapy tool to treat hypertrophic scars on hands. However, the current glove making process fails to provide patterns that properly fit the hand geometry, thus leading to inadequate pressure exerted onto the scar region, particularly in the finger web area. The purpose of this study is to improve the fit of pressure therapy gloves by introducing a new approach that takes finger web slants into account in the process of glove pattern design and development. The angle of the finger web slants of 79 individuals are measured and evaluated by using a 3D scanning and image analysis method. Glove prototypes that take into consideration the finger web slants are then developed and assessed through a wear trial with 10 participants. The results show that gloves made with a 45° finger web slant can effectively improve glove fit, comfort and ease of hand motion. This new approach in pattern development is therefore not only able to improve the fit and comfort of pressure therapy gloves, but also enhances the compliance and effectiveness of hypertrophic scar treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium Proceedings 2014 - 7th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium, TBIS 2014, in conjunction with the 5th Asian Protective Clothing Conference, APCC 2014
PublisherBinary Information Press
Pages716-721
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event7th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium, TBIS 2014, in conjunction with the 5th Asian Protective Clothing Conference, APCC 2014 - The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 6 Aug 20148 Aug 2014

Conference

Conference7th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium, TBIS 2014, in conjunction with the 5th Asian Protective Clothing Conference, APCC 2014
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period6/08/148/08/14

Keywords

  • 3D image analysis
  • Finger webs
  • Glove fit
  • Pattern modification
  • Pressure therapy glove

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials

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