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
Volume 53 Number 6, 2017
Pages 1133 — 1138
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