Bionic foot in the UK spotlight

Teenager Scott Wall is one of the first people in the UK to be fitted with the PROPRIO FOOT™ from Ossur, the world’s first intelligent prosthetic foot. And his story has not gone unnoticed by the national media. Last week BBC TV practically took over his prosthetic clinic PACE Rehabilitation for the day, getting the low down from Scott and his prosthetist Toby Carlsson. Teenager Scott Wall is one of the first people in the UK to be fitted with the PROPRIO FOOT? from Ossur, the world's first intelligent prosthetic foot. And his story has not gone unnoticed by the national media. Last week BBC TV practically took over his prosthetic clinic PACE Rehabilitation for the day, getting the low down from Scott and his prosthetist Toby Carlsson.

Watch the interview here

Scott Wall
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Pace Rehabilitation

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Scott, a keen sportsman, had part of his left leg amputated after a hit and run accident when a speeding car pinned him against a wall. His right leg was also badly injured, requiring metal plates and rods to help repair it.

Initially Scott found it very hard to get back on his feet. He spent 10 weeks in hospital and some time in a wheelchair before getting his first prosthetic leg. Still needing a lot of support he turned to PACE Rehabilitation in Cheadle, who recommended he try the PROPRIO FOOT.

Walk your way, with the PROPRIO FOOT

After a few weeks trialling the foot Scott says it has already had a big impact on his life and he now has the confidence to walk to the shops, for example, on his own. With more The PROPRIO FOOTphysiotherapy to help him get the most out of the high tech device, Scott believes he will regain sufficient independence to allow him to go to back to his studies.

Now Scott feels he has a real chance to get back to where he was before the accident and maybe even start playing basketball again, perhaps with a specialized sporting prosthesis. "Before, I was driven everywhere," he explains. "I couldn't walk very far without my family or a friend, in case I needed help. And although everyone has been great, I don't really want to rely on other people."

Scott Wall talks to the Manchester Evening News

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BBC man Stuart Hughes adds his voice

Stuart's first encounter
with the PROPRIO FOOT

A familiar face on ossur.com, Stuart Hughes is a British BBC TV producer who lost a leg while reporting in Iraq. Stuart got his first taste of the PROPRIO FOOT on a recent visit to Iceland and Ossur's HQ when he was taking part in the Reykjavik marathon.

Now also using the foot which incorporates the very latest in Bionic Technology by Ossur, Stuart has written a feature about his experiences and the possible implications for amputees in the military services for BBC online.

Bionic man

"Every evening, before I switch off the bedside light, I take my right leg off and plug it into the mains."
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And here's the science

A combination of sophisticated sensors, artificial intelligence and precision actuators (motors and other moving parts) means prosthetic devices from Ossur's Bionic technology platform are now actively replacing lost function.

PROPRIO FOOT
The world's first intelligent foot module, the PROPRIO FOOT can think for itself, responding automatically to changing terrain and the angle of the walking surface.

So what - in layperson's terms - does it do for its users? Well, it replaces many of the subconscious actions of a natural ankle. It senses over a thousand times per second exactly where the foot is in space. The accuracy is such that it can detect even the slightest of slopes and instruct the foot to adjust its angle automatically.

Toe clearance, stairs and chairs

With this type of sensory information the PROPRIO FOOT can also calculate the exact moment that the toe needs to lift in order to clear the ground as you step forward, so no more toe-stubbing or hip-hiking.
Even better, it can figure out for itself that it is going up or down a slope or tackling stairs. The ankle immediately and automatically adjusts itself to every situation for a more natural, confident and safer way of walking. Just imagine, a prosthetic foot that understands what you are doing!

It also realigns itself automatically when sensing any changes in heel height and if you have ever struggled to get out of a chair you will realise another advantage of the PROPRIO FOOT. Instead of loading all your weight on to your sound side, you can now tuck both feet in behind your knees (because the prosthetic ankle will flex like your natural one) and get in and out of a chair like you used to.

For more information
on the PROPRIO FOOT and other products featuring Bionic Technology by Ossur, please visit www.ossur.com/bionics

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