Empower prosthetic feet



Benefits at a glance

Mattias goes hiking in the woods with two friends.

Cover longer distances at a higher speed

The Empower delivers the exact amount of propulsion with every step that you need to push off and move forward.

Mattias walking down a rocky hill.

More stable gait when walking down slopes

When walking downhill, the Empower is lowered to adapt to the slope of the ground. This gives you more stability because you can put your whole foot on the ground faster.

Rob climbing stairs with his Empower.

Coping with everyday life

Slopes and stairs are often a challenge. Compensating for missing muscle functions takes a big effort. The Empower gives you the power that is needed for forward and upward movements. This enables you to overcome obstacles.

Mattias sitting in a café working on his laptop.

Relief function for a more natural appearance

The Empower is lowered to the floor when sitting. That not only looks more natural, it also relieves your residual limb.

Rob walking around town with his Empower.

Reduced joint strain

The Empower improves the users gait by providing support, thus reducing joint strain.

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Success Stories

Mattias hiking in the woods.

Mattias (Empower user from Sweden)

Most users are familiar only with mechanical prosthetic feet, but with a mechatronic foot like this, you can actually move the joint. It feels very natural. When you walk, it is just like a normal foot – it moves. It gives you this power. It's almost as if the Empower is walking for you.

Devin standing in the garden with his pregnant wife.

Devin (Empower user from the USA)

The Empower changed my life. Thanks to the Empower, I can work an 8-hour shift and more without pain. It is really the most adaptable ankle joint I've ever stood on. The foot has given me back the quality of life that I have been dreaming of for over twelve years. The Empower is really revolutionary.

Rob sitting on the couch putting his laptop in his backpack.

Rob (Empower user from the USA)

My goal is to get back to where I was before my accident. I often had back pain. It was just not possible for me to carry out my tasks at work properly. Since I have had the Empower, I am able to do everything I used to do.

Functionality

How the Empower works

The Empower imitates the original functions of the muscles and tendons, thereby ensuring a smoother movement sequence and a more physiological gait pattern. Active propulsion is a unique feature, providing high-energy support for every step. The leg and entire body are propelled forwards. Your weight is gently transferred to the sound limb. At the same time, sensors regulate the intensity of the forward thrust required for the respective situation and the most suitable foot position.

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FAQ

  • Who is the Empower prosthetic foot suitable for?

    Empower was designed for active individuals who navigate various indoor and outdoor environments and place a high value on the ability to cover longer distances and walk at a higher walking speed. It is suitable for users weighing up to 130 kg and is available in sizes 25–30 cm. Both transfemoral and transtibial amputees can benefit from the advantages of this prosthetic foot.

  • How long will the battery last?

    The battery lasts up to eight hours, depending on the intensity of use. This means you may have to change the battery once during the day. The battery charge level is easy to read on the display. Two batteries can be charged simultaneously in a dual bay charger in less than 90 minutes.

  • Is the Empower waterproof?

    The Empower is not waterproof due to its mechatronic components. However, the Empower is splashproof and therefore protected against splashed water. So a sudden rain shower during a walk is no problem.

  • How is the Empower different from the Meridium prosthetic foot?

    Our Empower and Meridium mechatronic prosthetic feet differ with respect to the user target group and technical functions. The Empower is suitable for active users (MG 3-4), the Meridium for moderately active users (MG 2-3). With powered propulsion, the Empower supports you at toe-off. With the prosthetic foot, you can cover longer distances at a higher speed. Meridium offers intuitive adaptation and a more natural movement sequence, especially on uneven terrain or when wearing shoes with different heel heights. If you want to learn more about Meridium, click here.

  • Can I test the Empower as a user?

    Yes, you can test the Empower prosthetic foot. Please contact your local prosthetist to arrange a trial.

Clinical References

The benefits of Empower are clinically proven:

  • Emulates lost muscle function by actively supplying energy at toe off.

    Russell Esposito, E., Aldridge Whitehead, J. M., & Wilken, J. M. (2016). Step-to-step transition work during level and inclined walking using passive and powered ankle-foot prostheses. Prosthetics and orthotics international, 40(3), 311–319.

    Herr, H. M., & Grabowski, A. M. (2012). Bionic ankle-foot prosthesis normalizes walking gait for persons with leg amputation. Proceedings. Biological sciences, 279(1728), 457–464.


  • Active plantar flexion during loading of the limb provides extra comfort when walking and increased stability when walking downhill on slopes.

    Gates, D. H., Aldridge, J. M., & Wilken, J. M. (2013). Kinematic comparison of walking on uneven ground using powered and unpowered prostheses. Clinical biomechanics (Bristol, Avon), 28(4), 467–472.

  • Reduces loading on body joints due to increased support late in stance phase on the prosthetic side.

    Grabowski, A. M., & D'Andrea, S. (2013). Effects of a powered ankle-foot prosthesis on kinetic loading of the unaffected leg during level-ground walking. Journal of neuroengineering and rehabilitation, 10, 49.

  • More energy for longer walking distances and increased walking speed, even on slopes and stairs.

    Gates, D. H., Aldridge, J. M., & Wilken, J. M. (2013). Kinematic comparison of walking on uneven ground using powered and unpowered prostheses. Clinical biomechanics (Bristol, Avon), 28(4), 467–472.

    Herr, H. M., & Grabowski, A. M. (2012). Bionic ankle-foot prosthesis normalizes walking gait for persons with leg amputation. Proceedings. Biological sciences, 279(1728), 457–464.


  • Increased balance and stability on uneven terrain due to real time adaptation.

    Gates, D. H., Aldridge, J. M., & Wilken, J. M. (2013). Kinematic comparison of walking on uneven ground using powered and unpowered prostheses. Clinical biomechanics (Bristol, Avon), 28(4), 467–472.


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