Leg Or Foot Patents (Class 128/882)
  • Patent number: 7762974
    Abstract: An orthopedic ankle orthosis having a closure unit with a pull system that provides a mechanical advantage for applying user-desired forces to the ankle joint structures and yet permits the ankle joint to move within a range of motion during activity by the user. The method of using the orthopedic ankle orthosis includes placing the orthosis over a user's ankle, wrapping the lateral and medial body members of the orthosis around the user's ankle, and pulling the elongated pull member to apply user-defined forces to the ankle joint structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Top Shelf Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad M. Sindel, Craig J. Koloske, John M. Petlansky
  • Patent number: 7753865
    Abstract: In ankle brace apparatus, the combination comprising a foot and ankle holder having a lower foot portion, and having an upper ankle portion with opposite first and second sides, said upper ankle portion including: a guide loop having opposite sections, a first orthopedic strap anchored to one section for passing about a user's ankle or lower leg, and then passage through the loop to extend in a first tightening direction, a second orthopedic strap anchored to another said section to extend in a second and opposite tightening direction, relative to said ankle or lower leg, whereby the two straps extending in said first and second directions can be manually pulled in said directions to tighten the first strap about said ankle or lower leg, and the two tensioned straps then connected by push together connection to tightened extents of the first strap to hold tension transmission via said loop sections and straps; and support strap structure operatively connected to said holder to extend under said foot portion a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Weber Orthopedic Inc.
    Inventor: John P. Hely
  • Patent number: 7753864
    Abstract: A device for treatment of plantar fasciitis and/or Achilles tendonitis comprises (a) a calf strap removably engagable to the calf of a leg, (b) a foot assembly removably engagable to the foot of the leg such that when the device is worn the assembly can be positioned proximate to the ball of the foot intermediate to the midfoot and forefoot areas of the foot to secure it to the foot, and (c) a substantially inelastic tension member connectable between the calf strap and the foot assembly in a tensioned manner such that when the device is worn the plantarflexion of the ankle is limited such that the plantar surface of the foot is held in a neutral to slight dorsiflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Tanya L. Beckwith, Maria T. Mann, Jeffrey L. Wieringa, Wayne K. Dunshee
  • Patent number: 7753867
    Abstract: A flexible foot relief pad that is wrapped about and secured to the individual's foot in order to relieve the symptoms of restless leg syndrome, restless arms, and foot and leg cramps includes a pliable cloth wrap having a foot engaging portion joined to a securing portion by a fold, with the foot engaging portion enclosing a cavity for holding therein a layered raised pressure application pad that applies pressure to select areas of the inner side and sole of the foot with the layered pad configured so that a portion of the pad extends transverse to the sole of the foot and a raised portion extends along the inner side of the foot for applying pressure to the specific muscle groups involved in restless leg syndrome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: Mary M. Sorg
  • Patent number: 7753866
    Abstract: A joint hinge and a leg brace having the joint hinge that includes a spring loaded spherical joint for coupling a proximal portion and a distal portion of the joint hinge. The spherical joint includes a dome on one portion coupled to a mating cup on the other portion. A wide-headed pin, typically a shoulder screw, captivates the cup against the sphere. A spring washer may be included to provide a preloading force to mate the cup to the dome. The spherical portion may be pressed or stamped into one portion of the hinge or fabricated separately and attached. In one embodiment, the dome is fabricated of sintered bearing material and may be impregnated with lubricant. The spherical joint functions in conjunction with an adjustable flexion range limiting system that include rods that are threaded and easy to screw in and out as the patient's range of motion changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: Timothy Jackovitch
  • Patent number: 7749181
    Abstract: A patellofemoral brace including a buttress for supporting a wearer's patella is provided. The patellofemoral brace includes an elastic sleeve that is easy to apply to the wearer's leg and easy to remove from the wearer's leg. The sleeve includes distinct bands of material so that end bands are substantially rotationally independent of a central band. The end bands resist translation along and rotation about the wearer's leg. The brace further includes a tensioning strap that lies across the buttress to further support the buttress and the wearer's patella. A portion of the tensioning strap is constructed of a thermoplastic elastomer, so that the strap provides firmer support to the buttress than a fabric strap, but is more comfortable and more evenly supports the buttress than a hard, inelastic strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Royle Simmons, John P. Fulkerson, John Patrick Martin, Andy Kazmierczak
  • Patent number: 7740603
    Abstract: A removable flexible orthosis for the middle foot comprising a) a first metatarsophalangeal collar that encircles and is fixed on the forefoot, and extends transversely from the heads of the first to the fifth metatarsi, and longitudinally from the toe's root towards the mid-diaphysis of the metatarsi, and b) a traction strap comprising at least one end fixed or fixable on the first metatarsophalangeal collar and on the portion of the orthosis designed to be applied on the rear of the foot is provided. The two ends of the stirrup-shaped traction strap can be fixed on the postero-external and postero-internal edges of the first metatarsophalangeal collar on the sides of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventor: Kamel Shoukry
  • Patent number: 7727174
    Abstract: An orthopedic device as in a dorsal splint for treating plantar fasciitis includes a substantially rigid splint member having an overmolded flexible edge and living hinges, or substantially rigid component pieces received in a flexible member, to provide improved and more comfortable fitting to a user and reduced storage requirements. The substantially rigid splint member is shaped and configured to the dorsal aspects of a user's lower leg, ankle, and foot. Straps are provided to maintain the dorsal splint in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Ossur HF
    Inventors: Julia Chang, William Arnold
  • Patent number: 7713224
    Abstract: An ankle brace is made to be very comfortable and easy to use while still providing sufficient support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Ultra Athlete LLC
    Inventors: Rick Peters, Randolph Smith
  • Patent number: 7704218
    Abstract: A knee brace adapted for placement over at least a posterior side of a leg and comprising a first posterior frame member, a second posterior frame member connected to first frame member, and a posterior resilient hinge device located at or near a first end portion of the first frame member. The hinge device is arranged to urge the first and second frame members into a predetermined alignment. The hinge device can be arranged for selectively locking the second frame member at an angle relative to the first frame member, and permitting rotation of the second frame member relative to first frame member within a range of predetermined angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Ossur, HF
    Inventors: Palmi Einarsson, Arni Thor Ingimundarson
  • Patent number: 7691076
    Abstract: A custom articulated ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) system is disclosed that is formed on a cast of the wearer's foot. It has an adjustably tightenable calf section hingedly connected to an adjustably tightenable foot section. It is made of thermally formable plastic sheet, is lined inside and outside, and is padded inside. The brace permits dorsal/plantar flexion while supporting the ankle against supination and pronation. The apparatus and methods of manufacture are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventor: Ernesto G. Castro
  • Patent number: 7686776
    Abstract: The invention provides a device for protecting ligaments in a knee joint of a user. The device includes a knee brace positionable about a knee joint of a user and a boot wearable on a foot of a user. Additionally, the device includes a flexible tether member including a first coupling element coupled to the knee brace and a second coupling element coupled to the boot. The boot and knee brace are attachable and detachable via the first and second coupling elements. The flexible tether member is adjustable in length to dispose the flexible tether member in tension at least in a portion of a maximum foot range of rotation, where the maximum foot range of rotation of the user's foot relative to the knee joint causes hyperextension of a knee ligament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Asterisk.Asterisk, LLC
    Inventors: David Castillo, James Castillo
  • Patent number: 7682325
    Abstract: The present invention provides an adjustable dorsal splint for resolving the shortcomings of a typical fixation splint. The invention includes a fixation splint, which contains a splint body, a first retaining portion, and a second retaining portion. A curvature adjustment portion is placed at a preset location of the splint body of the fixation splint, so as to adjust the splint body into predefined bending angle. As the fixation splint is provided with a curvature adjustment portion, it is possible to flexibly adjust the bending angle of the fixation splint to mate with the foot of the patient, thereby maintaining the position of the feet with better efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Shu-Chen Chan
  • Patent number: 7682322
    Abstract: An orthosis having at least one adjustable joint for articulating two hinged parts of the orthosis, the joint comprises a tensor for carrying the load applied between the two hinged parts. Compression surfaces coupled to the hinged parts are constructed to apply compression forces to a compression element when the angle between the two parts widens. Preferably the compression element comprises a block of resilient material. The joint allows adjustability of the unloaded angle between the hinged parts by varying the dimensions of the block, while selecting blocks having different compressional characteristics such as modulus of elasticity allows varying the degree of resistance to widening the angle between the two hinged parts. The joint is particularly advantageous in constructing an articulating leg brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Ian K. Engelman
  • Patent number: 7665167
    Abstract: Generally described the invention relates to methods and apparatuses for aligning the lower extremities of a patient with a mechanical axis. More specifically, the present invention provides an exoskeleton or external framework that positions a patient's leg into a desired mechanical axis in preparation for surgery or other medical treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas P. Branch, Alexander Sattler, Jr., Fredrik Westin
  • Patent number: 7662122
    Abstract: An orthotic knee brace for treating unicompartmental osteoarthritis in a knee joint is described. The brace includes a fabric sleeve mounting and a bracing member removably positioned in the sleeve to provide a therapeutic force on the joint. The force is applied by a force dosimeter assembly that draws an incrementally adjustable amount of force on cables connected to the bracing member. The amount of force applied by the force dosimeter is detected by a force sensor, and is indicated by a force indicator, each also removably attachable on the fabric sleeve mounting. The foregoing features, while exemplified in the context of a knee brace, are adaptable to any orthotic or prosthetic device where it is desired to apply an adjustable amount of force to a point on the device to provide a therapeutic benefit, and to provide a real-time indication to the user of the amount of force being applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Bellacure, Inc.
    Inventor: Shane Sterling
  • Patent number: 7648472
    Abstract: The pneumatic Achilles sleeve assembly comprises a sleeve and at least one strap for fastening the sleeve around the ankle. The sleeve assembly positions an arch cell which contains a dynamic volume of air within the sleeve under a human foot. The arch cell is fabricated from a flexible material and is in communication with a conduit member. Upon application of external pressure to the arch cell, air is expelled from said air cell through said conduit member. The sleeve assembly also positions a tendon cell which contains a dynamic volume of air within the sleeve against the Achilles tendon. The tendon cell is in communication with the arch cell via the conduit member. The tendon cell is also fabricated from a flexible material. Upon the expelling of air from said arch cell, the air enters through the conduit member into the tendon cell which exerts a greater pressure against the Achilles tendon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: Fabian McCarthy, David C. Hargrave
  • Patent number: 7618388
    Abstract: The present invention provides a kind of high-rigidity light-weight rehabilitation walking. The boots include a foot support, two leg supports and two strengthening pieces. The foot support is made of plastics, having a bottom surface and two lateral edges. The two lateral edges are configured with slots, and there is a contact surface on top of the slots. The leg supports are made of plastics, having a stretch support, an insert and a restriction edge between the stretch support and the insert. The restriction edge can push against the contact surface on top of the slot. The strengthening pieces are buried inside the leg supports with its upper part within the range of the stretch support and its lower part within the range of the insert to strengthen the leg support structure and increase capacity of the rehabilitation walking boots to withstand side force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: Shu-Chen Chan
  • Patent number: 7618387
    Abstract: A corrective device to be worn on a human foot having a misalignment and positioned inside of footwear. The device having an inner shell having a first material composition and flexibility, and shaped to accommodate receiving therein and supportingly couple with the foot, and an outer shell having a second material composition and flexibility, the second material composition and flexibility being substantially the same as the first flexibility, the outer shell shaped to accommodate receiving therein the inner shell, supportingly couple with the inner shell and allow positioning into the footwear. At least a sufficient portion of a pressure is distributed by the outer shell and the inner shell over a desired area of the foot to provide an amount of correction to the misalignment while allowing the human to wear the inner shell inside of the outer shell inside of the footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Cascade DAFO, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald R. Buethorn
  • Patent number: 7615026
    Abstract: An ankle brace provides a variety of features that contribute to comfort, stability, and support. One embodiment provides thin, elongated gripping surfaces on the bottom of the brace, to reduce the opportunity for the brace to slip relative to the wearer's shoe. One embodiment provides substantially horizontal strap-receiving slots in the forefoot area, which; pull the foot down, toward the bottom of the brace, not relying on the shoe to hold the foot down against the brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Ultra Athlete LLC
    Inventors: Rick Peters, Randolph Smith
  • Patent number: 7601131
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a chafe useable on an orthopedic walker and including members which define a slot through which a strap, such as the strap of a walker, may pass. The chafe also includes a stud on the member, and a connection element connecting the stud and members defining the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: VQ Orthocare
    Inventor: Robert Farrer Gilmour
  • Patent number: 7597672
    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: May 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Ă–ssur Europe B.V.
    Inventors: Lambertus Joseph Martinus Kruijsen, Gert Nijenbanning
  • Patent number: 7594897
    Abstract: Broadly, the present invention is a knee support device for providing focused and comfortable pressure (i.e. conforms to the size and shape of the knee and patella) to reduce knee pain. The knee support device comprises a stretchable band for encircling a portion of the user's leg. A moldable inner support is secured to the inner surface of the band and is filled with beads allowing the moldable inner support to conform to the specific anatomy of the user's knee for maximum support and relief. The moldable inner support is only affixed to the band at its ends so that it may move freely with respect to the band and also provides focused pressure to reduce knee pain and helps stabilize the patella to improve alignment and tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Inventors: Aurelia Koby, Ian MacMorran
  • Patent number: 7584755
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying pressure to a body part comprising: a first sleeve comprising a multiplicity of pressure-applying resilient protrusions configured to apply a therapeutic pressure to a surface of the body part of a patient; and a second sleeve slidably received over the first sleeve, the second sleeve configured to apply a pressure to the first sleeve, thereby increasing the therapeutic pressure applied by the first sleeve on the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Tony Reid
  • Patent number: 7585285
    Abstract: A novel ankle gapping device includes a lower leg engaging apparatus, a foot engaging apparatus, and a biasing member disposed between the lower leg engaging apparatus and the foot engaging apparatus. The leg engaging apparatus is adapted to securely engage a user's leg such that the leg engaging apparatus will remain stationary when the biasing member exerts an upward force thereon. The foot engaging apparatus is contoured to fit the user's foot. In a particular embodiment, the biasing member is a pneumatic biasing member, such as an inflatable tube that is actuated by a pump. As the pump provides compressed air (or some other fluid) to the biasing member, the pressure inside the biasing member increases, causing an increase in the volume of the biasing member. This pressure and volume increase exerts an upward force via the leg engaging apparatus to the lower leg, and a downward force via the foot engaging apparatus to the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventors: Arnis Pone, John D. Stahl, Koorosh Naghshineh
  • Patent number: 7578800
    Abstract: The invention provides a device for protecting ligaments in a knee joint of a user. The device includes a knee brace positionable about a knee joint of a user and a boot wearable on a foot of a user. Additionally, the device includes a flexible tether member including a first coupling element coupled to the knee brace and a second coupling element coupled to the boot. The boot and knee brace are attachable and detachable via the first and second coupling elements. The flexible tether member is adjustable in length to dispose the flexible tether member in tension at least in a portion of a maximum foot range of rotation, where the maximum foot range of rotation of the user's foot relative to the knee joint causes hyperextension of a knee ligament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Asterisk.Asterisk, LLC
    Inventors: David Castillo, James Castillo
  • Publication number: 20090183740
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in tracking movement of a patella through a range of motion during a surgical navigation procedure, comprising a frame fixed in relation to the patella, a patella trial component associated with the frame for fixing the frame relative to the patella, and a reference array configured to attach to the frame, the reference array having first, second and third markers, the first, second and third markers being detectable by a surgical navigation system when exposed to a measurement field of the surgical navigation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventors: Garrett Sheffer, Ryan Schoenefeld
  • Patent number: 7524296
    Abstract: The vacuum orthopedic brace and method include the use of an inner sleeve or liner, and at least one rigid member. The rigid member includes a fabric liner or other porous material to act as a wick, and a gasket surrounding the wick material. A valve is preferably provided in the rigid member for drawing air from between the rigid member and the liner, i.e. to create a vacuum. Furthermore, an external, internal or integrated chamber or rigid reservoir is preferably included, and is in communication with the wick filled area between the rigid member and liner, to hold a vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventors: William S. Patterson, Robert Gailey, Augusto Sarmiento, Maitland C. MacKenzie, Roy P. McMurray
  • Patent number: 7517331
    Abstract: Knee-joint bandage of elastic textile material, the knee-joint bandage being provided with a specially shaped insert surrounding the kneecap in a cutout. The specially shaped insert being covered by an overlay of identical or similar textile material attached to the textile material with the specially shaped insert being associated with a flexible, non-expandable tensioning member. The tensioning member connecting the regions of the kneecap poles on the fibula side in an arc around the kneecap such that, when the distance between the regions increases during bending of the knee joint, the distance of the arc from the connecting line between the kneecap poles is reduced and the tensioning member presses on the adjacent side of the kneecap, medially displacing and centering the latter, wherein the tensioning member is attached to the overlay in such a manner that, during bending of the knee joint and stretching of the overlay, the tensioning member displaces the kneecap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Bauerfeind AG
    Inventors: Holger Reinhardt, Heinrich Hess, Hans B. Bauerfeind, Wolfgang Krause
  • Patent number: 7513881
    Abstract: An orthopedic brace designed to immobilize the knee by preventing flexion/extension and limiting medial/lateral movement. The brace includes a main support structure embodied in a unitary, rigid stay member with slidable, semi-rigid cuffs at one or both ends to provide length adjustability. The stay member has no popliteal articulation in order to immobilize the knee joint, and further provides attachment for a Velcro strapping system for easy application to the posterior of the leg. A breathable foam softgood insulates the leg and knee from the main support structure and strapping system yet is completely detachable from the brace so it can be trimmed to any desired length or width, and washed as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Ossur HF
    Inventors: Tracy E. Grim, Stacy Wyatt, Joseph M. Iglesias, Wendee Lee, Hugo A. Cobar
  • Publication number: 20090084390
    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: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventors: William Davis, Keith Walli-Ware
  • Publication number: 20090077707
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shin guard, in particular for footballers, having a stiff shield element (3) arranged in front of the shin, and having means of fastening the shield element (3) on the lower leg (1). According to the invention, the fastening means have a strapping device (2) running around the lower leg (1), and the shield element (3) is connected to the strapping device (2) over much of its inner surface (18), which is directed towards the shin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: Harald Scheffer
  • Patent number: 7485103
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for a knee brace includes a screw seat, a screw seat gear, an adjustment screw, a condyle engagement member, and an adjustment actuator gear. The screw seat has a bore with an internal thread. The screw seat gear is positioned at an end of the screw seat and the screw seat rotates in response to rotation of the screw seat gear. The adjustment actuator gear engages the screw seat gear and the screw seat gear rotates in response to rotation of the adjustment actuator gear. The adjustment screw has an external thread that is threaded into the internal thread of the screw seat, thereby enabling outward or inward telescoping of the adjustment screw within the bore in response to rotation of the adjustment actuator gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Breg, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley R. Mason, Aadel Al-Jadda
  • Patent number: 7481785
    Abstract: An articulated joint (11) for a knee brace to control femoral-patellar instability comprises a central support bracket (10) designated to be fixed to the patella area in order to carry out angular movements dynamically following the two reciprocally articulated sectors it connects, comprising a pair of plates (18,19) which enclose the ends of the uprights (16,17). The second plate (19) is thicker than the first and comprises a second housing which passes transversally through the plate and is designed to accommodate the sliding cursor support (15) of the patellar bracket (10). The movements of the patellar bracket (10) are imparted by a specially shaped lever (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: F.G.P. SRL
    Inventors: Alberto Turrini, Moreno Ferrigolo
  • Patent number: 7481786
    Abstract: A device for administering cold therapy to a human ankle, and a method for administering cold therapy to a human ankle using the device. In accordance with the invention, two opposing flexible sheet members are connected via a web that spans a gap between them. At least one insert that includes a flexible, fluid-tight pouch containing at least a chilled, non-gaseous, temperature retaining fluid is releasably secured to one of the flexible sheet members. The insert is positioned adjacent to either the lateral or medial side of the human ankle. Bottom portions of each of the opposing flexible sheet members are secured to each other underneath the human's foot. Straps extending from the opposing flexible sheet members are drawn in opposite directions, one over the ankle ligaments on the top of the foot and another around the leg above the ankle, to secure the device to the human's ankle and thereby provide cold therapy and compression thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Wendell-Alan Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan Wendell Flick, Jeffrey Alan Wilson, Max Benton, Michael Ray Mancias
  • Patent number: 7479577
    Abstract: Devices for reduction of damage from friction and for prevention and treatment of skin breakdown by relief of friction and shear forces. A friction reducing device may include a pair of thin membranes with low coefficients of friction with respect to each other, and of which one is free to slide through a limited distance along the other. A method of making one such device includes forming a dome in a flexible film and adhesively attaching a skirt surrounding the dome to a skin contact layer. Similar friction reducing devices may be incorporated in shoes, other clothing, or sports equipment or used to protect movable rods or cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Advanced Wound Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Scheinberg, Adrian A. Polliack
  • Publication number: 20090018478
    Abstract: The Toe Lift Strap is a foot support system primarily for stroke victims that do not have muscular control of their foot. This loss of muscular control allows the foot to turn under and they cannot raise their toe. It comprises of a strap that is attached to the user just below the knee. This strap has a small loop to which a 4? wide therapeutic rubber band is attached. The other end of the 4? wide therapeutic rubber band is attached to the lower lace area or lower strap of a shoe worn by the user. It provides for support of the toe and rotation of the foot so that the user can walk with the foot in a normal position for walking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventors: William A. Dayhoff, Thecia V. Dayhoff
  • Patent number: 7473234
    Abstract: A patient care system for positioning on a limb of a patient for assisting in flexion or extension of a joint. The system has a threaded shaft which engages a toothed gear. The threaded shaft is rotated to rotate the toothed gear for assisting in flexion or extension of the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: DeRoyal Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Weltner, Richard D. Curley, Jr., Mark T. Ingersoll
  • Patent number: 7465284
    Abstract: An ankle support having a first layer made from a rayon tape material and a second layer made from a non-woven polyester gauze material, the rayon tape material having a Young's modulus from about 2.2 N/cm2 to about 3.0 N/cm2 and the non-woven polyester gauze material having a bottom surface provided with an adhesive for securing the ankle support to the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Aaron Huppert
  • Patent number: 7458949
    Abstract: The invention provides a device for protecting ligaments in a knee joint of a user. The device includes a knee brace positionable about a knee joint of a user and a boot wearable on a foot of a user. Additionally, the device includes a flexible tether member including a first coupling element coupled to the knee brace and a second coupling element coupled to the boot. The boot and knee brace are attachable and detachable via the first and second coupling elements. The flexible tether member is adjustable in length to dispose the flexible tether member in tension at least in a portion of a maximum foot range of rotation, where the maximum foot range of rotation of the user's foot relative to the knee joint causes hyperextension of a knee ligament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Inventors: David Castillo, James Castillo
  • Patent number: 7458948
    Abstract: A heel-supporting boot capable of supporting a leg of a person in a supine reclining position, such as a bedridden patient, to reduce the risk of bed sores, foot drop, etc. The boot includes a flexible and compressible body having leg and forefoot portions, a continuous cavity within the leg and forefoot portions, an anterior opening to permit a patient's foot and leg to pass therethrough into the cavity, oppositely-disposed lateral regions defined by the leg portion and separated by the anterior opening, and an adjustable closing feature for closing the anterior opening with the lateral regions. A stitch pattern is disposed along at least the forefoot rim, and preferably also the lateral rims, bounding the anterior opening. The stitch pattern is sufficiently close to the forefoot rim and optionally the lateral rims to structurally reinforce the forefoot rim and inhibit elastic and plastic deformation of the forefoot portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Inventor: Denis Burke Drennan
  • Patent number: 7455651
    Abstract: A textile anti-gravity decompressant for protecting a patient's heel and ankle includes a padded portion at an ankle region, and ventilation holes formed through the textile covering. The protector further has a strap closure with a fastener that mates with a fastener provided on the outer surface of the textile covering, and where the strap closure includes a patch or other covering over a portion of the fastener to prevent said strap closure from being secured too tightly over a person's heel or ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Inventor: Natalia Mollica
  • Patent number: 7444699
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an inflatable knee pillow including a body having an outer fabric surface, and an inflation valve, wherein the body defines straps (preferably two pairs of straps) and encloses a bladder (an inflatable volume), and the inflation valve is in fluid communication with the bladder. When deflated, the pillow has a thin profile and can be folded into a compact configuration. The straps are releasably fastenable around a user's leg so as to position an inflatable portion of the pillow against the inside of the user's knee (for example, to cushion and separate the user's knees from each other while the user sleeps on his or her side with the pillow inflated). Preferably, the body includes two sheets of multilayer material shaped and attached together so as to define the straps and the bladder, and the pillow has releasable fasteners (e.g., hook-and-loop fasteners) defined by or attached to the straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Inventor: Matthaus Hense
  • Patent number: 7434583
    Abstract: A leg/elbow fixing device including a support bar having two connecting sections and two bracket assemblies fixable on the leg or elbow of a user. The bracket assemblies are adjustably located on the connecting sections of the support bar. Each bracket assembly includes a locating mechanism having a cavity in which the connecting section of the support bar is fitted. A receptacle is formed on top face of the cavity. A locating assembly is received in the receptacle. Each connecting section of the support bar is formed with notches. The locating assembly includes two arresting members each having a projecting block engaged with any of the notches of the support bar. The locating assembly further includes a restoring member compressed between the arresting members and a stop section. The stop section includes an upper cover and a cover member. The cover member is fixed in the receptacle for preventing the arresting members and restoring member from bounding out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Inventor: Jeff Win
  • Patent number: 7413555
    Abstract: A joint orthosis with a first joint part (4), a first splint (5) connected to the first joint part (4), a second joint part (1), a second splint (2) connected to the second joint part (1), and a pivot hinge part (3) for articulated connection of the second splint (2) and of the first splint (5), said splints (2, 5) extending into the pivot hinge part (3) from opposite directions and laterally offset relative to one another, being arranged with their ends next to one another in the pivot hinge part (3), and being able to pivot to a small extent relative to one another, can be configured with a lower overall height by virtue of the fact that the pivot hinge part (3) has two chambers (8, 10) which are arranged substantially parallel and are laterally offset relative to one another and which are open in opposite directions, and into which the ends of the splints (2, 5) extend, and by virtue of the fact that the second splint (2) is mounted in the end area of its chamber (10) so as to be able to pivot about a pivo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Wagner, Alexander von Ascheberg
  • Publication number: 20080149116
    Abstract: An apparatus for abducting a patient's legs is disclosed. In a preferred embodiment, the apparatus is comprised of two cuffs connected by a telescoping rod that is adjustable and lockable. The apparatus is used by a caregiver to tend to the personal needs of a disabled patient. The apparatus is positioned between the patient's legs, and the telescoping rod is locked thereby providing a fixed amount of abduction. In an alternative embodiment, a fixed length, preferably disposable support arms is used in conjunction with the cuffs for providing a low cost solution for leg abduction. Preferably, an articulating joint allows the upper cuff to adjust to a patient's body type improving comfort. Also, a flange on the base cuff improves stability of the apparatus allowing for hands-free operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: LEG-ABDUCT LLC
    Inventor: Elizabeth Ann Ciccantelli
  • Patent number: 7364561
    Abstract: An ankle brace with a removable plate comprising a stirrup having a bottom portion and an inner and outer upright leg depending upward therefrom. An inner pivot leg is pivotally attached to an upper end of the inner upright leg of the stirrup and an outer pivot leg is pivotally attached to an upper end of the outer upright leg of the stirrup. An exterior plate is removeably attached to an outer side of the outer pivot leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Active Ankle Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott T. Morton
  • Patent number: 7351216
    Abstract: Apparatus for suspending the calf and foot of a patient recumbent on a bed to relieve pressure on the thigh of the patient includes a leg lift unit in the form of a rigid, trough-like posterior shell shaped to engage under the patient's calf and foot. A bail having opposite ends is connected to the side walls of the shell so that the bail loops above the shell and a support frame extends up and over the bed. A cord hanging from the frame is releasably connected to the bail. By appropriately adjusting the position of the frame, the patient's calf may be subjected to the necessary amount of lift and/or tension to minimize localized pressure on the patient's thigh and buttock areas and to relieve compression forces on the patient's spinal column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Andrew C. Walsh
  • Patent number: 7334275
    Abstract: A mobility assistance device to assist a caregiver to lift and move the legs of a patient with limited mobility while maintaining the relative position of each leg with respect to the other. The mobility assistance device wraps around and stabilizes the patient's legs and provides a single hand grip that may be used to lift and rotate the patient's legs in unison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Inventor: Susan Kirkwood
  • Patent number: 7309322
    Abstract: A device for applying a ventrally or dorsally directed translatory force onto a lower leg in the area of the knee joint includes a thigh bar and a lower leg bar device having a shorter and a longer bar arm. Both bar arms can be freely swiveled relative to the thigh bar. The two bar arms are disposed in such a manner that they can be swiveled relative to each other. A pretension of a spring device between the shorter and the longer bar arm has the effect that the bar arms are urged to carry out a swiveling motion relative to each other, thereby applying a ventrally or dorsally directed translatory force onto a lower leg fixation device in an area close to the knee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Albrecht GmbH
    Inventors: Erich Albrecht, Hans-Georg Opahle