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OTTOBOCK FAMILY OF MPK’S

 

KENEVO: Prosthetists around the world told us that they were looking for an intelligent system for people with lower mobility grades – a system that grows with the abilities that the user gains during rehabilitation, for example, and that adapts just as well when mobility decreases. Users wanted a knee joint that would support them in their specific movement sequences but with a clear focus: on safety. Kenevo was inspired by this desire. It is the first prosthetic fitting solution in the world with state-of-the-art technology developed specifically for the needs of users with mobility grades 1 and 2.

C-LEG4: The Ottobock C-Leg is the original microprocessor knee. Since its launch in 1997, the C-Leg has set the standard for every other knee available, and is the world’s most studied prosthetic device. Our research proves that with C-Leg, you will experience less falls. Because of the increased safety, your confidence in the knee will give you the freedom to no longer think about how or where you walk.

GENIUM: With an unprecedented, natural gait pattern, taking stairs step-over-step, overcoming obstacles, walking backwards, relaxed standing – to name just a few examples. People with a transfemoral amputation experience a range of new functions that provide perfect support for their desire to live a more active and independent everyday life. Based on human movement as the model, the Genium has been developed even further. The result is a noticeably smoother gait and even better support and safety in everyday situations, for instance on ramps, in confined spaces or when changing walking speeds.

X3: The X3 has now been developed even further for smoother, more intuitive walking, improved safety, and better support in everyday situations. Building on the unique functionality of the Genium leg prosthesis, the X3 is particularly robust and resilient. Physically demanding occupations, an active family life, swimming and sports activities, seaside holidays and situations where you encounter water, dust, sand, dirt, or grime – these are the ideal conditions for the X3.

USER REVIEWS

KENEVO: I love this knee for our lower activity users (K1-2)! It is a great MPK (MicroProcessor Knee) for those of us that are looking to be safe and stable in everyday life, but don’t want to be held back by the functionality of our equipment. The KENEVO uses the same MicroProcessor technology as the C-LEG, with emphasis on safety and comfort. I really love how safe it feels when taking short steps. It makes things like shuffling/walking around in the kitchen or bathroom as smooth and safe as any knee on the market.

C-LEG4: The C-Leg is the king of MPK’s. Not only has it been on the market the longest, it probably is the most common MPK used by AK’s. It is a great knee for active users because of it’s weatherproofing, and preconfigured modes that you can access through the “Cockpit” app. This knee has modes like “Biking” or “Running” that allow the knee to respond correctly during each activity, opening up the possibilities of what you are capable of on your every day device.

GENIUM/X3: The Genium and X3 are the most robust knees on the market today. I love both of them for the most active of users, as well as those of us that want to push boundaries every day. The X3 is the same basic knee as the Genium with a couple of cosmetic improvements like a rubber casing, so you can really beat it up and not worry. These knees have a “Relaxed Standing” function that allows you to lock the knee out at whatever angle you need in that moment, creating a safe/comfortable stance. They also have a “Step over Step” function. Which allows you to climb steps and curbs step over step, although it still does take a lot of strength and coordination.

 

 

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OSSUR PRO-FLEX

Pro-Flex prosthetic feet feature a proprietary 3-blade design with full effective toe lever and a more anatomical split toe. This gives the push-off you need for a more fluid, natural and confident stride. Pro-Flex is now available with heel-height adjustability to accommodate a variety of your daily activities.

USER REVIEW

This Ossur Pro-FLex is great foot for vacuum users. I really like the XC Torsion (Twist-ability). Because of the long split toe you have a really clean rollover. As a result your momentum continues moving forward, and causes you to use less overall energy. This foot comes in 6 variations. The newest being the Pro-Flex LP (Low Profile) Align. The Align has a button on the ankle that you use to shift the heel height position. This allows you to wear all kinds of shoes that have different sole/heel heights, without having the prosthetist make a physical alignment adjustment. The Pivot allows for 27 degrees of ankle motion, creating a safer platform on ramps and stairs.

 

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Ottobock Taleo

Active individuals (K3) who navigate varied indoor & outdoor environments and place a high value on effortless walking and the ability to go wherever life takes them.

Features include: Smooth rollover due to no dead spots and easy rollover from heel strike to toe off.

Energy efficient walking that returns the energy suited to every varying step.

Terrain conformance to navigate on uneven and rising terrain safely and comfortably.

Customizable with 3 different heel wedges.

Waterproof incl. salt and chlorine water

Slim connection adapter for easier cosmetic fitting

Sizes 22 – 30

Minimum clearance height (Size 26): 6 ¼” (158mm)

Up to 150kg / 330 lbs

The scope of delivery for the Taleo includes the footshell with connection cap, a Spectra-Sock, and a transparent (soft), grey (medium), and black (stiff) heel wedge.

 

 

USER REVIEW

I really love how smooth this foot is. It comes in multiple configurations including a Low Profile version, and a Vacuum version with torsion control (Twist-ability). The split keel (sole) design allows the foot to flex with ground variances, making for a smooth rollover. The foot comes with 3 heel wedges. Each wedge has a different level of stiffness. This allows the prosthetist to get your heel strike as comfortable as possible when you land. This foot has no dead spots in it. Which means as you’re rolling over from heel to toe it is a smooth transition, distributing energy through the duration of the rollover. This makes the foot super easy to walk on, especially for Above Knee (AK) users that need a little more energy to continue their momentum through their gait. I love this foot for all users. It has a great return for high activity users, but is safe and comfortable for those of us just working through our day to day lives.

 

 

 

 

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AllPro foot from Fillauer

This is my regular everyday foot. For higher activity users I think this is the best foot on the market. The high end flexibility and rocker toe allow for a high energy return over a multitude of ground variances, while maintaining a smooth roll-over.

High energy return=Less energy output from the user. I wear this foot during most of my activities: Walking, Running, Hiking, Coaching, Etc. I do not use this foot in my super high activities such as Snowboarding or Surfing. The reasons I don’t use this foot during these activities is because of the shape (difficult to fit into a boot), and the high energy return is almost too much with the amount of force going on during those activities. I recommend this foot to many K3/4 users. If you’re looking for a foot that can keep up with a fast paced gate and a high return, this may be the foot for you!

The AllPro foot

from Fillauer

FEATURES:

  • Industry-leading flexibility provides excellent plantar and dorsiflexio
  • Carbon composite design for dynamic response
  • Rocker toe for easy and smooth roll-over
  • Multiaxial function
  • RPI pyramid adapter allows prosthetist to optimize alignment and performance for adult TT and TF amputees.*
  • Adjustable heel bumpers

The AllPro foot from Fillauer crosses all boundaries, combining high flexibility and dynamic performance into a foot that allows the user to work and play like a pro. Whether walking on a flat surface or traversing steep hills, the AllPro performs to meet the amputee’s multiaxial needs. If exercise or sports are on the activity list, this “do-it-all” foot easily transitions from the gym to the tennis and basketball courts, as well as the soccer, football, and lacrosse fields.

 

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