Back then, losing a limb severely affected a person’s ability to make a living. If you were lucky enough to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth, money would not have been a problem. If, however, you didn’t have the power and comfort that money afforded those born into it, becoming disabled would have been very difficult to carry on, depending on the limb that was lost.
If your job had required the use of your legs mainly, like driving, it would have been difficult to find an employer who would accept a driver with only one foot. In fact, the same applies if you lost a hand, because cars back then required all your limbs in order to operate it.
Prosthetics were invented earlier than we imagine, but the more modern ones came later on. The second half of the 1800s started seeing more sophisticated prostheses invented.
A man by the name Douglas Bly invented an anatomical leg that he referred to as an innovation in its time- this was in 1858. Not long after that, in 1863, a man named Duboise Parmlee came up with an even more advanced prosthesis that included a suction pocket for the stump of the disabled’s leg. This allowed for a more stable fit and footing for the user.
From here the prosthesis that came after just continued to become more modern and advanced. Technology and prosthesis have changed the lives of many people and they will continue to do so with every milestone they reach.
Today, the prostheses available in the market include computer chips and artificial intelligence that allow the prosthetic itself to learn how the user moves.
For those who have lost their lower extremities, the prosthetic leg or legs learn their users’ pace and ambulation, and opens the doors to activities they were able to do back when they still had their limbs.
Amputees and disabled people can now run marathons, go out dancing, play basketball and so much more thanks to all the advancements in the prosthesis industry and the people behind each innovation.