Click Medical Helps Amputees, Patients with Growing Product Line
Steamboat small business produces steel lacing cables originally developed for sport shoes
Imagine trying to move around all day in shoes that don’t fit with no way to fix the problem without visiting a medical professional.
People using prosthetic limbs often deal with that discomfort and impaired mobility, says Jimmy Capra, CEO of Click Medical in Steamboat Springs. Capra, 44, and business partner and prosthetist Joe Mahon aim to fix fit issues through their company, which has experienced 250 percent to 300 percent revenue growth each year since it was established in early 2014.
Developing his expertise during 13 years at Colorado-based Boa Technology, Capra expanded on uses of the Boa Closure System of steel lacing cables originally developed for sport shoes. The idea for Click Medical grew from the many queries Boa received from clinicians asking for micro-adjustable products for custom medical devices. Click now sells fit system kits for prosthetics, orthotics and casts, working with 22 distributors to send products to 30 countries.
“We can take the same technology and apply it to these devices that literally change people’s lives,” Capra says.
Last year, Click Medical sold some 11,000 closure kits to clinicians, capturing about 10 percent of the overall orthotics and prosthetics market. Colorado fabricators that use Click products include Denver-based Creative Technology Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions.
“Click Medical products have given us an extra tool for sockets for some high-activity patients, and we’re still finding out different uses for it on a day-to-day basis,” says Creative Technology founder Christian Bailey. “New amputees can start using their prosthetic sooner after amputation because the Click product allows for an expandable wall socket. It’s got a lot of potential for expanded uses beneficial for patients.”
Capra said his competition is the status quo of less precise fitting techniques such as using Velcro straps or adding or removing layers of prosthetic socks. The company’s signature product is RevoFit, which dials in a fit for residual limbs that fluctuate in size. One of the company’s new innovations is the RevoLock suspension lanyard that utilizes a Boa dial to draw a limb into a prosthetic socket.
Capra says the Click system helps to create higher performing and more easily adjustable devices for people who have lost limbs due to disease, illness, accidents or military service. According to the nonprofit Amputee Coalition, more than 500 people a day in the U.S. have a limb amputated, and nearly 2 million are living with limb loss.
Clients include Ridgway resident Chad Jukes, a U.S. Army combat veteran who lost his lower right leg after a 2006 incident in Iraq yet summited Mount Everest in 2016.
“This application on my prothesis has been truly revolutionary in my life,” Jukes says. “I’ve gone from having multiple days off my leg to being able to walk around and do whatever I need virtually every single day with comfort.”