Prosthetics Throughout Time

By Winston Neagle

950-710 B.C, Wooden Toe

The wooden toe is the oldest known form of prosthetics; it was made of wood and leather.

600 B.C, The Greville Chester toe

Created by Egyptians; made out of a substances similar to paper mache

300 B.C, Capua Leg

The oldest known prosthetic leg, crafted by Romans from bronze and iron with a wooden core.

476-100,0 Peg legs and Hooks

They were common among-st people who could afford it; was not made for functionality.

1400s- 1800s, Renaissance models

Prosthetics during this period were usually made with copper, iron, steel, and wood.

1863, Rubber Hand

During the Civil war they started to see an advancement in prosthetics; the introduction to the rubber hand with moving functions and attachments.


During WWII most prosthetic limbs were made of wood and leather though the limbs were normally heavy to wear and it was hard to clean the leather.

1970s- 1990s, Alternative to Wood and Leather

Plastics, polycarbonates, and laminates were introduced as light, easy to clean. Synthetic sockets were custom fitted to for each patient.

2000- 20014 Great Advancement

Prosthetics have advanced greatly, including high-performance, lightweight running blades, responsive legs and feet for navigating varying terrain, and motorized hand prosthetics controlled by sensors.