Jaipur Foot and Below-Knee Prosthesis

Exhibition: Design for the other 90 | January 5, 2012 by

The Jaipur prosthesis is low-cost, durable, waterproof, and can be used with or without shoes. Ram Chandra Sharma, a craftsman, and Dr P. K. Sethi, an orthopedic surgeon, designed this improved version of a conventional prosthetic foot. The Jaipur foot, named for the town where it was designed, is flexible along multiple axes, which allows natural movement of the foot. The Jaipur foot technology is based on traditional craft using small local production methods, and has already helped over 900,000 amputees in developing and landmine-affected countries.

  • DESIGNERS: Master Ram Chandra Sharma and Dr P. K. Sethi
  • MANUFACTURER: Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti
  • Jaipur, India, 1968
  • Micro-cellular rubber, cosmetic rubber compound, nylon cord rubber, trade rubber compound, cushion rubber compound, wooden keel with a connection bolt (foot); H.D.P.E. pipe, H.D.P.E. sheet, Jaipur foot, padeline sheet, leather straps (below-knee) Dimensions: 9.5” (foot), 9” (instep), 9” (ball girth), 21” (below-knee), 19.5” (maximum diameter)
  • IN USE IN: Afghanisthan, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Indonesia, Malawi, Nigeria, Nepal, Nairobi, Panama, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Somalia, Trinidad, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Sudan


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