Advanced Concepts in Prosthetic Feet


This one hour intermediate level course for PT/PTA, OT/OTA, RN, Case Managers and other health care professionals discusses a very brief history of prosthetic feet and reviews the function of the anatomical foot and ankle during the phases of the gait cycle. This anatomical review will assist in understanding how the latest advancements in prosthetic foot/ankle design are attempting to replicate anatomical function. The course presents current advancements in prosthetic feet including: Overload Springs, Passive Motion Feet, Microprocessor Feet (MPF) and Powered Feet

Course Syllabus

Course Handout

Course Evaluation

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the functional phases of anatomical foot and ankle motion
  • Describe how prosthetic foot design has attempted to mimic the functional phases of foot and ankle motion
  • Discuss the concept of an overload spring foot design
  • Describe how passive motion feet aide the user when traversing slopes, ramps and uneven terrain
  • Discuss how powered prosthetic feet aide the user in normal gait as well as assist in traversing inclines and stairs

AOTA Classification Codes

  • Domain of OT: Client factors and activity demands
  • OT Process: Intervention