Products & Technology – Bionics & Prosthetics
Next Step’s Expertise in Bionic and Prosthetic Technologies
Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, Inc. is a leader in bionic and prosthetic technologies, providing only the latest innovations to patients. By working with manufacturers, we have direct access to the most progressive advancements on the market. These components are tools for patients to reach their potential, stay active, and achieve their goals.
Prosthetists and assistants are involved in the research and development of bionics and prosthetics. As a result, patients and amputee staff members are often asked to beta-test new components. Next Step is privileged to demonstrate these technologies for medical personnel as well as our staff, patients, and communities.
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Prosthetic Socket Interface Designs
Next Step believes that prosthetic components are only as effective as the fit of a socket interface. The socket is the most important part of the prosthesis, since it creates an interface between the residual limb and the prosthetic device. We sometimes make multiple clear check sockets and try different interface methods to guarantee that a proper fit is achieved during the prosthetic process.
Our prosthetists incorporate various socket designs to accommodate the shape and size of an individual’s limb. These include, but are not limited to, suction sockets, elevated vacuum systems, pin and lanyard suspensions, flexible sockets, custom liners, and lock-and-pin systems. A Next Step prosthetist determines which method is best for each patient at the evaluation appointment.
Next Step is also a certified Hi-Fidelity Interface (HiFi) provider. The HiFi Interface, developed by biodesigns in California, is a revolutionary upper- and lower-extremity socket design that gives amputees an intimate socket fit for increased prosthetic functionality. This interface features a patent-pending plastic interface for soft tissue release. It provides alternating areas of compression and relief to bring the user increased comfort and stability.
Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more about prosthetic socket design.
High-Definition Silicone Covers
In addition to other cover and skin options available in the on-site fabrication labs, Next Step offers high-definition silicone covers. These lifelike covers, or cosmeses, are created through our registered worldwide partnership with Dorset Orthopaedic in England. To prepare for the covering, a finished prosthesis is custom-molded in an intricate shaping process with our technicians, then color-matched to the amputee’s exact skin tone. Once the patient is satisfied with the results, the cosmesis is crafted in England to feel and look realistic, down to individual freckles.
Bionic Technology in Prosthetics
Many believe that bionic technology is the wave of the future, but at Next Step, we are confident that the future is already here. Though other descriptions exist within the prosthetic industry, Next Step defines bionics as powered motion with a motor and real-time adjustment capability.
These components astound many with their lifelike functionality and ability to give feedback to the patient. We are proud to offer such dynamic components to the amputees we serve. Additionally, we have access to sophisticated prosthetic devices that manufacturers and other prosthetic providers consider bionic.
While there are many bionic and non-bionic prosthetic components to suit a variety of needs, not everyone is a candidate for the most advanced devices and not every insurance plan provides coverage. We encourage patients to contact us for more information and talk with their prosthetists about what is right for them.
Bionic Components for a Prosthesis
- The BiOM Ankle System from iWalk is designed to increase mobility with revolutionary propulsion technology, while reducing energy demands and stress on the body.
- The Power Knee from Ossur is a motor-powered prosthetic knee that benefits the user with symmetry, strength, and endurance.
- The Proprio Foot from Ossur gives heightened stability and mobility to amputees through lifelike powered-ankle motion.
- The Symbionic Leg from Ossur combines the Proprio powered ankle and the Rheo microprocessor knee to create a bionic leg system.
- The iLimb from Touch Bionics appears and functions like a biological hand, featuring natural joints as well as automated grip patterns and gestures.
- The Bebionic from Steeper is an advanced myoelectric prosthetic hand that encourages a lifestyle of independence for the user.
- The Boston Digital Arm System from Liberating Technologies supplies the necessary torque for a variety of tasks, with on-board software for control.
Non-Bionic Prosthetic Technology
- The C-Leg from Otto Bock, the original completely microprocessor-controlled knee, has become a standard device in prosthetic care.
- The Genium from Otto Bock is a newer development in microprocessor technology, and this knee unit is meant for high-activity amputees.
- The Helix 3D Hip from Otto Bock incorporates revolutionary technology for a natural walking pattern by mirroring pelvic rotation.
- The Rheo Knee from Ossur is a sophisticated prosthetic knee that allows for natural movement and functionality during any activity.
- The Orion Knee from Endolite is a microprocessor knee with on-board programming and responsive technology to achieve a relaxed gait.
Conventional Prosthetic Components
There are a variety of conventional upper-extremity and lower-extremity products available to Next Step patients and prosthetists. We offer these prosthetic components for shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knees, ankles, feet, liners, sleeves, socks, sheaths, and other supplies. Regardless of the technology employed, each item works in conjunction with a custom-made socket to achieve optimal prosthetic fit and function for the amputee.