Inventing a better prosthetic Inventing a better prosthetic

Published: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 By: Heide Brandes Source: The Journal Record
with NASA on “Iron Man suits.”

Martin was invited by NASA to help create Iron Man-like exoskeleton suits for space and military applications. Through working with NASA, he discovered and created counterintuitive new methods of how to make prosthetics more comfortable.

“It’s a new chapter for us. We introduced this new technology to the market in 2015, and in 2018, we formed our first clinic to interface with the end users more directly versus just working through other practitioners,” Martin said.

“Now we’re in the process of expanding our clinics. We have five locations, and over this coming year in 2021, we will continue to expand locations coast to coast.”

One of Martin’s patients, Scott Sandusky, was in a construction accident that left him without a leg. Through months of recovery, he buried his depression and hid his pain and loss. As he continued to battle, he found an outlet in the Crossfit community with the help of the new socket.

“When I got out of the hospital, I fought through it for a while. I think I was faking it until I made it,” he said. “That’s what I thought I had to do for my four kids. Until one day in February, when I realized I was holding in all that emotional hurt. I was depressed.”

Sandusky was among the patients who received the new Martin Socket-less Socket. He turned to Crossfit as an outlet to regain strength and confidence.

“Crossfit was an outlet, and everyone was like family,” he said. “I now own my own Crossfit gym.”

Having a socket that moved with his body and reduced the chafing and heat associated with other sockets allowed him to move forward in his journey, he said.

Every year, Time highlights inventions that make the world better and smarter through solicited nominations both from Time editors and correspondents around the world. Time also uses an online application process, and nominations are evaluated on key factors, including originality, creativity, effectiveness, ambition and impact.

“The Time award is really my first really broad public media exposure of this technology and we’re really excited about how that’s going to give a lot more awareness,” Martin said. “Time had reached out a couple of months ago to let us know that they were considering us for this award, and then ultimately they gave it to us. I think it’s a good validation for us in seeing that others are are recognizing the immense value of the technology as well.”

The Socket-less Socket is covered by Medicaid and most insurance carriers, and the device costs about the same as the old plastic sockets it seeks to replace.

This story originally ran on the JournalRecord.com. 

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