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Feb. 20, 1951 s. w. GIBBONS 2,542,324
DEVICE FOR RELIEVING AND CORRECTING INGROWN TOENAILS Filed April 15, 1949 SCOTT w. Glssolvs INVENTOR.
Patented Feb. 20, 1951 UNITED BEVECE FOR RELIEVIN G AND CORRECTING INGROWN TOENAILS Scott W. Gibbons, Portland, Oreg.
Application April 15, 1949, Serial N 0. 87,807
This invention relates to a device for relieving correcting ingrown toenails It is one of the principal objects of the invention to provide a device of this character which may be quickly and conveniently applied and comfortably worn by a user to pry the adjacent flesh away from the ingrown edge of the nail to form a guide for the nail so that as it advances by growth, the ingrown edge of the nail will be harmlessly extended beyond the end of the toe and followed by normal nail growth.
These and other objects will appear as my invention is more fully hereinafter described in the following specification, illustrated in the accompanying drawing and finally pointed out in the appended claim.
In the drawing:
Figure 1 is a top plan View of a toe and toe nail showing my invention operatively applied thereto.
Figure 2 is an enlarged sectional end elevation taken approximately along the line 2-2 of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is an enlarged perspective view of the invention.
Referring now more particularly to the drawing:
The main body of the invention, generally indicated by reference numeral I, is in the form of an elongated strip of flexible metal such as aluminum or the like. One end of the body member is turned back on itself as shown to form a transverse channel 2.
To the back surface of the body member I secure by suitable adhesive a protective covering 3 made of any approved sterilized material. The protective covering extends outwardly from one end and both sides of the body member to protect the flesh surrounding it against any chafing action of the body member I. Another form of protective covering could be applied to the body member by dipping it in a rubber solution.
Ordinarily an ingrown toe nail assumes, in cross section, the approximate shape illustrated in Figure 2 wherein the ingrown portion 4 growing into the adjacent flesh causes inflammation and ulceration and usually requires minor surgery to correct the condition by cutting away the ingrown portion.
in applying my invention to a toe and ingrown toe nail, I engage one end of the channel 2 with the outermost end of the ingrown portion of the nail and move the body member rearwardly with respect to the toe until the channel is engaged throughout its length with the ingrown portion of the nail. Following this I bend the body member downwardlyjrom the dotted line position shown in Figure 2 to the full line position shown therein to overlie the correspondin side of the toe above the ball portion thereof and away from the compressing action caused by Weight applied to the foot as in walking. Following this I 88- cure the body member in place by affixing it with adhesive material.
Due to the stiffness of the material from which t. e body member 1 is made, the bending movement, as aforesaid, sets up a prying action to move the flesh away from the outer edges of the ingrown nail while the channel 2 moves the flesh away from the inner surface thereof.
As inflammation decreases, the shape of the body member can be changed to apply a different pressure to meet the arising change in the nail shape and the lessening size of the flesh adjacent thereto.
While I have shown a particular form of embodiment of my invention, I am aware that many minor changes therein will readily suggest themselves to others skilled in the art without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to protect by Letters Patent is:
An article of the class described comprising an elongated metallic body member, a channel extending transversely of the body member at one of its ends, a protective covering secured to one surface of the body member and extending outwardly from two sides and one end. thereof.
SCOTT W. GIBBONS.
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