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Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Tyler Burdick was wounded in Afghanistan in July 2010 when his armored vehicle struck a roadside bomb, which resulted in serious injuries to both of his feet. Now that he has been fitted with a state-of-the-art custom prosthetic device-known as the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO)-on each leg, Burdick has a new lease on life.

The IDEO is specifically designed for wounded service members who have suffered high-energy, lower extremity traumatic injuries. These individuals are unable to participate in high-level activities such as running with their salvaged limbs.

The device and accompanying rehab program were the brainchild of Johnny Owens, MPT, creator of the Return to Run Clinical Pathway at the Center for the Intrepid of Brooke Army Medical Center, Ryan Blanck, CPO, a prosthetist at the Center for the Intrepid, and Joseph R. Hsu, MD, former chief of orthopaedic trauma at Brooke Army Medical Center. What began as a novel approach with local patients has exploded into a robust program that has changed the lives of more than 460 military members.

Learn more about the device and Burdick's progress here:


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