Microprocessor-Controlled Hydraulic Foot Can Benefit Moderately Active AmputeesBy Rehab Management: Rehab Today,
Publication Date: June 4, 2012
Article features the Elan, a microprocessor controlled hydraulic foot. The prosthesis was designed to provide real-time, simultaneous adjustments as the user walks to allow for a smoother gait without thought from the user. The Elan reportedly assists individuals in forward progression and provides a brake effect when walking down an incline, optimizing momentum and security for the user. It is designed to give walking assistance on a variety of surfaces at and changing gait speeds. The prosthesis is recommended for moderately active amputees with the ability or potential for ambulation with variable pace. Additional benefits of the hydraulic foot include improved ground clearance in swing phase, improved posture and gait, and the provision of even loading between limbs. The Elan is water resistant and uses a rechargeable battery.
Published by: Ascend Media LLC (Website:http://www.ascendmedia.com)
Link to text: http://www.rehabpub.com/RMN/2012-06-04_05.asp