Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center

Lower-limb Prosthetics

In Progress Research Projects

[In alphabetical order by project title]

A Pilot Clinical Trial to Assess the Effect of Transfemoral Socket Design on Hip Muscle Function

A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Effects of Hydraulic Ankle-Foot Prostheses on Standing and Walking in K2-Level Ambulators

Characterizing the Gait Biomechanics of Women with Leg Amputation for Improving Evidence-Based Rehabilitation Practice 

Comparative Effectiveness of Socket Casting Methods: Improving Form and Fit

Design of a Smart Prosthetic Liner Controlled by Muscle Activation Feedback 

The Effect of Residuum-Socket Interface Integrity on Perception and Control in Individuals with a Transtibial Amputation

Hybrid Electrical-Mechanical Pump for Vacuum Suspension of Prosthetic Sockets 

No Longer Smooth: Introducing Striations into Prosthetic Socket Construction to Improve Suspension, Rotation, Fit and Comfort 

Optimal Selection of Prosthetic Knee and Foot Combination for Improving Walking and Standing Performance in Transfemoral Prosthesis Users

Optimization of Prosthetic Foot and Ankle Stiffness for Standing and Walking 

Completed Research Projects 

[In alphabetical order by project title]

A Comparison of Computer-Controlled and Passive Prosthetic Knee Joints

A Quantitative Analysis of Transfemoral Prosthetic Alignment

An Investigation of Shock-Absorbing Prosthetic Components

Assessing and Responding to the Prosthetics Needs of Farmers and Ranchers

Characterization of the Shock Absorption of the Able-Bodied Locomotor System, with Application to Amputee Gait

Development of an Equilibrium-Point Prosthetic Ankle Joint

Development of Subischial Prosthetic Sockets with Vacuum-Assisted Suspension for Highly Active Persons with Transfemoral Amputations

Effect of Prosthesis Stiffness on Impact Forces during In Vivo Step Loads and Gait

Effect of Roll-over Shape Arc Length on Gait of Transtibial Prosthesis Users

Effects of Prosthetic Foot Rocker Radius on Gait of Prosthesis Users

Evaluating Outcomes of Dysvascular Partial Foot and Transtibial Amputation: a Systematic Review and Development of Shared Decision Making Resources

Examinations of Balance and Balance Efficiency in Persons with Transfemoral Amputation 

Functional Performance Evaluation of the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum (NU-FlexSIV) Socket for Persons with Transfemoral Amputation   

Further Development and Evaluation of the Junior Shape&Roll Prosthetic Foot

Further Development of an Adaptable Prosthetic Ankle Unit

Gait Initiation and Termination 

Interface Monitoring System to Promote Residual Limb Health 

Modeling of Able-Bodied and Prosthetic Gait 

Pilot Study of the Effect of Socket Characteristics on Coronal Plane Stability during Gait of Persons with Unilateral Transfemoral Amputation

Pilot Study: Application of Roll-Over Shape toward Evaluation and Design of Partial Foot Prostheses

Pilot Study: Junior Shape&Roll Prosthetic Foot for Children

Shape&Roll Prosthetic Foot Designer Kit for Low-Income Countries

Shape&Roll Prosthetic Foot for Use in Low-Income Countries

Study of Residual Limb/Prosthetic Socket Compliance in Transtibial Amputees

The Effect of Increased Prosthetic Ankle Motion on the Gait of Persons with Bilateral Transtibial Amputations