US 703828 A
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No. 703,828 Patentd July I, I902.
F. H. READ.
(Applic ation filed .Feb. 24, 1902A (No Model.)
WITNESSES A TTOHNEYS UNITE STATES ATENT @FFICE.
FREDERICK HENRY READ, OF PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent N 0. 703,828, dated July 1, 1902.
Application filed February 24, 1902. Serial No. 95,291. (No model.)
To all whom, it may corwern: N
Be it known that I, FREDERICK HENRY READ, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Providence, in the county of Providence and State of Rhode Island, have invented a new and Improved Ankle-Support, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.
The object of the invention is to provide a new and improved ankle-support more especially designed for the use of skaters and other persons to sustain weak ankles, the support being very simple and durable in construction and easily applied or removed.
The invention consists of novel features and parts and combinations of the same, as will be more fully described hereinafter and then pointed out in the claims.
A practical embodiment of the invention is represented in the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, in which similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in both views.
Figure 1 is a perspective view ofth'e improvement as applied, and Fig. 2 is an enlarged perspective view of the improvement.
The improved ankle-support consist-s, es-
sentially, of an instep-strap A and an ankle strap B, standing at angles to the instep-strap A, as plainly indicated in the drawings. The instep-strap A is provided at one end with a buckle C for receiving and fastening the other end of the said strap to securely fit the instep-strap to the foot by passing the'strap around part of the skate and then up over the instep, with the buckle O standing at one side of the foot, as plainly indicated in Fig. 1.
The buckle O is provided on one side with a loop D, adapted to be engaged by a hook E, provided with a frame E, held adj ustably on the free end of the ankle-strap B, the latter being secured to the instep-strap A at or near the middle thereof, so that when the instep-strap is applied to the foot and skate, as shown in Fig. 1, then the ankle-strap B is readily passed around therear portion of the foot along the ankle, and then the hook E is hooked onto the loop D, so as to securely hold the ankle-strap in position.
and buckled in place.
The ankle-strap B is lengthened or shortened, according to the users foot, by adjusting the frame E correspondingly lengthwise on the ankle-strap B. In using the device the instep-strap is placed over the instep of the users foot and under the heel-plate or other fixed part of the skate, (see Fig. 1,) and then the hook E is engaged with the loop D, after which the instep-strap is drawn tight The device is preferably so applied that the buckle, loop, and hook-frame are on the inside of the foot. Thus the ankle-strap B is permanently fastened to the instep-strap A at one side of the foot and is removably secured to the instepstrap on the opposite side of the foot.
From the foregoing it will be readily seen that the device greatly strengthens a weak ankle, so that a person can use skates to great advantage without danger of injury to the foot at the ankle.
Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent- 1. An ankle-support, comprising an instepstrap having at one end a buckle with which the other end of the strap engages for securing the strap'around the instep, said strap being provided with a loop or eye, and an ankle-strap having one end fixedly secured to the instep-strap to stand at right angles thereto and provided at its other end with a hook for engaging the loop of the instepstrap, as set forth.
2. An ankle-support comprising an instepstrap provided at one end with a buckle, adapted to be engaged by the other end of the strap, the buckle having a loop at one side, and an ankle-strap of a width greater than the instep-strap and secured at one end to the instep-strap to stand at right angles thereto, the free end of the ankle-strap having a hook for engagement with the loop of the buckle, as set forth. I
3. An ankle-support comprising an instepstrap providedat one end with a buckle, adapted to be engaged by the other end of the strap, the buckle having a loop at one side, and an ankle-strap of a width greater than the instep-strap and secured at one end to the name to this specification in the presence of instep-strap to stand at right angles thereto, two subscribing witnesses. the free end of the ankle-strap having" a hook for engagement with the loop ofthe buckle, FREDERICK HENRY READ =3 the said hook being adjustabiy held on the WVitnesses:
free end of the said ankle-strap, as set forth. CHARLES G. SMITH,
In testimony whereof I have signed my WILLIAM D. GOFF.