Jaipur is famous in strife-torn areas as the birthplace of an extraordinary prosthesis,
or artificial limb, known as the Jaipur Foot, that has revolutionized life
for millions of land-mine amputees.
The beauty of the Jaipur foot is its lightness and mobility. With such a low price,
it offers great quality. Those who wear it can run, climb trees and pedal bicycles.
While prosthesis for a similar level of amputation can cost several thousand dollars
in the U.S., the Jaipur foot costs only $28 in India.
History About "Jaipur Foot"
The Jaipurfoot was developed in 1968. The first thesis written on Jaipurfoot by
Dr. Mahesh Udawat of the SMS Medical College, Jaipur and submitted in 1969 with
the certification of Dr. P.K.Sethi, the Professor and Head of the Orthopaedics Department,
SMS Medical College, Jaipur.
Master Ramchandra Sharma, working further with Dr. P.K.Sethi, Dr.S.C.Kasliwal, Dr.
Mahesh Udawat and some other Doctors refined and improved the design to eventually
create, which is known as Jaipur Foot.
"Jaipur Foot" Technology
The Jaipur Artificial Limb has two parts - the foot piece and the socket with or
without joint depending on whether the limb needed for Below-Knee or Above-Knee.
For the socket part, the Jaipur Limb initially replaced the heavy wood sockets with
light weight and hand crafted Aluminum sockets. Around 1985, the Aluminum sockets
were replaced by sockets made out of the high- density polyethylene (HDPE), an excellent
bio-inert and even lighter material. It is also a durable material.
This was an innovation over the comparative method of using polymer sheets and resins.
This system of socket fitting enables very rapid fitting. It ensures a very close
stump - socket interface.
Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahyata Samiti In Jaipur
The Jaipur foot is fitted free of cost to poor people by Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang
Sahyata Samiti (BMVSS) which is founded by Devendra Raj Mehta in 1975. It is the
largest organization, for the handicapped in the world in terms of fitment of artificial
limbs and calipers etc to the handicapped.
The artificial limbs provided by BMVSS use Jaipur Limb Technology. This technology
has been developed and further refined by the research and development team of the
BMVSS, being a social organization engaged in humanitarian work, provides all the
artificial limbs, calipers, crutches, ambulatory aids like wheelchairs, hand paddled
tricycles and other aids and appliances totally free of charge to the physically
In 1975, the society began with a very modest fitment of 59 artificial limbs but
is now fitting about 20,000 artificial limbs and about 30,000 Polio Calipers, and
other Aids and Appliances every year in their centers and through mobile camps in
India and abroad.
Contact Information of BMVSS
Bhawan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti
S.M.S Hospital Campus
Tel. No. : +91-141-2563063/2522406
E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Website : http://www.jaipurfoot.org/