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.