The earliest example of a prosthetic device was found in Egypt. It is believed the device dates back to 950 B.C. Interestingly, the device was an artificial big toe. This is not surprising because prosthetic devices must be useful and make the wearer whole. In fact, humans have a difficult time walking without the big toe. Today, there are those who expect prosthetics to be functional and attractive. Ancient societies were only concerned with function. For example, Roman General Marcus Sergius was the first to wear a prosthetic limb after losing a hand in battle. The device was made of iron, but the General was able to keep fighting.
The devices made at Capital Prosthetics and Orthotic Center Inc are linked with the military. The greatest loss of limbs happens during wars, leading to a need for artificial replacements. Many advancements in fashioning prosthetics occurred during the Civil War. This war was long and brutal leaving many amputees behind. One of the amputees, James Hanger, invented the first prosthetic leg. It was made from metal but included a hinge at the knee and ankle. The prosthetic leg was very functional but still lacked realism. Nonetheless, the Hanger company became a leader in this industry and remains so today.
The industry remained stagnant until the 1940’s. Researchers invented a suction sock for amputees that remains in use. Later in the 1970’s, amputee Ysidro M. Martinez worked on making an artificial limb that was more comfortable. The device removed some of the pressure and friction for amputees. Today, many technological advancements are being made. These advancements result in functional and attractive prosthetics.
Artificial limbs are made from lighter materials like carbon fiber. In addition, 3D printing and biometrics are used to make devices appear more realistic. Amazingly, Engineer Todd Kuiken is working on a prosthetic arm connected to the nervous system. Wearers will be able to control and feel the arm. Likewise, the Barlett Tendon Knee is already on the market. This prosthetic is the first-ever extensible knee. To learn more, visit the website of Capital Prosthetics and Orthotic Center Inc and Click Here.
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