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06-22-2016

Prosthesis with Prosthetic Spacer Devices

Picture: PROSTHESIS WITH PROSTHETIC SPACER DEVICES (© European Patent Office)

A prosthetic device (10) comprises a plurality of polymer units (18, 18a, 18b, 18c, 18d) attached to one or more leaf springs (12a). The polymer units (18, 18a, 18b, 18c, 18d) are spaced apart and define spaces (28) between the units such that there is no contact between any two polymer units (18, 18a, 18b, 18c, 18d) at maximum deflection of the one or more leaf springs (12a). The polymer units (18, 18a, 18b, 18c, 18d) may be impermeable to water and the spaces (28) may facilitate free flow of liquids out of the device (10). The plurality of polymer units may comprise a heel piece (18c) and a toe piece (18a). One or both of the heel piece (18c) and the toe piece (18a) may extend beneath the one or more leaf springs (12a) such that the one or more leaf springs (12a) do not contact the ground when the device (10) is used for ambulatory movement. The toe piece (18a) may extend further down than the heel piece (18c) and may extend beneath the one or more leaf springs (12a) such that extension of the toe piece (18a) provides increased flexing of the one or more leaf springs (12a).

Document: EP3034045A1
Click here for the full patent text at DEPATISnet [PDF]
Published patent application
Disclosure date: 12-16-2015
Publication date: 06-22-2016
Applicant: FOUNTAINHEAD LLC, US
Inventor: COLVIN JAMES M, US ; KANIA BRUCE G, US ; SCHROEDER RYAN M, US ; STEWART FRANK M, US


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