New design trends where hydraulics, carbon fibre and electronics reproduce normal and functional gait
Much progress has been made recently in the design and development of prosthetic feet. For many years now carbon fibre has offered amputees energy storing and dynamic response in a multitude of design options from many manufacturers around the world.
Engineers have now been able to design feet that incorporate a combination of hydraulic and carbon fibre function with some also utilising the intelligence of microprocessor control.
What this means is that amputees can walk with enhanced control by means where the foot intuitively understands how much resistance and motion is required to walk naturally and safely.
When walking down a ramp or slope, the ankle is able to determine how much resistance is required to allow the user to walk naturally and not worry about losing control or compensating how they need to walk.
Walking in low light conditions or at night is easier and safer and documented studies provide evidence of improved physiologic gait and reduced problems with back pain.
The range of prosthetic feet available on the market today is extensive. It is important that you discuss your needs and interests with your clinician, so suitable products are considered that fulfil your functional requirements and available funding means. At OAPL Health and Mobility our clinicians are trained and qualified to fit all different designs of feet available in the industry today.