Joint Or Limb (e.g., Foot, Elbow, Heel, Knee, Etc.) Patents (Class 128/892)
  • Patent number: 10307318
    Abstract: Providing a surgical support instrument for the alignment of the lower extremities comprising modular elements which provides an excellent and not invasive tool that may allow to obtain a 90 degree angle on the foot's sole vs. full leg (upper thigh, knee, leg, ankle and foot) and vice versa, as well as 90 degrees on the foot's sole vs. lower leg (lower leg, ankle and foot) and vice versa. The term patient's lower extremities alignment mainly refers to, but not exclusively, Ankle, Foot and Knee, and such alignment may help the surgeon to achieve a higher success rate on the surgery procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Mauricio Villarreal Garza
  • Patent number: 10292895
    Abstract: A heel protector (100) includes a leg engaging section (101) and a foot engaging section (102) intersecting at a heel receiver (103). The leg engaging section (101) and the foot engaging section (102) define a leg insertion aperture (104). The leg engaging section (101) defines at least one aperture (203) disposed in an ankle region (205) to permit a connection tube (1002) extending from an inflatable bladder (901) of a compression device (800) to pass therethrough. The heel protector (100) and compression device (800) work together as a rehabilitation system (1300).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michelle Drey, Margaret Falconio-West, Bruce Shapiro
  • Patent number: 10173059
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising: an electrical signal generation device configured to generate a first electrical signal, the first signal being based upon captured or expected data related to one or more human or animal subjects; and an electrical signal application device configured to apply the first electrical signal in a processed or unprocessed form to a human or animal subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: VIVENT SÁRL
    Inventors: Nigel Christopher Wallbridge, Carrol Annette Plummer, Martin Timms, Caleb Carroll, Nicholas Barker
  • Patent number: 10143311
    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: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: PILLOW SOLVE INC.
    Inventor: Eileen Pelletier
  • Patent number: 9901491
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and apparatuses for enhanced comfort through contact pressure reduction. In particular, the systems and apparatuses disclosed herein prevent or otherwise mitigate pressure by actively orienting a patient over an anatomy-specific pressure-mitigating contact surface on which the patient rests. A pressure-mitigating contact portion of the contact surface includes a plurality of independently pressurized chambers configured in a specific geometric pattern that is designed to mitigate contact pressure between a support surface (e.g., bed or chair) and a specific anatomic region of a patient's body when the specific anatomic region of the patient's body is oriented over an epicenter of the geometric pattern. Additionally, a plurality of elevated side support portions and a wedge interconnected on the base material are configured to actively orient the specific anatomic region of the patient's body over the epicenter of the geometric pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: TURNCARE, INC.
    Inventor: Rafael P. Squitieri
  • Patent number: 9858907
    Abstract: This application for patent discloses is a method of improving the grip on a striking apparatus, including the step of: providing a plurality of elastomer bands having a size suitable to fit snugly on the fingers, said elastomer bands being characterized in that: (a) they exhibit a first substantially linear force constant through an initial range of stretch and a second substantially linear force constant through a subsequent range of stretch; and (b) the first substantially linear force constant is less than the second substantially linear force constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel Paul Racine, Thomas Richard Racine, II
  • Patent number: 9072340
    Abstract: An above heel lower limb orthosis comprising: an orthosis body; a support surface adapted to support a portion of a lower limb, the support surface connected to, secured to, or integral with the orthosis body; relief means adapted to relieve a portion of a lower limb from pressure; and at least one relief region connected to, secured to, or integral with the orthosis body or the support surface or the orthosis body and the support surface, the relief region depressed relative to the support surface and adapted to receive, secure, or integrate the relief means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: GUARDAHEEL IP PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: David Huber, Craig Andrews
  • Patent number: 8757165
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and apparatuses for enhanced comfort through contact pressure reduction. In particular, the systems and apparatuses disclosed herein prevent or otherwise mitigate pressure by actively orienting a patient over an anatomy-specific pressure-mitigating contact surface on which the patient rests. A pressure-mitigating contact portion of the contact surface includes a plurality of independently pressurized chambers configured in a specific geometric pattern that is designed to mitigate contact pressure between a support surface (e.g., bed or chair) and a specific anatomic region of a patient's body when the specific anatomic region of the patient's body is oriented over an epicenter of the geometric pattern. Additionally, a plurality of elevated side support portions and a wedge interconnected on the base material are configured to actively orient the specific anatomic region of the patient's body over the epicenter of the geometric pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: TurnCare, Inc.
    Inventor: Rafael P. Squitieri
  • Patent number: 8726908
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and apparatuses for enhanced comfort through contact pressure reduction. In particular, the systems and apparatuses disclosed herein prevent or otherwise mitigate pressure by actively orienting a patient over an anatomy-specific pressure-mitigating contact surface on which the patient rests. A pressure-mitigating contact portion of the contact surface includes a plurality of independently pressurized chambers configured in a specific geometric pattern that is designed to mitigate contact pressure between a support surface (e.g., bed or chair) and a specific anatomic region of a patient's body when the specific anatomic region of the patient's body is oriented over an epicenter of the geometric pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: TurnCare, Inc.
    Inventor: Rafael P. Squitieri
  • Publication number: 20140048082
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and apparatuses for enhanced comfort through contact pressure reduction. In particular, the systems and apparatuses disclosed herein prevent or otherwise mitigate pressure by actively orienting a patient over an anatomy-specific pressure-mitigating contact surface on which the patient rests. A pressure-mitigating contact portion of the contact surface includes a plurality of independently pressurized chambers configured in a specific geometric pattern that is designed to mitigate contact pressure between a support surface (e.g., bed or chair) and a specific anatomic region of a patient's body when the specific anatomic region of the patient's body is oriented over an epicenter of the geometric pattern. Additionally, a plurality of elevated side support portions and a wedge interconnected on the base material are configured to actively orient the specific anatomic region of the patient's body over the epicenter of the geometric pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: TurnCare, Inc.
    Inventor: Rafael P. Squitieri
  • Publication number: 20130255699
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and apparatuses for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers. In particular, the ulcer prevention systems and/or apparatuses disclosed herein prevent or otherwise mitigate pressure ulcers by actively orienting a patient over an anatomy-specific pressure-mitigating contact surface on which the patient rests. A pressure-mitigating contact portion of the contact surface includes a plurality of independently pressurized chambers configured in a specific geometric pattern that is designed to mitigate contact pressure between a support surface (e.g., table or chair) and a specific anatomic region of a patient's body when the specific anatomic region of the patient's body is oriented over an epicenter of the geometric pattern. A plurality of elevated side support portions are interconnected on the base material and configured to actively orient the specific anatomic region of the patient's body over the epicenter of the geometric pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: TurnCare, Inc.
    Inventor: Rafael P. Squitieri
  • Patent number: 8273041
    Abstract: An arm cradle for holding and stabilizing an arm of a post-operative shoulder surgery patient is provided. The arm cradle has a cradle body having a first concave section adapted to accept at least a portion of an upper arm of a patient and a second concave section adapted to accept at least a portion of a lower arm of the patient. The first concave section and the second concave section may be arranged at an obtuse angle with respect to one another. A fabric cover may be provided for the cradle body. One or more straps may be affixed to one of the cradle body or the fabric cover and used to secure the arm cradle to the patient and/or to secure the arm of the patient in the arm cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: G Force Braces, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas Goumas
  • Patent number: 8043241
    Abstract: A support system for surgical patients, a convertible support for surgical patients, and a method for providing a convertible support for surgical patients is provided. The support system includes an arm cradle adapted to hold an arm of a patient at an angle when the patient is in a supine position and a side bolster adapted to be positioned against a side of a patient opposite the arm cradle. The side bolster is adapted to stabilize the patient in the supine position. The arm cradle is adapted to hold an arm of a patient at an angle conducive to recovery from shoulder surgery when the patient is in a supine position. The arm cradle is also adapted to be worn as a sling when the patient is ambulatory. The arm cradle, side bolster, and an optional head support may be secured to a mat in a temporary manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: G Force Braces, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas Goumas
  • Patent number: 7918813
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for treating plantar fasciitis are disclosed. In one embodiment of the apparatus, a dorsal splint device includes an upper portion and a foot portion which are pivotally connected to one another. A strap allows attachment of the upper portion to a suitable portion of the leg, such as the calf. A tensioning element, such as a shock cord, urges the foot portion and the upper portion toward one another. The tension provided by the tensioning element may be adjusted by adjusting the length of the tensioning element. In the method of the present invention, the tensioning element may be first unhooked to allow pivoting of the foot portion with respect to the upper portion so that the device may be attached to a user. The tensioning element is then hooked to the device at the appropriate position to provide the desired tension urging the foot portion toward the upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: AliMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Drake, Richard J. Clement, Julian H. Cherubini
  • 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: 7727608
    Abstract: An adhesive pad kit for footwear has a schematic having an indication of footwear. The adhesive pad kit has at least two pairs of thin adhesive backed pads. Each pad in the first pair has a predetermined shape having a length and a width. The length is at least four times the width. The indication depicts an operative location for at least one of the pads on the footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: The Blister Sister, Inc.
    Inventor: Kathleen Cunningham
  • Patent number: 7713223
    Abstract: Hand and/or wrist support apparatus, comprising in combination, a first brace configured for application to the hand and/or wrist of the user, and a second brace configured for application over at least a portion of the first brace, each brace configured for in-place retention, providing support to a substantial portion of the hand and/or wrist of the user, including the thumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Weber Orthopedic Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Weber, David Auberbach, Shane M. Woods
  • Patent number: 7666156
    Abstract: A knee brace, method of use thereof, and modification to an existing knee brace facilitates inducing side loads to a knee joint to align upper and lower leg portions relative to one another, thereby allowing the knee joint to function properly over its full dynamic range of motion. The knee brace, whether as manufactured or modified, acts to apply a lateral shear force to the knee joint through application of opposing lateral forces, with one lateral force being above the knee joint in one direction and the other lateral force being below the knee joint in an opposite direction. The counteracting forces act to shift femoral condyles and tibial condyles of the knee joint back into proper lateral alignment without acting directly on the patella to counteract the effects of the patella femoral syndrome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: Alice M. Brown
  • Publication number: 20100005576
    Abstract: A neck-protective member for preventing chafe encountered when wearing a wetsuit is provided that fits snugly around the wearer's neck, with its lower edge under the edge of the neck opening in the wetsuit. The edge of the neck opening in the wetsuit bears against the protective member rather than the skin of the wearer's neck, preventing painful chafing that can be experienced around a wearer's neck upon prolonged wetsuit use. In a particularly preferred embodiment of the invention, the neck-protective member of the invention comprises a generally conical neck portion, which fits around the wearer's neck, and a skirt portion, which fits over the wearer's shoulders, under the wetsuit. The neck portion may be formed of a single band-like member cut from a sheet of flat material, preferably “smoothskin” neoprene rubber material, oriented such that the smooth surface of the “smoothskin” neoprene rubber material is to the inside and contacts the wearer's neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventor: Ryan Scott Andrews
  • Patent number: 7625350
    Abstract: A patellofemoral brace consisting of a sleeve adapted to be worn by a user in the knee area and having a patella interior opening is provided with a glide which is adjustably carried by the sleeve and which includes a patella engaging brace pad which may be silicon filled and which is generally U-shaped having one longer leg and one shorter leg. The brace is used to influence proper positioning of the patella by the generation of a force applied to the superolateral aspect of the patella to correct misalignment of the patella.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventors: David Hunter, Glenn Colaco
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20090235938
    Abstract: The present invention describes a protective thigh sleeve for preventing and protecting skin from irritation and rash developing as a result of physical activities from skin surface friction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventor: Monty B. Roach
  • Patent number: 7329448
    Abstract: An adhesive pad kit for footwear has at least two pairs of thin adhesive backed pads in which the pads in one pair have one predetermined shape wherein the length is at least twice as long as the width, and the pads in the second pair have a different predetermined shape. The kit can have pads that are generally rectangular. The kit can also have one pair of pads that are generally rectangular and the other pair of pads that are curved segments. The adhesive pads can be made of moleskin material. An adhesive pad kit for footwear may have at least two pairs of thin adhesive backed pads in which the pads in one pair have one predetermined color and the pads in the second pair have a different color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Inventor: Kathleen Cunningham
  • Patent number: 7056299
    Abstract: An orthotic device for absorption of heel shock, treating edema and swelling and for lessening pain. It is comprised of an elastic sleeve adapted to fit over the foot and heel of a person. The sleeve includes a shock absorbing heel pad inside of the sleeve in a position to be disposed under the heel when the sleeve is worn around the heel. The sleeve is of elastomeric material providing compression to treat edema and swelling. The pad may be a polymeric plastisol material which can be cooled to provide cold therapy and positioned under the heel to provide cushioning and shock absorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Brown Medical Industries
    Inventors: Ivan E. Brown, Ronald S. Krivosha
  • Patent number: 7049478
    Abstract: A planar wound dressing for the heel of the foot, having an adhesive layer with a backing layer, and three slits which can be reversibly closed and joined to form a non-planar wound dressing that conforms to and adheres to the heel of the foot. The wound dressing is constructed so that one slit is placed over the Achilles tendon, the second slit is placed over the inner ankle, and the third slit is placed over the outer ankle. With this orientation after closure of the slits the wound dressing covers the heel uniformly without wrinkles, gaps, leakage, contamination, or infection. The wound dressing is particularly useful in protecting and preventing blisters on the heel that occur in sports such as soccer, track, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventor: Patricia Ann Smith
  • Patent number: 6920657
    Abstract: An elevation device for resiliently supporting an extremity of a patient that utilizes the packaging for the device to form the finished product. The elevation device includes a support cushion and a planar surface for supporting the support cushion at a desired elevation. At least one guide member is associated with the planar surface for positioning the support cushion on the planar surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventor: Scott L. Murray
  • Patent number: 6913586
    Abstract: Apparatus for determining a dorsiflexion angle of a surgical patient's foot relative to the corresponding leg during tendon surgery. The apparatus includes a leg member having a first support adapted for engaging at least one of a lateral malleolus and a medial malleolus of the patient, and a second support opposing the first support adapted for engaging another of the lateral malleolus and the medial malleolus of the patient. The apparatus further includes a foot member rotatably connected to the leg member for selectively rotating the foot member relative to the leg member about an axis defined by the first support and the second support of the leg member. The foot member has a metatarsal support adapted for engaging a predetermined point on at least one preselected metatarsal bone of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Barnes-Jewish Hospital
    Inventors: Jack Engsberg, Kelly Jean King-Ellison, Nathaniel E. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 6863072
    Abstract: A system and method for attaching soft tissue to bone. The invention comprises the provision and use of a novel two-part anchor for attaching soft tissue and the like to bone. In one form of the invention, the two-part anchor generally comprises a stake and a cap. The stake is adapted to be positioned in bone and form a stake for impalement by a piece of soft tissue. The cap is adapted to cap soft tissue which has been impaled on the stake and thereby bind the soft tissue to the stake and, hence, to the bone in which the stake is set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: MedicineLodge, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary Sinnott, Dan Gerbec, Alan Chervitz, T. Wade Fallin
  • Publication number: 20040173220
    Abstract: A method and wearable system and for enhancing human balance and gait and preventing foot injury through neurological stimulation of the foot and the ankle. Subthreshold stimulation for neurosensory enhancement is provided via electrodes or vibrational actuators, or combination thereof, disposed in or on a wearable a platform, such as an insole, sock shoe, removable shoe insert, or applied without the support of a platform, to the skin surface of an individual. Suprathreshold stimulation for therapeutic purposes, such as improving blood flow, is also provided by the vibrational actuators. The actuators and electrodes are driven by bias signals generated by a bias signal generator that is coupled to a controller. The signal generator under the control of the controller is adapted to generate a non-deterministic random signal, a repetitive pattern or series of patterns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2004
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventors: Jason D. Harry, James J. Collins, James B. Niemi, Attila A. Priplata, Stephen J. Kleshinski
  • Publication number: 20040129278
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention is a shoulder dislocation acute-phase immobilization orthosis for supporting, in treatment for a shoulder dislocation, an arm in a prescribed position while the elbow is bent at a right angle in an arm hanging position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Applicant: A.T. LABO, CO., LTD
    Inventor: Eiji Itoi
  • Publication number: 20030205232
    Abstract: A hand pad apparatus (10) for protecting the median nerve, dampening vibration, and absorbing shock including a protecting mechanism (12) for preventing the application of pressure to the median nerve. The protecting mechanism (12) includes parallel cushion portions (24) defining a recess (14) therebetween and a recess maintaining mechanism (22) for maintaining the recess between the cushion portion from reducing the size of the recess. A method of combining median nerve protection, vibration dampening, and shock absorbing to inhibit or prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and a method of determining the proper width of a recess defined by parallel portions of a cushioned pads by determining the type of the cushioned pad material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Publication date: November 6, 2003
    Inventor: A. Robert Spitzer
  • Patent number: 6514253
    Abstract: An apparatus for locating interlocking intramedullary nails comprises a slide device which is disposed at the near end of the nails and is capable of adjustment in various directions. The slide device is provided with a locking structure, a locating rod, or drilling guide sleeve. The relative positions of the near end and the far end threaded holes of the interlocking intramedullary nails of various hole intervals and specifications are adjusted by the slide device in accordance with the body size of a patient under treatment. The drilling position of the drilling guide sleeve can be attained with precision and speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Inventor: Meei-Huei Yao
  • Patent number: 6360748
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for assisting a first person in maintaining a safe restraining hold on a second person for extended period of time without danger of positional asphyxiation is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a first resilient pad with a receiving channel for receiving the first person's elbow and bottom flat surface having an extruded area positioned and configured to releasably attach to an additional stabilizing pad underneath so that the position of the apparatus may be optionally elevated above the floor surface. The first person initiates the restraining hold by manipulating the second person into a face-down prone position onto the floor surface, such that the first person is disposed along and above the second person. The first person completes the restraining hold when the first person's weight is distributed between the first person's knees and the first person's elbow such that the first persons elbow is proximal to a corresponding arm of the second person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Handle With Care, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Chapman
  • Patent number: 6334443
    Abstract: A device for protecting a user against lesions, mainly bone lesions and especially fracture of the neck of the femur. The device includes a shell, a fastening structure and an adhesive part. The shell has a concave and a convex side. The adhesive part includes a skin-friendly adhesive suitable for long-term contact with the skin. The fastening structure is fixed near the peripheral zone of the shell on the concave side thereof, and is fixed on the adhesive part inside the peripheral zone of the shell. The fastening of the adhesive part to the first coupling part of the fastening means is done by a non-permanent attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Inventor: Hans Olsen
  • Patent number: 6308713
    Abstract: A heel protection device for protecting a portion of the heel of a user's foot from developing sores from prolonged contact with bedding during a period of bedrest. The heel protection device includes a cap member for receiving the heel portion of the user's foot, and a securing strap assembly for securing the cap member on the heel portion of the user's foot. The cap member comprises a base portion for positioning adjacent to a sole of the user's foot, a back portion mounted on the base portion at a rearward location of the base portion that extends substantially perpendicular to the base portion, and a pair of laterally spaced side portions mounted on lateral side locations of the base portion and the back portion, with the side portions being oriented substantially perpendicularly to the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Inventor: Graham G. Coleman
  • Patent number: 6240924
    Abstract: A method of exposing, ligating, and dividing perforating veins endoscopically using balloon dissectors to gain access to the perforating veins thereby avoiding large incisions required in the Linton procedure and similar open surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: General Surgical Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Fogarty, George D. Hermann
  • Patent number: 6216268
    Abstract: An elbow protection device for an elbow of a bed patient includes a body having a base, first and second elevation pads connected to the base, respectively, and a strap connected to the device and configured to secure the body to the elbow. A covering is connected to an outer surface of the body, the covering including a friction reducing material for permitting free sliding movement of the device over the bed surface with minimal resistance. The elbow protection device is made of a flexible, compressible, breathable foam material, the body including an inner surface having a plurality of flat areas spaced apart from each other in two dimensions by a plurality of dimples extending into the body from the flat areas, and a strap connected to the body and configured to secure the body to the elbow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: SMR Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Schleicher
  • Patent number: 6196986
    Abstract: A foot protector including a generally tubular foot portion for surrounding a portion of a wearer's foot. The foot portion has a front opening for receiving the wearer's toes. An ankle strap is coupled to the foot portion and the ankle strap and foot portion define an access opening and a heel opening for receiving the wearer's heel. An ankle cover is coupled to the ankle strap for encompassing the wearer's ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventor: Edward L. Gardiner
  • Patent number: 6110135
    Abstract: A laminated elbow brace made of a unique blend of material combining Airpreene.TM. material with Coolmax.TM. material as a liner having a movable support. Airpreene.TM. material affords the properties of heat retention, compression and breathability, while Coolmax.TM. material wicks perspiration away from the skin and dries the area quickly. The combination of these materials provides compression and heat retention to the patient while providing wearing comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Stephen R. Madow, Jim Kausek
  • Patent number: 6032286
    Abstract: An inner ankle protector device 10 including a protector member 20 having an outer shell element 21 and an inner padded liner element 25 dimensioned to receive the user's inner ankle bone on one foot, a strap unit 12 including main 30 and auxiliary 33 strap members adapted to cooperate with one another and the protector member 20 to encircle the user's ankle and arch. The strap members 30, 33 also provide a thin, cushioned layer on the outside of the protector unit 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventors: Angela P. Thomas, Theresa Conner
  • Patent number: 5944683
    Abstract: A protection and treatment device for ankle, heel and elbow prominences of bed ridden patients in the form of a topically applied pressure resilient cushion adapted to be positioned on the skin adjacent the bony prominence in which a pad having a relatively flat surface conformable to the skin area at which it is applied contains a recess essentially to embrace the bony prominence and includes a perimeter section around the recess that abuts the skin around the bony prominence and supports the cushion against the body tissue adjacent the prominence. The cushion includes multiple sections having differing cross-sections and may be provided in adhesive and medicated configurations maintained in place by a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventor: Edwin M. Baranowski
  • Patent number: 5882324
    Abstract: A protection and treatment device for ankle, heel and elbow prominences of bed ridden patients in the form of a topically applied pressure resilient cushion adapted to be positioned on the skin adjacent the bony prominence in which a pad having a relatively flat surface conformable to the skin area at which it is applied contains a recess essentially to embrace the bony prominence and includes a perimeter section around the recess that abuts the skin around the bony prominence and supports the cushion against the body tissue adjacent the prominence. The cushion includes multiple sections having differing cross-sections and may be provided in self-adhesive and medicated configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Inventor: Edwin M. Baranowski
  • Patent number: 5850837
    Abstract: A device which is installed onto an ingrown nail of a human toe to correct the ingrown nail, includes a support member affixed to the ingrown nail, and a correcting member supported by the support member and effecting force on the ingrown nail toward the correcting direction for the ingrown portion of the nail. The correcting member may be formed of a superelastic material which is shape-memory-treated to memorize a first shape, and which is deformed to a second shape different from the first shape so as to be installed onto a surface of the ingrown nail of the human toe in the second shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignees: Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., Furukawa Techno Material Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kaisuke Shiroyama, Tatsuhiko Ueki, George Murota
  • Patent number: 5613503
    Abstract: A device for reducing the curvature of a toe nail so as to deter ingrowing of the toe nail comprises an upper member and a lower member interconnected by an interconnecting portion interconnecting the members only at the center. The upper member includes an elongate tab which extends rearwardly from a front portion. The front portion of the upper member and the whole of the lower member includes a center section attached to the interconnecting member and a pair of wings which are curved rearwardly and downwardly for engaging the upper and lower surfaces respectively of the nail. The device is held in place by engagement of the wings with the upper and lower surfaces and by the binding of the tab into place on the top of the toe nail with an adhesive bandage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Inventor: Abe Penner
  • Patent number: 5571077
    Abstract: An ankle/foot orthosis is provided including a generally "L" shaped frame secured to a person's ankle region with Velcro.RTM. straps or tape. The frame includes an aperture located over the person's heel such that this ulcer prominent area is unobstructed by the frame. A cover, pivotally mounted to the frame, may be positioned over the aperture thereby protecting the heel from inadvertent contact. The cover may also be opened thereby providing access to the heel and enabling treatment of any ulcerous lesions on the heel while the frame is secured to the ankle region. The cover may also be latched with a cover latch in an over-center open position to thereby provide a support for elevating the foot above a supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Assignee: Lake Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Klearman, Jeffrey J. Bierman, Kevin Runkle
  • Patent number: 5539020
    Abstract: A soft, tacky polysiloxane elastomer characterized as having: a tackiness of 10-450 grams as determined by a polyken probe tack tester or 0-10 cm (0-4 inches) as determined by a rolling ball tack tester and a tensile strength of 0.14-5.52 mega Pascals (20-800 pounds/square inch), a minimum elongation of 250-1100 percent and a tear strength of 0.88-35.2 kN/m (5-200 pound/square inch) The soft, tacky elastomer can be made into various cushioning devices, with or without a topcover. Representative cushioning devices include an arch support pad, a metatarsal pad, a heel cushion, sheet padding, a full-length insole, a three quarter length insole, a half insole, a toe-crest pad, a heel liner, an elbow pad, a corn pad, a callus pad, a blister pad, a bunion pad or a toe pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: Schering-Plough HealthCare Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Bracken, Ralph A. Winn, Norman L. Riley
  • Patent number: 5465736
    Abstract: A method of preventing skin abrasions and the like in patients whose legs are substantially locked together in juxtaposition. The method comprises the taking of an elongated flexible planar pad with a length extending from above the patient's knees to the bottom of the patient's foot. The width of the pad is approximately one-half of the girth of one of the patient's legs. The pad is placed between the patient's legs so that the opposite sides of the pad cover the inner surface of at least one leg from a point above the knee to a point substantially to the bottom of the foot of one leg. The pad is affixed to one leg of the patient at points above the knee and above the ankle of one leg to hold the pad against any substantial movement with respect to the one leg. The apparatus of this invention comprises a pad for the foregoing method. The pad is a flexible planar pad having a top, bottom, side edges, and opposite leg engaging surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Assignee: Restorative Care of America Incorporated
    Inventor: Robert Lonardo
  • Patent number: 5405312
    Abstract: A custom fit body part guard or shield is disclosed which includes a thin shell formed from an ionomer resin which has a softening temperature within the range of 60.degree.-80.degree. C. The shell material of approximately 1-6 millimeters thickness is partially molded to fit the area of the body where the device is intended to be used. A layer of perforated foam material can be adhered to the inside surface of the guard to further protect the user's skin and absorb or distribute impact energy during use. By holding the guard under ordinary hot tap water it can be softened to a moldable consistency. By firmly applying and holding the guard on the surface of the area of the body where it is intended to be used and allowing the guard to cool to ambient temperature the guard will take a permanent set to a custom shape which follows the exact shape and contour of the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: Safe-T-Gard Corporation
    Inventor: Scott Jacobs
  • Patent number: 5367789
    Abstract: A soft medical boot having an articulated splint bar for adjusting the angle of the foot of a patient disposed in a supine position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Assignee: LaMED, Inc.
    Inventor: William D. Lamont