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Publication numberUS1156621 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 12, 1915
Filing dateSep 5, 1913
Priority dateSep 5, 1913
Publication numberUS 1156621 A, US 1156621A, US-A-1156621, US1156621 A, US1156621A
InventorsJoseph O'dwyer
Original AssigneeLauncelot O Dwyer
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1156621 A
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APPLICATION man SEPT. s. 1913.

Patented Oct. 12, 1915.

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l To all whom t may concern."

-cflat foot. lThe arch of the foot is naturally in the shape of a bow but it sometimes loses its elasticity and ,flattens out to a greater or less extent. To restore the foot to its natural shape the'arch must be raised and thefoot inverted or forced back to its natural position.

In providing a device 'to correct a flat foot it is 'a-further object of my invention to provide means for supporting beneath the arch ofthe foot a curved brace which will tend to restore the arch to its normal foundation.; and further to provide means for adjusting the brace to enablethe curvature of the same to be altered tonconform the same to--the shape of the arch as the latter is gradually restored to its normal position.

In the accompanying drawings, `FigurerlV is a perspective view'of my invention showing the same applied toa foot; Fig. 2 is Va sectional view taken transversely through the'b-race and adjusting device; and Fig. V3

is `a sectional view taken longitudinallythrough the brace.

In these drawings I have illustrated one embodiment of my vinvention and haveshown the same as comprising a body portion l of flexible material which is adapted to fit snugly about the arch or instep of the foot. This body portion, or jacket, may be of any suitable material having the desired strength and flexibility but I prefer to employ a soft leather which can be readilyl shaped to conform to the shape of the foot. rIhe corset may be applied to the foot in any manner desired but in order that it may be l drawn snuglyk about the foot I prefer to lace the same along the upper edge, as shown at 2.v The device is also preferably provided with a heel strap 3 to prevent it slipping forward along the taper of the foot. Carried by the body portion orvjacket This invention relates to foot corsets for l, and f preferably permanently `secured thereto, is a curved resilient IbraceV or varch support l-,fwhich isso arranged with relation tothe jacket that when the latter is .1v

in position on the foo'tthe` brace will Vbe supported beneath and in engagement with the V arch of the foot.; This brace may be of any material having the necessary strength and resiliency but is preferably formedv of a thin strip of'metal and is here shown vas mounted in a pocket formed by fastening'` a strip. of material 5 at its edges to the jacket land inclosing-I the strip of? metal within fthev 'l pocket.' This manner of mounting.- thedevice has the advantageo'f efectually preventing` thedisplacernent of vthe brace relatively to the jacket and further entirely invclosesthe brace and` protects the same' from moisture and the like. `The position ofV this brace is such that its curvature tends constantly to force the curvature ofthe arch up.- wardtoward, its ycorrect-,position while the resiliency of the brace'permits itto yield andwform. a cushion. As the arch.of the -foot is gradually forced upward it will conformmore and more to thevnormal position of thecurved brace and,.of course, thev action ofl thebrace becomes lesselfective. In

ordery that theefectiveness and the curativey action of the brace may be continued I provide means for gradually increasingsthe curvature thereof and-in this manner I .am enabled to keepthe curvature `of the'bracew greater than the curvature ofthe foot, thus maintaining the-tendency` of the brace to ifnvert and force upward the arch of the; oot.' f I l The adjustment vof the brace may-be se- Y cured in various ways. One very convenient method is here shown and consists in farranging a two part strap 6 lengthwise of the brace, connecting the outerends of thetwo parts tovthevbrace near the respective ends thereof and connecting together the ends of the two parts of thestrap by means ofV a buckle 7 "By altering the Vlength of this strap the curvature of the brace may be varied at will. The illustration of thestrap and its buckle have been exaggerated to 105 bring the same out clearly audit will be understood that in practice this adjusting device will be of such'a character that it will occupy a comparatively small amountvof space and will causellittle or no inconven-Y lence ordiscomfort when worn.

It will b e noted that the narrow strip oi resilient metal forming the brace is arranged along the inner margin of the arch of the foot'and is curvedr to conform to the urvature of the margin of the arch of the oot. inner margin of the foot and turns the foot "in, correcting the position of the foot and causing the person to walk on the outer border Lof the foot. rIhis position of the foot exercises the weakened muscles thereof,

takes the 'strain Afrom the weakenedV and' purposes of illustration only and that Idov not desire to be limited to the details of construction shown and described, for obvious modifications will occur to a person Yskilled in theart.

Having thus -ully described my invention, what I claim as new and desire'to secure by Letters Patent, is

1'. In a device Aof the character described, a narrowcurved resilient brace, and a thin flexible support for said brace arranged to retain the brace beneath and along the inner margin of the foot in a position to exert pressure on said inner margin only', and means for adjusting the curvature of said brace.

2. In a device of the character described,

va flexible body portion or jacket ladapted to @unies of this patent may be obtained for Thus, the brace pushes up on the4 extend about the foot, a lnarrow curved brace supported by said jacket beneath the inner margin of `the foot in a position to exert pressure on said inner margin only, and means to adjust the curvature of said brace.

3. In a device of the character described, a body portion or jacket adapted to extend about the body of the foot, a narrow curved strip of resilient metal carried by said jacket in such a position that when the jacket is on the foot the strip of metalvwill be beneath the inner margin of the arch of the foot, a lstrap secured at one end to the adjacent end of said strip of metal, Vand a buckle secured to the other end'of said strip of metal and coperating` with said strap to adjust the curvature oi" said strip. 1

el. A device of the character described comprising a body portion, a jacket of flexible material adapted to extend about the foot, said jacket having a narrow pocket extending longitudinally lat one side thereot and arranged to engage the inner margin of the arch of the foot, and a curved brace of resilient material mounted in said pocket.

5. A device of the character described comprising a body portion, a jacket of flexible material adapted to extend about the foot, said jacket having a narrow pocket extending longitudinally at one side thereof and arranged to engage the inner margin oi the arch 'of the foot, a curved brace of resilient material mounted in said pocket, and an adjusting device mounted Von the outside of said pocket and connected with said brace.

In testimony whereof, I aiix my signature in presence of two witnesses.

n j JOSEPHA onwrnn. Witnesses KING WV. VILLIAMsoN, ELIZABETH FrrzsiMMoNs.

ve cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents, `Waslhington, D. C.

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US4392487 *Aug 25, 1980Jul 12, 1983Selner Allen JMethod and apparatus for foot stabilization
US4753228 *Jul 14, 1986Jun 28, 1988Selner Allen JApparatus for foot stabilization
US6454733Feb 27, 2001Sep 24, 2002John H. KrusenklausFoot strap
U.S. Classification602/66
Cooperative ClassificationA61F13/065