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Dec. 17, 1957 A. SCHULTZ SURGICAL SUPPORT Filed Aug. 17, 1956 INVENTOR JZZHS'chuZZ";
BY M I ATTORNEYS United Sitates Patent SURGICAL SUPPORT August L. Schultz, Mitchell, S. Dak.
Application August 17, 1956, Serial No. 604,652
1 Claim. (Cl. 128-87) The present invention relates to surgical supports, and more particularly to a support for the shin-splint of the le The primary object of the invention is to provide a surgical support for the leg to relieve a painful condition known as shin-splints, a form of myositis of the muscles surrounding the tibia.
Another object of the invention is to provide a support of the class described above which can be worn while active, relieving the pain associated with shin-splints.
A further object of the invention is to provide a surgical support of the class described above which is inexpensive to manufacture, simple to apply, and which will be completely effective in eliminating pain created by the shinsplints.
Other objects and advantages will become apparent in the following specification when considered in the light of the attached drawings, in which:
Figure 1 is a side elevation of the invention shown applied to a leg.
Figure 2 is a side elevation of the invention with the elastic band removed.
Figure 3 is a fragmentary front elevation of the invention with the elastic band removed.
Figure 4 is an enlarged fragmentary rear elevation of the fastening structure for the terminal ends of the surgical band.
Figure 5 is a bottom elevation of the invention with the surgical bands removed.
Referring now to the drawings in detail wherein like reference characters indicate like parts throughout the several figures, the reference numeral indicates generally a surgical support constructed in accordance with the invention.
The support 10 includes an elastic sleeve 11 having a foot arch encompassing portion 12 and an ankle encircling portion 13 integrally connected therewith. A resilient arch support pad 14 is secured to the underside of the foot encompassing portion 12 of the sleeve 11 in position so as to engage under the long arch of the foot 15.
2,816,541 Patented Dec. 17, 1957 A pair of elongated flat resilient bars 16 and 17 have their lower portions secured to the forward portion of the ankle encircling portion 13 of the sleeve 11 and projecting a substantial distance thereabove, as illustrated in Figure 2. The bars 16 and 17 are adapted to engage the forward portion of the leg 18, as shown in Figure 3, so as to support the muscles lying alongside of and in front of the tibia (not shown) of the leg 18.
An elastic band 19 is secured at its center to the arch support 14 at the base of the sleeve 11 and is adapted to have its end portions spirally wound about the leg 18 of the user, as illustrated in Figure l. The opposite end portions 20 and 21 of the elastic band 19 are provided with securing elements such as hooks 22 and eye 23 which are mounted on tapes 24 and 25, respectively, engaging over the terminal ends 20 and 21 of the band 19.
The band 19 is wrapped about the sleeve 11 and engages over the bars 16 and 17 holding them in position on the leg 18 so as to completely support the shin muscles of the leg 18. The ends of the band 19 are oppositely wound about the leg 18 so as to provide a balanced support for the leg 18.
It should be understood that the band 19 and the sleeve 11 are formed of highly elastic material, while the bars 16 and 17 are formed of rubber or similar flexible material as is the arch support 14.
Having thus described the preferred embodiment of the invention, it should be understood that numerous structural modifications and adaptations may be resorted to without departing from the scope of the appended claim.
What is claimed is:
A surgical support comprising a flexible sleeve having adjacent integral arch encompassing and ankle encompassing portions, a resilient arch support secured to said arch encompassing portion at the bottom thereof, a pair of resilient upstanding spaced support bars secured to said ankle encompassing portion and extending thereabove, means secured to said support for holding said bars in supporting relation on a leg, said means for holding said bars in supporting relation to a leg comprising an elongated elastic band having the medial portion thereof secured to said arch support and with said band adapted for encircling engagement of said ankle encompassing portion and said bars, and means on said band for securing said band in position on a leg.
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