At Horton’s Orthotics & Prosthetics, we utilize the latest innovations in non-bionic and bionic technology to craft prosthetic devices specifically for athletic uses. This branch of prosthetics pulls from the clinical and scientific research from a range of disciplines, including the work of mechanical, biomechanical, electrical, and industrial engineers and designers, to create prosthetic legs, arms, feet, ankles, hands, fingers, and toes.
The main goal of bionic technology in the world of sports prosthetics is creating responsive devices that behave like human limbs, mimicking the function of the bones and muscles necessary for movement. Artificial Intelligence (AI) can also be utilized in bionic technology to reduce strain to other parts of the body and enhance the performance and safety of the prosthetic device.
The world of sports prosthetics is continually evolving, with recent advancements allowing amputee athletes to not only restore lost muscle function, but elevate their limb performance. These developments have allowed many athletes to compete professionally, both on regional and international levels.
While there are many bionic and non-bionic prosthetic device options available to suit a specific athlete’s needs, not everyone is a candidate for the most advanced devices and not every insurance plan provides coverage. Speak to your clinician to discover the best options for you.
Prosthetics for Sports & Activities
Track & Field
Innovative Sports Prosthetics
Competitive Sports Prosthetics
About Francois Van Der Watt
Originally from South Africa, Francois Van Der Watt currently serves as our Director of Sports Prosthetics & Development, coming to us after impressive tenures at Ossur Americas and Hanger Orthopedic Group.
Francois originally gained international acclaim after creating the running blades that gave Oscar Pistorius the nickname “The Bladerunner.” Since then, he has worked with many athletes on the US Paralympic Track & Field Team using the prosthetic technology he developed through devices like the Cheetah Xtend and Cheetah Xtreme.