US 2095191 A
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Oct. 5, 1937. A. HoLscHER ARCH SUPPORT Filed Dec. s, 1956 W Ygeg/o23 Patented Oct. 5, 1937 PATENT OFFICE 2,095,191 Anon SUPPORT Herman A. Holscher, Galesburg, Ill., assigner of one-third to LouisV L. Goode and one-third to Craig L. Brown, both oi Galesburg, Ill.
Application December 2s, 1936, serial Ne. 117,955 2 claims. (o1. sei- 71) This invention relates to what is commonly known as an arch support, and particularly has reference to a shell that may be formed over a last and suitably padded or handled by the chi- 5 ropodist as the individual case demands. Y
An object of my invention is the construction of a exible foot support which will admirably fit the foot of the wearer and thereby greatly strengthen the foot, as Well as affording easy Walking.V
` Another object of my invention is the construction of an all footlsupport which incorporates, in a single flexible unitary structure, the Yunique and novel'features whereby the entire foot is strengthened, tending in time to result in a per marient cure for any deformities, and which supi port will admirably fit the ordinary shoe of the wearer. y A With the foregoing and other objects in view, my invention comprises certain novel constructions, combinations and arrangements of parts or units as will be hereinafter fully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawings and more particularly Vpointed out in the appended claims. y
In the drawing: Figure 1 is a topplan view'of a device constructed'inV accordance 'withV the present invention.
Figure 2 is aV sectional view taken on line 2-'2 VFigure 1, and looking `in the direction of the arrows. f Y
Figure 3 is a sectional view taken on line 3--3 Figure 1, and looking in the direction of' the ar- I'OWS.
' Figure 41's e seetiensn view taken en une 4 4 Figure 2, and looking in the direction of the ar- Figure 5 isV a perspective view of the device,`
partly shown in section.
' Figures 1 and 2.
Referring to the drawing by numerals, l desig'Y The heelrflange 3 with therear portions ofV side iianges 2 and Vll constitute a cupped heel,V which locks the calcaneus bone and eliminates Y creeping of support. The height of the flanges,
constituting the cup, may vary from one-thirtysecond of an inch to two inches, as the constructor desires.
The forward end of the body vI is provided with a large fiat substantially oval ball-of-foot re- 5 ceivng portion 6, extending diagonally across the longitudinal axis of the elongated body l, to conform to the shape of the ball of the foot. This novel construction admirably receives the ball of the foot in its proper position, with the toe flange 10 5 supporting and strengthening theY toes, while the troughs 1 and 8 iit snugly around outer portions of the big toe and little toe as clearly indicated by the dotted lines of the foot shown in AV light suedecovering 9 is suitably fastened to 15 the planter or bottom side of body I.
In constructing my device I may use a Vregular shoe last, and fit the device exactly tothe length Y and width shoe worn by the patient. Further, the chiropodist may take my novel device and pad or add to the same, to meet such conditions of a patients foot, as will further assist in relieving the patient or perfecting a cure.
While I have described the preferred embodiment of my invention and illustrated the same in 25 the accompanying drawing, certain minor changes or alterations may appear to one skilled in the art to which this invention relates during the extensive manufacture'of the same and I, therefore, reserve the right to make such altera- 30 tions or changes as shall fairly fall within the scope of the appended claims.
What I claim is: Y
1. As a new article of manufacture, a foot support comprising an elongated exible body pro- 35 vided with a circumferential upstanding flange entirely around its edge, said flange at the toe end of said body provided with toe-receiving troughs, and said body also provided at the inner end of said troughs and toe flange with a large flat substantiallyV oval portion extending diag-Y onally across the longitudinal axis of said body.
2. A foot support formed from a single piece of flexible material and being provided at its front end with an upstanding toe flange, said toe flange slightly grooved in opposite directions to provide troughs for snuglyV fitting the big and little toe of a foot, and an oval iiat portion on said support extending across the entire toe ange at its basej Y HERMAN A. HOLSCHER.