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A Step Ahead Prosthetics of New York Selected as “iWalk Certified Bionics Center”

Hicksville, NY, September 28, 2011 --( A Step Ahead Prosthetics today announced its distinction as an iWalk Certified Bionics Center. With this designation, A Step Ahead Prosthetics will serve as one of the nation’s first prosthetics providers to commercially offer the PowerFoot BiOM, the first robotic lower leg system to normalize metabolic efficiency and increase self-selected walking speed for amputees. The BiOM features advanced bionic technology developed by Dr. Hugh Herr, an MIT-based, world-renowned innovator and researcher in the fields of biomechanics, biological motion control and augmentation technologies.

A Step Ahead Prosthetics’ recognition as an iWalk Certified Bionics Center signifies the company’s standing as one of the leading prosthetic providers in the nation, including a demonstrated excellence in patient service, clinical care and quality fabrication. As a charter member of the BiOM distribution network, A Step Ahead Prosthetics continues its commitment to embracing and partnering with proven technology suppliers to provide the best prosthetic solutions available for individuals with limb loss.

Powerfoot BiOM is available immediately at A Step Ahead Prosthetics. For more information, please visit us at

“As a world leader in prosthetic design and technology, we are committed to our patients’ successes. We are proud to be the first and only certified iWalk Bionics Center in the tri-state area to offer the PowerFoot BiOM. A Step Ahead Prosthetics has over forty combined years in prosthetics and has fit patients from all over the world. I feel confident the PowerFoot BiOM will be an excellent option in helping our patients Live Life Without Limitations.” –Erik Schaffer, C.P., Owner and President of A Step Ahead Prosthetics.

The BiOM is the world’s first bionic lower leg system that utilizes robotics to replicate muscles and tendons that replace the action of the foot, Achilles tendon and calf muscle. Scientific research proves that the BiOM normalizes level ground walking for lower-limb amputees by enabling them to walk at the same speed, and with the same metabolic energy, as their peers with intact biological limbs.

“The BiOM is the most advanced technology for the restoration of natural movement in lower-limb amputees, and it is critical that iWalk partners with providers that share our commitment to making bionic technology a commercial reality,” said Timothy McCarthy, iWalk’s president and CEO. “A Step Ahead’s prosthetic staff exemplifies this dedication and commitment. We’re beyond thrilled to include this facility as a charter iWalk Certified Bionics Center.”

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