You, too, can accessorize yourself like the Terminator!

So in the previous life-related thread somebody asked, “Can you tell us more about the foot options? Obviously you will need the all-terrain version.”

And that’s exactly what I’ve spent a good portion of this morning learning more about. Yeah, the more all-terrain the better, but longevity is also a consideration. Some of these things appear absurdly complex for what they do. For example…

PROPRIO FOOT is an adaptive microprocessor controlled ankle for low to moderately active amputees, designed to improve safety by increasing toe clearance in swing phase and adapting to changing terrain.

Yes, that’s a foot with an on/off button. I don’t even want to know. No, we’re not going with that one, but the list continues through things like…

The RUSH ROGUE® provides the most realistic and dynamic foot and ankle motion available. The Vertical Loading Pylon provides comfortable relief from high impact loading allowing the user to push the foot to the limits. The components are made of advanced fiberglass composite which is three times more flexible that most conventional prosthetic feet. The roll through characteristics of the foot provide exceptional energy return with no “dead spot” allowing users to push themselves to the limits.

That has possibilities. Or…

The Maverick Xtreme AT fiberglass foot comes with a split keel design that provides excellent inversion and eversion for enhanced ground compliance and patient stability on uneven terrains. It was designed for active K3 and K4 level ambulators who require a product with increased durability without compromising the desired energy storage/return and smooth roll-over during stance phase of gait. The aerospace grade fiberglass combined with the innovative heel/keel design allows for a natural, flexible feel during activities of daily living (ADL’s) and various strenuous exercises.

I like the looks of that one best so far, though considering how much durability I got out of the current carbon fiber foot I’m still kind of hoping to stay with that rather than swerve to fiberglass.

Anyway, I’m only halfway through the list of suppliers and each has a list of similar-to-identical products I’m supposed to pretend an opinion about before the next appointment. But they all look like those so far.

All these things come with a foot-shaped shell for putting a boot on – but that’s all the shell does. The part that does the work is the weird-looking part.

And even after 48 years, this still strikes me as a bizarre conversation to be having. Don’t really know why.

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15 Responses to You, too, can accessorize yourself like the Terminator!

  1. terrapod says:

    I am no expert on this area but it does seem to me that getting long durability for a fair amount of comfort to the userwill to be the sweet spot, providing it falls into the right affordability zone. Tobo foot with battery seems to be foolish escalation of complexity for someone far away from a maintenance depot. Here is to the competence of the fitter being great and the price low. Skoal.

  2. The Neon Madman says:

    I’m assuming that there is no way to “test drive” a couple of likely options, which would seem the ideal way to do it. Maybe a check for reviews from other users (if such are available and honest)? Kinda hard to have to roll the bones on something that you will have to live with for years without being able to have a high degree of confidence in the outcome.

  3. Judy says:

    What would be cool is if you could try out several different types to figure out what you need in your environment Surely, the person doing the fitting has some knowledge about durability and comfort in your situation. Good luck!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I had to look it up.

    Yes, the PROPRIO does have a smartphone app.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I hope that TB doesn’t scare easily when those robo things start following him around.

  6. Anonymous says:

    One can’t help but wonder if the PROPRIO might not be subject to outside hacking. Consider the potential . . .


  7. Kentucky says:

    Since you’re stuck with whatever socket is fitted to your stump, I hope the foot designers have established a standard for the height from ground contact under some basic load up to the point of connection to the socket. If not, I hope there are standardized spacers/shims available to allow you to make both legs the same length, or at least feel as if they are.

  8. Joel says:

    I hope the foot designers have established a standard for the height from ground contact under some basic load up to the point of connection to the socket.

    To my surprise they actually do seem to have done that. There’s also a standard coupling, and apparently people who sort of identify as amputees think nothing of possessing multiple feet, like a well-heeled shooter might have a cabinet full of nearly-identical handguns.

    Of course there’s no way to standardize the distance between the stump and the ground, though I understand Elizabeth Warren has a plan for that. So I think they make up the variation with the length of the peg between the foot and the socket.

    Honestly, I wasn’t aware there was this big a market.

  9. matismf says:

    Which one will perform best when whacking junipers???

  10. Kentucky says:

    Well, I was kinda hoping that your new leg would have been designed to match up with that standardized foot height I mentioned above, but I guess that would be too much to hope for. Perhaps that’s accomplished by the peg length you mention. And some provision for a little fine-tuning at final fitment would be appreciated, as well . . . shims/spacers, etc.

    We’ll need good pics of the final installation. 🙂

  11. Ben says:

    Okay, prosthetic feet might be so standardized that some folks might have different options for different days, but they don’t seem to (yet) be so standard that you can buy one on Amazon. It might be interesting to try AliBaba though!

  12. Paul Joat says:

    Is there an option that includes a compartment for a small backup gun?

  13. Joel says:

    ‘fraid not.

  14. Kentucky says:

    How bout a Maxwell Smart ‘phone?


  15. Allen says:

    That first one looks like it could double as a hedge clipper.

To the stake with the heretic!