The effect of a shock-absorbing pylon on the gait of persons with unilateral transtibial amputation

Steven A. Gard*, Regina J. Konz

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Shock-absorbing pylons (SAPs) are components that increase prosthetic compliance and provide shock absorption during walking, running, and other high-impact activities in persons with leg amputations. This study investigated the effect of SAPs on the gaits of persons who walk with transtibial prostheses. Two gait analyses were performed on 10 subjects walking with and without an Endolite TT (TelescopicTorsion) Pylon. Comparison of kinematic and kinetic gait parameters indicated that few quantitative changes were found in the way people walked with and without the SAPs. The most consistent change among subjects was a reduction in the magnitude of an isolated-force transient that occurred during the prosthetic loading response phase, an effect that was more evident at higher speeds. Results from a questionnaire that was administered to subjects indicated they generally preferred walking with the SAP for reasons related to comfort. We conclude that SAPs may provide significant benefit for persons with transtibial amputations who are able to routinely walk at speeds above approximately 1.3 m/s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-124
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2003


  • Gait
  • Prosthetics
  • Shock absorption
  • Shock-absorbing pylon
  • Transtibial amputee

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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