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Crippledgirl- the IDEO is not solely and arthrosis. It's more of a device or brace. You should read up on it. I understood from your other post that you had major trouble even walking and sport wasn't an option. It has become an option for some with this device.

IDEO™ (Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis) is a customizable energy-storing device that is designed to support and protect an extensive array of lower extremity limb injuries. IDEO™ has quantified advantages over existing braces and orthoses in terms of patient comfort and performance. The device supplies energy storage and return capabilities that an injured ankle is no longer able to provide.

In particular, the IDEO™ returns considerable functionality to patients that have undergone ankle fusion procedures and even enables many patients with nerve and muscle loss to forgo ankle fusion or tendon transfer. The IDEO™ device is modular throughout the rehabilitation period to adapt to a patient’s changes in strength and motion. Once the patient has progressed to an adequate level of recovery, the initial modular IDEO™ is replaced with a lighter, more dynamic definitive IDEO™ system that has enabled dozens of wounded soldiers to return to duty.

Additional non-proprietary information on the technology:

IDEO Overview and Performance Data.pdf
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)(link is external)
Duke Orthopaedics Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics(link is external)

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