One of the most common concerns for amputees is poor socket fit, and this is a problem Sydney Robinson and her team are trying to solve with their startup Vessl Prosthetics. A person’s residual limb can shrink inside the socket throughout the day, and this causes discomfort including blisters and chafing. Struggling to be comfortable, this even leads amputees to abandon their prostheses and seek alternative solutions. Mirage News recently covered a story on the company whose new design may set it apart.
Introducing the self-adjusting isoform socket, specifically designed to independently adjust and maintain a comfortable hold on the limb. “The socket we’re designing has inner panels that allow for expansion and constriction around the limb,” CEO and co-founder Robinson said. “If the limb isn’t changing size, then nothing changes. But if it is changing, our socket will allow for gradual and continuous constriction onto the limb to maintain a snug fit.” Vessl works closely with amputees, amputee organizations, and prosthetists as part of its commitment to inclusive research and product development.
According to the company’s website, the socket will be available for purchase at the end of 2023.