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Artificial right leg, Europe, 1891-1930

This artificial leg looks like a leather boot laced to the knee. It was actually designed for someone who had their right foot amputated just above the ankle joint. The wooden foot and ankle are jointed and can bend. The remains of the lower leg are supported by the strong steel bar.

Object number:

A500474

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    Glossary: amputation

    Removal of part of, or a whole limb by surgery. Used to control pain or the spread of disease in the affected limb.

    Glossary: prostheses

    Artificial body parts, or materials inserted into tissue for functional, cosmetic, or therapeutic effect. Prostheses can be functional (artificial arms and legs), or cosmetic (artificial eye).

    Glossary: artificial leg

    A device, either external or implanted, that substitutes for or supplements a missing or defective part of the body.