Arch Support Forming And Inserting Patents (Class 12/1G)
  • Patent number: 5607756
    Abstract: A foot correction method comprises the steps of raising a plantar arch (15) and applying a pressure on either side of a foot (13) to thereby maintain a configuration of a longitudinal arch and a transversal arch of the foot (13) so as to prevent and correct a spraying phenomenon of the foot (13). A splint (11, 23) for practicing the method comprises shape memory alloy wires preferably in the form of either woven fabric, such as a mesh (17), or a nonwoven fabric plate. The shape memory alloy wires preferably consists of a Ti-Ni series alloy exhibiting superelasticity at a normal or used temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: Tokin Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Yamauchi, Hiroyuki Yoshida, Atsushi Kita