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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
foot, prosthetic
Flex-Foot
foot, artificial
prosthesis
date made
ca 2003
maker
Ossur North America
Physical Description
carbon fiber (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
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
2003.0315.11
accession number
2003.0315
catalog number
2003.0315.11
subject
Disabilities
Prosthesis
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Disabilities
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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