Study to Compare a Microprocessor Controlled Prosthetic Ankle-Foot Against a Carbon Fiber Prosthetic Ankle-Foot in Transtibial Amputees
Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc. is performing a research study to compare the benefits of two prosthetic ankle-foot devices. The goal is to learn whether a recently developed microprocessor controlled prosthetic ankle-foot device, called the Kinnex, provides an advantage to walking and mobility when compared to a carbon fiber prosthetic ankle-foot devices called the LP Pacifica. Both prosthetic ankle-foot devices are manufactured by Freedom Innovations, LLC (Irvine, CA).
We are looking for lower limb amputees who meet the following criteria:
- Have a below knee amputation on one side
- Between 18 and 99 years’ old
- Use prosthesis 8 hours a day or more
- Have well-fitting prosthesis
- Body weight below 275 lbs.
- Able to walk unlimited in community (K-level 3)
- No use of ambulatory aid (no cane or walker)
- English speaking
By participating in this study, your walking ability with a prosthesis may get better, stay the same, or get worse. A possible risk is wearing a prosthesis you are not accustomed to could lead to decreased stability and a potential fall. Your participation in the research study may improve access to microprocessor controlled ankle-foot prosthetic devices, because of an increased understanding of the benefit they can provide. You will receive compensation for travel for research visits.
The research study will be performed over a series of three visits, each lasting about three hours. Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc. will administer the study at the following three locations:
Ability – Hagerstown, MD 246 Eastern Boulevard, Suite 100 Hagerstown, MD 21740
Ability – York, PA 960 South George Street York, PA 17403
Ability – Charlotte, NC 309 S. Sharon Amity Road, Suite 104 Charlotte, NC 28211
If interested in participating, please contact the Principal Investigator:
Brian Kaluf, BSE, CP
Clinical Outcome and Research Director
Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc.
10 Enterprise Boulevard, Suite 206
Greenville, SC 29615