The 3D-Printed Prosthetic Leg For Sasha

At Crispin Orthotics, it’s not only human patients that benefit from our expertise and state-of-the-art orthotic provision.

We’re thrilled to share the story of Sasha, a beautiful Golden Retriever who was born with a genetic foot deformity meaning that her front left foot had left her without properly developed toes and her metacarpal bones were digging into her main paw pad.

Her previous prosthesis was heavy and uncomfortable and so Sasha was referred to our partners ProActive Prosthetics, by Prof Noel Fitzpatrick and his team at Fitzpatrick Referrals. Noel wanted a solution that was minimally invasive for Sasha, lightweight and easy to put on and take off, to give her a good chance of achieving a pain-free functional quality of life. And it needed to fit like a glove! He knew it needed to be unique and therefore custom-made – something that we at Crispin are well-placed to provide.

ProActive Prosthetics asked us to create a 3D-printed prosthetic leg – the first one ever made for a dog. Using 3D scanning meant that Sasha’s new leg could be printed to her exact dimensions, was a third lighter than her previous prostheses and more comfortable to wear. But that’s not all! Our team also added an integrated compartment for an Apple Airtag to the prosthetic. So, if Sasha ever loses her leg, it can be easily found.

Sasha’s new leg has made such a difference to her mobility and her overall quality of life. We’re proud to have been a part of Sasha’s journey and to have helped her get the care she deserves. At Crispin Orthotics, we’re always looking for ways to improve the lives of our patients, both human and animal.