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Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation First in North Jersey to Offer New Bionic Foot to Amputees

February 11, 2009

West Orange, NJ – Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation (www.kessler-rehab.com) is the only center in northern New Jersey and one of the first in the country to offer amputees the new PROPRIO FOOT®, a prosthesis that provides greater flexibility and mobility to its users. This advanced bionic technology, developed by Ossur, a global leader in orthopedic products, closely replicates the function of a natural foot and enables wearers to walk with a more natural and balanced gait.

This high-tech prosthesis earned its name and positive reviews from patients for its ability to detect where the foot is in space – proprioception. Utilizing leading-edge sensor technology and artificial intelligence, the foot is able to identify changes in terrain, slopes and stairs and instruct the ankle to flex appropriately. As a result, patients can move about with greater balance, confidence and safety.

"The advances in bionic technology are simply amazing," said Kessler Prosthetist Joe Reda, who is among the first technicians in the nation to be certified in the fitting of this device. "Kessler clients who have already received this new PROPRIO FOOT are thrilled. They walk better, move more comfortably and can even sit down and get up more easily. They're also able to wear different types of shoes as the foot can easily be adjusted to varying heel heights without compromising proper alignment."

The foot's anatomically correct response creates a more symmetrical and balanced gait, reducing the need to "hip hike" and load body weight on the sound limb. This puts less strain on the leg, knees, hips and back. "Basically, this new technology enables us to more closely replicate the natural functioning of the lost limb and create a better prosthesis for our amputee clients."

Clients are evaluated by a team of Kessler specialists and fitted for the prosthesis. They are also trained on the proper use and maintenance of the device.

According to Gus Eppinger, Director of Kessler Orthotics & Prosthetics Services, "the PROPRIO FOOT is one outstanding example of the many advances being made in bionic technology and prosthetic design. Interestingly, while this particular foot is new to the public, the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration have been using it for some time to benefit servicemen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as with veterans of past wars. The good news is that it's now available to amputees in our area."

For more information, contact Kessler Orthotic & Prosthetic Services at 201.368.6029 or 973.992.9700 or visit www.kessler-rehab.com.

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