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Multiflex – Standard

Suitable for outdoor use
Activity Level 1 2

The Multiflex foot and ankle provide the activity level 2 user with comfortable multi-axial motion, which enhances stability. The low profile design with sandal toe allows for a more natural appearance.

Key Features

  • Multi-axial function
  • Low profile
  • Sandal toe

Multiflex – Standard Clinical Evidence Reference

Clinical Outcomes using Multiflex feet

  • Low stiffness at weight acceptance leads to early foot-flat and greater stability for lower mobility patients14
  • No loss of stability during standing with Multiflex than fixed ankle/foot15
  • Easier to walk on uneven ground with Multiflex than fixed ankle/foot15,16
  • Easier to walk up a slope with Multiflex than fixed ankle/foot15
  • Little to no difference in gait mechanics compared to flexible, “energy storing” prosthetic feet17
  • Increased prosthetic ankle range-of-motion with Multiflex compared to fixed ankle/foot15,16,18-20
  • Increased prosthetic ankle power with Multiflex compared to fixed ankle/foot for bilateral users16
  • Prosthetic rollover shape closer to natural biomechanics than fixed ankle/foot18
  • Bilateral users can walk longer distances and report “smoother” gait with Multiflex compared to fixed ankle/foot16
  • Benefits in mobility for bilateral users15,16,18,19
  • Equivalent socket comfort to higher technology, energy-storing feet21
  • Improved stance phase timing symmetry with Multiflex compared to fixed ankle/foot20
  • Reduced sound limb loading with Multiflex compared to fixed ankle/foot20
  • Majority of users rate Multiflex as either “good” or “acceptable”22 and bilateral users prefer Multiflex to fixed ankle/foot16

References

1. Moore R. Patient Evaluation of a Novel Prosthetic Foot with Hydraulic Ankle Aimed at Persons with Amputation with Lower Activity Levels. JPO J Prosthet Orthot 2017; 29: 44–47.
2. Moore R. Effect on Stance Phase Timing Asymmetry in Individuals with Amputation Using Hydraulic Ankle Units. JPO J Prosthet Orthot 2016; 28: 44–48.
3. Buckley JG, De Asha AR, Johnson L, et al. Understanding adaptive gait in lower-limb amputees: insights from multivariate analyses. J Neuroengineering Rehabil 2013; 10: 98.
4. Sedki I, Moore R. Patient evaluation of the Echelon foot using the Seattle Prosthesis Evaluation Questionnaire. Prosthet Orthot Int 2013; 37: 250–254.
5. Rogers JP, Strike SC, Wallace ES. The effect of prosthetic torsional stiffness on the golf swing kinematics of a left and a right-sided trans-tibial amputee. Prosthet Orthot Int 2004; 28: 121–131.
6. Kobayashi T, Orendurff MS, Boone DA. Dynamic alignment of transtibial prostheses through visualization of socket reaction moments. Prosthet Orthot Int 2015; 39: 512–516.
7. Wright D, Marks L, Payne R. A comparative study of the physiological costs of walking in ten bilateral amputees. Prosthet Orthot Int 2008; 32: 57–67.
8. Vanicek N, Strike SC, Polman R. Kinematic differences exist between transtibial amputee fallers and non-fallers during downwards step transitioning. Prosthet Orthot Int 2015; 39: 322–332.
9. Barnett C, Vanicek N, Polman R, et al. Kinematic gait adaptations in unilateral transtibial amputees during rehabilitation. Prosthet Orthot Int 2009; 33: 135–147.
10. Emmelot C, Spauwen P, Hol W, et al. Case study: Trans tibial amputation for reflex sympathetic dystrophy: Postoperative management. Prosthet Orthot Int 2000; 24: 79–82.
11. Boonstra A, Fidler V, Eisma W. Walking speed of normal subjects and amputees: aspects of validity of gait analysis. Prosthet Orthot Int 1993; 17: 78–82.
12. Datta D, Harris I, Heller B, et al. Gait, cost and time implications for changing from PTB to ICEX® sockets. Prosthet Orthot Int 2004; 28: 115–120.
13. de Castro MP, Soares D, Mendes E, et al. Center of pressure analysis during gait of elderly adult transfemoral amputees. JPO J Prosthet Orthot 2013; 25: 68–75.
14. Major MJ, Scham J, Orendurff M. The effects of common footwear on stance-phase mechanical properties of the prosthetic foot-shoe system. Prosthet Orthot Int 2018; 42: 198–207.
15. McNealy LL, A. Gard S. Effect of prosthetic ankle units on the gait of persons with bilateral trans-femoral amputations. Prosthet Orthot Int 2008; 32: 111–126.
16. Su P-F, Gard SA, Lipschutz RD, et al. Gait characteristics of persons with bilateral transtibial amputations. J Rehabil Res Dev 2007; 44: 491–502.
17. Boonstra A, Fidler V, Spits G, et al. Comparison of gait using a Multiflex foot versus a Quantum foot in knee disarticulation amputees. Prosthet Orthot Int 1993; 17: 90–94.
18. Gard SA, Su P-F, Lipschutz RD, et al. The Effect of Prosthetic Ankle Units on Roll-Over Shape Characteristics During Walking in Persons with Bilateral Transtibial Amputations. J Rehabil Res Dev 2011; 48: 1037.
19. Major MJ, Stine RL, Gard SA. The effects of walking speed and prosthetic ankle adapters on upper extremity dynamics and stability-related parameters in bilateral transtibial amputee gait. Gait Posture 2013; 38: 858–863.
20. Van der Linden M, Solomonidis S, Spence W, et al. A methodology for studying the effects of various types of prosthetic feet on the biomechanics of trans-femoral amputee gait. J Biomech 1999; 32: 877–889.
21. Graham LE, Datta D, Heller B, et al. A comparative study of conventional and energy-storing prosthetic feet in high-functioning transfemoral amputees. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2007; 88: 801–806.
22. Mizuno N, Aoyama T, Nakajima A, et al. Functional evaluation by gait analysis of various ankle-foot assemblies used by below-knee amputees. Prosthet Orthot Int 1992; 16: 174–182.

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Multiflex – Standard Technical Data

Max. User Weight:

125kg
275lb

Activity Level:

1-2

Size Range:

22-30cm

Component Weight:

375g
13oz

Build Height:

40mm
1³⁷/₆₄"

Heel Height:

20±15mm

†Component weight shown is for a size 26cm without foot shell.

Selection Guide

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Accessories

Multiflex Ankle Standard 30mm

  30mm
Ankle Kits 379342 (W)
379343 (O)
379344 (B) 
Snubber Kits 409007 (W)
409008 (O)
409009 (B) 

Multiflex Ankle Pyramid

Ankle Kits 409353 (W)
409354 (O)
409355 (B) 
Snubber Kits 409007 (W)
409008 (O)
409009 (B) 

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27cm 519129 519130
28cm 519131 519132
29cm 519133 519134
30cm 519135 519136