How Microprocessor Technology Works
Microprocessor controlled feet respond to constant feedback from sensors to the onboard computer, which changes the resistance to plantarflexion (downward motion) and dorsiflexion (upward motion) of the foot based on walking speed, incline, decline and type of terrain. Adjustments are made in real time. Some designs communicate with smartphones via Bluetooth. Microprocessor controlled feet require nightly recharging, similar to a cell phone.
There are also integrated microprocessor knee/feet/ankle systems available, such as the
Linx system from Blatchford.
The élan is a microprocessor-controlled hydraulic foot from Blatchford that uses patented technology to provide a simulated plantarflexion assist during fast walking on level ground and a brake effect when walking down an incline. That makes it easier to negotiate uneven terrain, slopes and ramps with less effort, increased stability and greater confidence.
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Additional Benefits of the élan:
Improved ground clearance in swing phase
Enhanced security and stability
Even loading between limbs
Incorporated battery, self-contained device
Rechargeable battery that lasts a minimum of 24 hours
Clean / sleek look
Ability to be cosmetically covered
The élan is recommended for moderately active amputees with the ability or potential for ambulation with variable cadence and who may benefit from enhanced security and functionality and increased confidence on uneven surfaces.
élan in the News
BIONIC FEET: First Iowan Gets New Prosthetic – WHO-TV (NBC), Clive, IA
élan on YouTube
The Blatchford élan Prosthetic Foot
Kinnex Microprocessor Ankle/Foot System
Kinnex, from Freedom Innovations, is the first-ever waterproof microprocessor-controlled foot. This allows users to fully immerse the foot in water, making it possible to enjoy many activities without changing your foot, such as paddle boarding or visiting a waterpark with your children. Using embedded sensors and built-in Bluetooth connectivity, the Kinnex can sync to a mobile app on users' smart phones, allowing for real-time feedback and adjustments including up to two inches of heel height. The app can store settings for up to 100 shoes, so users can wear more types of shoes with different heel heights.
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Kinnex in the News
Palm Springs, CA
Retired local priest receives world's first bionic ankle foot – KESQ-TV (CBS), Palm Springs, CA
Residente del valle recibe prótesis de avanzada tecnología (Valley resident receives advanced prosthetic technology) – KVER-TV (Univision), Palm Springs, CA
Triton Smart Ankle
The Triton® smart ankle from Ottobock has the ability to change heel height with a smartphone app and up to three days of battery life. The ankle-foot adjusts to changes in walking speed and terrain on the fly and, with a built-in relief function, even makes standing and sitting more natural and comfortable.
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Triton in the News
DNAinfo: Chatham Woman First To Try Out New Bionic 'Smart Ankle' – DNAinfo, Chicago, IL
Manchester Man First To Test New Bluetooth-Enabled Prosthesis – Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT
The Proprio Foot® from Össur mimics natural foot motion with a motor-powered ankle. Toe clearance during the swing phase of walking enhances stability and improves security when walking on uneven terrain.
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The emPOWER from BionX offers powered plantarflexion (downward motion of the foot) to propel you forward over level or uneven ground and up inclines while using less energy.
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Available Today from Hanger Clinic
To find out which microprocessor-controlled foot may be the best solution for you, talk to one of our clinicians. Call 1-877-4HANGER to find the closest Hanger Clinic location to you.