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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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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 finger....so 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 04, 2013
My right hand limb has disabled and i need it to be replaced by artificial limb. Think you might be of some help to me.
mayur123 Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Hi Mayur, It's really sad that you have to go through the pain of disabled limb. It's a good idea to go for artificial limb so that you don't feel helpless. Please let me know your city of residence so that I can suggest a few options for you. God Bless!
Advancells Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Hi sir, my name is srikanth, by birth handicap my right leg smaller then left leg and i have feet it has strength, so can plz tell me from where can i get free prosthetic limb, plz help me.



srikanth700 Sunday, July 07, 2013
In 2005, my mother fractured her right leg from above the ankle. Owing to medical negligence the broken bone could not be fixed and the foot from the lower shin is hanging which is required to be amputated. She is 92. She need a prosthetic leg. Please advice.
youdangba23 Friday, February 08, 2013
My uncle just lost his right hand from below the wrist. We are thinking of a prosthetic hand that has sensors and can perform atleast the basic tasks like signatures. Can anyone help me with this regard.
Kritika_Tyagi Sunday, July 15, 2012
my brother not have left hand half so please what we can do we are economically backward
phaneendrababu Thursday, May 03, 2012
I am Handicapped one Leg. Two time operated on my leg. but i m not perfect. I want to nakali leg foot in my leg. Please give your Clinic adress. Thanks
ashok21 Friday, April 27, 2012
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