Prosthetic Foot, Modular III flex-foot

Prosthetic Foot, Modular III flex-foot

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Description (Brief)
This artificial foot from 1992 is made of carbon fiber. 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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
foot, prosthetic
foot, artificial
date made
ca 1992
Ossur North America
place made
United States: California, Aliso Viejo
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
carbon fiber (overall material)
overall: 21 cm x 24.2 cm x 6 cm; 8 1/4 in x 9 1/2 in x 2 3/8 in
overall, as stored: 2 1/2 in x 9 5/8 in x 8 1/2 in; 6.35 cm x 24.4475 cm x 21.59 cm
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serial number
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catalog number
model number
Credit Line
Gift from Ossur North America
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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When I was a kid, pre 1992, I was one of two people to first test this foot. What an awesome thing to hear it's now in your museum!!

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