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Transtibial amputee gait efficiency: Energy storage and return versus solid ankle cushioned heel prosthetic feet

James Gardiner, PhD, et al.

Currently, there is limited and conflicting evidence from different studies whether ???energy storage and return??? prosthetic feet (typically glass/carbon fiber blades) improve the energy efficiency of amputee walking compared with traditional feet (solid ankle cushioned heel). Our study collects data from previously published articles and uses a novel meta-analysis technique to show conclusively that energy storage and return feet are more efficient than traditional feet, but only by a small percentage. Therefore, we encourage the development of more advanced prosthetic feet with the aim of reducing the cost of walking for people with amputation back closer to nondisabled levels.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2015.04.0066

Volume 53 Number 6, 2017
   Pages 1133 — 1138


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Gardiner J, Bari AZ, Howard D, Kenney L. Transtibial amputee gait efficiency: Energy storage and return versus solid ankle cushioned heel prosthetic feet. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;53(6):1133–38.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2015.04.0066
ORCID: James Gardiner, PhD: 0000-0003-1902-3416; Laurence Kenney, PhD: 0000-0003-2164-3892
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