Is there a prosthetic foot for everyone?
At present, there are various types, brands and models of prostheses, and new designs are produced every day. Many patients don't know which product is suitable for them. So, is it suitable for every patient to have a wooden prosthesis foot?
From the perspective of the functional characteristics of a prosthetic foot, a truly suitable prosthetic foot can be called a good prosthetic foot only when it has energy storage and release, multi-axis movement function, shock absorption and comfort, torsion absorption, ankle movement, full-length forefoot arm, adjustable heel height and delicate decoration.
Today, we mainly talk about the energy storage function. Every amputee needs to have the energy storage and release of the prosthesis foot. The energy storage and release means that the prosthesis foot can return as much energy as possible to the patient at the end of landing, standing and pre swing. The higher the amputation level, the lower the muscle activity, the lower the walking speed, and the higher the oxygen consumption. If the higher the power consumption of the prosthesis foot, the patient will soon feel the heavy walking and the decreased walking ability, which is
why the prosthesis foot of the patient needs the function of energy storage and release.
Especially for the elderly patients with physical decline, they are the people who most need to have the prosthetic foot with energy storage and release function. And for young patients, they can get more energy back with the help of artificial legs. At present, carbon fiber is the material with the most energy return. The size of energy return depends on the length of carbon fiber spring.
There should be different levels of the stored energy release prosthesis, and the level of the prosthesis depends on the patient's weight and activity level. If the above principles cannot be followed, the recent soft hardness and elasticity of the artificial leg cannot be guaranteed. Because each patient has different needs for the prosthesis foot, so a prosthesis foot that can be suitable for each patient does not exist!