Child's adjustable leg iron, with shoe, England, 1940-1960

Made:
1940-1960 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Child's adjustable metal leg iron, incorporating a shoe and supportive leather strapping, from the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, 1940-1960

Polio and rickets are two conditions that can cause the leg bones of children to become deformed. Fixed to the child’s leg using the leather straps, the leg iron incorporates a shoe.

Used at the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital in Alton, Hampshire, England, the leg iron is designed to encourage the bones to grow correctly. The hospital was set up in 1908 to treat children with a range of orthopaedic conditions and physical disabilities. The hospital combined treatment with education and schooling.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
2002-327
Materials:
aluminium alloy, iron, leather, metal and textile
type:
support
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • orthopaedic equipment
credit:
North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust