Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS2136832 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 15, 1938
Filing dateDec 14, 1937
Priority dateDec 14, 1937
Publication numberUS 2136832 A, US 2136832A, US-A-2136832, US2136832 A, US2136832A
InventorsDave Weisberger
Original AssigneeDave Weisberger
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Foot inspection and recording device
US 2136832 A
Previous page
Next page
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Nov. 15, 1938. D. WEISBERGER 2,135,832

FOOT INSPECTION AND RECORDING DEVICE 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Dec. 14, 1957 v INVENTOR flare ii/Ezlser r Nov. 15, 1938. D. WElSBE RG ER 2,136,832

FOOT INSPECTION AND RECORDING DEVICE Filed Dec. 14, 1937 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Patented Nov. 15, 1938 UNITED STATES PATENT oFFicE F 0T INSPECTION AND RECORDING DEVICE Dave Weisbcrger, New York, N. Y.

Application December 14, 1937, Serial No. 179,721

2 Claims. (01. 128--22) This invention relates to a device for inspecting the arch formation and other portions of the feet, and has for its object the provision of a relatively simple device by which the underside and side portions of a persons feet may be inspected and a definite record obtained simultaneously to indicate arch and other conditions of the feet.

In various prior devices intended for foot inl0 spection purposes, it is necessary that the patient remove his or her stocking to permit foot examination to determine foot defects. In other structures intended for obtaining a foot impression, no means is provided for enabling the pal5 tient to note the condition of his feet undersurfaces while the impression was being made.

My improved foot inspection and recording de- .vice contemplates the provision of means by which a definite printed record of the condition 20 of the underside of the patients feet may be ob tained; of means by which the actual recording of such printed record is visible while it is being made; of means by which the patient and the orthopedist may simultaneously watch the mak- 5 ing of the printed foot record, and of various other novel features all embodied in a compact, sturdy device of great usefulness to shoe dealers, orthopedists and others whose work relates to foot troubles or to the fitting of proper corrective 30 shoes.

In the accompanying drawings, wherein an embodiment of the invention is shown, Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the improved foot inspection and recording device; Fig. 2 is a plan view of 5 the same; Fig. 3 is a vertical sectional view through the device on the line 3-3 of Fig. 4, looking in the direction of the arrows; Fig. 4 is a sectional View on the line 4-4 of Fig. 3, looking in the direction of the arrows; and Fig. 5 is a view of a section of the record sheet, showing the foot recording made thereon.

In the drawings, I indicates a supporting member or base board of the structure. Extending upwardly from the base I are the two side walls 2 and 3, to the outer faces of which are secured the hand rails 4 supported in the brackets 5. At one end, the side Walls 2 and 3 are connected by the end wall 6, and the opposite ends are connected by the wall I, which shall be considered as the front wall, the greater portion of which is cut away, particularly as indicated at 8 for a purpose to be presently set forth. The end walls 6 and I. and the sides 2 and 3, co-operate with the bottom member or base I to form a cabinet 55 or box-like structure provided with a top memher 9 of thick, transparent plate glass or a ground glass can be used, suificient to support the weight of any person standing upon it.

Located angularly in the box below the glass 9 is a mirror It which inclines downwardly toward the front wall 1, said mirror being removably supported on angularly disposed bars Ii fastened to the side walls 2 and 3 of the cabinet. The mirror It is removable when desired for cleaning or for replacement by being slid out of the cabinet through the slot I2 in the rear wall 6 and out through co-operating slot I3 formed in a wall I 4 located a short distance from that shown .at 6.

Located adjacent to the opposite side walls 2 and 3 of the cabinet are lamps I5 which illuminate the mirror I3. Disposed forwardly of the front wall is a step 24 formed of the side walls I! and I8, front wall I9, a portion of the bottom or base member I and a top of clear, thick plate glass 20. Mountedwithin the step 24 is a mirror 2| resting upon the inclined supports 22 secured on the side walls H and I8 within the step. Said mirror 2i inclines downwardly from the end wall I9 of the step to meet the base member I, as clearly shown in Fig. 3. The angles of the two mirrors IE1 and 2f with relation to the clear glass support 9 is such that a person standing upon the glass support 9 can clearly see the underside of his feet in mirror 2i, while the orthopedist or shoe fitter standing at the front of the step 24 can look into mirror I0 through cut-out portion 8 in the wall I of the cabinet and simultaneously observe the underside of the feet. Mirror 2| is illuminated by lamps 23 located above it within the step 24. At'the opposite end of the cabinet is provided another step 25, the purpose of which is to enable a person to comfortably ascend to the glass support 9, said step 25 having its top 26 hinged at 21 permitting the top to be raised when desired and the inside of the step acts as a box or receptacle for record sheet rolls or any other desired articles or material.

Mounted on the face of a transverse support 28, connecting the side walls 2 and 3 and within the cabinet near the base member I, is a spring roller 29, said roller being rotatably supported in the brackets 3!). Roller 29 has wound upon it a lengthy flexible transfer sheet 35 of rubber or similar material, wardly and then upwardly over idle roller 3| rotatably supported on the lower part of wall 6, and it then extends upwardly over an inking roller 32 from which it receives a coating of ink or other transfer material on its under surface said sheet extending rearwhich, when the sheet is drawn across the face of the glass support 9 as shown in Fig. 3, faces downwardly or toward the upper surface. On its travel upwardly, the sheet 35 moves in the space or compartment- 36 formed between the walls 6 and I4 and therefore all of the sheet, except that portion which stretches across the upper face of the glass 9 is concealed within the cabinet. The normal tendency of the spring-operated roller 29 is to wind the sheet upon it, and therefore, in order to hold the sheet in position across the glass 9, the free end of the sheet is provided with a rod 36 carrying a clip 31 which may be engaged under the forward edge of the glass 9, as shown in Fig. 3 to thereby hold the sheet in position across the top of the glass.

The paper or other material 5| upon which a printed impression of the under side of the feet is made, is contained in a roll 38 mounted between the end members 6 and 1 near the end wall 3, said roll being covered and concealed by an angularly disposed mirror 39. A similarly positioned mirror is located at at the opposite side of the cabinet above the glass 9, these mirrors disclosing the sides of the feet to thereby indicate supination or pronation of the bone structures. The paper in roll 38 is a thin, translucent tissue, of such a nature that ink transferred to it by pressure of the feet upon the rubber sheet 35 resting on top of the paper, can be seen from the underside of the paper. Thus, when a person stands upon the rubber sheet with a section of paper drawn from the roll 38 located under the sheet, the shape of the bottom of the feet will be produced in ink upon the paper, and the marking so produced upon the paper will be plainly visible in the mirrors I9 and 2| to both the person whose feet are making the record and to the orthopedist or shoe fitter.

The paper drawn from the roll 38 emerges through the slot 4| at the lower edge of the inclined side mirror 39 and extends across the upper face of the glass 9, being moved in a direction at right angles to the movement of the rubber sheet 35, and it is drawn out through the slot 42 under the side mirror 40 and emerges out through slot 43 in the side wall 2 of the cabinet. To permit replacement of a roll of paper in the compartment provided for it behind the side mirror 39, the wall 1, is provided with a door 44, hinged at 45 and provided with the latch 46 for holding it closed. To obtain access to the inkapplying roller 32, the upper end of compartment 36 is provided with a door 41 hinged to wall [4 at 49 and provided with a latch 49 for holding it in closed position.

From the foregoing, the operation of the device will be readily understood. A person desiring to have his or her feet inspected and the arch and other foot conditions determined, steps upon the step portion 25, preparatory to standing upon the glass support 9. The orthopedist draws a section of the paper from roll 38 across glass 9 and then draws the rubber sheet 35 forwardly across the paper and engages the clip 31 with the edge of the glass 9. The person whose foot conditions are to be ascertained now steps on top of the rubber sheet and the pressure of his or her feet thereon causes the ink to be transferred from sheet 36 to the paper sheet as shown, for example in Fig. 5, to record thereon evidence of flat feet or other similar foot conditions. While the record is being made, the markings of the feet, examples of which are shown at 50 in Fig. 5, can be plainly seen through the translucent paper 5| taken from roll 38, and the person standing on the glass 9 can see these records in mirror 2|, while the orthopedist can simultaneously observe the imprint in the mirror Ill. The person now steps down on step 24 and from thence to the floor. The operator releases the engagement of clip 31 with the edge of glass 9 and the sheet 35 is drawn across the glass under pull of the spring roller 29 until the clip reaches the edge 52 of the door member 41 where it is halted. The section of the paper bearing the foot imprints is drawn out through slot 43 and torn off and it can be either preserved by the orthopedist as a record, or given to the person whose foot record it constitutes.

The device does not require the removal of the stockings; it does not soil the feet by foot imprints; it makes a permanent record of foot conditions, and it enables the actual recording to be observed by the person during the actual making of the record. While the record is being made the orthopedist can also observe whether pronation or supination exists by inspection of the feet in the side mirrors 39 and 40.

The device may be made in various sizes and forms to suit different requirements and various alterations can be made without departing from the spirit of the invention.

What I claim is:

1. A device of the character described, a transparent support on which a person is adapted to stand, a translucent paper sheet resting on the support, a transfer sheet resting on top of the paper sheet, and an angularly disposed mirror located below the transparent support.

2. A device of the character described comprising, a cabinet having a glass top upon which a person stands to make a foot impression, a transfer sheet adapted to be drawn across the top of the glass top, a paper sheet adapted for disposition between the under side of the transfer sheet and the top of the glass, an inclined glass mirror within the cabinet below the glass top, and another mirror forward of the first mirror and inclining upward from the lower end of the same.


Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US5043852 *Feb 23, 1990Aug 27, 1991Gerstenberger Roland WApparatus enabling self-examination of the pubic area
US6598992 *Apr 12, 2002Jul 29, 2003John Lucius AmesPortable foot inspection mirror
US7137950 *May 23, 2005Nov 21, 2006Albert MurilloSystem and apparatus for inspection of feet
US7144124 *Apr 29, 2005Dec 5, 2006Defazio FrancesFoot reflector . . . for your health
US7329016Nov 9, 2006Feb 12, 2008Helen ShonkFoot inspection mirror
US8240769 *Oct 1, 2009Aug 14, 2012Adam StoryMultipurpose lower extremity examination stool
DE102004026653A1 *Jun 1, 2004Dec 29, 2005Kuhberg, Olaf E.Mirror apparatus for inspecting foot or shoe soles has a mirror fixed in a frame at an angle to the floor towards the standing viewer
U.S. Classification600/248
International ClassificationA43D1/00, A43D1/02
Cooperative ClassificationA43D1/022
European ClassificationA43D1/02B