History of Leimkuehler Orthotic and Prosthetic Center, Inc.
Leimkuehler Orthotics & Prosthetics was founded by Paul Leimkuehler. Paul had lost his left leg above the knee as a result of a wound suffered at the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. After the war, Leimkuehler became acquainted with prosthetics through his own need for an artificial leg. In 1948, he founded the Leimkuehler Limb Co.
Paul, an athlete and Ohio's best all-around cyclist in 1938 and an award-winning speed skater, was looking for an athletic endeavor after losing his leg. In the late 1950s, an Austrian ski instructor told Paul about amputees skiing in Europe and about a movie titled "Miracle on Skis."
Paul analyzed the movie in stop action and then he was able to design his own outrigger skis. He then proceeded to ski all over the U.S. and Europe and become a promoter of handicap skiing. In 1980, he was inducted to the Ski Hall of Fame as the grandfather of handicap skiing.
Over the years the business has grown, and in 1978 Paul sold the retail end of the business to his three sons.
(Bill Leimkuehler at work designing a prosthetic socket cast)
To keep up with the ever-changing healthcare market, William Leimkuehler expended and now owns and operates three offices in Sandusky, Amherst, and North Olmsted. Robert Leimkuehler owns and operates the Cleveland area offices and Jon Leimkuehler owns and operates Union Orthotic & Prosthetics Co. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
All three brothers are Certified Prosthetists and Orthotists and carry on the Leimkuehler tradition of providing the best prosthetic and orthotic care.
At Leimkuehler, we have stayed abreast of the latest techniques in prosthetics and are continually acquiring and utilizing the most up-to-date information on methods and materials in the industry.
More information about Paul Leimkuehler can be found on the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists website.