Lower limb


For lower-limb amputations, the aim of treatment is to allow standing and walking, providing a stable base of support and conserving as much energy as possible. The use of high-tech materials such as carbon fibre and titanium allows us to make the prosthesis as light as possible, and modern components such as feet and knee joints provide a high degree of function. A modern prosthesis can provide much more than a simple ‘peg leg’ or the conventional legs, by using springs to store and release energy during walking, and pneumatic, hydraulic or electronic systems to control and stabilise the leg.