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May 3, l932 E. E. DETTELBACH 1,856,377
ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE Filed July '7, 1930 INVENTOR. i E. DE TTELB/ICH.
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Patented May 3, 1932 PATENT OFFICE EDWARD E. D'ETTELBACH, OF LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE Application filed July 7,
This invention relates to improvements in orthopedic devices. l h
The general object of the invention 1s to provide an improved device adapted to be applied to a shoe for correcting foot ailments.
Another object of the invention is to provide an attachment forV a shoe by means of which pressure may be applied to the various portions of a foot.
A further object of the invention is to provide a device for applying pressure on a foot from the exterior of a shoe.
' A still further object of the invention is to provide a foot correction device for attach- 7 ing to shoes having adjustable means for applying pressure on the foot.
,Other objects and the advantages of this invention will be apparent from the followin description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings wherein:
Fig. 1 is a bottom plan view ofa shoe showing my improved device operatively positioned thereon.
Fig. 2 is an enlarged section taken on line 2 2 of Fig. 1. c u
Fig. 8 is an enlarged section taken on line 3 3 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 4 is a section taken on line 4 4 of Fig. 3.
v Fig. 5 is an enlarged'section taken on line 5 5'of Fig. 1.
Fig. 6 is a View similar to Fig. 1 showing the manner in which my improved foot correction device may be made in sectional parts,
Fig. 7 is an enlarged section taken on line when in position thereon the side flange 18v n is adapted to engage the sides of the shoe sole 1930. Serial N0. 465,813.
12 and the top flange 19 is adapted to engage the top of the sole which projects beyond the upper while the lower ange 20 is adapted to engage the bottom of the sole. rlhe border 15 is preferably colored to match the color of the shoe sole and the upper flange 19 is preferably provided with crimping as indicated at 21 to simulate the crimping of the last.
Various means may be used for securing the border 15 in position, but I have shown the lower flange 2O as provided with opposed downwardly extending apertured lugs 22 adjacent the heel in the apertures of which I position a bolt 28 on which a nut 24 is provided.
The metal border 15 being made of spring metal does not appreciably impair the flexibility of the shoe but it does retain the shoe in its correct shape by preventing spreading of the shoe.
In the lower flange of the border 15 I provide a plurality of elongated apertures 25. Vhen it is desired to raise one side of the sole of a shoe, rubber plugs 26 are positioned in the correct number of the apertures to cause the sole of the shoe to assume the desired angle in walking.
The-pressure applying devices 16 are made of spring steel and constitute a plate body portion 27 having a depressed portion 28 intermediate the length thereof and countersunk apertures 29 adjacent each end. (See Figs. 1 and 5). The pressure device 16 is placed in the desired position on the sole of the shoe and secured thereby by brads 30 before the border is placed on the shoe, thus the ends of the device 16 are covered by the bottom flange 20 of the border. Zhen the device 16 is operatively placed in position on the shoe the ydepression 28 bulges the sole of the shoe inwardly as shown in Fig. 5 thus applying pressure on the foot of the wearer.
One or more of the devices 16 may be used and they may be placed in various positions and at various angles to apply pressure to the desired parts of the foot.
The device 17 is adapted to apply pressure to the arch of the foot and as shown comprises a metal housing 32 having side flanges Y 33 which are adapted to be positioned belovver flange 2O of the border 15.
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pered threaded bolt 38 which includes a polygonal head 39. Tol'apply pressure on the arch of va foot the expansion device 84 is placed in the desired position and the bolt 38 rotated to raise the upper member 36 thereby causing the sole', of the shoe to bulge inward- ,lyas shown in ig. 3. Instead of using the expansion device 34V a piece of hard leather orsimilar material may be positioned in the housing to apply a pressure to the arch l if desired.
'lhe border 15 may be used without the devicesl and 17V-and the apertures 25 and the rubber pads 26 maybe omitted from the bor- Fig. L6 I have indicated generally at 40, 4l and 42 sections of metal borders which are ,similar to the border l5. When the border l5 is made in sections as shown in F ig. 6 it is only necessary to place a section on the shoe j sole where itis desired to apply a local pressure instead of completely around the sole as shown in Fig. il. Ihe arch portion 42 of the sectional borderl in addition to thesecuring 4bolt 23 is provided with anothersecuring .i V'member 43. The member 43 includes a flat piecer of` metal v44 which extends acrossl the ,Y sole and the endsof which are adapted to be positioned between the shoe sole and the lower border flange 20. y The member 44 has arms 45 and 46 pivotally secured thereto in- ,Y termediate its lengthas indicated at 47. rIhe free ends of the arms 45 and 46 are lprovided with pins V48 whichr are adapted to be positioned in apertures 49 provided the flange 20 of the border and apertures 50 pro'.- vided in the vportion 44 of the fastening memy ber. L Y Y c- Y From the foregoing description it will be apparent that I havevprovided -a novel'foot correctionjdevice `which is simple in construc-v tion andveflicient in use.
"Having thusdescribedvmy invention what I claim lis Y beingrmade of .la material of aV greater hard.
l. VIn combination with V a shoeincluding a sole, a pressureapplying device, said device Y ness than said sole and engaging the outer surfaceV of said sole, a depressionintermef diate thelengthofsaid device, saiddepres- V-sioncausing said sole to bulge inwardly and means to retain said device 1n pos1t1on onsald Asole and a heel a border, saidA border extending around said shoeJ sole on each side to a position adjacent said heel, said border 1ncluding a side flange, a top flange and a bottom flange, said side flange engaging the outer side surface of said sole and said top flange engaging the upper surface ofrsaid sole and said lower flange engaging the lower surface of said sole, means'to secure said border in positionon said sole, and a'press'ure device, 'said 'device comprising a flat member having a depression therein-intermediate the length thereof, said member extending transversely ofsaid sole and the ends of said member beingA positioned betweenY said sole `and said lower flange of saidborder, said depression of said member causing said sole to bulgerinwardly.
3. In `combination with-a shoe including a 'sole and a heel, 'aV-border, said border eX- tending around said shoe sole on each side to a lposition adjacent said heel, said border including a side flange, a top flanger and a bottom flange, said side flange engaging the outer side surface of said sole and said top flange enga-ging the upper surface jof 'said sole andv said lower flange engaging the lower surface of said sole, means to secure said border in position 'on said sole, a plurality Vof spaced apertures in 'said lower llange and .resilient pads positioned in certain 'of said apertures, and a pressure device, said device comprising a flat member having a depression therein intermediate the length thereof, said member extending ltransversely ofV said sole andthe ends of said member beingfpgositioned betweensaidsole and said lowerl flange of wsaid border, said depression ofsaid member causing 'said Vsole to 'bulge' inwardly.
4. In combination with a shoe including a sole, a border, meansto securesaid border in position on the edge of said "sole, and means associated with 'said border to cause an inward bulging of the bottom 'of said" sole, said bulging occurring at a'location "spaced from said border, Y Y i 5. In combination with a shoe including a sole, a pressure applying device, Vsaid de- ,l vice including a housing positioned y'on the outer 'surfaceof said sole adjacent the arch of said shoe, means engaging the top edges and sides of the sole to secure said housing to said shoe, an expansion member positioned in said Vhousing and having a` portion engag- Vingsaid sole, and 'means to expand said inemberv tocause said portion to bulge said sole inwardly'. p a Y Vf3. 'The combination'of a shoe including a sole and aheel,cand a pressuredevice, said device comprising a flat memberV having a A, protuberance thereon intermediate lthe length thereof, said vmember extending transversely of said sole and the ends of said member be- "ing positioned adjacent `to1'saidsole,and means to secure said deviee in place, said protuberance causing said sole to bulge inwardly. i Y
7. The combination of a shoe including a sole and a heel7 and a pressure device, said device being positioned under the arch of said shoe and comprising a housinor having 6 side anges positioned adjacent said sole, an expansion member positioned in said housing, said expansion member including a lower section and an upper section, a tapered annular threaded recess in said lower and upper 10 sections7 a tapered threaded bolt positioned in said recess, said bolt when rotated in one direction being adapted to move said upper section away from said lower section to bulge said sole inwardly, and means to secure said housing in place.
In testimony whereof, I hereunto affix my signature. y
EDWARD E. DETTELBACH.