Leg Or Foot Patents (Class 128/882)
  • Patent number: 8714567
    Abstract: A ski boot (1) includes an inner boot (1.1) that is designed to accommodate the skier's foot and a leading shell (1.2) that surrounds the inner boot (1.1), making it possible to hold the skier's ankle in place. This boot (1) also includes a calf support (3) attached to the shell (1.2) that is designed to accommodate the skier's calf, and a thigh support (5) that forms an angle (?) with the calf support (3) that is designed to accommodate the skier's thigh when the latter is in the bent position. Preferably, the boot includes a damping element (8, 23, 27) that is installed between the calf support (3) and the thigh support (5), as well as elements (25, 26) for adjusting the angle (?) between the calf support (3) and the thigh support (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Hubert Fievet
  • Publication number: 20140116452
    Abstract: A movement restriction kit is provided for lower legs and lower extremities. The embodiments are provided for limiting or immobilizing hip rotation, abduction and adduction post hip arthroscopy. The kit includes first and second slippers spaceable from one another by a plurality of different spacers and arranged to secure to one another or the spacer by a tab carrying a plurality of laces extending from each of the first and second slippers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Arni Thor INGIMUNDARSON, Valgeir PETURSSON, Helga Run PALSDOTTIR, Bjorn OMARSSON
  • Publication number: 20140096779
    Abstract: A device for use with a post-operative shoe to protect the foot of the wearer of such shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: Cynthia Roggenkamp
  • Patent number: 8689793
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Bob Kring
  • Patent number: 8690811
    Abstract: A knee brace includes a sleeve; and a plurality of flaps including a first lateral flap coupled to a first side of the sleeve and configured to extend toward a center of the sleeve; a second lateral flap coupled to a second side of the sleeve substantially opposite to the first side and configured to extend toward a center of the sleeve and overlap with the first transverse flap; a first transverse flap and a second transverse flap coupled to a rear side of the sleeve and configured to wrap around the first side and the second side of the sleeve, respectively, and overlap the first and second lateral flaps. Additionally, the knee brace may include a lower flap as an anterior cruciate ligament support and first and second transverse straps configured to extend over the plurality of flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Fox
  • Patent number: 8679041
    Abstract: A joint drive type link mechanism provided with a link including a joint portion at an intermediary thereof, and a driving source for the joint portion, wherein a link member configuring the link is mounted with the driving source and electric components used for the control of the driving source, in which the link is prevented from being heated by the heat of the electric components is provided. The link member includes an interior space in which the electric components are arranged and has the driving source is arranged thereon with an air inlet connecting to the interior space and an exhaust outlet for exhausting the air passing through the interior space. Further, the interior space is provided with fans as well as a heat sink for cooling the air after air-cooling the electric components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Tatsuya Noda
  • Patent number: 8663142
    Abstract: A joint having two-axis construction having a distal member and a main member joined in co-linear pivotal relation that provides enhanced joint strength and compactness. Hydraulics further provide variable extension assist and an infinite number of flexion stops for controlled flexion flow, and two gears provide a functional gear ratio that also promotes compact construction by reducing the amount of hydraulic piston travel required for maximum joint extension. A drive gear associated with the main member is positioned between the distal end of the piston and a transfer gear partially press-fit into a cut-out in the distal member, to provide needed radial hydraulic force transfer. Although it is contemplated for joint use to be primarily in orthotic devices that assist the movement of an inadequately functioning body limb, any application for which the mechanical joint's compact configuration would provide assistance or technical advantage is considered to be within its scope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy Thomas Pansiera, David L. Stubbers
  • Patent number: 8657767
    Abstract: An orthopedic boot has two leg supports connected adjustably to a foot support via two joint assemblies. Each joint assembly has a securing panel, a connecting panel, a guide panel, two limiting members and two holding members. The securing panel is mounted securely on the foot support and has two engaging grooves each having engaging cavities. The connecting panel is mounted securely to one leg support and is pivotally connected to the securing panel. The limiting members has a resilient segment, an engaging pin and a locking tab. The engaging pin is mounted slidably in one of the engaging grooves, engages one of the engaging cavities and selectively abuts the connecting panel. The locking tab is spaced from a periphery of the guide panel to define a locking gap. The holding members are held respectively in the locking gaps and abut respectively against the locking tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Shu-Chen Chan
  • Patent number: 8652079
    Abstract: A compression garment for applying compression therapy to a wearer's body including a compression sleeve having a proximal edge and a distal edge. The sleeve includes at least one bladder. A tube is attached to the bladder. A connector on the tube connects the tube to a source of compressed fluid for inflating the bladder. The distal edge of the compression sleeve has a first portion and a second portion jutting distally from the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Richard P. Rego, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8622944
    Abstract: A modular articulating splint includes flat slats; a covering that surrounds the slats and holds them in a fixed position spaced apart from each other so that adjacent slats can fold over atop one another to form a stacked deck of slats for storage; and a fabric hook-and-loop fastener for each slat so that the hook portion is affixed to the covering within the width of each slat on a first side and the loop portion is affixed to the covering within the width of each slat on the opposite side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Alexander Jesus Villahermosa
  • Patent number: 8622946
    Abstract: The ankle brace includes a calf body defining lateral and medial frontal sides spaced by a frontal opening, and first and second straps depending from the first and second frontal sides of the calf body, respectively. The first and second straps are arranged to extend juxtaposed across the opening and secure to the second and first frontal sides, respectively. The brace also includes opposed lateral and medial ankle struts pivotally attached to the calf body, and a footplate connected to the ankle struts. The medial ankle strut has greater rigidity than the lateral ankle strut. The calf body medial section has greater rigidity than the calf body lateral section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Ossur HF
    Inventors: Arni Thor Ingimundarson, Palmi Einarsson
  • Publication number: 20130312773
    Abstract: The present invention provides a modular device and kit utilizing a plurality of individual components which form an easily collapsible and transportable leg support used to support the leg, foot, and/or ankle in a fixed position. Accordingly, when the components are arranged together, the assembled configuration forms a three-dimensional leg support device. In the unassembled position, the individual components are designed to maintain a generally planar shape so that each of the pieces that form the assembled unit can lay flat against each other. In this configuration, the collapsible leg support device can be easily stored, shipped, or moved from place to place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Chris Molle
  • Patent number: 8578941
    Abstract: A foot garment device to prevent or help prevent or heal pressure ulcers of the foot includes a bumper for positioning around and below an ankle of an individual, and one or more upper adjustable flaps and one or more lower adjustable flaps for removably securing the foot garment to a foot of the individual, wherein the bumper includes a hollow sleeve for receiving padding therein. Also described is a method for securing such a foot garment device to the foot of an the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Mitchell V. Kaminski
  • Patent number: 8551027
    Abstract: In the assist device, the output of an actuator is adjusted so that it becomes lower as a state of charge of a battery exceeds a first threshold value, and also so that it becomes lower as the state of charge of the battery becomes lower. The output of the actuator is controlled on the basis of the state of charge of the battery, so that it is possible to make the agent recognize the change in the state of charge of the battery by changing the output of the actuator, and as a result, to avoid the situation where the agent feels strange with respect to stopping the operation of the assist device following thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yosuke Endo, Keishiro Kikuchi, Ritsuo Hara
  • Patent number: 8535255
    Abstract: A device for stabilizing a limb, typically when the limb is in a therapeutic boot. A wedge-shaped stabilization block includes an outwardly-extending tether. A fastener in the form of spaced fastener elements is located on the tether for securing the stabilization block in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Sage Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence G. Ponsi, Jeffrey K. Crum
  • Patent number: 8529484
    Abstract: An orthotic foot brace for a person wearing a footwear includes: a lower leg holder; a lower leg strut extending downwardly towards the footwear; a foot strut having a rear section secured to the vertical strut, at least one of a median section and a lateral section located on a respective side of the footwear and extending outwardly thereof, and a front section securable to an instep section of the footwear; and a brace retaining member secured to the foot strut juxtaposed to the footwear, and extending from the median side of the footwear to the lateral side of the footwear, outwardly thereof, and restraining a rearwardly pivotal movement of the brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Ortheses Turbomed Inc./Turbomed Orthotics Inc.
    Inventors: Stéphane Savard, François Côté
  • Patent number: 8517965
    Abstract: An orthopedic brace having length adjustable supports is provided. The brace comprises upper and lower supports rotatably connected by a hinge. Each of the supports comprises an elongate portion having a channel along part of its length, and a sliding upright nesting within the channel. The upright is longitudinally translatable within the channel so that the support length is adjustable. Flanges are provided along edges of the channel to prevent lateral separation of the upright from the channel. A spring-biased button protrudes from a surface of the channel. The button cooperates with one of a plurality of holes in the upright, providing a positive lock to retain the upright in one of a number of predetermined positions. The upright is also completely removable from the channel. Removal of the upright shortens the brace. Straps cooperate with brackets on the supports and/or uprights to secure the brace to a patient's leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: Del Ray Doty, Alexis Erwin Doty
  • Patent number: 8518051
    Abstract: A system and method for knee arthroplasty procedures, using a novel leg rotation fixture to enable the leg mechanical axis, the tibia and the femur to be mutually disposed such that the load bearing, mechanical axis of the leg runs through the center of the knee joint. A measurement gauge is provided for mounting on the tibia and for aligning a baseplate in a known position on the tibia. This baseplate supports an X-ray target plate in a known position relative to the tibia, used in determining the mechanical axis, and an optional surgical robot, used to perform tibial and femoral cuts. The position of the femur relative to the robot may be determined from X-ray imaging of the pelvic region after attachment to the baseplate of an additional target extending to the pelvic region. The system enables improvement in the accuracy of knee arthroplasty procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Mazor Robotics Ltd.
    Inventors: Moshe Shoham, Michael Burman
  • Patent number: 8506510
    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: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Ossur HF
    Inventors: Irving Hu, Jane Lee
  • Patent number: 8500668
    Abstract: A functional electrical stimulation brace responsive to various positions of an intended wearer's foot. The device includes a plurality of sensors positioned at different locations under the intended wearer's foot to detect the current position of the foot. Outputs from the sensors are fed to a controller that uses logic to activate an electrical stimulation unit that stimulates the peroneal muscles of a patient at the appropriate times during the patient's gait. The device may also employ mechanical stabilization of the ankle in addition to the functional electrical stimulation by means of an ankle foot orthosis with a variable resistance hinge. The electrodes are embedded in fixed locations in the brace upper portion so that optimal location of the electrodes relative to the peroneal muscles is maintained every time the device is applied. Also provided is a method for assistance and rehabilitation for a patient by electrical stimulation of the peroneal muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Sorin Siegler, Brett W. Hraban, Elizabeth La Montagne, Joshua Meles, Wei Sun
  • Patent number: 8496010
    Abstract: A surgical instrument which can be attached to a patient is described. The instrument includes an alignment guide having a distal end and a proximal end. A brace is attached toward the proximal end of the alignment guide for attaching the instrument to a limb of a patient. The brace comprises a pair of opposed members, each member being shaped to hold a respective bony part of the patient on either side of the patient. At least a part of the brace is made of a resilient material allowing the brace to grip the patient in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Depuy International Limited
    Inventors: Maja Kecman, Lisa Stroux, Alberto Verteramo, Alan Ashby
  • Patent number: 8475397
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a plantar fasciitis rehabilitation controlling device. It mainly comprises a securing portion, a rotatable portion, a torque pivoting portion, a pulling portion, and a controller. The securing portion and the rotatable portion are provided for securing a user's shank and foot. This torque pivoting portion can create a torque causing the rotatable portion moving back. The pulling portion has a controller so as to pull the rotatable portion to rotate between a first angle and a second angle so that it can reduce possibility of the plantar fasciitis and ease pain of the plantar fasciitis. Hence, this invention can achieve an active rehabilitation exercise. The belt's pulling interval time can be adjusted. It has a safety switch to ensure its product safety. It is convenient that the user can use a wireless device to operate this system. In addition, the user can be informed about current condition via an audio device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: China Medical University
    Inventors: Ching-Hua Chiu, Li-Wei Chou
  • Patent number: 8469033
    Abstract: A limb support comprising a first portion for supporting the lower part of a patient's lower limb, a second portion for supporting the upper part of the patient's lower limb, each portion with deep guttering suitable for providing rotational and angulatory support to the portion of the limb, an adjustable support, and surface engaging portions comprising the adjustable support and free end of the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: The Malvern Orthopaedic Company Ltd
    Inventors: Andrew Gardner, Petrus Van Der Walt
  • Patent number: 8439856
    Abstract: A walking cast having an upper cage assembleable over an upper leg and a lower cage assembleable over a lower leg and hingedly secured to the upper cage approximate a wearer's knee. A foot sole support is connected to the lower cage which includes lower angled supports for engaging side locations of the sole in a further hinged connection. Each of the upper and lower cages include a rear positioned fixed support with a second forward and hingedly connecting door. A plurality of cushioning supports secure to inner facing locations associated with each of the upper and lower cages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Linares Medical Devices, LLC
    Inventor: Miguel A. Linares
  • Patent number: 8435199
    Abstract: A device for stabilizing a limb, typically when the limb is in a therapeutic boot. A wedge-shaped stabilization block includes an outwardly-extending tether. A fastener in the form of spaced fastener elements is located on the tether for securing the stabilization block in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Sage Products, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence G. Ponsi, Jeffrey K. Crum
  • Patent number: 8425442
    Abstract: An ankle brace is configured to provide lateral and/or medial support of an ankle joint between the leg and foot and broadly includes an upper brace anchor secured to the leg above malleoli of the ankle joint and a lower brace anchor secured below the foot. The anchors are interconnected by a stabilizing strap that is tensioned between the anchors and serves to restrict inversion and/or eversion of the foot. The anchors and strap are also dimensioned and configured to permit dorsiflexion and plantar flexion of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Leslie C. Lundberg
  • Patent number: 8419665
    Abstract: An inflatable garment for applying to parts of the body such as the calf of the leg as a means of enhancing blood circulation in the body. The garment is of universal application in the sense that it comprises two wrap halves (8, 9) provided with inflatable bladders (4, 5, 6). The two wrap halves can be selectively coupled together in such a way as to provide a variable overall length of garment wrap to suit calf's of differing size while at the same time maintaining the integrity of fluid communication between the bladders on the respective wrap halves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Gordon John Cook
  • Patent number: 8409121
    Abstract: A therapy tool designed to assist therapist to manually control and facilitate patient elbow and knee flexion-extension during walking, sit to stand, control in standing, and other functions is provided. The therapy tool includes a first cushion adapted to receive at least a portion of a person's shin or forearm, a second cushion adapted to cushion a person's knee, a elongate handle attached the first and second cushions in a manner such that the second cushion is disposed above the first cushion, and a horizontal extension adapted to provide a support surface for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Waleed Al-Oboudi
  • Patent number: 8409123
    Abstract: A dorsal night splint has dynamic adjustable features that allow the patient to adjust the splint while in use to control the stretching of the plantar fascia and Achilles. A semi-rigid flexible frame is included along with a tightening strap that is anchored to the frame and by which the patient can tension the strap and adjust the structure of the frame to fit the patient's desired therapeutic or prophylactic needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: Carl Hoffmeier, Tracy Ng, Eileen Zirpolo-Kisco
  • Patent number: 8398572
    Abstract: A compression device for applying compression treatment to a patient's body. The device includes an inflatable bladder having an inner layer, an outer layer opposite the inner layer, the inner layer and the outer layer are joined to form a hollow interior adapted for periodically receiving fluid to inflate the bladder, the joined layers are joined by a seam having a sealed upstream end, an open downstream end, and sealed lateral sides. The bladder includes an opening positioned between the lateral sides and extending through the inner layer and/or the outer layer of the bladder. The device includes the tube extending toward the open downstream end of the seam and through the opening. The device includes a seal extending between the lateral sides of the seam and across the tube preventing fluid leakage between the tube and the opening in the bladder when the bladder is inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Raymond C. Avitable
  • Patent number: 8388557
    Abstract: A portable compression device for compressing at least a portion of a mammal's limb is provided. The portable compression device can use mechanical compression to apply an external pressure to the portion of the limb to thereby propagate blood flow return in the direction of the mammal's heart. In at least one embodiment, the portable compression device can accomplish this mechanical compression through the use of at least one frame, actuator, drum, and flexible elongate member. The actuator can move the drum between a first position and a second position. The flexible elongate member can be engaged with at least a portion of the drum and can at least partially circumscribe a portion of the limb of the mammal, such that the movement of the drum between the first and second positions can apply tension to the flexible elongate member to thereby apply a compressive force to the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventors: Remo Moomiaie-Qajar, Jonathan L. Pearlman
  • Publication number: 20130032156
    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: August 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Bob Kring
  • Publication number: 20130019883
    Abstract: A limb holder generally includes a limb holder assembly, a sled or yoke assembly, a pylon and support bar assembly, a clamp assembly, and a retractor assembly. A limb, such as a leg, is supported by the limb holder. The limb holder is supported by a sled which can move along a support bar that is supported by virtue of a mounting pylon. The mounting pylon is fixed in place by a clamp assembly, the clamp assembly being attached directly to a bed, table, or other patient support. The limb holder can also receive one or more retractor assemblies capable of retracting an incision, such that a user may manipulate a patient's limb during a procedure in which the use of retractors is desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dustin L. Worm, Everett S. Kettle, Mike S. Rozewicz, Dave J. Veldkamp, John R. Fossez
  • Patent number: 8337442
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ankle orthosis comprising a U-shaped support stirrup made of a flexible material, the sides of which stirrup converge beneath the foot in a web projecting as a tab toward the metatarsus, extend past the bones, and are held together at their end regions by a fastening strap wrapping around the leg. The tab has a convexity, which presses against the cuboid bone of the foot due to a preloading of the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Bauerfeind AG
    Inventors: Heinrich Hess, Rainer Scheuermann, Wolfgang Krause
  • Patent number: 8336345
    Abstract: A remote lock mechanism for a handcuff allows the unlocking of the handcuff by insertion of the key in the remote lock mechanism. The remote lock mechanism is located adjacent the pivot connecting the movable jaw of the handcuff to the fixed jaw and, thus, can be operated when the handcuffs are used to restrain a person without the officer's hands being placed between the wrists of the person being restrained. The motion corresponding to the rotation of the key in the remote lock mechanism is transferred to the handcuff lock mechanism to retract the ratchet pawl away from the movable jaw of the handcuff. In one embodiment, the remote lock mechanism utilizes a tumbler that causes opposing rotation of the conventional lock mechanism to first release the double lock mechanism and then retract the ratchet pawl with opposing rotations of the key in the remote lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Stephen T. Burgoon
  • Patent number: 8336554
    Abstract: A device to hold one's foot in a neutral position while sitting in order to aid in healing includes a large plastic panel with a set of parallel plastic strips extending upward. These strips are adjustable upon the surface of the board using a series of small holes and corresponding pins. The strips are thus aligned to match the width of one's foot being held in a shoe. When aligned upon the floor, the foot, in a normal shoe without the use of a brace, is held in a neutral position which helps prevent contracture of the leg and foot muscles thus promoting faster healing after surgery. Additionally, the current device does not provide for pinching or twisting as commonly occurs with conventional prosthetic braces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Michael A. Williams
  • Publication number: 20120298119
    Abstract: There is provided a device and system for restraining detainees through devices attached to the detainees and configured to administer electrical shocks when certain predetermined conditions occur. Restraining devices may be activated by internal control systems or by external controllers that transmit activation signals to the restraining device. External controllers may be actuated by an external controlling entity such as a detention guard or other person or system, or may be controlled by an enabling signal sent by wired or wireless connections to the controller. There is also provided a system for detainee restraint where multiple detainees may be restrained collectively or individually in a controlled environment such as a detention facility, a jail, or a detainee transport vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: SCOTTSDALE INVENTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Corbin Reese, Donald L. Pegg, Lucius L. Lockwood
  • Patent number: 8307676
    Abstract: A two-pronged body restraining device includes a restraint unit provided at one end of an operating rod and a lock unit provided at the other end within the operating rod. The restraint unit includes a pair of griping members pivotably attached to a supporting member secured to the front end of a sliding bar. The sliding bar is slidably inserted into the operating rod and a pair of swinging plates, which are pivotably attached to a supporting element in which the sliding bar is slidably inserted. The lock unit is comprised of a rack-type engagement portion having saw-toothed projections, and a locking portion having a locking piece to be engaged with the rack-type engagement portion. The lock unit is configured to slide the sliding member only toward the rear end of the operating rod causing the pair of griping members to be closed when the supporting member is moved backwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Sanriki Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Irisawa
  • Patent number: 8302228
    Abstract: The present inventive subject matter is the method of use as well as a device or fixture for positioning and manipulating a patient's lower extremity for surgical and diagnostic procedures where alignment is critical and minute adjustments may be required. Once firmly attached to the operating table, the device prevents the patient's extremity from moving after the physician has selected the precise position for the elected procedure. This is achieved by a combination of a fracture reduction plate, posts, shimming blocks and an articulating and rotating frame or cradle with an adjustable and lockable rack and gear configuration and pivot joints attached to a foot assembly which acts as a leg and foot splint. The cradle is attached to the patient via a series of adjustable straps preventing the extremity from moving independently of the cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Emad Aboujaoude
  • Patent number: 8298166
    Abstract: A dorsal night splint has dynamic adjustable features that allow the patient to adjust the splint while in use to control the stretching of the plantar fascia and Achilles. A semi-rigid flexible frame is included along with a tightening strap that is anchored to the frame and by which the patient can tension the strap and adjust the structure of the frame to fit the patient's desired therapeutic or prophylactic needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: Carl Hoffmeier, Tracy Ng
  • Patent number: 8292838
    Abstract: An orthopedic device in the form of an unloading osteoarthritic knee brace has proximal and distal frame members with a flexion-extension hinge positioned between the proximal and distal frame members. At least one articulating free hinge is positioned in an upright between the flexion-extension hinge and one of the proximal and distal frame members. The free hinge provides free rotation of the proximal or distal frame member about the anteroposterior axis with respect to the flexion-extension hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Ossur HF
    Inventors: Arni Thor Ingimundarson, Ashley Kimes
  • Patent number: 8286638
    Abstract: A foot stabilizing device which can be extended from between a box springs and a mattress of a user's bed to support the user's foot in an elevated position while trimming toenails or donning a sock or shoe, for example and without limitation includes a generally elongated device neck and a device platform carried by and oriented at an angle with respect to the device neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Robert E. Blackford
  • Patent number: 8277403
    Abstract: An adjustable support assembly for an orthopedic brace has a support arm, a housing and a locking mechanism. The housing includes a travel track which slidably receives the support arm. The locking mechanism includes a lock lever which selectively applies a sufficient force to the support arm to prevent slidable displacement of the support arm in the travel track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Breg, Inc.
    Inventors: Dylann D. Ceriani, James D. Burke, Paul Oddou
  • Patent number: 8273042
    Abstract: The use of an orthopedic aid with two parts (15, 16) which are movable relative to one another and with a locking device for locking the two parts (15, 16) in a predetermined relative position and for unlocking the parts (15, 16) in order to permit movement of the parts (15, 16) with respect to one another is made much safer by virtue of the fact that at least one signaling arrangement (36, 40, 41, 42) is provided which emits a particular signal for the locking state or upon unlocking of the locking device. The risk of accidents due to the parts (15, 16) being incorrectly locked is at least substantially reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Lidolt, Matthias Schilling
  • Patent number: 8273044
    Abstract: A traction splint device for providing aid to a person suffering from a broken or fractured lower extremity. The device generally includes a collapsible shaft adapted to be positioned alongside a leg of a patient, a first support connected to a first end of the shaft, and a second support connected to a second end of the shaft. The first support is adapted to be positioned forwardly of a lower end of the leg and includes a center brace having a notch. A plurality of stabilizing straps traverse the shaft and are adapted to constrain the leg. At least one of the straps is adapted to wrap around the notch of the center brace to secure a lower end of the leg and at least one of the straps is adapted to extend through an opening of the second support to secure an upper end of the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: Donald O. Larson, Kasey P. Larson
  • Patent number: 8273045
    Abstract: A method is provided for securely fitting an orthopedic brace to the body by means of a plurality of straps, strap locks, strap attachment members, and strap connection members. The method retains the close fit of the brace to the body without the need for substantial readjustment of the fit even after repeated removal and remounting of the brace on the body. The method also enables repositioning the brace on the body without requiring removal of the brace from the body or substantial readjustment of the fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Breg, Inc.
    Inventor: Dylann D. Ceriani
  • Patent number: 8251938
    Abstract: A device may include a first plate and a second plate, and a linkage system that attaches the first plate and the second plate to one another such that the plates are capable of translating relative to each other, and the plates are incapable of rotating relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: University of Iowa Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jose Morcuende, Nicole M. Grosland, Kelly Jensen, Nicole Jensen, Robert Kruse
  • Patent number: 8251931
    Abstract: A casting or splinting device comprises a plastic casting body formed into various configurations for immobilizing a bone fracture or the like. The casting body is filled with small spherical granules having a smooth and slippery surface. The casting body is sealed and provided with an outlet port for aspirating air from within the casting body. Aspiration of air from the casting body results in a rigid casting or splint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Bing-Tang Zhong
  • Patent number: 8226585
    Abstract: The systems and methods provide or use a brace for patient's limb that includes, among other things, a non-inflatable, rigid, lower housing for supporting the sole of a patient's foot, and an inflatable load-bearing upper housing that is affixed to the lower housing. The brace may be adjustable and configured to be fitted to patients having limbs of differing sizes, to allow the patient to obtain a more closely fitted brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: Erez Pick, Fabian McCarthy, Jr., Michael Pinzur
  • Patent number: 8226589
    Abstract: A night splint for a user's foot having a frame member and a toe retainer that is releasably connected to the frame member. The toe retainer is configured to dorsiflex at least one toe of the user to allow for a dynamic stretch of the plantar fascia and to provide a low load stretch of the Achilles tendon, plantar fascia tendon, deep flexor muscles and calf muscles to relieve symptoms of plantar fasciitis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Darco International, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Darrel Darby, II, Wu Zhang