Adjustable Prosthetic Feet
hkcs at socal.rr.com
Wed Jun 20 17:25:43 PDT 2001
At 07:07 AM 6/20/2001 -0500, you wrote:
> >From OANDP-L with permission of Kristin Bradley, C.P.
>Would you please pass along your thoughts on prosthetic feet with
>adjustable heel heights? I have never used them and actually only can
>think of 2 off the top of my head (Century XXII and the Masterstep).
>What are your thoughts? Are they reasonably priced? Are they worth the
>expense? Are they durable or do they tend to need more maintenance?
>Kristin Bradley, C.P.(a)(c)
I appreciate this interesting exchange. I was not aware of the breakage
problem...thanks for the heads up. Would you please forward my 2
cents back to the O&P and to Kristin. One of these days, I will have to
join their list.
Adjustable prosthetic feet,....this is very dear to my heart, I've been
waiting for the Century XXII for years. I realize that I am not the
norm, a hemipelvectomy amp, for nearly 40 years, walk without aids,
moderately active, work as an Anesthesiologist, wear leg average of about
10-12 hrs/day, and have been using the Century XXII total concept for about
16 months. I have been very satisfied with this foot, and frankly I LOVE
IT. It has been a godsend and worth every penny to me. As an educated
consumer, a middle aged working woman and a shoe freak, I'm concerned BOTH
with function and cosmesis. I personally would recommend this foot to a
specific sub group for the following reasons:
In the past I used only the SACH foot, had 3 different ones to accommodate
different heel heights. Although this works, it is very inconvenient to
remove leg, shoes and stockings to change heel heights...same for SAFE and
Masterstep. Practically speaking, it's a pain to carry around
screwdrivers, wrenches, and extra feet. The simplicity of pushing a button
is wonderful and a major selling point. The other feet mentioned require
more work to adjust heel height. They are either very complicated,
expensive, impractical or heavy. The more parts, usually the more
expensive and difficult to maintain.
Although not quite as energy returning as some feet on the market, I have
found it adequately energy efficient for my needs. It is easy to walk
over, the plantar and dorsi flexion capabilities are adjustable for each
clients personal needs, and it is "bouncy". I am not an athlete, and know
that there are many other more "active" feet on the market. I'm looking
for a compromise....function vs. looks, fashion, ease of changing shoes is
important to me, and this is it's major selling point. I cannot run,
simple walking and shopping for hours at a Mall is my idea of exercise. I
think I am more like your average client than the parolympic athlete. This
is not the foot of choice for a young, active, male BK, IMHO.
It is relatively lightweight, moderately priced and I personally have had
no technical problems, such as squeaks or breakage. We did however have
problems in achieving a nice cosmetic finish with my standard foam
cover. I would like to see some improvement in this area.
I am lightweight...about 100 lbs, moderately active, probably more than
most gals(amps) my age. I would definitely recommend this foot to
another woman who cares both about function and cosmesis. Nothing is 100%
perfect, but this suits my needs. I would be happy to share my
experiences with another gal or CP considering this foot.
Parts is parts...sometimes you'll never guess what is really important to
some of us amps. My advice to you CP's is to evaluate each clients needs,
explain the pros and cons of these feet, for each clients needs, give your
clients a choice, and let them make an informed decision.
christina at hphdhelp.org.
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