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Prosthetic Feet Hitting New Strides of Performance, Patient Acceptance
Dec

18

2016

Prosthetic Feet Hitting New Strides of Performance, Patient Acceptance

Choosing a foot component for a new prosthetic limb these days is no easy business. Once a simple choice among a handful of distinctly different designs, an informed selection of a specific ankle-foot mechanism today has become a complex matter requiring knowledge of, and experience with, a steadily growing spectrum now numbering more than 100 foot designs. Without question, “innovation motivation” has taken hold in...

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Suction? Liner? Belt? Suspension Choice a Key Element of Prosthetic Success
Dec

15

2016

Suction? Liner? Belt? Suspension Choice a Key Element of Prosthetic Success

In its limb prosthetics application, the term suspension derives from a primary definition of its root word suspend … “to hang from somewhere.” In fact, that definition reveals the primary challenge of attaching a replacement limb to the human anatomy: Hanging from a residual limb, the prosthesis is subject to gravity, which in most postures applies a distal force that seeks to pull the replacement...

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The Latest in Prosthetic Liners
Dec

14

2016

The Latest in Prosthetic Liners

Gel liners, sometimes known as roll-on suction sockets, aren’t particularly new anymore – they’ve been a part of mainstream prosthetic practice going on two decades, and today increasing numbers of amputee patients are wearing them. That growing history doesn’t mean the innovation is over, however. In reality, new interface designs are coming to market at a rapid pace, giving prosthetic patients new possibilities for comfort,...

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LeTourneau Prosthetics Fits Beaumont’s First Bionic Foot
Nov

23

2016

LeTourneau Prosthetics Fits Beaumont’s First Bionic Foot

LeTourneau Prosthetics fit this area’s first prosthetic ankle-foot system incorporating artificial intelligence and the ability to self-adjust for the type of terrain – flat surfaces, slopes, stairs, etc. – over which the wearer is ambulating. The Proprio Foot (from proprioception, a person’s introspective sense of the position and movement of neighboring body parts) represents the next generation of prosthetics. It constantly samples how the patient...

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