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Leg and ankle splint, England, 1940-1960

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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.

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    Glossary: leg

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    Glossary: orthopaedics

    The branch of medicine concerned with the preservation and restoration of the muscular and skeletal systems in the body.

    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: splint

    A rigid device of plastic, wood or plaster that serves to immobilize or support an injury. Generally strapped alongside an injured limb.

    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.