Exoskeletal solutions to enable mobility with a lower leg fracture in austere environments

W. Brett Johnson*, Aaron Young, Stephen Goldman, Jon Wilson, Joseph F. Alderete, W. Lee Childers

*Corresponding author for this work

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The treatment and evacuation of people with lower limb fractures in austere environments presents unique challenges that assistive exoskeletal devices could address. In these dangerous situations, independent mobility for the injured can preserve their vital capabilities so that they can safely evacuate and minimize the need for additional personnel to help. This expert view article discusses how different exoskeleton archetypes could provide independent mobility while satisfying the requisite needs for portability, maintainability, durability, and adaptability to be available and useful within austere environments. The authors also discuss areas of development that would enable exoskeletons to operate more effectively in these scenarios as well as preserve the health of the injured limb so that definitive treatment after evacuation will produce better outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere5
JournalWearable Technologies
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Design
  • Exoskeletons
  • Rehabilitation robotics


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