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|Health Topic||Physical disabilities|
|Location||Africa, Asia, South America|
Problem being addressed
Conventional prosthetics are often poorly designed for use in the developing world where rugged roads and conditions can render prosthetics weak and easily breakable. Amputees with frail prosthetic limbs cannot continue their active lifestyles to their fullest potential.
Detailed description of the solution
The Niagara Foot combines flexibility, durability and comfort in a cost-effective design. Its unique S-shaped heel is injection-molded from impacted-resistant Hytrel® 8238 thermoplastic polyester elastomer and acts like a spring to provide energy storage and return during the gait cycle, much like walking normally. It helps to decrease muscular strain as well.
Relevance to developing country settings
Clinical trials were conducted in several locations around the globe, including San Salvador and Thailand. In Nigeria, the initial feedback was positive.
- Designed by: Dr. Tim Bryant, a Professor from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Human Mobility Research Centre at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada
- Manufacturer: Niagara Prosthetics & Orthotics International Ltd in Ontario, Canada
This project receives private funding from Hippo Design (Montebello, Québec), Précicad (Québec City, Québec) and DuPont (USA).
Andrysek J. Lower-limb prosthetic technologies in the developing world: A review of literature from 1994-2010. Prosthetics and Orthotics international 2010; 34(4):378-398.
Bryant, T. and Beshai, M. (2003, April). Victim Assistance Efforts: The Niagara Foot. Journal of Mine Action, 7.1. Link available here.
Other internally generated reports
DuPont. (n.d.) Case Study- Prosthetic Foot Design. Link available here.
Niagara Prosthetics & Orthotics. (n.d.) Innovation. Link available here.
Queens University. (n.d.) Did you know the Niagara Foot was developed by a Queen's researcher and is being perfected by his students? Link available here.
Externally generated reports
The O&P EDGE. (n.d.) Niagara Foot: Boon to Landmine Survivors. Link available here.
Approval by regulatory bodies or standards boards
The product has surpassed ISO 10328 standards for static and cyclic testing.