New advancements in prosthetics keep athletes on the move

New advancements in prosthetics keep athletes on the move

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

The Rush Foot is a new prosthetic that offers amputees theflexibility and durability to tackle everything from walking, to competitivesports.

 "I like to ride offroad motorcycles, I like to go wake boarding, I like to wake surf, I like to go to the beach," said Steven Osborn, apatient advocate and amputee.

Osborn also likes to run, snowboard and play basketball, allusing Ability Dynamics' Rush Foot.

An amputee since age 14, Steven spent many years wearingtraditional prosthetics, which are made from heavy, inflexible carbon fiber.

On an older version of a carbon foot you can see the nutsand bolts in addition to a split up the middle of the foot.  In comparison, the Rush Foot is a lot morestreamlined, doesn't have any nuts or bolts and as a result is virtuallyindestructible.

Ability Dynamics clinical manager Richard Sainz admits hewas a bit apprehensive to try the new foot when it hit the market a year ago.

A congenital amputee, Richard has been wearing variousprosthetics since he was about 2, and says he's broken almost every carbon foot-- but he's yet to snap the Rush Foot's durable flexion material.

He says the Rush Foot can go in the water, and endureextreme temperatures.  These are keyfeatures for athletes, like those who lost limbs in the Boston Marathonbombings.

Just like those victims, Steven lost his limb unexpectedly,when he was run over by a boat on Saguaro Lake.

"Being tall and wanting to play athletics and basketball wasmy passion and then in a matter of seconds to be an amputee and to beuneducated I didn't know what a prosthesis was, how it worked.. I thought I'dbe in a wheelchair the rest of my life," he said.

Although Steven was initially in shock, he's clearly endedup on his feet. He wants the bombing victims to know that after 25 years usinga prosthetic, he's still running, boarding and dribbling the ball.

"All those things are still there for you there still therefor all of us just because you're an amputee just because you're an amputeedoesn't inhibit you from doing any of those things."

Online: www.abilitydynamics.com

 

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