Engineers Develop A More Stable, Efficient Prosthetic Foot

May 31, 2019

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Taking on a hiking trail or a cobblestone street with a prosthetic leg is a risky proposition – it’s possible, but even in relatively easy terrain, people who use prostheses to walk are more likely to fall than others. Now, Stanford University mechanical engineers have developed a more stable prosthetic leg – and a better way of designing them – that could make challenging terrain more manageable for people who have lost a lower leg.

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