Leg Or Foot Patents (Class 128/882)
  • Patent number: 10306991
    Abstract: A travel leg restraint may include a single elongate member. The single elongate member may include a first upwardly facing concave contour about a first axis and dimensioned to receive a first leg of a user, a second upwardly facing concave contour about a second axis and dimensioned to receive a second leg of a user and a spacing wall between the first concave contour and the second concave contour so as to extend between the first leg and the second leg of the user. The travel leg restraint may further include at least one top strap secured to opposite ends of the elongate member to extend across and span the first concave contour and the second concave contour, wherein the strap has an adjustable length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Matthew J. Behlen
  • Patent number: 10172757
    Abstract: A method, system and device for enhancing muscle training and performance by accelerating blood flow to the muscles and enhancing flow in the lymphatic system, incorporating mechanical stimulation and in some cases electrical stimulation of the muscle. A muscle recovery apparatus includes: an active compression device and an electrical stimulation device, where the active compression device is configured to be disposed about a user's muscle and to mechanically compress the user's muscle to facilitate muscle recovery, and where the electrical stimulation device is coupled to an inner surface of the active compression device, such that the electrical stimulation device can be placed in contact with the user to electrically stimulate the user's muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Christofer Kazanchyan, Patrick Avakian, Victor Yaghoubi Mirzayan, Michael I. Fineberg, Martin Dalgaard, Kenneth A. Gross, Nikolas Francis, James Ibon, Giovanni Erick Guidetti, Robert Alan Berry
  • Patent number: 10105252
    Abstract: An orthotic device to align and restrict movement of the foot and ankle including an elongated lateral support member extending between an upper rigid brace member configured to engage and partially surround the upper portion of the lower leg and a lower foot support configured to engage and support the foot and a flexible leg engagement member movable between a first position and a second position extending downwardly from the upper rigid brace member terminating in a leg engagement member to selectively engage the calf portion of the patient's leg when in the second position to align and restrict movement of the foot and ankle of the patient relative to the lower leg portion of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Wade Bader
  • Patent number: 10085871
    Abstract: An orthopedic walking boot including a base to support a user's foot; a support assembly extending from the base to support the user's lower leg; and an outer sole overmolded to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Tracy E. Grim, Steven L. Hecker, Kenji Watabe, Ryan C. Cohn, Tim Crowley, Veneza Yuzon
  • Patent number: 10004217
    Abstract: A ligament support for hooves, mountable on a hoof and in the mounted position effective for backing up the suspensory ligament between the hoof and the fetlock, comprising an elastic element the length of which is adapted to run via the rear of the pastern of the hoof, from an anchor point situated on the inside of the hoof to an anchor point situated on the outside of the hoof, and which, in an area located to the rear of the pastern, is coupled to an elastic cuff mountable around the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Shings AB
    Inventor: Marina Nylund
  • Patent number: 9980845
    Abstract: A device (100) includes a leg engaging section (101) and a foot engaging section (102) intersecting at a heel receiver (103). The leg engaging section and the foot engaging section define a leg insertion aperture (104). A compressible cushion layer (402) is disposed at least in the leg engaging section. At least one bolster tube (401) is disposed interior the leg engaging section. The bolster tube (401) can be selectively removable through one or more apertures (1105,1106).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michelle Drey, Bruce Shapiro
  • Patent number: 9980573
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a head support for supporting a patient's head while the patient is in a prone position. The head support comprises a body of compliant material whose shape provides a forehead support region, at least one further support region for supporting a lower portion of the patient's face, and a void which accommodates the patient's eyes, nose and mouth in use. According to one aspect of the invention, a viewing opening is provided which faces laterally and provides in use a line of sight from the exterior of the head support into the void, the viewing opening having a periphery which is an unbroken loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: EC MEDICA LTD.
    Inventor: Paul Shane Bennetts
  • Patent number: 9963053
    Abstract: A hip alignment device configured to properly cushion and align a user's hips while seated. The hip alignment device includes a first cushion and a second cushion connected to one another via an elongated strap. Each cushion has a concave inner surface adapted to be positioned against the outer portion of a user's thighs or hips. The inner surface further includes one or more rounded ridges thereon. The inner side of the cushion is configured to be positioned flush against the side of a user's thigh or hip, whereas an outer side of the cushion is configured to be placed against a portion of a vehicle, such as a vehicle door or the center console so as to secure the cushion in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Kathleen V. Barron
  • Patent number: 9872793
    Abstract: An abductor device includes a pair of cuffs for interfacing to respective legs of a user. There is a mechanism for removably holding each cuff of the pair of cuffs to a respective leg of the user and a mechanism for maintaining a range of separation between each cuff of the pair of cuffs. This range of separation ranges from a minimum distance between each cuff of the pair of cuffs to a maximum distance between each cuff of the pair of cuffs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: INEW LLC
    Inventor: Spencer Janning
  • Patent number: 9833080
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lateral recumbency back support designed to support various portions of the body generally comprising a contoured and flexible foam wedge design allowing flexibility at all points along the length of same and having sufficient firmness to provide support for the desired portion of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Dennis Ray
  • Patent number: 9737430
    Abstract: An ankle stabilizing apparatus for minimizing inversion and eversion of the foot includes a body member having at least one cuff member positioned against a cuff portion of the body member, wherein the cuff member defines at least one opening for receiving at least one stabilizing strap such that the cuff member and stabilizing strap dynamically apply a variable force against the body member and ankle. The apparatus promotes variable compression against the ankle upon application and during wear. The apparatus also resists distal migration during wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Eric Lee Gaylord
  • Patent number: 9687033
    Abstract: An assistive garment for aiding in reorientation of the lower limbs of a wearer has a pair of trouser legs, each of which is dimensioned to encompass at least a portion of a respective lower limb of the wearer. A bridge extends between the pair of trouser legs and is joined to each leg of the pair. A handle extends from the bridge. The handle is adapted to permit manipulation of the lower limbs of the wearer by way of manipulation of the handle using at least one upper limb of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Aaron Kayne Lillie
  • Patent number: 9668907
    Abstract: An orthopedic system includes an orthopedic device having ankle and foot receiving portions and defining a posterior aspect and an anterior aspect opposite the posterior aspect. A pump assembly is arranged on the anterior aspect of the orthopedic device. A protective part is located on the anterior aspect of the orthopedic device. The protective part defines a receiving space for the pump assembly and has a rigidity arranged to distribute pressure on the protective part away from the pump assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Ossur Iceland ehf
    Inventors: Harry Duane Romo, Jonathan Walborn
  • Patent number: 9611557
    Abstract: The cathode collector bar end portion extending through a window in a sidewall of an electrolytic cell for refining aluminum is snugly received in a central opening of a seal assembly. Such seal assembly maintains a hermetic seal preventing ingress of air through the sidewall window while permitting longitudinal (horizontal) movement of the collector bar and also movement in a vertical plane (side to side, or up and down, or diagonally) which can be caused by changing heat conditions inside the cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Mid Mountain Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Tony G. Carroll
  • Patent number: 9603458
    Abstract: The knee pillow provides sufficient padding above the knee to provide leg spacing and provides padding at the knee to prevent discomforting contact between the medial epicondyle bones and to provide leg alignment for proper posture. The knee cushion is shaped to prevent discomforting displacement of the knee caps (patella).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Pillow Solve Inc.
    Inventor: Eileen Pelletier
  • Patent number: 9597218
    Abstract: An orthotic device according to embodiments of the present invention includes a substantially rigid internal footbed with an external rocker bottom, two struts rigidly coupled to the footbed, a paddle coupled to each strut, each paddle having an inner surface configured to face a limb of a patient, and a strap system configured to interface with the paddles for tightening around the limb, the inner surfaces of the paddles including a plurality of protrusions configured to minimize sliding of the first and second paddles with respect to the limb or with respect to a cast applied to the limb. The orthotic device may include two or more support layers on the footbed, each layer having a support aperture larger than and at least partially overlapping the support aperture below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Medefficiency, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Jones, Nathan J. Jones, Jodie L. Currie, Jeffrey L. Jensen
  • Patent number: 9592422
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a foot positioning device are provided. In one embodiment, a foot positioning device is provided, the device comprising: a proximal strap operatively connected to at least one of an individual's ankle or lower leg; a distal strap operatively connected to the individual's foot; and a heel strap connected to the proximal strap and the distal strap; wherein the foot positioning device causes a moment that biases the individual's foot toward a plantar flexion position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew J. Robinson, Christopher Stevens
  • Patent number: 9549867
    Abstract: The sequential compression device for treatment and prophylaxis of deep vein thromboses includes a compression sock having a plurality of electromechanical units positioned along the calf muscle of a user's leg. Each of the electromechanical units includes a front housing component and a back housing component. The front housing component of the unit includes a compressor piston positioned in communicating relation with the user's calf muscle and the back housing component of the unit includes a magnet and a copper coil. The magnet is positioned in communicating relation with the compressor piston of the front housing component. Upon activation, the compressor piston selectively compresses the small saphenous vein to simulate the effect of the calf muscle during walking and promote the flow of blood back to the user's heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventors: Mamduh A. El-Messeiry, Ali Mohsen Ali Fares Al-Hazmi, Abdulaziz Alhomaidi Alodhayani, Theeb Ayedh Alkahtani
  • Patent number: 9526859
    Abstract: A system for reducing anxiety in an individual is provided. The system is capable of applying deep pressure to activate a Vegetative Skin Reflex. The system includes a wearable device constructed for covering at least a portion of a body of the individual. The wearable device includes individually expandable units for applying pressure to a specific body region of the individual when expanded and an expandable support unit for expanding and countering the pressure applied to the specific body region by each individual expandable pressure unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Raphael Rembrand
  • Patent number: 9522075
    Abstract: An ankle support for wearing over a person's lower leg and foot is disclosed. The ankle support includes a yoke made of a semi-rigid, flexible material. The yoke includes a shin portion and a stirrup portion. A removable cap that is adapted for extending over the stirrup portion of the yoke is used with the ankle support. The removable cap includes a groove for engaging the stirrup portion of the yoke. Additionally, a separate shin section cover that is adapted for extending over the shin portion of the yoke and include a groove that will accept a mating portion of the yoke is also provided. The shin section cover can be varied independently of the removable cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Anthony L. Ritchie
  • Patent number: 9517039
    Abstract: This assisting tool is a multi-functional tool that is used in X-ray measurements of a subject. The multi-functionality is achieved by using the outer form and the inner structure of the tool in combination. More specifically, this assisting tool has two inclined surfaces that constitute the outer form. By inserting this assisting tool under the two legs, the two legs can be kept in a posture in which the knees are bent. The side end structure that constitutes the outer form keeps the two feet in a twisted state. A measurement chamber that constitutes the inner structure is for measuring the forearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahiro Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9517154
    Abstract: Medical advantages are provided by the novel improvements made to the inflatable foot cushion of the present invention to the inflatable foot cushion of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/432,068 and the Inflatable Foot Cushion of U.S. Pat. No. 5,328,445, including better protection of a patient's Achilles' tendon areas; better unloading of the pressures on the patient's heels due to the increased elevation of the patient's heels above substrates; and the prevention of left and right lateral rotation of the ankles of patients wearing the novel inflatable foot cushion of the present invention by its two novel lateral cushions formed by expanding the main chamber of the improved inflatable foot cushion of the present invention there between, which novel lateral cushions cradle and stabilize the improved inflatable chamber of the present invention when it is pivoted under the improved inflatable foot cushion of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventors: James G. Spahn, Brian D. Conway, David P. Laughlin, Scott D. Rogers
  • Patent number: 9492301
    Abstract: An orthopedic device in the form of a circumferential walker includes a first member (posterior shell) and a second member (dorsal shell) corresponding to the first member. An outsole or plantar shell portion is attached to, or formed on or with the posterior shell. A hinge mechanism is provided between the posterior and dorsal shells to allow the dorsal shell to be swung away from the posterior shell in order to accommodate an anatomical limb therein. Inflatable bladders having perspiration wicking channels and/or openings are provided within a liner for insertion between the posterior and dorsal shells. Quick-connecting buckle and retaining assemblies can be provided to allow a user to quickly don and doff the orthopedic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Irving Hu, Jane Lee
  • Patent number: 9468553
    Abstract: An orthopedic device includes a posterior shell with ankle and foot receiving portions, and first and second wing portions forming an opening over a dorsal aspect of the posterior shell. A dorsal shell is contoured to substantially correspond to the opening of the posterior shell. The dorsal shell includes a proximal member and a distal member hingedly connected to the proximal member via a hinge mechanism. A pump assembly receiving opening is defined in the proximal member of the dorsal shell and a raised portion extends longitudinally along an exterior surface of the dorsal shell. A plurality of clearance holes are defined in the first and second wing portions. An inflatable bladder is disposed at least in the ankle receiving portion of the posterior shell. A pump assembly is inserted through the pump assembly receiving opening and is in fluid communication with the inflatable bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Irving Hu, Jane Lee
  • Patent number: 9414949
    Abstract: A shoe-interfaced ankle support apparatus includes a leg support member having a side wall defining an open top and open bottom configured to be worn on the user's lower leg. The support apparatus includes a primary foot sling having first and second ends coupled to the side wall of the leg support portion adjacent the closed bottom, the foot sling having a length configured to extend loosely across the open bottom of the leg support portion so as to selectively cradle the foot of the user while in a shoe. A shoe interface member includes a proximal end coupled to the side wall of the leg support portion adjacent the open bottom and extending away, the shoe interface member having a plurality of apertures configured to register with respective holes of the shoe's lace portion and to receive the shoelace of the shoe therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Tyrone Wilson
  • Patent number: 9398971
    Abstract: A hinge for an orthopedic brace includes: a pivot shaft; a lower leg plate pivoted to the pivot shaft; an upper leg plate; a catch plate having a toothed peripheral edge; and two position adjusting units, each of which includes a rotatable limiting seat, a limiting pin, and a slider body. The rotatable limiting seat defines a housing chamber therein, and is formed with a wall slot. The slider body is slidably disposed in the housing chamber. The limiting pin extends from the slider body through the wall slot for engaging and disengaging the toothed peripheral edge. The catch plate is formed with a guiding groove. The rotatable limiting seat has a tongue protruding into the guiding groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Plus Meditech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yueh-Hua Chiang, Fu-Lin Chuang
  • Patent number: 9351864
    Abstract: An orthopedic device is arranged to apply a dynamic load on a leg of a user. The orthopedic device has a rigid or semi-rigid frame including lower and upper frames, and a hinge assembly connecting the lower and upper frames. A dynamic loading component is used to urge the load on the user's leg on the basis of flexion of the hinge assembly on the basis of tension in an elongate element connecting the dynamic loading component and at least one of the lower and upper frames. A peak load is generated at a flexion angle between extension and maximum flexion of the hinge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Harry Duane Romo, Jane Lee, Chris Webster, Jared Olivo, Henry Hsu, Robert Laprade
  • Patent number: 9107801
    Abstract: A pelvic therapy support device and method of supporting a patient's legs therewith while performing pelvic support therapy are provided. The device includes a center support, a support member coupled to the center support, and a pair of leg supports carried by the support member. Each of the leg supports is disposed on an opposite side of the center support. The leg supports are moveable independently from one another toward and away from the center support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Covenant Medical Center, Inc.
    Inventor: Jennifer E. Knight
  • Patent number: 8986228
    Abstract: Apparatus is described for measuring and displaying the magnitude of traction forces applied to a patient's lower limbs during surgery, and for measuring the direction and magnitude of counter-traction forces applied to the patient's body by the perineal post located at the patient's groin to oppose traction forces applied to the patient's lower limbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Trimanus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Auchinleck, Stephen Lewis Leckenby, Kyle Cameron, Gregory Vincent Browne
  • Patent number: 8979780
    Abstract: An adjustable immobilizing joint brace has a pair of opposed, spaced apart first supports for supporting and immobilizing a joint. Each first support has a pair of first joint holes proximate a first end. One of the holes of the pair of first joint holes is spaced further from the first end of the first support than the other hole. A pair of opposed, spaced apart second supports has two opposed sides. Each second support has a pair of second joint holes proximate a joint end. The pair of second joint holes can be aligned with and attached to the pair of first joint holes on either side of the first support to form different angles of attachment between the first supports and the second supports depending on the orientation of the first supports relative to the orientation of the second supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Gene C. Cheng, Arnold R. Ness
  • Patent number: 8967151
    Abstract: A therapeutic fabric boot that warms the calf and foot, permits ambulation and provides for moisture absorption and selective exposure and ventilation of the covered extremity. An internal foam cradle restricts foot movement and reduces pressure at the heel and calf when lying in a supine position. A re-sizable, flat, hinged foam extension piece extends from the cradle and folds to protect the heel, sole and toes. Several fleece and moisture absorbent fabric cover panels selectively fasten about the foot and calf. Numerous hook and loop fasteners are fitted to external surfaces and attach to straps and/or outer cover pieces upon wrapping the straps and panel pieces about the supported lower calf and foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: William Davis, Keith Walli-Ware
  • Patent number: 8968228
    Abstract: An ankle brace and a method of bracing an ankle including a footplate with a heel portion; an attachable wedge for tilting the ankle brace to adjust a hindfoot varus or valgus position; and an arch support attachable to a top surface of the footplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: N&G Bracing Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Marcia Graddon, Steven Neufeld
  • Patent number: 8944065
    Abstract: A method includes placing a patient's foot in a boot comprising a cam buckle, a pad, and a retention strap. The retention strap is placed over the top of the foot, and the pad is arranged relative to the top of the foot. Pressing on the pad positions the foot within the boot. While pressing on the pad, tension is applied on the retention strap to advance the retention strap through the cam buckle. The cam buckle is configured to automatically limit movement of the retention strap through the cam buckle when tension on the retention strap is released. Tension on the retention strap is released to cause the cam buckle to impede the retention strap from receding through the cam buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventor: John Albert Slusarz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8945031
    Abstract: A padding assembly has two bridging segments and a base pad. The base pad is attachable to an orthopedic brace while the first bridging segment is releasably attached to a mounting substrate on the base pad and the other bridging segment is releasably attached to the same mounting substrate or to another mounting substrate on the brace. The attached bridging segments are spaced apart from one another and the resulting space between them, termed a wound bridge area, has a thickness substantially less than that of the padding assembly at the first bridging segment or that of the other bridging segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Breg, Inc.
    Inventor: Mathew Cardinali
  • Publication number: 20150027451
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for stabilizing a limb, e.g., to which a health care device is secured, and providing for anti-rotation thereof in a health care setting. In an embodiment, the device includes a base section, and two side sections attached to the base section and extending therefrom to define a trough-shaped channel or a rectangularly-shaped channel. Each side section includes a plurality of discontinuities with edges extending longitudinally along an interior side thereof. The discontinuities provide engagement with a limb or health care device within the channel to resist bi-lateral rotation thereof in the channel. A similar embodiment includes one side section and provides unilateral anti-rotation resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Francis McNamee
  • Patent number: 8920354
    Abstract: An adjustable and controllable device for treating ingrown nail comprises a releasing portion adapted to be connected to the ingrown nail plate surface and an adjustable portion adapted to exert changeable force on the releasing portion so as to elevate portions of the nail plate surface. The force that is exerted can be mechanical, magnetic, piezoelectric or any other force. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Toe Fix Ltd.
    Inventor: Aharon Liberson
  • Patent number: 8894598
    Abstract: A cushioning boot for bed-ridden patients. The boot includes a thickly-padded leg engaging portion and foot engaging portion with a front opening for easy insertion of a patient foot and leg. A series of stretchable, adjustable closure panels are removably secured to the boot for positioning and inserted leg in the proper orientation and retaining it in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sage Products, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence G Ponsi, Barbara T Skiba, Steven Brown
  • Patent number: 8882690
    Abstract: An orthotic device having a thin, flexible material defining a plantar wall and lateral, medial and posterior sidewalls. A fastening mechanism releasably secures the lateral and medial sidewalls together. In some embodiments, the plantar wall defines a laterally extending distal trimline positioned distal of the first metatarsal head and proximal of the third, fourth and fifth metatarsal heads when the foot is secured within the orthotic device. In other embodiments, the device includes a heel post having a distal terminal edge with a medial portion extending into the arch proximal to the navicular bone and a lateral portion positioned proximal of the arch. In still other embodiments, an elongate strip of padding material projects inwardly below and proximate the medial malleosus and the lateral malleosus and is positioned to inhibit withdrawal of the calcaneous bone. A method of manufacturing an orthotic device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Fred W. Toenges
  • Patent number: 8882688
    Abstract: An orthotic joint stabilizing assembly includes an assembly hinge, a first support and a second support carried by and pivotal with respect to each other about the assembly hinge, a hinge spring carried by the first support and the second support and having spring coils along substantially an entire length of the hinge spring and a spring tensioner carried by the assembly hinge and engaging the hinge spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Craig Ancinec
  • Patent number: 8864697
    Abstract: A foot pain treatment device operable to treat foot pain having a tubular member with an integrated orthotic so as to facilitate treatment without the requirement for a shoe. The foot pain treatment device includes a tubular member having a cavity with a first support member disposed within the cavity. The first support member has a first layer and a second layer wherein the second layer is operable to provide temperature therapy. A second support member is provided and is releasably secured to a user wherein the second support member is configured to maintain an angle of a foot so as to provide stretching thereof. At least two straps are provided that are surroundably mounted to a user in order to secure the second support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventors: Steven Baker, Joel Levy
  • Publication number: 20140305444
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for restraining a patient's leg during knee surgery or similar procedure features and improved restraining member that is attachable to an operating room table. The restraining member has a lower concave portion that engages the upper portion and sides of the patient's leg. The restraining member has an upper convex portion that is reinforced with a plurality of ridges. The concave portion can be fitted with an inflatable bladder. The concave portion in other embodiments is fitted with a belt arrangement that enables different degrees of constriction to be imparted to the leg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Bob Kring
  • Patent number: 8858482
    Abstract: An orthopedic device has at least one flexible or rigid frame member contoured to generally correspond to an anatomical limb. The device also includes a tightening system having a dial tensioning device and at least one cable and/or strap connected to the dial tensioning device. The dial tensioning device has a rotary ratchet permitting incremental adjustment of the cable and/or strap. Adjustment of the dial tensioner in a first direction secures the frame member to the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Ossur HF
    Inventors: Arni Thor Ingimundarson, Palmi Einarsson, Irving Hu, Jane Lee
  • Patent number: 8834396
    Abstract: A heel supporting and protective boot for bed-ridden patients, comprising unitary exterior and interior body forms which contain fiber filling and an angled foam wedge. Sewn tube holes on both sides allow for insertion of medical tubing. The inner fabric of the boot is antibacterial and moisture absorbent, while the outer fabric is moisture repellant. Left and right “Y-straps” provide secure upper and lower fastening of the boot as it envelops the patient's foot and lower leg. Two “loop” straps and a T-stabilizer stabilize the boot and keep the foot at a 90 degree angle to help eliminate foot drop. An opening at the heel of the boot and a circular cutout in the foam wedge allow the heel to remain exposed to air, provide proper elevation, and enhance blood circulation. The device enhances the healing of existing ulcers and minimizes the occurrence of foot drop and new pressure points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Gainey
  • Patent number: 8814817
    Abstract: An ankle protector comprises an elastic webbing element, formed with a tubular construction thereby to surround and embrace a user's ankle region. The webbing element is defined by upper and lower apertures to enable a user's foot to pass therethrough when putting the ankle protector on. Each of said upper and lower apertures is formed by overlock-stitching an edge of the elastic webbing material, such that said apertures have no perceptible ribs. A cushioning element is attached to the webbing element (11) and is adapted to cover and protect a user's Achilles tendon. The cushioning element protrudes inwardly relative to the circumference of the tubular webbing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: S1 Sport International Limited
    Inventors: Harald Scheffer, Robert Steed
  • Patent number: 8808215
    Abstract: An ankle stabilizing device having a lace-tongue attachment includes a body member, a plurality of eyelets extending along the front edges of the body member, and a centering lace. The centering lace is secured to the ankle stabilizing device between the pair of eyelets at the toe-end of the device such that the central portion of the centering lace is precluded from passing through either of the toe-end pair of eyelets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Medical Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Lee Gaylord
  • Patent number: 8771210
    Abstract: A multi-fit orthotic structure including an attachment system for coupling the orthotic structure to a wide variety of subjects without requiring a custom fit. In one embodiment, active mobility assistance is provided via an orthotic system capable of integrating a linear actuator and linkage system to deliver torque to the lower leg of a subject to facilitate flexion and/or extension motion of the subject's leg. The orthotic structure is attached to the subject using a textile suspension system which does not require the orthotic structure to interface directly in the knee region or at the lateral areas of the thigh and calf of the subject, thus providing an ideal fit for the widest possible range of subjects with the minimum number of required sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: AlterG, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Smith, Kern Bhugra
  • Patent number: 8771213
    Abstract: Orthopaedic foot support (1) to support long-term bedridden patients, characterized in that the foot support includes a preformed support of two parts, i.e. a top piece (2) that consists of a stiff cushion (3) with an erect wall (4) and transverse supports (5,6,7) connected to it for the lateral support of the lower legs (16), and a bottom piece that consists of a base (8) on which the lower legs can rest and whereby the base (8) has a pair of cambers (10) to support the lower legs (16), and whereby the base (8) can be exchanged by a base with different cambers (10) suitable for another leg dimension, and whereby the top piece (2) can be removed to gain access to the legs of the patient who remains lying on the base (8), without having to move this base (8) or the legs (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Theweco BVBA
    Inventor: Heidi Jeanne Victor Wens
  • Patent number: 8764692
    Abstract: A knee brace for the correction of abnormalities of the knee such as varus or valgus knee, or for the various forms of osteoarthritis, consisting of a support structure with a sole direction of development, that is to say it comprises a single upright (11) for the femoral area and a single upright (12) for the tibial area, these uprights (11, 12) being connected and hinged to a single articulated joint (13), which can be positioned close to one side of the knee, generally the outer side in the case of varus knee or the inner side in the case of valgus knee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: F.G.P. SRL
    Inventors: Moreno Ferrigolo, Alberto Turrini, Edward G. Wilbourne
  • Patent number: 8734371
    Abstract: An ankle brace is configured with a lateral anterior talofibular (ATF) strap and an inversion control strap affixed to a non-rigid brace body coupled to a semi-rigid orthotic arch support. The brace may be quickly donned and doffed by a wearer, and provides prophylactic or post-injury support to the ATF ligament without unduly restricting the wearer's motion. As a result, the wearer may participate in physical activity without significant impairment in range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Eddy Leonard Robertson
  • Patent number: 8728019
    Abstract: A hip orthosis, provided with a trunk engaging part and an upper leg engaging part which are intercoupled by coupling means, wherein the coupling comprise at least one resilient element for operatively preventing an adducting movement of an upper leg engaged by the upper leg engaging part by means of spring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Ossur Europe B.V.
    Inventors: Lambertus Joseph Martinus Kruijsen, Gert Nijenbanning