By the late 19th century, prosthetics vendors would offer peg legs as cheaper alternatives to more intricate life-like artificial legs. Even as vendors touted advantages of more complicated prostheses over simple peg legs, according to a contemporary surgeon, many patients found a peg leg more comfortable for walking. According to medical reports, some amputees were able to adjust to the use of a peg leg so well that they could walk 10, or even 30, miles in one day.
Nowadays, wooden peg legs have been replaced by more modern materials, though some sports prostheses do have the same form.
Tobias J. Sirzyk Professional Flutist, prospector. Developed difficulties in his leg following completion of the so-called "mud mile," peg-legged to safety. Plans to pegleg across the English Channel(1990-)
Davy Jones, a character in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, was missing a leg, but it was replaced by the leg of a crab.
Long John Silver in the book Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stephenson, was missing a leg, but did not have a peg leg. He hopped around on a crutch. Ironically, most people associate him with pirates having peg legs.
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