Making a boot requires 30 minutes

Installation, plaster or resin making, opening and adjustments

Requires a saw with risks of injury

* for an emergency service in a population basin of 2 million inhabitants.

Ablation of this boot requires 10 minutes

An emergency service performs an average of 65 per day *

SOFTIM, an innovation for temporary fixed assets.


SOFTIM, an innovation for temporary foot and ankle immobilisation.

The common trauma observed in emergency departments often requires temporary immobilisation with plaster or synthetic strips and currently there are no alternatives for the immobilisation of the leg-ankle-foot segment.
The making of these plaster or synthetic-band boots needs a significant amount of work time, estimated at 30 minutes (installation, making, opening and adjustments, cleaning the workspace). Similarly, the removal of these boots requires a saw, involving risk of injury, and takes time, about 10 minutes.
The positioning of the foot in these boots is frequently less than ideal due to the absence of specialised nurses in emergency departments and to the lack of time.
A recent survey conducted by the creator has estimated at 65 per day the number of boots made in emergency departments in a population pool of 2 million. To be added to this number are the boots made after surgery on the ankle and foot.

These leg immobilisations are temporary, for analgesic purposes, to prevent fracture displacement or to help the resorption of oedema while waiting for definitive treatment (surgery or treatment without immobilisation) decided by a senior consultant in emergency situations, or they are replaced by long-lasting boots after surgery.
According to research carried out by the creator, who has obtained a patent, this temporary medical device is an innovation not yet existing on the market. Its use is very simple: the device is presented flat and it is simply unfolded into its final format. Installation and removal of the device are quick and safe: the saving gained in working time largely compensates its low cost. The studies carried out, first at the INSA (National Institute of Applied Sciences), at the School of Engineering in Strasbourg, then at CIRTES, a research and development company in Saint Dié, and finally by the manufacturer, have made it possible to obtain the necessary solidity to ensure the device’s efficiency and reliability.