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Johns Hopkins students create high-heeled prosthetic

Johns Hopkins students create high-heeled prosthetic

Angela Manning lost her left leg to diabetic vascular disease, but it didn't stop her from wearing chunky, colorful, attention-grabbing high heels.

"I just ordered five pairs... and they are gorgeous," the former corrections officer said. "I love my heels."

Manning, 52, only wears heels when sitting in her wheelchair because she isn't sure she could balance in one on her prosthetic. Plus, the prosthetics on the market now aren't made to fit the sky-high heels she favors.

A group of five engineering students at Johns Hopkins University may have a solution for women like Manning, who miss the joy of fashionable footwear after losing legs or feet. They...