Clinical Benefits of Hydraulic Ankles
Our hydraulic technology provides benefits to the user that can help to improve their quality of life and sustain a healthy body.
18% increase in toe clearance reduces the chance of trip and falls.3
Balanced Limb Loading
Reduced chance of long term limb disease.7,8
Greater Control and Stability
Increased confidence in walking and negotiating variable terrain.4,5
Improved Energy Efficiency
10% reduction in energy cost.7
60% reduction in socket stress6
33.4% increase for bilateral patients.5
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3. L. Johnson, A.R. De Asha, R. Munjal, J. Kulkani, J. G. Buckley. Toe clearance when walking in people with unilateral transtibial amputation: Effects of passive hydraulic ankle. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD) 2014; 51 (3), 429-438
4. V Struchkov, J.Buckley. Biomechanics of ramp descent in unilateral trans-tibial amputees: Comparison of a microprocessor controlled foot with conventional ankle-foot mechanisms. Clinical Biomechanics. 2016, vol32, p164-170
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6. S. Portnoy, A. Kristal, A. Gefen, I. Siev-Ner. Outdoor dynamic subject-specific evaluation of internal stresses in the residual limb: Hydraulic energy-stored prosthetic foot compared to conventional energy-stored prosthetic feet. Gait and Posture 2012; 35(1), 121-5
7. A.R. De Asha, R. Munjal, J. Kulkani, J.G. Buckley. Walking speed related joint kinetic alterations in trans-tibial amputees: impact of hydraulic ‘ankle’ damping. Journal of Neuro Engineering and Rehabilitation (JNER) 2013; 10:107
8. Moore R. Effect on Stance Phase Timing Asymmetry in Individuals with Amputation Using Hydraulic Ankle Units. JPO: Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics. 2016; 28(1):44-8.