Around 80% population with disabilities lives in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) and most lack access to prosthetic feet for high mobility, as the prices of current devices in the market lie far beyond their financial means. To address this issue, EPFL and ICRC collaborated to develop a prosthetic foot (Agilis) with advanced biomechanics for high mobility users. The initial prototype was tested in a pilot in Vietnam and the preliminary results were promising. We aim now to continue this successful collaboration for the evaluation of the functional performance and user acceptability of a newer version of the Agilis foot, before the ICRC launches it on the market. The participants will be equipped with wearable inertial sensors and the overall protocol will last less than 12 months. Data from this study will be analyzed to understand how the Agilis foot improves the real-world ambulation of the users and whether this performance is better than existing alternatives. More than 30 million people LMICs are in need of a prosthesis and this project can enable the Agilis foot to alleviate the suffering and bring a better quality of life to  these people.

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EPFL PI: Prof. Kamiar Aminian, Laboratory of Movement Analysis and Measurement

Partner: Gregory Huot (ICRC)

Photo: Mathieu Janier

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