About 2,600 cases of foot amputations occur yearly in developing countries due to unmarked land mines exploding and other traumatic injuries. Half of the amputees are children under the age of 18. The cost of an average prosthesis in a developing country is $5,000 – beyond the reach of many. The growth of the tibia bone means that an amputated child will require about 15 prostheses during their lifetime.
FIT can be mass-produced by plastic injection, which means the end price will be significantly cheaper. FIT is completely symmetrical; the same product can be used both on the left and right leg. Using plastic injection technology allows for a thin wall of material, which creates a strong and lightweight product. FIT can be washed using soap and water in order to maintain its appearance over time.
FIT was developed in a way that can be personally customised at the child’s own home in a process undertaken by family members. This is thanks to a thermoplastic material created by the ORFIT Company. It only requires warm water to make it fit. The splint arrives flat packed. When put in water heated to 60-70 degrees Celsius, it softens and becomes flexible and easy to fit. The material is antibacterial and holes allow the stump to air out. FIT can be expanded and used in several sizes. It is easy to use, with mechanisms simple enough that a ten year old can work them independently.