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Pair of child's orthopaedic boots, England, 1879-1923

Pair of child's orthopaedic boots, England, 1879-1923

Credits: Science Museum

Secured around the waist with a leather strap, the child-size adjustable boots are worn with the steel leg braces. Leg braces are worn by patients who have conditions affecting the growth of the leg bones, such as rickets and polio. The braces help support the weight of the body and encourage leg bones to grow in the correct positions.

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    Glossary: shoe

    A durable covering for the human foot, made of leather or similar material with a rigid sole and heel, usually extending no higher than the ankle.

    Glossary: rickets

    A condition caused by a lack of vitamin D. Characterized by soft and deformed bones, which can lead to an increased number of injuries.

    Glossary: polio

    An infectious disease affecting the central nervous system. Affected individuals can exhibit a range of symptoms if the polio virus enters the blood stream.