So, how did it all start? When did these devices begin to change lives, and what were they first made of? Learn more about the history of prosthetic devices with BioTech Limb and Brace in Birmingham, Alabama.
The First Prosthetic Device
It is claimed that the very first artificial limb prosthetic device was actually not what you might expect. It was a toe! Legend has it that thousands of years ago, a wealthy woman in Egypt lost her toe and could no longer wear traditional Egyptian sandals. To help her maintain her identity and function, the first prosthetic device, a wooden toe, was created. From there, technology (thankfully) has only progressed.
Military Accounts of Prosthetic Devices
Most accounts of prosthetic technology advancement following Egypt come from military stories. Many soldiers have lost their arms or legs during war resulting in a need for artificial limb prosthetic devices. Starting in the early sixteenth century, early prosthetic devices were built from wood and then iron. Soon designers began mixing materials and other metals to create more durable and yet flexible options.
Added Flexibility with One Important Innovation
Ambroise Paré, a French barber surgeon, was responsible for many advances in amputation surgery and prosthetic technology. He was the first person to develop hinged prosthetic devices. These allowed patients to move more freely and naturally, even while wearing their prosthetic limb. Not only were patients now able to feel support and comfort; they were also given increased functionality.
Today’s Technology: Advancing Prosthetic Use
Advancements in artificial limb prosthetic devices have dramatically changed lives over the years. Today technology has come so far. It’s exciting what we can do! From transfemoral designed comfort sockets to custom prosthetic devices and orthotic devices, modern technology allows patients to have strong, light, flexible devices that enhance their lives. These devices give patients a sense of wholeness, functionality and flexibility, and comfort and support.
The BioTech Difference
At BioTech Limb and Brace, we work hard to make every patient feel like family. We want to help you recognize your possibilities with custom prosthetic and orthotic devices.
Contact us today to learn more and experience the BioTech difference.