Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:18 PM EDT
It's the closest thing to having a foot without having a foot.
As News 13's Jay Siltzer shows us in today's Health Alert, the BiOM helps one local man stay a step ahead of the rest.
"This actually has a motor in it that powers, gives you power."
The new BiOM prosthetic has Bradley Mitcham of Waynesville moving at his best since a shooting accident 8 years ago.
Bradley Mitcham, prosthetic patient, "it's the closest thing to having my regular foot back. I can take off with it."
Gary Stephens, CarePartners Prosthetist, "it's trying to replicate what he's lost in his foot which is using the Achilles tendon, calf muscle, being able to propel you forward in motion as you walk."
Demonstrating the device outside the new CarePartners Orthotics and Prosthetics office in Asheville, Bradley finds his new foot lighter than a traditional prosthetic. As a result, he uses less energy and can climb hills easier.
Kelly Mitcham, wife, "I can't keep up with him at times; we go hiking hiking or walking, he walks faster than I do."
Bradley, "I guess it's been a month ago we did a 5 mile hike with our church group... Made it all the way no trouble at all."
Although priceless to Bradley, the device does come with quite the price tag...some $50,000, most insurance won't pay for it... some, however, will.
Bradley is one of the lucky ones in more ways than one.
For more information about the BiOM, contact CarePartners or click here.