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Jaipur Foot

Jaipur Foot is a low cost, artificial lower limb manufactured in India that has transformed the lives of innumerable land mine victims and other amputees in India and other developing countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Trinidad Zimbabwe, Zambia and many other countries. It costs about $40 and can be worn with or without shoes.

The artificial foot was developed in Jaipur by a traditional master craftsman Pandit Ram Chandra Sharma in 1968 and Dr. P.K. Sethi, an orthopedic surgeon. The original Jaipur foot was made of vulcanized rubber attached to a wooden limb. Though the initial idea has been constantly improved upon, the essence of the product however remains the same—low cost, easy and quick fabrication out of locally available materials and crafted by local artisans, lightweight and suitability for working people in India and other developing and under developed countries.

D. R. Mehta a young, officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) who was recuperating from a serious car crash was struck by the poor and the maimed thronging in thousands from different parts of India to have the Jaipur foot fitted. He initiated a charity organization called the Bhagawan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) in 1975 to provide free artificial limbs to thousands of poor people who had lost a limb due to injury or disease.

Once an amputee enters the Jaipur Foot Center, there is a trauma counseling session to help the person accept the idea of having to live with the artificial limb. Orthopedic specialists inspect the level of amputation and prescribe the Jaipur foot. Next, a foot technician takes correct measurements of the stump and the rest of the limb (for reference) and proceeds to make a hollow cast. Plaster of Paris (POP) is poured into the cast to get a model of the amputee’s limb.

A pre-heated high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe or sheet is pressed around the mould which results in an artificial limb assuming the natural shape of the missing limb. The POP mould is broken and removed from inside and a rubber or polyurethane foot is attached. The artificial foot is then attached to the stump with leather belts to hold it in place. After the foot is fitted, the person takes many exercises, especially in gait training to get used to the artificial limb and to build the required strength in the supporting muscles. Proper maintenance and care of the Jaipur foot is also taught to the amputees.

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One of my brother lost his leg in an accident so he needs artificial limbs, I really found good information to help my brother...
Pointernational Saturday, September 19, 2015
Dear sir, This comment for my brother in law he lost his leg below the knee [ some portion is there in below knee ] in road accident recently. He is under treatment for fixing artificial leg, how long will take time and how much will be cost.
MJALI Sunday, February 8, 2015
Dear sir i have lost my right hand in an accident. So i can replace it with artificial hand. D don't know about the whole process so can you suggest about all. Pls help me. As soon as possible....
anand538 Thursday, November 27, 2014
Sir My son lost left hand from elbow in papad machine at 4 year old. Kindly give the new artificial working hand so he can do his work in both hand and drive vehicle.
sanjay100566 Thursday, July 31, 2014
Dear Mr. Sanjay,
We offer Complete Rehab facility associated with fitting and training of various Prosthesis including Myoelectric Upper limb Systems and Microprocessor controlled Lower Limb Systems.

Guest Saturday, August 9, 2014
Hi, My father had met with an accident 2 months back and lost his left hands fingers which were badly crushed by bus. Now he is recovering his hand after the skin grafting. kindly let me know any options of reattachment of artificial fingers possible in india.
Sweta2989 Thursday, May 22, 2014
Dear Mr. Sanjay, We offer Complete Rehab facility associated with fitting and training of various Prosthesis including Myoelectric Upper limb Systems and Microprocessor controlled Lower Limb Systems.
ZiART Saturday, August 9, 2014
Hi Sweta, We offer Complete Rehab facility associated with fitting and training of various Prosthesis including Myoelectric Upper limb Systems and Microprocessor controlled Lower Limb Systems. Thanks
ZiART Saturday, August 9, 2014
Sir, my brother lost his leg after amputation above the knee, we are now looking for the best limb that can enable him to manage his mobility activities without any problem, please help us with whatever information that can help us to get your service, we are in East Africa, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
ZANDRANY Wednesday, April 30, 2014
hello sir i have my father a law his diabetic he lost a left leg in 2010 and he wont to have prosthetic leg his in africa right now and he wont to come to do it here in the state how can he get help to have one here in atlanta ga thank you
safwan1 Friday, November 22, 2013
Hello sir I met with an accident in 1999 in this I have lost my three fingers and a thumb of my right leg feet the only remained finger is little sir I would like to know that can u arrange me a prosthetic part so that I can wear shoes properly...sir plz reply me....
abhi.rock Monday, November 18, 2013
My elder brother, age-35 yrs. need to ampute his left hand from mid fore arms [below albow]. Will you pls help me out regarding this. My querys are given below... 1. COST? 2. CAN YOU SEND ME VIA COURIER(MY LOCATION IS DHAKA, BANGLADESH)? 3. CAN I SEAT IT THROUGH ANY Prosthetic SURGEONE OR DO YOU HAVE ANY SEGEST SURGEONE IN BANGLADESH.
Arafatbd Sunday, October 13, 2013
Why can't these be purchased, affordably, in the USA, to help provide revenue to provide free limbs to those in need? My Mother has a clunky prosthetic below the knee. This would seam to be much better... And EXTREMELY More Affordable.
Shae18 Wednesday, September 4, 2013
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