FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I have just been fitted with the Upya foot and it is making noise.
Upya has joints that may make small noises when it is new and worn for the first time. Don’t worry, as specified in the assembly manual, these noises disappear after a few minutes/hours of use. If the noises persist, please contact your P&O.
Is there a particular Upya foot setting that should be adopted to achieve the best possible gait?
Upya is a prosthetic foot that can be worn with very flat shoes. However, there may be some conditions where the stride may not flow smoothly, in this case: 1. 1. Make sure that the Upya foot is suitable for your patient’s weight (P3, P4 or P5): https://exoneo.eu/en/produit/upya-p3-light-flesh/ 2. You can adjust the pyramid setting a few degrees to the front to smoothen the stride. 3. You may also place a 2 to 5 mm thick heel pad in the patient’s shoe.
Is there a typical patient profile (age, activity level, weight, etc.) for using Upya?
This is the strength of Upya! Any patient, as long as they meet the weight and size criteria, can use Upya. Upya is available in 3 weight ranges from 50 to 110kg in sizes from 25 cm (size 38-39) to 28 cm (size 43-44). Please refer to the “Guide to weights and activities” table on our online shop to find the most suitable configuration for your patient: https://exoneo.eu/en/produit/upya-p3-light-flesh/
Do you have a method or tool in place so that I can make a leg design for my patient that can fit the ankle of the Upya foot?
We have developed an aesthetic clip that you can find on our shop: https://exoneo.eu/en/produit/upya-aesthetic-clip/ You can also request the file that will allow you to 3D print it. This part makes it easier to make an cosmetic leg for the Upya foot.
Is the cosmetic cover fragile?
The cosmetic cover has been carefully tested by EXONEO’s technical team for resistance, including abrasion and puncture. The cosmetic cover is guaranteed for 6 months. If the foot is used as recommended and the user does not walk barefoot, the cosmetic cover will not be damaged. However, be sure to round off the cut of Upya’s forefoot for sizes 25 cm and 26 cm so as not to damage the inside of the cover: video cutting/sanding
I don't understand, the Upya foot I just assembled for my patient is size 27 but the cosmetic cover seems smaller, did you get my order wrong?
In order to reduce costs, EXONEO has designed a cosmetic cover that is just as innovative as the Upya foot: when it is new, it measures 24.5 cm and it can be extended to 28 cm, acting like a sock: https://youtu.be/d3LjzhffReA https://youtu.be/RKp39GnBymY To facilitate the fitting of larger sizes, you can heat the envelope lightly, for example with a hair dryer, before putting it on the foot.
Isn't it too complicated to recut the toe to fit a 25 cm or 26 cm foot?
Absolutely not, polyamide is an extremely resistant material but easy to cut: a simple metal saw is enough. Sanding is then necessary, with a manual or an electric sanding tool to round off the edges and avoid damaging the cosmetic cover : https://youtu.be/azYrboCf6jQ
Is it possible to use a different cosmetic cover from the one provided with the Upya foot
Upya has been designed to work ONLY WITH its own cosmetic cover, which is stretchable and flexible to allow the flexion of the toes. In addition, the Upya cover allows the mechanics of the foot to be preloaded in order to guarantee its performance and comfort.
Can the Upya foot work with electronic knees?
There is absolutely no contraindication to using Upya with electronic knees, you will find many videos of patients fitted with electronic knees and the Upya foot: https://youtu.be/J23g5BJckew
Is the Upya foot heavy?
As it is made up of several parts, the Upya foot can give the impression that it is heavier than its competitors. However, it weighs just under 700g with its cosmetic cover.
Do you offer other complementary products/items to the Upya foot?
EXONEO has worked with European suppliers to offer a range of accessories that you can already order: -A tubular adapter with female pyramid -A tube with female pyramid -A 3-arm socket adapter Follow our news to see when new products are released! https://exoneo.eu/en/our-accessories/
Is the white foam piece in the heel strong?
The heel cushioning is very durable. It is a patented technology that is used by Adidas and others in their running shoes to provide optimum comfort with every step. This cushioning has passed all the resistance tests it has been put through, and keeps its shape over time. It is available in 3 densities matching the weight categories P3, P4, P5.
What is the purpose of the bar that connects the heel to the midfoot? Is this part fragile?
This part is a connecting rod that allows the forces to be transmitted from the heel to the midfoot, and vice versa, during the walking exercise. It plays an active role in the walking comfort. This part is made of a lubricated material and is resistant.
Should I use a hair dryer or talcum powder to put the cover on?
It is not necessary to use talcum powder to fit the cover. However, in certain storage conditions, you can warm the cover slightly with a hair dryer to soften it and make it easier to put on the large sizes. ATTENTION, read the instructions carefully or watch the video below which shows you how to put on and take off the cover without damaging the Upya foot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKp39GnBymY