The annual Diabetic Foot Conference (DFCon) of the American Limb Preservation Society, or ALPS, was held from September 29th through October 21st in Los Angeles, California. Their mission— to eliminate preventable amputations over the next decade — falls in perfect step with that of Foot Defender®. Every year leading researchers fly into Los Angeles from all over the world to present the latest research on diabetes at DFCon.
As a leader in innovative footwear for diabetes-related foot ulcers, Defender exhibited its flagship product at DFCon. Amongst world-renowned researchers, Defender CEO, Dr. Jason R. Hanft, and his design partner — former Nike sneaker designer, Michael DiTullo, took the stage to introduce Foot Defender®. Hanft and DiTullo shared research that led to the groundbreaking design and engineering of Foot Defender, a meticulous process that included 39 iterations over the course of 5 years.
Hanft and DiTullo broke down the design process of the off-loading boot, beginning from the ground up, creating a true healing environment for people living with diabetes-related foot ulcers. The learning session, coupled with hands-on product time at the Defender booth, highlighted Foot Defender® as a proven solution for treating and preventing foot ulcers.
Foot Defender® promotes healing with 3 product principles:
• Offloading pressure from the ball of the foot where most ulcers happen
• Ease of putting on, taking off, and adjusting
• Lightweight, comfortable, and modern “sneaker” appearance resulting in increased wear time