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Wheeled walking frame, London, England, 1901-1930

An adult used this three-wheeled walking frame with its large solid rubber tyres. It also has padded leather rests to support the patient under the arms while they walked. Walking aids such as this led to today’s modern compact walking frames which are used by the elderly, or people recovering from accident or injury. This walking frame was made by London firm J. A. Carters Limited. It was a leading manufacturer of such equipment and ‘suppliers to the Royal family’.

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Glossary: walking aid

A generic name given to a variety of tools to be held in the hand and used for support in walking, where the stick is usually held in the stronger hand. In addition to their use for people with weakened muscles, walking sticks also have become widely used by hikers, and have a limited association with Orthadox eccleasiastical bishops.

Glossary: orthopaedics

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