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The relevance of the prosthetic foot

Find out more about the relevance, selection and construction of prosthetic feet.

Find out more about the relevance, selection and construction of prosthetic feet.

Visión general

Es más que un pie protésico. Es una base.

El pie protésico hace posible todo lo demás. Si usted es un amputado de la parte superior o inferior de la rodilla, la calidad y el rendimiento de toda su prótesis se verán afectados por la calidad y el rendimiento del pie protésico.

Con una amplia gama de pies protésicos Ottobock, puede estar seguro de que junto con su profesional de O&P, encontrará el pie protésico perfecto que se adapte a sus necesidades personales. Ya sea un pie hecho de carbono o un pie controlado por microprocesador, toda nuestra cartera se basa en la misma idea: construir una base. Asumimos nuestra responsabilidad con seriedad. Al elegir un pie protésico de Ottobock, puede estar seguro de que cada uno está diseñado con pasión, cumpliendo con los más altos estándares de calidad y siempre pensando en sus necesidades.

Your suitable prosthetic foot

How you and your O&P professional select the right prosthetic foot

Please note: Choosing a prosthetic foot that best suits your personal requirements, needs and goals is a complex task. Your O&P professional is an expert in this field. Thanks to his education, experience and biomechanical knowledge, he will choose the prosthetic foot that helps achieve the best possible fitting outcome for you individually. The information provided in this section only serve as a guidance. Please contact your O&P professional if you have more detailed questions.

Personal factors

Apart from all the technical selection criteria, your O&P professional will keep in mind your personal needs, living situation and goals when choosing the foot prosthesis. These factors might be the desire to participate in sports activities or the ability to paint your toenails. These are of great importance because your prosthetic foot should be like an extension of yourself.

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Amputation level

Your amputation level will be one of the first things that needs to be looked at when chosing the components in your prosthesis. An above knee amputation requires a prosthetic knee joint and the type of knee joint will help to define the appropriate prosthetic foot. This is where your O&P professional will assess the functions of the prosthetic knee joint and recommend an appropriate prosthetic foot. Because the natural knee joint is intact after a below knee amputation, your O&P professional will consider factors like length of the residual limb, strength and range of motion when recommending an appropriate foot prosthesis.


Activity level

Manufacturers categorise prosthetic feet by the user’s activity level – also called mobility grade. This means that not every prosthetic foot can be used by every user. Selecting a prosthesis that matches your activity level will maximise your mobility and your quality of life. Here are some very basic indications for identifying your activity level. If you are on the border between two activity levels, your O&P professional will consider multiple products to assess the one that is best for you.

Tres mujeres entrenando con kettlebells. La mujer del frente lleva una pierna protésica en su lado derecho.

Build height

Prosthetic feet vary in height. We call the height of a prosthetic foot build height. Your height and the length of your residual limb as a below knee amputee will determine the space you have for a prosthetic foot and what is the appropriate build height for the prosthetic foot. As an above knee amputee, the length of the prosthetic knee joint will be an additional factor to consider for the build height of the prosthetic foot.


Body weight

Prosthetic feet are designed for a specific weight range. To ensure that a prosthetic foot performs well for you, your O&P professional will choose one suited to your weight class.

Foot size

Like human feet, prosthetic feet differ in length and size. Prosthetic feet are sized by cm rather than standard shoe sizes. Every foot is available in a specific range of sizes. There are prosthetic feet that come in sizes for children while others are even sized for large adults. Ottobock running blades and specialty sports feet often have a a single size.

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All about prosthetic feet

Specific information about prosthetic feet


Una prótesis de pie tiene que sentirse bien para que usted pueda cumplir sus objetivos de actividad.

Prosthetic foot portfolio

Prosthetic feet from Ottobock

Each user is different and each user has different individual habits, preferences and goals. To meet your individual requirements and those of other users, it is not purposeful to provide one prosthetic foot for everyone but to have different foot prostheses for different user profiles. Our prosthetic feet cater to your individual needs – convince yourself.

An elderly couple enjoys a stroll outside. The elderly man wears Ottobock's Terion foot to assist with his walk.
Prosthetic feet

Less active individuals

Designed for less active individuals who mainly navigate indoor environments and will utilise a walking aid for outdoor ambulation and place a high value on dependable support from their prosthetic foot.

This is what you can rely on


For generations, Ottobock feet have helped define what’s possible with a lower limb prosthesis. With every step, our feet carry on the traditions of craftsmanship, invention and passion – that continue to set our products apart.


Frequently asked questions

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