Thursday, June 2, 2011
Elite Blade by Endolite
Continuing with this week's series of high activity feet, we will take a look at the Elite Blade, by Endolite. This foot is categorized for a k3-k4 amputee and is appropriate for both the weekend athlete and the gym rat.
The Elite Blade is a carbon fiber foot that is both durable and lightweight. Because of the materials used, this foot is considered water safe. From running cross country through a stream to walking through the streets of DC, this high energy foot will respond to your needs.
Unlike the Re-Flex VSP, which relies upon a side spring to produce energy return, the Elite Blade utilizes a compression heel. When fully loaded, the heel compresses creating tension within the carbon fiber. As the foot is unloaded, the response of the heel returning to its normal state produces the energy through the foot. In essence, the heel becomes the "spring" to create a responsive foot.
Shock absorption occurs through the compression of the heel upon impact. Although the Elite Blade does not provide as much impact absorption as the VSP, it has proven to be adequate for the casual athlete.
The Elite Blade can be ordered in a regular or low profile option for those with a longer residual limb. It can be fit for both the above knee and the below knee amputee. Because of its slim design it can be easily fitted with a cosmetic cover.
We have successfully fit the Elite Blade by Endolite on many of our patients. If you are active and are looking for a more responsive sport prosthesis, this foot might be for you.