Padded Or Cushioned Patents (Class 128/894)
  • Patent number: 10238151
    Abstract: The present invention relates to: a toe sock having toe holes, which are formed by vertically backstitching between the toes of a sock and into which the toes are separately inserted; and a manufacturing method therefor and, more specifically, provided is a part, which has toe holes formed by vertically backstitching between the toes of a sock, formed into a flexible elastic part (20), wherein the elastic part (20) is manufactured by being woven with a flexible yarn and continuously forming wrinkles (22) flexible in the widthwise direction, thereby enabling the toes to be conveniently inserted and worn by the flexible movement of the elastic part (20) and providing an excellent appearance quality because of the low contraction deformation of the appearance of the sock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Hong-Gi Jeong
  • Patent number: 10238167
    Abstract: A flexible insert for a sports shoe for kicking a ball which self activates upon the strike of a ball to deform in a manner that conforms to the struck curvature surface of the ball to assist in conforming the shoe surface material to the same struck area of the ball and increase the wearers' control and accuracy of the kicked ball. Following the strike the flexible insert reforms to its original shape and structure for the next strike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Richard Covel
  • Patent number: 10039443
    Abstract: A tongue control tape for use with a laryngoscope blade having a cotton elastic cloth tape having a length and a width, an adhesive or other bonding means capable of attaching the cotton elastic cloth tape to the laryngoscope blade, and an aperture or window shaped to fit over a portion of the laryngoscope. The tongue control tape provides traction and leverage control over a patients tongue and may be provided in a package or on a roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Randolph P Nopasri
  • Patent number: 9974681
    Abstract: There are provided orthopedic devices suitable for the treatment of degenerative joint disease of the metatarsal phalangeal joints, in particular for the treatment of capsulitis. These orthopedic devices have a base portion designed to be placed under the foot only in the metatarsal area. A digit loop surrounding a toe is used to hold the base portion in the proper location. In one embodiment the digit loop is molded to or is an actual part of the base. The loop is preferably made of a gel material and provides cushioning in the toe because the gel dissipates the pressure. In another embodiment the digit loop is a detachable, adjustable loop. The device includes a raised cushioning pad of appropriate height and size affixed to the upper side of the base and resting against the foot when in use. The orthopedic device is preferably made entirely from a low-profile, viscoelastic gel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Adam C. Brown
  • Patent number: 9510644
    Abstract: Natural mobility footwear, including a sole and an upper which together, define separate seats for toe or toe groups, the thin sole comprises at a bottom at least one distribution of ridges and valleys configured like an enhanced version of the body's own skin, the multiple parts/pieces of the sole provide a wider range of movement, much like being barefoot, the thin sole also improves the level of environmental feedback received by the foot and body, this feedback enables the body to make adjustments or corrections, which might improve balance, agility, and stability during exercise or activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: VIBRAM S.P.A.
    Inventor: Marco Bramani
  • Patent number: 9504593
    Abstract: Toe cushioning device for protecting a patient's toes. A toe cushion device includes two tubular cushions positioned in a transverse plane on the plantar side of a patient's toes during use. The toe cushion relieves foot or toe pain and conforms to the changing contour of the patient's foot and toes during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
    Inventors: Jesse Roth, Gordon J. Berg
  • Patent number: 9474674
    Abstract: A topical leg gear for enhancing performance and reducing the risk of injury. The topical leg gear and kits preferably comprise a flexible sleeve and a lateral foot-ankle buttress, malleolus bone buttresses, and a peroneal longus buttress. The topical leg gear is designed to be worn during periods of physical activity to reduce injury and to train and strengthen the athletes' muscles against injury, advantageously increasing proprioception, neuromuscular communication or both by stimulating critical sensory and tactile receptors in the leg, foot, and ankle. Performance can be enhanced and risk of injury reduced by use of the topical leg gear through isolating, activating, and training muscles to stimulate a stretch reflex, reduce latency in muscle spindles, and speed up a reaction time of muscles by reducing delay in muscle reaction times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Topical Gear, LLC
    Inventors: William D. Bue, Jr., Elizabeth Danflous Russell
  • Patent number: 9393766
    Abstract: Process for joining a foil or a membrane. The invention relates to a method for joining at least one foil-like or membrane-like part to a structural part (9), wherein the foil-like or membrane-like part is separated by means of a tool (2) from a semi-finished product (3) and is held on the tool (2) by applying a reduced pressure, and wherein the foil-like or membrane-like part is placed on the structural part (9), and is in turn held on this (9) and joined to this (9) by applying a reduced pressure. By means of the method a precise, reliable and readily automatable joining of a foil-like or membrane-like part to a structural part (9) is possible. A device (1) is also proposed, with which the method according to the invention can readily be carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim Microparts GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Voigt, Thomas Willms
  • Patent number: 9357804
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to topical ankle gear for enhancing performance and reducing the risk of injury. The topical ankle gear and kits preferably comprise a flexible sleeve and a lateral foot-ankle buttress, Achilles buttresses, and/or an extendable strap. The topical ankle gear of the present invention is designed to be worn during periods of physical activity to reduce injury and to train and strengthen the athletes muscles against injury, advantageously increasing proprioception by stimulating critical sensory and tactile receptors in the foot and ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Topical Gear, LLC
    Inventors: William D. Bue, Jr., Michael L. Martin, Elizabeth Danflous Russell
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8586818
    Abstract: A wound shield may include a conformable frame to circumscribe a wound. Any suitable dressing may be secured over the conformable frame providing separation between the wound and the dressing. The wound frame may provide pressure relief around a wound or pressure sore to permit healing, allow compression for venous ulcers, retain moisture within the wound environment, absorb exudate, relieve pain and trauma associated with dressing removal, allow debridement and application of topical medications and or other compounds or chemicals, accelerate healing and facilitate monitoring of wounds. A conformable frame may be composed of one or more layers of any suitable material and may include adhesive on one or more surfaces to secure the frame to the wound site, to secure the frame to itself and or any suitable closure element and or to secure the dressing to the conformable frame. A wound shield may be used for humans or any suitable animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: AALNEX, Inc.
    Inventor: Adel Aali
  • Publication number: 20120312310
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heel protection device for protecting a heel against damage or irritation, such as decubitus symptoms, comprising: an encasing body for encasing a part of the lower leg and/or the foot, wherein the encasing body comprises at least a buffer member holder for holding at least one buffer member, one or more buffer members which can be arranged in the encasing body for the purpose of supporting the heel and/or parts surrounding the heel, wherein: the encasing body can be deformed for close fitting to the heel, and the buffer members comprise at least a fluid chamber which can be sealed by means of a substantially fluid-tight membrane which is deformable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: MAXXCARE B.V.
    Inventor: Max Paul Rogmans
  • Patent number: 8251940
    Abstract: A vibration dampening device is a patch with one or more step members that have distal ends extending from the patch. The patch is removably engaged or adhered to a wearer's skin. With the patch engaged, the distal ends of the step members have freedom of movement with respect to the patch. The patch optionally may further include one or more wing sections integrally formed therein that also have freedom of movement with respect to the portion of the patch engaged or adhered to skin. Step member and/or wing section movement counteracts longitudinal and/or radial vibrations traveling through soft tissue and musculature to dampen such vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventors: Charles Harris, Jr., John Garnier
  • Publication number: 20120167899
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pad to be inserted between the web spaces of human toes. The pad comprise an non-absorbent outer section encompassing an absorbent inner section. The pad can be manufactured within various shapes and sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: Clarence Dorsey
  • Publication number: 20120060849
    Abstract: Protective devices, to protect a body part having a bony portion with a soft tissue layer between the bony portion and an outer skin layer, have an inner surface which conforms to the body part to be protected and are applied to the body part to reduce pressure exhibited at the interface between the bony portion and the soft tissue layer, across the soft tissue and outer skin layers and at the interface between the outer skin layer and a support surface. The protective devices may be made of any material suitable for distributing the weight of the body part over an extended area and volume so as to decrease the pressure about the bony portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Eric Flam, Oliver Bodine, Henry I. Schanzer
  • Publication number: 20110061664
    Abstract: Stockings for feet with Bunions, the stocking including two sections, the first section being a cavity in the form of a rectangular parallelepiped shape for inserting the big toe or hallux, and the second section being a truncated pyramid-shaped cavity for inserting the other toes; in addition, the stocking has a reinforcement in the first section or cavity of the stocking, surrounding the hallux from the mid section to the lateral section, and from the top to bottom of the hallux, made of the same material as the stocking or of a different material, having a greater fiber density, less elasticity and greater tension than the material of the stocking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventor: Alberto Paris Mayans Carlos
  • Publication number: 20100307515
    Abstract: The foot fulcrum orthotic includes a semi-compressible ring and attachment method to the foot. When worn around the midfoot, said semi-compressible ring forms a fulcrum to raise the ball of the foot up off the mattress and provides compression relief to the ball of the foot. This compression relief, when combined with other treatments, speeds the healing of metatarsalgia including Morton's neuroma, corns, calluses, and bunions. A plurality of ring styles are disclosed including continuous (FIGS. 7A, 7B, 7C), non-continuous (FIGS. 3, 4, 6A, 6B) with a gap for foot circumference size adjustment. A plurality of attachment methods are disclosed including single heel straps (FIGS. 7A, 7B, 7C), multiple heel straps (FIGS. 3, 4), socks (FIGS. 10A, 10B, 10C, 11A, 11B), and single-piece molded boot (FIGS. 9A, 9B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventor: John Maurice Walsh
  • Patent number: 7847143
    Abstract: A protective foot pad includes a sheet of protective material having a main body portion in the shape of the ball of a human foot and a locating tab extending from the main body portion for location between the first and second toes of the foot, an adhesive on one surface of the sheet for adhering the sheet to the foot, and a removable release liner covering the adhesive until the pad is to be adhered to the foot. The pad is especially suited for protecting the bare foot of a dancer, who will use the pad by removing the release liner to expose the adhesive, placing the exposed adhesive on the bottom of his or her foot to cover at least a portion of the ball of the foot, with the tab extending between the first and second toes, and bending the locating tab over the skin between the first and second toes. The main body portion can include one or more lateral extensions that adhere to the side of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventors: Katrina L. Moramarco, Joseph A. Avignone
  • Publication number: 20100168632
    Abstract: A bunion reliever apparatus utilizes a rigid, concave, and tapered brace to place counter-pressure directly on the bunion. Pain relief is immediate as the big toe is urged back into its natural alignment. A stabilizing strap secures the brace along the side of the foot and a correction strap encircles and is tightened around the big toe. The correction strap forces the outside of the big toe to contact the rigid brace. Since the force securing the stabilizing strap to the foot exceeds the force exerted on the big toe by the correction strap, a counter-force is transferred directly onto the most exaggerated extension of the bunion by the rigid brace. For use in conjunction with the bunion reliever apparatus a set of exercises for relaxation, re-direction, and new tissue memory is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventors: Soraya Ann Abbassian, Ted Robert Skipper
  • 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: 7695444
    Abstract: A flexible protective cover for preventing fluid from entering an open epidermal site on a user, comprising: a central portion having at least one rib, an edge connected to the central portion at an angle, a lip disposed around the edge, a sealing member disposed over the lip for providing a sealing engagement between the lip and the open epidermal site, and at least one adjustable strap removably connected to the central portion. Also disclosed is a flexible protective cover having a central portion, an edge connected to the central portion at an angle, an inflatable sealing member integral with the edge for providing the sealing engagement, and at least one adjustable strap removably connected to the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventors: Kathy A. Simmons, Mary E. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20100024247
    Abstract: A protective appliance for the space between the toes of a wearer of flip-flop sandals or other such footwear. The appliance has a generally hollow, generally elongated cylindrical shape and is fabricated from a relatively light weight, soft and compressible material. It includes a longitudinal cut through one of its sides that allows the appliance to be opened and engaged about the thong segment of the flip-flop that normally extends between the large toe and adjacent toe of the wearer, and that resiliently closes after the appliance is so engaged. When applied, the appliance cushions the space between the toes and the thong segment and allows at least a limited degree of both longitudinal and radial movement of the appliance relative to the thong segment thus increasing comfort of the flip-flops and minimizing friction and chafing of the toes on the thong segment during walking and other activities in the flip-flops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: Daniel T. Feeney, John C. Hughes, Victor M. Souza, Timothy G. Hickey
  • Patent number: 7628767
    Abstract: A method for preventing infection and maintaining aseptic epidermal areas by preventing contaminated fluid from entering an open epidermal site on a user, comprising the steps of: removably attaching at least one adjustable strap to a reusable non-deforming flexible protective cover comprising a sealing member, covering the open epidermal site with the reusable non-deforming flexible protective cover while maintaining a space between the reusable non-deforming flexible protective cover and the open epidermal site, and tightening the at least one adjustable strap to secure the reusable non-deforming flexible protective cove over the open epidermal site to create a fluid-tight seal between the sealing member and the open epidermal site, thereby preventing contaminated fluid from entering the open epidermal site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventors: Kathy A. Simmons, Mary E. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20090044815
    Abstract: A foot and heel skin shield system for preventing and treating pressure sores on a person's foot and calf and for managing discharged body fluids from the person's foot and calf is disclosed. The system has two main components, a heel lift and a lubricated disposable calf liner pad. An optional foot stabilizer pad may also be used as part of the system. The system may also include a heel bootie. The lubricated disposable calf liner pad, foot stabilizer pad, and heel boot can have a first lubricant having silicone and a second lubricant having a lubricating, skin protecting, and moisturizing emollient applied to the first lubricant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Arnold Bruckner, Holly M. Lidowski, Leslie Strauss, Karl K. Eilender
  • Publication number: 20080208097
    Abstract: A device is provided which gives protection from frictional injury to the web space between toes due to the wearing of thong-type sandals or other similar footwear. The device is comprised of a flat, flexible, medically inert, and preferably transparent plastic material which is can be configured in a variety of shapes and which has a plantar base portion which fits under the toes and on the bottom of the foot, stabilizing the device from moving, a web spacer portion which fits between the toes and provides protection from frictional injury, and a dorsal flap portion which anchors the device to the top side of the foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventors: Sande Berger, Leonard Jaffe
  • Patent number: 7396338
    Abstract: The invention concerns an orthopaedic device for the correction of incorrectly positioned toes, having a fastening provision (8a) in the region of the big toe, a fastening provision (8b) in the region of the central foot and a flexible splint (9), extends between the fastening provisions (8a, 8b) along the inner side of the foot, and in which the flexible splint (9) is formed as a hinged splint, articulated in the direction of flexion and extension of the toe or toes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Hallufix AG
    Inventors: Vitus Maria Huber, Axel Krauss
  • Patent number: 7335178
    Abstract: A device is provided which gives protection from frictional injury to the web space between toes due to the wearing of thong-type sandals or other similar footwear. The device is comprised of a flat, flexible, medically inert, and preferably transparent plastic material which is configured in a shape which has a plantar base portion which fits under the toes and on the bottom of the foot, stabilizing the device from moving, a web spacer portion which fits between the toes and provides protection from frictional injury, and a dorsal flap portion which anchors the device to the top side of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Inventors: Sande Berger, Leonard Jaffe
  • 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: 7249385
    Abstract: A finger/toe tip protective apparatus including a semispherically shaped flexible member of perforated material with inner and outer surfaces, and a circumferential edge. The flexible member has at least one elongated tab extending tangentially and radially about the circumferential edge of the member and which. when wrapped about the digit is partially secured to both the circumferential edge of the member and the skin of the digit to which the apparatus is to be secured whereby allowing the protective apparatus to be releasably secured in position on the finger/toe tip of a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Inventor: Richard Schukraft
  • 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: 6964645
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hallux valgus brace, i.e. a brace designed for treatment of non-rigid hallux valgus. The brace comprises a three point lever means for correcting the position of the big toe. According to the invention the complete brace is designed to be located distally of the metatarsal joint. Preferably, the brace comprises a proximal pad pressing on the first phalanx of the big toe, a distal pad pressing on the distal end of the first phalanx of the big toe, and a lever arm pressing on the ball of the foot. The brace can be used during walking and other activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Camp Scandinavia AB
    Inventor: Jan F. A. Smits
  • Patent number: 6920881
    Abstract: A pressure relief pad for use by persons suffering from or subject to the formation of decubitus ulcers or bedsores is described. The pressure relief pad is made from viscoelastic foam layers which provide for the redistribution of pressure around an affected or wounded area allowing the wound to heal faster. The contoured viscoelastic foam pad can be positioned over a separately applied dressing or an exudate absorbing material can be included in the pad. The contouring for the pad may be achieved by molding the foam as desired or by using a multiplicity of foam layers joined by adhesive to form the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventors: Vinod Narula, Dipak Narula
  • Patent number: 6881196
    Abstract: A system, method and device for the symptomatic relief for soft corns by injecting a medical grade molding substance between the toes between which a corn is located, forming a molded-in-place, custom-shaped high definition mold, unique to the individual's physical conformation and which reduces friction and eliminates pressure points on the corn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Inventor: James A. Crunkleton
  • Publication number: 20040200483
    Abstract: A drape according to the present invention is constructed of or includes conductive and insulating drape segments and is disposed over a top surface of a thermal treatment system having a basin recessed therein. A portion of the drape is pushed down into, and conforms to, the basin to form a drape container or receptacle within the basin for collecting a sterile medium. The conductive segments provide a signal indicating the presence of liquid and/or leaks within the drape container to the system to facilitate control of system operation. In addition, a drape utilized for a plural basin thermal treatment system may form a drape receptacle within each basin. Each drape receptacle includes conductive and insulating drape segments to detect the presence of liquid and/or a leak within that drape receptacle. The conductive segments of the drape receptacles provide signals to the system to facilitate control of system operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: Durward I. Faries, Bruce R. Heymann, David Hendrix
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6508205
    Abstract: An article of plastic mesh fabric legging apparel worn by equines on their front and back legs to prevent flies from biting or laying Botfly eggs on their legs. Staves are utilized to prevent sagging. A fully opening vertical seam of hook and loop fasteners is used to attach the apparel on the animal. A bottom placed strap of hook and loop going around the animal's lowermost leg is used to adjust for different sized animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventor: Arden K. Zink
  • Patent number: 6318373
    Abstract: A corrective supporter provides for correction of Hallux Valgus and Digitus Varus Minimi to allow the stable maintenance of outer and inner vertical and lateral arches of a plantar sole. The corrective supporter includes a pushing band to push against the inward or outward prominent metatarsophalangeal to the normal positions, and two resilient reinforcements, the first resilient reinforcement which is located between the first toe and the second or into which the first toe is fitted such that the first toe moves away from the second by the outward push force or pull force, and the second resilient reinforcement which is located between the fifth toe and the fourth or into which the fifth toe is fitted such that the fifth toe moves away from the fourth toe by the outward push force, or the pull force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Iwao Kasahara
  • 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: 5899207
    Abstract: A skin-protective device and a method for protecting skin against abrasion by attaching a pair of mutually overlying membranous layers to an area of a person's skin with only the peripheries of the layers interconnected with each other, so that the layers can slip along each other. An absorbent pad may be placed between one of the layers and the skin, and a quantity of a lubricant can be contained between the layers. The device is thin, to avoid causing pressure when it is used in restricted spaces, as within one's shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: The Seaberg Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel Scheinberg
  • Patent number: 5823195
    Abstract: A medial ankle pad is provided for the medial side of the leg, ankle and foot. A lateral ankle pad is provided for the lateral side of the leg, ankle and foot. The pads are worn individually and/or together as a method of treatment for venous diseases. The pads are held in place by a constant pressure stocking, a gradient pressure stocking and/or by means of tape. The pads, placed under a pressure gradient stocking, apply even pressure to the skin around the ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventors: C. David Shook, David J. Hoy
  • Patent number: 5545129
    Abstract: A foot cushioning device especially adapted for use by diabetic persons suffering from a protruding joint disorder of the foot in the arch or instep region includes a thick foam pad having a notch extending into the pad from one side thereof. The pad may be positioned against the sole of a person's foot with the Charcot joint protrusion accommodated in the notch. An elastic band of non-chafing material may be secured at a first end to the lower surface of the pad by means of hooked anchoring fabric secured to the pad. The other end of the band may be wrapped around the top of the person's foot and overlapped onto the first end of the band at a location beneath the lower surface of the pad and secured in place to the band material by another swatch of the anchoring fabric provided on the overlapping end of the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Inventor: Kim C. Snook
  • 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: 5497789
    Abstract: A padding and medicating device for corns, hammertoes, bunions, blisters, and the like comprising a noncompressible, thermoplastic, oleaginous, viscoelastic gel directly impregnated onto a carrier structure of elastic fabric. The ultrasoft gel is retained on and compressed against the body part being treated by the elastic tension of the fabric which causes the noncompressible gel to expand radially outward, flow over the lesion, and conform to the shape of the lesion in a manner which dissipates externally-applied pressure equally throughout the fabric-gel-tissue system. The invention also internally absorbs frictional or horizontal shearing forces, delivers a therapeutically significant dose of a lubricating, soothing, and emolifying oil such as Mineral Oil U.S.P., and is further capable of delivering a pharmacologically active substance to the foot lesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1996
    Inventor: Gerald P. Zook
  • Patent number: 5462519
    Abstract: A stratiform pad for surrounding and protecting a bed sore from pressure while the patient is in bed. The pad comprises a median layer containing a closed cell air bubble film, a body-contacting layer bonded to one surface of the median layer to adhere the pad to the patient's body, and a bed-contacting layer bonded to the other surface of the median layer to adhere the pad to the bed surface. The pad contains an interior bed sore receiving aperture and provides sustained lift of the body away from the bed in the area of the sore, thus relieving the pain of pressure and providing space for the flow of healing air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Inventor: Juanita Carver
  • Patent number: 5453083
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a valgus big toe rectifying supporter which can prevent pain in and around a valgus big toe and its nail which will be caused by pressure exerted by the valgus toe or its nail, comprising a metatarsal joint securing band which will be firmly wound laterally around the metatarsal joint at the root of the big toe so that the metatarsal joint may be kept fastened, a big toe holding member which is connected to said metatarsal joint securing band and is attached to the big toe for holding the big toe in cooperation with said metatarsal joint securing band, a resilient member, for example, a sponge which is fixed integrally with or is separably attached to said big toe holding member and will be inserted between the big toe and the second toe, and a pulling band one end of which is connected to one side surface of said metatarsal joint securing band where said metatarsal joint securing band is integrated with said holding member and the other end of which can be wound around
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Inventor: Iwao Kasahara
  • Patent number: 5437616
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a valgus big toe rectifying supporter which can prevent pain in and around a valgus big toe and its nail which will be caused by pressure exerted by the valgus toe or its nail, comprising a metatarsal joint securing band which will be firmly wound around the metatarsal joint at the root of the big toe laterally of the foot so that the metatarsal joint may be kept fastened, with this band turned upward, projection pieces extended from the upper end lower edge by the band, and a resilient body positioned between said projection pieces which will be inserted between the big toe and the second toe. The big toe can extend outward, so that its nail is not pressed to cause pain around it. Since the valgus big toe rectifying supporter can fit any big toe regardless of the thickness or length thereof, one can freely move the big toe thereby allowing easy walking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Inventor: Iwao Kasahara
  • Patent number: 5364339
    Abstract: A stratiform pad for surrounding and protecting a bed sore from pressure while the patient is in bed. The pad comprises a median layer containing a closed cell air bubble film, a body-contacting layer bonded to one surface of the median layer to adhere the pad to the patient's body, and a bed-contacting layer bonded to the other surface of the median layer to adhere the pad to the bed surface. The pad contains an interior bed sore receiving aperture and provides sustained lift of the body away from the bed in the area of the sore, thus relieving the pain of pressure and providing space for the flow of healing air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventor: Juanita Carver
  • Patent number: 5314447
    Abstract: The present invention relates to mechanical barrier condom prophylactic and contraceptive devices of tubular construction that have a closed end and an open end. The condom device is a continuous sheath that, when in place over the male genitalia, covers, and conforms to the general shape of, the entire erect penis, including the base of the penis shaft, and the entire scrotum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Inventor: David M. Papurt
  • Patent number: 5183060
    Abstract: A toe-base protecting device which comprises a toe-base protecting member comprising a hygroscopic and flexible non-woven fabric, paper, cloth or fibers formed into a substantially rod-like shape, and two adhesive members that are attached to both ends, respectively, of the protecting member, the adhesive members being stuck on the top and bottom surfaces, respectively, of a foot with the protecting member being put between toes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Inventor: Souichi Shito
  • Patent number: 5170781
    Abstract: A protective bandage for covering a wound or other sensitive body area. A fluid-filled bubble means is positioned centrally of the bandage and is adapted to overlie the sensitive body area to protect it against impacts, to reduce the pain of impacts, and to promote healing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: Dawn L. Loomis