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 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 

Design of a Smart Prosthetic Liner Controlled by Muscle Activation Feedback 

Interface Monitoring System to Promote Residual Limb Health 

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

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

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

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

Further Development of an Adaptable Prosthetic Ankle Unit

Gait Initiation and Termination 

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