Platformed overshoe, England, 1950-1970

Made:
1950-1970 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Black leather shoe, strapped into platformed overshoe, from the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, 1950-1970

Here a standard leather black children’s shoe has been strapped into an overshoe 70 mm tall. Shoes like this are worn by those who have one leg significantly longer than the other. This condition may be present at birth or be caused by diseases such as polio. Today, surgical treatment by lengthening or shortening the bone can be offered.

The shoe was used at the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital in Alton, Hampshire, England. Founded in 1908, the hospital specialised in treating children with orthopaedic conditions – primarily caused by tuberculosis and polio. By the 1960s, the hospital was treating more general orthopaedic cases.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
2002-342
Materials:
leather, metal
type:
shoe
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • footwear
credit:
North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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