Blatchford announces new prosthetic blade for children – Mini BladeXT
Posted on 18 May 2016
For youngsters, life never stops. An active lifestyle needs to be fully equipped to meet the needs of the most demanding user, whether it’s going to school, spending time with friends, running, cycling or taking part in sports.
Blatchford is pleased to announce the launch of Mini Blade XT. A child’s version of the tried and tested BladeXT, Mini BladeXT is designed to offer a complete solution that can be worn for every activity.
Available in dazzling pink and electric blue, Mini BladeXT offers outstanding stability, ground compliance and improved comfort through the split toe and traction sole, while its C-shaped toe spring is primed for optimal energy response.
Mini BladeXT is suitable for amputees aged from around 5 years old through to teenagers and young adults, weighing between 20kg-60kg. It can be prescribed for all levels of amputation where there is sufficient clearance.
Eight year old Cody has been wearing a blue Mini BladeXT and his mum, Anna, is astonished at the difference his new leg has made, commenting, “Cody is a lot more confident and he can keep up with his brothers and friends now he’s wearing his Mini BladeXT. He loves cycling, running around and playing football, so seeing him do everything his brothers and friends can do means so much to us”.
Joe McCarthy, Senior Consultant Prosthetist from Blatchford’s Research and Development team commented, “The development of Mini BladeXT means that we can offer the same features and benefits of BladeXT to younger users. The unique twin toe and heel spring offers stability and support, so it’s a great foot for everyday use. I was pleased to learn the majority of participants in the clinical evaluation wore Mini Blade XT as their preferred limb for many kinds of activities. The feedback we’ve received from the kids and their parents really reinforces the positive effects and security a heel brings”.