The orthotic and prosthetic profession has changed drastically over the last 100 years. As technology has progressed, orthotic and prosthetic devices have improved. In just 50 years, we have seen technology change from the use of wood and leather to plastic, high-strength laminated fabrics, silicone, myo-electrics and now programmable microprocessor controls. All of these advances contribute to designing new devices that are lighter, more responsive and comfortable. Who knows where they will lead to next.
Drew Hittenberger has taken a leadership role in designing new prosthetic and orthotic components. His development of the Seattle Foot, which is now used worldwide, is the first prosthetic foot to store and release energy allowing patients to walk and run. (Click Here).
He also worked with Flex-Foot, the first carbon composite system for amputee athletes who wanted to run. You may have seen the Flex-Foot in the last Paralympics. It is a black flat spring that extends from the socket to the ground. It springs forward as the amputee runs forward. To discover more about the Flex-Foot, (Click Here).
Drew takes pride in using newer materials and technologies to develop designs that are lighter, more responsive, comfortable and cosmetic and perform better for patients. Combining all of the available technologies and experience together leads to a better fitting device. He continues to press the design limits so his patients can continue to reach forward and discover their own limits, based on their will and fortitude not the prosthesis.