SEARCH TOPIC: Foot Care

SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH: November 29, 2014

Health Enterprises Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of branded and private label consumer healthcare products sold in retailers worldwide in partnership with Edison Nation Medical are looking for new product ideas for relieving pain and providing proper structural and functional support to the feet. Health Enterprises and Edison Nation Medical will work to assess ideas submitted through the innovation search for potential commercialization

BACKGROUND:

The human foot is a complicated structure and injury, overuse or conditions causing inflammation or structural misalignment of any of the bones, muscles, ligaments or tendons in the foot can result in foot pain and mobility issues. About 75% of Americans will experience foot pain at some point in their lives as the sources

  • Fallen arches or flat feet
  • Ill-fitting, high-heeled or poorly designed shoes causing bunions, spurs, corns and calluses
  • Tendinitis and plantar fasciitis
  • Poor circulation to the feet
  • High impact exercise (example: running) or injury
  • Poor Posture or balance
  • Years of wear and tear

The global foot care products market is forecasted to reach $3.2 billion by 2015. Key factors driving the market include aging baby boomers and the growing number of diabetic patients. Therapeutic foot care products are often used for prophylactic or rehabilitative reasons or to optimize performance in sports. A therapeutic foot care product may be used to:

  • Control, guide, limit and/or immobilize an extremity, joint or body segment for a particular reason
  • To reduce weight bearing forces for a particular purpose
  • To aid rehabilitation from injury (example: hot/cold therapies)
  • to correct the shape and/or function of the body, to provide easier movement capability or reduce pain
  • To alleviate inflammation caused by injury or excessive impact

Ideas may include, but are not limited to, the following types of products:

  • Innovations addressing inflammation, such as hot/cold therapies that provide relief beyond the standard gel and clay products sold in retail pharmacies today
  • Therapeutic devices for relieving foot maladies such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, spurs, hammer toe, and mallet toe
  • Products to address sports injuries to the feet
  • Innovations that improve blood circulation to reduce the impact of nerve damage in the feet
  • Products for running enthusiasts

Ideas involving creams, powders, sprays and topical ointments are not included as part of this search.

Submitted ideas will be vetted through an in-depth review process led by our team of medical, product development and legal experts. Submissions will be evaluated based on medical efficacy, the strength of any potential intellectual property and overall market needs and business assessment. Edison Nation Medical and Health Enterprises will work to commercialize the best ideas and will share licensing royalties with the inventor

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