C-Leg: Trusted for good reason.
Since 1997, one microprocessor knee technology has set the standard for every other available option. And now, with the new C-Leg 4, our signature knee is raising the bar even higher.
It’s the one patented technology that empowers you with the proven performance you need to live the healthy, active life you want. C-Leg adapts to your unique gait pattern and walking speeds, so you can keep your focus where it matters — not on your next step, but on where you want it to take you.
Patricia, office assistant
With C-Leg, I’m living again - traveling, working, taking care of my home and family. I feel good!
Royal, estate agent
With C-Leg, I’ve started a new chapter in my life. I used to be shy about my prosthetic leg, but now I feel strong and confident.
Learn why more people choose C-Leg than any other microprocessor knee.
C-Leg has changed the lives of thousands of people just like you — and many of them have shared their stories with Ottobock. Discover how our technology has empowered them to achieve the life they want.
The C-Leg has improved my life tremendously.
After losing his leg in a motorcycle accident, Brandon recovered from the traumatic experience with the support of his family, friends, and fraternity brothers. He went on to found The Mind Clothing, a fashion brand that harnesses his unwaveringly positive spirit.
Discover how C-Leg 4 supports your active day-to-day life.
With its innovative design and exciting new features, C-Leg 4 provides a highly personalized user experience that helps you move more easily through your day and stay focused on what matters most to you.
Many updates to our signature C-Leg Microprocessor Knee are based on feedback we received directly from users. That’s why you can now get the C-Leg 4 in the original lighter Desert Pearl color as well as a new darker shade, Midnight Shadow.
You can personalize the look of your prosthesis thanks to a new customizable shield insert. Not only does this robust, durable cover protect the C-Leg 4 from wear and tear, it also empowers you to show off your unique style with each step.
Now it’s even easier to get the most out of your C-Leg. With deep sleep mode, you can save battery when power supply is limited, such as long flights or camping. And you can operate the redesigned charger with one hand.
Enjoy smooth, reliable movement with improved stance release and greater support for descending ramps and stairs. You also get more stability while sitting down as the knee mirrors your speed to keep you in control.
Want more support for your favorite activities? MyMode Plus offers extensive options for work, leisure, and athletics. Select two settings for your prosthetist to program for easy activation in the Cockpit app or via movement pattern.
To help with troubleshooting and gait training as you get used to your prosthesis, this feature provides a feedback signal every time you successfully start a swing phase. This feature can easily be activated and deactivated via the Cockpit app.
Get a closer look
See some of the new features of the updated C-Leg 4 microprocessor knee in detail.
FAQ C-Leg 4
What benefits of the C-Leg have been proven in clinical trials?
Numerous studies have investigated the advantages of C-Leg technology for people with a transfemoral amputation. These studies have shown that the frequency of falls is much lower with the C-Leg compared to conventional prostheses, proving a high level of safety.
In addition, studies show that C-Leg users don’t have to concentrate on their prosthesis at all times, but rather can move more freely in everyday situations. C-Leg users have more confidence in their prosthesis, and are also able to boost their activity levels, vary their walking speed and expend less energy while walking.
Where can I get a C-Leg?
You can get the C-Leg from a medical supply company with the advice and assistance of a qualified orthopedic technician, who will adapt the prosthesis to your individual needs.
Where can I try out a C-Leg?
Many practitioners offer trial fittings which take place over a predetermined period of time and are monitored by Ottobock when needed. Just talk to your orthopedic technician for more details.
What’s included in a prosthetic fitting?
A prosthetic fitting includes all components from the foot to the knee joint system, including the socket, which will be customized to your individual needs by your orthopedic technician. The assembly and setup of the system are also included, as well as regular service inspections during the entire period you use the C-Leg.
What happens when the battery is drained?
A vibration signal notifies the user well in advance when the battery starts getting low. When it’s drained, the C-Leg automatically switches to a predefined safety mode so that the user’s preferred resistance in the stance phase is activated.
Can I take a shower or go swimming with the C-Leg?
Although the C-Leg is weatherproof and well suited for contact with water in various everyday situations, such as rain showers or light splashes, it is not fully waterproof. You should not wear it in the shower or for activities like swimming.
How long does it take to learn how to use the C-Leg?
Many users are able to walk downstairs step-over-step on their first day with the C-Leg prosthesis. However, it can also take several days or even weeks for users to completely acclimate to using the C-Leg in everyday situations depending on their unique condition and circumstances.
See if C-Leg 4 is right for you.
- Reach out to request a demo. There’s no commitment needed to try out C-Leg!
- We’ll get in touch to schedule a personal consultation with an expert prosthetist.
- During your zero-commitment demo, your prosthetist will determine if C-Leg meets your needs.
*Kannenberg, A., Zacharias, B., & Pröbsting, E. (2014). Benefits of microprocessorcontrolled prosthetic knees to limited community ambulators: systematic review. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 51(10), 1469-96.
Orendurff, Michael S.; Segal, Ava D.; Klute, Glenn K.; McDowell, Martin L.; Pecoraro, Janice A.; Czerniecki, Joseph M. (2006): Gait efficiency using the C-Leg. In: Journal of rehabilitation research and development 43 (2), S. 239–246.
Hafner, Brian J.; Willingham, Laura L.; Buell, Noelle C.; Allyn, Katheryn J.; Smith, Douglas G. (2007): Evaluation of function, performance, and preference as transfemoral amputees transition from mechanical to microprocessor control of the prosthetic knee. In: Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 88 (2), S. 207–217. DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2006.10.030.