EB1 Foot

EB1 Foot
Status Commercialized
Made? No
Replicated? Was this project made independently by someone other than the authors and without their guidance? No
Countries of design United States
Countries of replication Africa
Health data
Health topic Physical disabilities
Health classification Treatment

Problem being addressedEdit

Prosthetic feet are usually the first part of the prosthetic leg to fail, particularly in developing country settings where people are often subject to poorly constructed roads and semi-wild trails. At the same time, durable prosthetic feet need to be affordable for these patients.

Detailed description of the solutionEdit

The EB1 is a single piece of vulcanized rubber shaped to resemble the human foot. Aluminum and wood are used to reinforce the foot. The model is designed to last for three years, to be manufactured locally using local materials, and to cost less than $5.00 USD.

Relevance to developing country settingsEdit

The EB1 is designed for use in Vietnam and is currently manufactured in that country. Prosthetics Outreach International is expanding the manufacturing program to Sierra Leone, Haiti, and Bangladesh.

Designed byEdit

  • Designed by: Prosthetics Outreach Foundation
  • Manufacturer location: International Headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA

Funding SourceEdit

This project receives philanthropic funding from Prosthetics Outreach Foundation.


Peer-reviewed publicationEdit

Sam, M., Hansen, A. H., and Childress, D. S. (2004). Characterisation of prosthetic feet used in low-income countries. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 28, 132-140.

Steen Jensen, J., Nilsen, R., Zeffer, J., Fisk, J., and Hartz, C. (2006). Clinical field testing of vulcanized feet for trans-tibial amputees in tropical low-income countries. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 30(2), 195-212. Link available here.

Steen Jensen, J. and Treichl, H. B. (2007). Mechanical testing of prosthetic feet utilized in low-income countries according to ISO-10328 standard. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 31(2), 177-206.

Other internally generated reportsEdit

Prosthetics Outreach Foundation. (2011). The EB1 Foot. Link available here.

Prosthetics Outreach Foundation. (2007). Making the EB1 Foot. Youtube video available here.

Externally generated reportsEdit

Steen Jensen, J. and Sexton, S. (2010). Appropriate Prosthetic and Orthotic Technologies in Low Income Countries (2000-2010). Link available here.

Strait, E. (2006). Prosthetics in developing countries. PDF available here.