Last year Frasure ran in the Raleigh Relays. "I beat a lot of able-bodied guys in my heat, and some of the guys looked like they were about to cry," he says. "It's not like it should be degrading to them. If anything, it should motivate them to run harder."
The engineers at Flex-Foot, as well as their competitors in prosthetics, are working on a computerized foot capable of adjusting instantaneously to a variety of pressures and forces. Even if they are successful, Sabolich worries about the future of his industry. "Doctors appear to have successfully transplanted a human hand," he says. "People in car wrecks can receive a transplanted heart, liver and kidneys in one afternoon. So how difficult can it be to transplant one leg? I think we're going to start seeing it in about 20 years."