Child's ankle support, Italy, 1501-1600

Made:
1501-1600 in Italy

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Child's ankle support, iron, Italian, 16th century

The ankle and foot are supported by this iron ‘shoe’. It was made for a small child. The shoe is hinged at the front. This allows the child to step into the ankle support. The upper casing is then lowered and secured around the ankle. Supports such as this may have been used to straighten feet damaged due to injury, skeletal deformity or disease such as rickets. Rickets is a lack of minerals and vitamins causing the limbs to become twisted and bent.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
A634420
type:
orthopaedic boot
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • orthopaedic equipment