Advances in lower-limb prosthetic technology

Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2010 Feb;21(1):87-110. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2009.08.003.


The boundaries once faced by individuals with amputations are quickly being overcome through biotechnology. Although there are currently no prosthetics capable of replicating anatomic function, there have been radical advancements in prosthetic technology, medical science, and rehabilitation in the past 30 years, vastly improving functional mobility and quality of life for individuals with lower-limb amputations. What once seemed impossible is rapidly becoming reality. The future seems limitless, and the replication of anatomic function now seems possible.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Amputation, Surgical
  • Amputees / rehabilitation*
  • Artificial Limbs*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Electronics, Medical
  • Ergonomics
  • Humans
  • Joint Prosthesis*
  • Leg Length Inequality / rehabilitation
  • Leg*
  • Osseointegration
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Prosthesis Fitting
  • Quality of Life