The world of prosthetics is ever changing. Everyday a new advancement is made and the ability for Amputees to live everyday lives is getting easier and easier.
The world of sports is changing as well. What once seemed like an impossible task, can now become a reality in an amputees or disabled persons life. We took a look at the latest and greatest advances in prosthetic leg technology, and it was impressive.
One of the most well known sports legs is the running blade. Made famous by the Paralympian Oscar Pistorius aka “Blade Runner”, this leg has become the one of choice for amputee runners. There are many variations and manufactures of running blade, however the basic design and shape seems to be the same throughout. A flat carbon “blade”, that attaches to a mechanical device at the base of the leg or socket. The “flex foot” used by Oscar Pistorius works by using kinetic energy like a spring. Allowing users to be able to apply pressure on the running surface and “jump” or spring into running position.
Swimming is also a very popular sport among amputees. While it depends on the user needs and type of amputation, swimming very possible for amputees and others alike. A swimming “ankle” and foot are both very common. One such leg called the “Aqualeg” is very popular among the amputee community. According to the Aqualeg manufacturers.
“A traditional prosthesis is buoyant, meaning that it tends to float in water. The Aqualeg cover allows for water to enter into the cover to allow for neutral buoyancy, which means that the leg will not have the tendency to float. By achieving neutral buoyancy, an Aqualeg prosthesis can be used for all types of water activities, including scuba diving. When exiting from a pool or the ocean water will quickly and discreetly drain through an outlet in the foot. This allows you to resume your normal activities immediately.” – SwimProsthesis.com
With so many options including a leg you can attach a “fin” to and the new “waterproof” C-Leg, it is always a good idea to identify what water sports you are most interested in and decide accordingly with your prosthetist.
Lastly we wanted to review a prosthetic leg that not many know or think about. A leg especially made for rock climbing. It is called the “Klippa” leg. Inspired by mountain goats the Klippa features a small shoe size with a pointed toe and textured heel. The bottom of the foot mirrors the hof struction of a goat with two spaarting parts that contract and push outward, saving the climber energy. It is also made of very hard rubber, providing stability and protection from wearing out.
We hope you enjoyed this review of prosthetic legs and hope that you feel inspired to get out there do what you enjoy most. Talk to your prosthetsis today and a life changing leg that could get back doing your favorite sport. Remember everyone is different with different needs so it is important you find what works for you with the help of your local prosthetist.