Bridging the gap between disability and ability: BiOM

The latest technology in prosthetic limbs continues to help bridge the gap between disability and ability with bionic and robotic limbs.

For the last few years BiOM tested its powered prosthetic foot in V.A. Hospitals. Today, 1,000 people have one worldwide — and one of those people lives on the Central Coast.

“I had my leg amputated August 19, 1992,” said Mike Addy who was injured while working a road construction job. “I had a ten ton steel roller fall on my left leg and my right foot.

He tried many prosthetic solutions, but those solutions did not come without other health complications.

“My hip would hurt all the time because I was over compensating,” explained Addy.

A few months ago, things changed for Addy.

“We put on Mike a BiOM foot, which is a microprocessor foot with a hydraulic, but it also has motors in it so it can have planter flexion, so it controls the foot going down as well as the foot going up. It can push off and propel him off an incline,” said John Hollingsead, Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist.

This means Addy can be more active.

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