Jaipur foot- making dreams turn reality
Prosthetic limbs are a lot in trend these days among the disabled. But most of them are made of rubber which in itself a heavy material is making it difficult for the users to carry it. So to counter this factor many innovations has taken place over the years. Among them is Jaipur Foot- which has been helping people counter their disability like a pro. What’s so unique in it? Let’s check that out!
The story behind Jaipur Foot:
Jaipur foot was initially created by craftsman Pandit Ram Chandra Sharma who didn’t received much recognition for his work. But Dr. PK Sethi brought it in front of the world. During the period of 1968 to 1975, only 50 such limbs were sold. Despite being efficient in its function, Jaipur Foot lacked public attention. It wasn’t until recently when the Mehta brothers recognized the device. Jaipur Foot was accelerated by the efforts of DR Mehta and his brother, an IAS officer who started Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti- a nonprofit organization for helping disable and handicapped. It all happened when young IAS officer Devendra Raj Mehta met a road accident in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. He had 40 fractures and spend many in months on bed. He was advised for physiotherapy in the Sawai Man Singh Hospital of Jaipur. Mehta during his several visits, was struck by the huge number that was in need of prosthesis. And when he came to know about the Jaipur Foot- he decided to make it available for the people.
They then create several cost effective devices to ease the life of those in need. They also help in regaining mobility and dignity by fitting high-quality, durable artificial limbs and other aids and appliances that too completely free of cost. This newly introduced foot is made of synthetically produced polymer which is much cheaper and lighter than the rubber limbs. The efforts of the organization has made the foot gain much more recognition as a medical device recently. The Jaipur foot costs around Rs. 1,500 compared to the Rs. 8 lakh for a similar foot costs in the US. Once you order the device, it generally takes 1-3 days to get fitted and around a week to arrive. Both the below knee and the above knee amputees has found it much easier to walk around, climb, sit, run, and swim. One liberty that comes with the Jaipur Foot is that you can use it without wearing shoe also. It is flexible, durable with high impact resistance and has high tensile power. This prosthetic foot is probably the world’s cheapest prosthetic limb!
Over these years, at least 1.78 million beneficiaries of BMVSS has been provided with Jaipur Foot and aids and appliances, not only in India but also in 26 countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. The success of Jaipur Foot didn’t came just like that but actually took years to get into run. The appreciation of people raised the popularity of the device and today made it an important factor in medical devices domain.