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UNITED STATES l* PATENT (Dri-Icaj 1RA DUcKwoRTH, or FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS.
y SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters IEateIJi: No. 707,089, dated August 19, 1902.
Application filed MayZB, 1901.
outer flat rim of a thickened construction'to.
surround the margin of the corner bunion and an interior cavity to receive the'proje'ction of the latter, the cavity having a thin top closure in the form of a iiat Vhorizontal web without vertical projection above the `plane of the top of the pad to preventinward pressure of the web by contactwith a portion of 2o a shoe or stocking against the corn pr bunion. The invention consists in the construction and arrangement'of the several parts, which,v will be more fully hereinafter described andclaimed. In the drawings, Figurel is a perspective View of a foot with one of the improved'pads lor shields applied to one of the toes thereof. Fig. 2 is a transverse vertical section ofthe pad.
Similar numerals of reference are employed to indicate corresponding parts in both views. The numeral 1 designates the head of the pad or shield, which is formed with a cavityV 2, opening through the bottom thereof and having an upward and inward incline ora frusto-conical shape, the surrounding rim 3 being at and transversely thicker at the base of the head, so as to provide a broad bearingsurlface and a protection around the margin of the corn or bunion, the upper portion of the said cavity having a top closure 7 in the form of a thin horizontal or fiat web without. vertical projection above the plane of the top of the head of the pad. The inwardly-inclined wall 4 of the cavity provides for a con-` formity to the shape of the projecting portion of thel corn or bunion, andthe flat thickened rim 3 will permit a comparatively large surface of the pad-to rest upon the unaffected flesh around the corn or bunion, and no part of the pad or shield comes in contact with the affected part. The comparatively extended surface, therefore, around the cavity distribserial N0.1,612. (No man.)
utes the pressure over so large a surface of Athe-unalfected part of the iesh around the 5`5 cornl or bunion that little or no danger exists f of abrasionl taking place from any pressure to which the device may be subjected by a boot or shoe.v This is an important advantage in construction, as the flesh immediately around 6o the corn or' bunion is generally tenderv `and easily aected and would be very liable to become soreandiabraded by any form of pad bearing upon a contracted surface of the flesh.
Intreating corns or bunions it is necessary in order to eect a cure that the aected parts vshall be kept free from pressure, so that the natural recuperative forces may have free opportunityr for action, and the improved pad or shield efliciently accomplishes this result, while at the same time not affecting the tender and frequently. inflamed iiesh in the immediate neighborhood of the corn or bunion.
4Another important requirement is that the pad be held immovably in place while Worn by the patient, and for this purpose an elastic strap 6, isfinte'grally formed with'the head 1 and produces-a rm binding on the toe over which itis placed and prevents lateral movement of the head, but is at the same time suf- `iciently yieldable to permit the free natural action of the'toes or other parts of the foot to which it is applied.
The pads and their elastic supporting-straps will be made in various sizes to fit dierentsized toes or to fit bunions or other similar' aections'. f
` yI-Ia'ving thus described the invention, what v 4is claimed as new isv i the presence of two witnesses` IRA DUOKWORTH.
my own I have hereto affixed my signature in I'oo I Witnesses:
EDDARD A. BILLINGSLEY, HENRY A. WANTMAN.