Leg and ankle splint, England, 1940-1960

Made:
1940-1960 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Lower leg and ankle splint, with laced leather casing and metal strengthening, 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. Supported by a metal bar from calf to toes, this leather splint was used to encourage correct bone growth. Lacing up at the toes and under the knee, the splint was probably worn most of the day and night.

The splint was used at the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital in Alton, Hampshire, England. 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:
2002-330
Materials:
aluminium alloy, brass (copper, zinc alloy), copper (metal), cotton (fibre), leather and textile
type:
splint
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dressings
credit:
North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust