Prosthetic foot with custom graphic socket

Description (Brief)
This artificial lower limb from 2003 is made of carbon fiber and fiberglass. Van Phillips, the inventor, designed the distinctive Flex-Foot appendage to use a person’s weight shift from leg to leg in walking as a way to store and release energy. The socket is painted with a rain forest motif.
Currently not on view
Object Name
foot, prosthetic
foot, artificial
date made
ca 2003
Ossur North America
Physical Description
carbon fiber (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 54 cm x 11.1 cm x 23.9 cm; 21 1/4 in x 4 3/8 in x 9 7/16 in
overall, as stored: 4 7/8 in x 9 1/2 in x 21 3/8 in; 12.3825 cm x 24.13 cm x 54.2925 cm
place made
United States: California, Aliso Viejo
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift from Ossur North America

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