Orthopedic Boot Or Shoe With Corrective Element Patents (Class 36/140)
  • Patent number: 11350699
    Abstract: Orthotic devices for providing arch support for the foot are disclosed. The orthotic device includes a base member, an arch support portion, and a covering for coupling the arch support portion to the base member. A method of providing continuous contact with the plantar surface of the foot during all phases of the gait cycle is also disclosed. In addition, methods of assembling and using the orthotic device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Richard Kim
  • Patent number: 11272756
    Abstract: The invention provides bicycling shoes having soles containing materials of at least two different material densities configured to provide improved comfort, and fit for a wearer when walking or running in the shoes, while providing enhanced force transfer from the wearer to a bicycle pedal when bicycling in the shoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: DASHAMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Tony L. Torrance
  • Patent number: 11154110
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure provides a knitted component. The knitted component may have a forefoot portion with a top layer and a bottom layer, where a void is formed between the top layer and the bottom layer, and where the top layer is secured to the bottom layer via at least one common knit structure. A heel area may extend from the bottom layer of the forefoot portion in a longitudinal direction and may be secured to the bottom layer of the forefoot portion via at least one common knit structure. At least one extension may extend from the heel area in a second direction, the second direction being different than the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis J. Berrian, Rory S. Blanche, Weibing Gong, John S. MacGilbert
  • Patent number: 11129438
    Abstract: An item of footwear for increasing leg-muscle and/or lower-abdominal-/back-muscle tone comprising: a securing means for securing the item of footwear to a foot of a user; and a sole comprising at least an upper layer, for engaging a foot of a user in use or a further upper layer, and a lower layer, for engaging the ground in use, wherein the upper layer comprises two or more materials of different compressive resistances, or densities, arranged as a frontal/toe region, an arch region and a heel region, the sole is arranged such that application of a user's weight, during use, causes instability in at least one portion of the upper layer, which requires balance correction by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: FitFlop Limited
    Inventors: Marcia Kilgore, David Cook
  • Patent number: 11058164
    Abstract: A cushion, using magnetic friction as base protection is specifically tested and designed for use in helmets to minimize the risk of concussions. The cushion can be used in a two layer helmet where the magnets are used to repel the impact normally taken straight to the head. The magnets can be placed in between the layers to not only take the impact, but also give that force back towards the source, creating a cushion like no other helmet. With this two-layer system, one can measure that the first layer of magnets takes the hit and uses the second layer to push back off of. This movement that the helmet takes significantly improves protection of the brain as compared to conventional helmets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Sulaiman Mustapha
  • Patent number: 10786040
    Abstract: A multi-durometer sole structure includes a sole structure body including a forefoot region, a heel region, and a midfoot region between the heel region and the forefoot region, a medial edge, and a lateral edge opposite the medial edge. The sole structure body further includes a first body segment extending along the forefoot region, the midfoot region, and the heel region, a second body segment extending along the forefoot region, the midfoot region, and the heel region, and a third body segment extending along midfoot region and the heel region. The first, second, and third body segments are made of different materials having three different hardnesses, respectively, such that a total hardness of the sole structure body varies from the medial edge to the lateral edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl L. Madore
  • Patent number: 10721996
    Abstract: A shoe includes an upper part, an outer sole, an inner sole configured between the upper part and the outer sole and abutting the outer sole, and a pad having a tear drop shape. The pad is configured between the outer sole and the inner sole to prevent the foot from forwardly slipping. The pad includes a first longitudinal end part having a first width and a first height, and a second longitudinal end part having a second width and a second height. The second longitudinal end part is configured opposite to the first longitudinal end part. The first longitudinal end part is closer to the medial side than the second longitudinal end part. The pad includes a middle part connecting the first and second longitudinal end parts. The first width is larger than the second width, and the first height is larger than the second height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Mika Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10716356
    Abstract: An article of footwear comprises a sole, and an upper that has a medial side portion extending from the medial side of the sole with a first distal end remote from the medial side. The upper has a lateral side portion extending from the lateral side of the sole with a second distal end remote from the lateral side. The upper may include a support member extending at least partially across the foot-receiving surface with a first end remote from the medial side. The medial and lateral side portions wrap at least partially around a foot with the first distal end securable proximal to the lateral side, and the second distal end separately securable proximal to the medial side. An article of footwear has cables with proximal ends fixed to one side of the upper and that extend through looped cables on an opposite side of the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Bell, Paul J. Francis, Claudio Innocente
  • Patent number: 10420390
    Abstract: An insert for high-heeled footwear comprises a forefoot insert having a raised portion, and an arch insert having a generally concave base adapted to fit against the heel of the foot to prevent the foot from sliding forward. The forefoot insert and arch insert are placed in high-heeled footwear. The raised portion is adapted to fit under the three middle toes to prevent forward movement of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Virve Tuulikki Georgeson
  • Patent number: 10349699
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for a shoe sole for relieving pressure from a wearer's metatarsal heads. In one aspect, a shoe sole comprises a shoe outer sole comprising a shaft region, a ball region, and a toe region. The shaft region underlies metatarsal shafts of the wearer and comprises a first lower surface, the ball region underlies metatarsal heads of the wearer and comprises a second lower surface, and the toe region underlies phalanges of the wearer and comprises a third lower surface. The second lower surface is raised relative to the first lower surface and the third lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: RIKCO INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Brian O'Reilly, Roy Herman Lidtke
  • Patent number: 10244818
    Abstract: Orthotics and methods for forming orthotics are described. The orthotics can be designed with a patient-specific design and can include variation in hardness across the orthotic so as to satisfy clinical need. An orthotic can be a custom-designed orthotic formed according to an additive manufacturing process such as a 3-D printing methodology. Through utilization of on-site formation methods such as 3-D printing, an orthotic can be designed, formed and fit at the point of care in a much shorter time period than traditional orthotics. The orthotics can include a layer that includes a plurality of cells across the layer. The layer can exhibit variable hardness across the layer through variation in cell void volume and optionally material of formation across the layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignees: Clemson University Research Foundation, Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc.
    Inventors: John DesJardins, Scott Edward Stanley, Breanne Przestrzelski, Timothy C. Pruett, Steve L. Hoeffner, Brian Daryl Kaluf
  • Patent number: 9943434
    Abstract: Elements for at least partially viscoelastic medical products, or for at least partially viscoelastic orthopedic aids, and for at least partially viscoelastic medical products are provided. In addition, at least partially viscoelastic orthopedic aids are provided that contain such elements, or that consist of such elements and the use of such elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Bauerfeind AG
    Inventors: Thorsten Jaeger, Dominique Panzer
  • Patent number: 9943132
    Abstract: An support insole includes a middle medium sandwiched between flexible upper and lower layers, wherein upper layer has a forefoot region with a metatarse protrusion that projects upward from an upper surface of the upper layer to a certain height, a midfoot region with inner and outer arch sides, wherein the inner arch side has an inner arch protrusion that projects upwardly from the upper surface to a certain height and wherein the outer arch side has a plurality of outer arch protrusions that project upwardly from the upper surface to a certain height, a hindfoot region with a heel support protrusion that projects upwardly from the upper surface to a certain height, wherein the top face is dented inwardly so as to form a concave recess such that the support insole is ergonomically designed to provide comfort for a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Fusco Industrial Corporation
    Inventor: Chen-Yu Tsai
  • Patent number: 9844455
    Abstract: An inventive ankle-foot orthosis which transfers a portion of a wearer's weight normally applied to a wearer's foot and ankle to a wearer's calf thereby removing weight bearing stress from the wearer's foot and ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Scott Orthotics, LLC
    Inventor: Jason L. Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 9775402
    Abstract: A shoe sole including an outsole 2 and a midsole 1, wherein: the midsole 1 includes a lower midsole 4 of a lower layer formed by a foamed body of a resin, and an upper midsole 3 of an upper layer formed by a foamed body of a resin and arranged on the lower midsole 4; a lateral roll-up portion 42 for supporting a lateral side of a foot from a side of the foot is formed integrally with the lower midsole 4; a hardness of a lateral portion 40 of the lower midsole 4 including the lateral roll-up portion 42 is a first hardness; a hardness of a medial portion 41 of the lower midsole 4 is a second hardness lower than the first hardness; a hardness of a lateral portion 30 of the upper midsole 3 is a third hardness lower than the first hardness; and a part or a whole of the high-hardness lateral roll-up portion 42 is protruding in an upward direction past the upper midsole 3 on a lateral side of the upper midsole 3 so that the lateral side of the foot is supported by the lateral roll-up portion 42 from the side of the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: ASICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mai Nonogawa, Kenji Sakamoto, Seigo Nakaya, Rena Furuishi, Toshihiko Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9770062
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a cover that wraps over footwear and is secured in place with a set of attachment tabs wrapped under the arch area of the footwear and secured to each other. Another attachment tab wraps over the arch area and is secured to a corresponding attachment point on the outer surface of the cover. Depending on the material used, once the cover is secured in place, it may provide insulation and abrasion resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: David Armetta
  • Patent number: 9491981
    Abstract: A ballet pointe shoe having a sole, an upper, a toebox, a platform, a shank, and a heel is disclosed. The ballet pointe shoe comprises a more rigid portion and a less rigid portion. The more rigid portion is above the sole and below the upper. The more rigid portion has a graduated increasing thickness at least partially inside the toebox and toward the platform. The more rigid portion diminishes to a remaining thickness toward the heel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Drew Layne, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Suffolk, Keri Suffolk
  • Patent number: 9375569
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein for a method and system for facilitating a gait of a user with a functional electrical stimulation (FES) orthotic system. In some described embodiments, the method includes receiving a foot orientation indicator for a foot of the user; receiving a body inclination indicator for the user; determining a motion state based on the foot orientation indicator and the body inclination indicator; and defining signal parameters for a stimulation signal based on at least the motion state. The motion state can indicate a movement status of the user and therefore, the stimulation signal can be applied to the user for facilitating the gait of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Ensilver Canada
    Inventors: Farsad Kiani, Jinbiao Zheng
  • Patent number: 9078484
    Abstract: A sole for a shoe designed to increase an instability upon striking the ground. The sole extends from a rear heel region via a metatarsal region to a front forefoot region. In a region of a gait line, the sole includes an instability region which substantially follows a contour of the gait line and extends at least in sections in a longitudinal direction of the sole. A bulk modulus is increased compared to at least one of a medial outer region and a lateral outer region of the sole adjacent to the instability region, and/or, a sole thickness is increased compared to at least one of the medial outer region and the lateral outer region of the sole adjacent to the instability region so as to provide an uneven sole contour perpendicular to a running direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
    Inventor: Ewald Hennig
  • Patent number: 9020626
    Abstract: Systems and methods of measuring feet and designing and creating orthopedic inserts are described. The method can include measuring a pressure the foot exerts during a stride at a plurality of points over a period of time, and analyzing a pressure at the plurality of points over the period of time and designing the orthopedic inserter based on the analysis. The system can include a device that measures a pressure exerted by foot at a plurality of times at each of a plurality of points and a computer connected to the device, the computer having a memory that stores the measured pressures and a program operable to analyze the measured pressures to create a design of an orthopedic insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Donald Spector
  • Patent number: 8914996
    Abstract: An antistatic insole is disclosed, which consists of one cover layer, one first layer body, one second layer body, one arch pad, and one heel pad. The insole is assembled with a cover layer on the surface of the first layer body and the second layer body below the first layer body and the heel pad and the arch pad are below the second layer body. The elasticity of the heel pad is more elastic and the arch pad less elastic than the first layer body. The contour of the surface of the first layer body follows that of the foot arch of a human body and acts coherently with that of the second layer body. The cover layer, the first layer body, and the second layer body are antistatic. The arch pad is equipped with antistatic and anti-fatigue functions according to various arch shapes of a human foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Global Action Inc.
    Inventor: Keh-Tao Liu
  • Patent number: 8914995
    Abstract: A foot orthotic for use as an insole in footwear is made solely from a copper-containing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Orthotics Online Limited
    Inventor: Anthony Clive Andrews
  • Patent number: 8858482
    Abstract: An orthopedic device has at least one flexible or rigid frame member contoured to generally correspond to an anatomical limb. The device also includes a tightening system having a dial tensioning device and at least one cable and/or strap connected to the dial tensioning device. The dial tensioning device has a rotary ratchet permitting incremental adjustment of the cable and/or strap. Adjustment of the dial tensioner in a first direction secures the frame member to the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Ossur HF
    Inventors: Arni Thor Ingimundarson, Palmi Einarsson, Irving Hu, Jane Lee
  • Publication number: 20140259799
    Abstract: An orthotic device is disclosed having a frame system, a first actuator, and a second actuator. The frame system may include a lightweight supportive material, and may be configured to receive a user's foot. The first actuator may be coupled to the frame system, and may be configured to activate and develop push of the forefoot of the user's foot during a walking step. The second actuator may be coupled to the frame system, and may be configured to activate and raise a user's toes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ELLEN M. AND MICHAEL T. MCDONNELL JR. FAMILY FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Michael T. McDonnell, JR., George Robert Simmons, III, Sean James Wilson, Brendan Michael Kearney, Jess Ethan Swaringen, Lester James McMackin, Sarah Ann Oliveri, Berjamin Alan Inkrott, Megan Elizabeth Braisted, Brian Joseph Walsh
  • Patent number: 8819961
    Abstract: A footwear sole or an orthotic or combinations of both including a set of incrementally different inserts forming a progressive sequence. The progressive sequence includes inserts having corrective structures that are incrementally closer to a final corrective structure than a corrective structure of a previous insert in the sequence. The corrective structure of the inserts may change in one or more of shape, thickness and firmness of at least one portion of the at least one insert as compared to the previous insert in the sequence. Each of the inserts of the set is worn for a period of time in order of the progressive sequence as part of the footwear sole and/or orthotic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8819962
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems are disclosed for conditioning a foot surface by contacting a foot surface with an article designed to contact foot surfaces for the purpose of abrading, moisturizing and otherwise conditioning a foot surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Michele Candella
  • Publication number: 20140109443
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems for an articulated ankle-foot orthosis with a selectively retractable stop are presented. The orthosis includes at least one of a foot mold, a shank mold, a forefoot sensor, a heel sensor, a stop, and a connecting mechanism. The stop is positioned between the foot mold and the shank mold, and the stop is selectively retractable between a closed position and a generally opposing open position that allows plantar flexion of the foot mold during the stance phase of a typical human gait cycle. The connecting mechanism is configured to move the stop from the closed position to the open position in response to a signal from the heel sensor indicating a heel-strike event. The connecting mechanism is also configured to move the stop from the open position back to the closed position in response to a signal from the forefoot sensor indicating a toe-off event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Hsin-Chen Daniel Fanchiang, Mark Daniel Geil, Toshiki Nashimoto
  • Patent number: 8667715
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to an orthotic device used for controlling motion of a human foot in a functionally corrected anatomical position from heel strike through toe off. The orthotic device may include at least one of rearfoot, midfoot, forefoot, and toe regions. In each region corresponding medial and lateral wedges may be employed. In the rearfoot region, the medial and lateral wedges intersect at an expected contact location of a medial side of a midline of a heel of the human foot. In the midfoot region, the medial and lateral wedges intersect inclusively between expected contact locations of a first cuneiform bone and a cuboid bone. In the forefoot region, the medial and lateral wedges intersect inclusively between expected contact locations of first and fifth metatarsal bones. In the toe region, the medial and lateral wedges intersect inclusively between expected contact locations of first and fifth toes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Santtro, LLC
    Inventors: Frank J. Santopietro, David R. Santopietro
  • Patent number: 8657767
    Abstract: An orthopedic boot has two leg supports connected adjustably to a foot support via two joint assemblies. Each joint assembly has a securing panel, a connecting panel, a guide panel, two limiting members and two holding members. The securing panel is mounted securely on the foot support and has two engaging grooves each having engaging cavities. The connecting panel is mounted securely to one leg support and is pivotally connected to the securing panel. The limiting members has a resilient segment, an engaging pin and a locking tab. The engaging pin is mounted slidably in one of the engaging grooves, engages one of the engaging cavities and selectively abuts the connecting panel. The locking tab is spaced from a periphery of the guide panel to define a locking gap. The holding members are held respectively in the locking gaps and abut respectively against the locking tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Shu-Chen Chan
  • Patent number: 8601722
    Abstract: A footwear exercising device for use by a wearer in improving various aspects of the wearer's physical condition, health and overall appearance. The footwear exercising device of the present invention includes a reverse wedge for wear below the sole of a wearer's foot, and may be worn with a wide variety of fashion. Prolonged use of the device of the present invention has been shown to improve the tone of the muscle groups of a wearer's body which have to do with the wearer's posture. Prolonged use of the instant invention has also been shown to improve the blood circulation in a wearer's legs and to strengthen significantly the muscles supporting a wearer's knees. The design of the device is such that prolonged wear of the invention is neither strenuous nor taxing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Nancy C. Frye
  • Patent number: 8583272
    Abstract: Systems and methods for measuring feet and designing and creating orthopedic inserts are described. The method can include measuring a pressure the foot exerts during a stride at a plurality of points over a period of time, analyzing a pressure at the plurality of points over the period of time and designing the orthopedic insert based on the analysis. The system can include a device that measures a pressure exerted by a foot at a plurality of times at each of a plurality of points and a computer connected to the device, the computer having memory that stores the measured pressures and a program operable to analyze the measured pressures to create a design of an orthopedic insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Donald Spector
  • Patent number: 8484864
    Abstract: The pressure-reducing device has a body, a heel portion and an elevation portion. The body has a thickness and a body-fore end. The heel portion is defined in the body. The elevation portion is defined in the body and has a rear boundary and a fore boundary. The rear boundary is adjacent to the heel portion and is positioned between the heel portion and the body-fore end of the body. The fore boundary is positioned in front of the rear boundary between the rear boundary of the elevation portion and the body-fore end of the body. The thickness of the body decreases from the rear boundary to the fore boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Tzann-Yuh Tzeng
  • Publication number: 20130125419
    Abstract: Footwear is provided having a midsole platform, a full length insole and a orthotic midsole in the form of an orthotic shell received between the midsole platform and the insole. The orthotic shell has a heel portion to support a heel of a foot of a wearer and a forefoot portion to support a forefoot of the wearer at least in a region behind and near metatarsal heads of the foot. The orthotic shell is shaped to partially cup the heel and support the forefoot in one of a plurality of determined orientations. The footwear may further include a plurality of support plugs to support the orthotic shell in one of the determined orientations and a shank coupled to the midsole platform to increase torsional rigidity of the footwear with respect to a longitudinal length thereof. Methods of making footwear are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: Superfeet Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Superfeet Worldwide, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8435199
    Abstract: A device for stabilizing a limb, typically when the limb is in a therapeutic boot. A wedge-shaped stabilization block includes an outwardly-extending tether. A fastener in the form of spaced fastener elements is located on the tether for securing the stabilization block in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Sage Products, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence G. Ponsi, Jeffrey K. Crum
  • Patent number: 8402678
    Abstract: A shoe and boot, particularly for post-surgery, diabetic, or post-trauma use. It is intended to be worn by a patient who has a wound located on the forefoot and midfoot regions of the foot. An upper assembly and a lower assembly including a raised platform and a base platform. The raised platform has less longitudinal extent than the base platform. A gap is formed when a foot rests primarily upon the raised platform between the base platform and the bottom of the foot. A removable soft, cushioning insert may be placed into the gap. The inset can vary in height and density in order to provide optimum comfort throughout the various stages of the healing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Jeff Kopelman. L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jeff D. Kopelman
  • Patent number: 8397403
    Abstract: The invention discloses a resilient support having a slit in the heel part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Gottinger Handelshaus GBR
    Inventor: Norbert Guenther
  • Publication number: 20130061496
    Abstract: Footwear as inserts to shoes or integral parts to shoes is made of rigid form with a sole portion to be placed in compression and an upper portion to flex in tension in response to foot motion and preferably is provided in a triangulation form for foot stabilization, comfort and injury prevention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin B. Lawlor
  • Patent number: 8356427
    Abstract: A foot support adapted to position a foot in an anatomically functional position is provided. The foot support includes a metatarsal portion, a toe portion, and a bendable joint defined between the metatarsal portion and the toe portion. The metatarsal portion is adapted to align the first metatarsal head of a foot, and the metatarsal portion includes an upper surface and a lower surface. The toe portion extends away from the metatarsal portion and is adapted to align the big toe of a foot. The toe portion also includes an upper surface and a lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: GRD Biotech, Inc.
    Inventor: Bjorn Svae
  • Publication number: 20120255194
    Abstract: An Ankle-Foot Orthosis, or AFO, has a vertical portion and a horizontal portion joined together. The horizontal portion is fixed to a shoe, which is selected by a user, by separating at least part of the sole such that the horizontal portion can be adhered near or between a midsole of the sole of a shoe. The horizontal portion provides the necessary structure needed to connect a shoe to the vertical portion of the AFO such that a user suffering with a weakness or deformity can walk with a more normal gait. In an alternate embodiment, the AFO is removable from a shoe such that it can be replaced onto the same or a different shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Nathan Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8280681
    Abstract: A system of monitoring weight of a person includes a plurality of pressure sensors integrated with a shoe, for generating wireless signals responsive to weight of a person wearing the shoe when walking or running over ground. A processor processes the signals to determine an improper walking or running event, and a transmitter transmits a signal indicative of the improper walking or running event. A remote receiver receives the signal and generates an indication of the improper walking or running event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: PhatRat Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis A. Vock, Adrian F. Larkin, Robert Muir Holme, Burl W. Amsbury, Eric R. Edstrom, Perry Youngs, Paul Jonjak
  • Publication number: 20120240431
    Abstract: A turf toe terminator is an insole which is made up of a semi flexible orthotic insole which is inserted into the cleat or sneaker or is created as part of the sneaker or cleat to help prevent injury due to hyperextension of the great toe (turf toe).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher Colclough
  • Publication number: 20120233889
    Abstract: A set of podiatric articles placeable into a shoe is disclosed. Each podiatric article comprises a heel area. The heel area is configured into an anatomically conformed concave shape provided with a recess of preferably circular or oval form such that the patient's calcaneal spur is minimally traumatized. The podiatric set comprises a plurality of podiatric articles characterized by different depth M of the recess to provide maximal comfort and least pain by means of empirical selection by the patient of an appropriate podiatric article in a non clinical setting. The podiatric articles can optionally comprise an arch support area and a forefoot area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Yehushua BARAK
  • Publication number: 20120222333
    Abstract: Vibrating orthotic shoe inserts and a method of manufacturing the same. In an embodiment, a vibrating orthotic shoe insert includes a forefoot portion configured to support a forefoot portion of a human foot; an arch portion configured to support an arch of the human foot, the arch portion including an area configured to be under a porta pedis of the human foot; and a heel portion configured to support a heel of the human foot. The arch portion includes a vibration element positioned within the area configured to be under the porta pedis of the human foot. The vibration element is configured to deliver vibration to the porta pedis of the human foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: PARADOCS, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Short, John P. Powers
  • Patent number: 8251938
    Abstract: A device may include a first plate and a second plate, and a linkage system that attaches the first plate and the second plate to one another such that the plates are capable of translating relative to each other, and the plates are incapable of rotating relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: University of Iowa Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jose Morcuende, Nicole M. Grosland, Kelly Jensen, Nicole Jensen, Robert Kruse
  • Publication number: 20120215147
    Abstract: The Bunion Belt Big Toe Straightner for use in correcting the alignment of the hallux including a section for surrounding the big toe; connected to an end brought across the bunion, tightened gently and fastened just below the lateral side of the bunion by the buckle; and in addition the belt or strap design can be manufactured into a shoe for everyday wear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Marilyn Gay Lunnon
  • Publication number: 20120204443
    Abstract: A footwear technology called Frequency Balance Footwear, is an footwear or insole that utilizes Mylar Holographic Disk Technology (small holograms). Each hologram disc is exposed to a Quantum Field Programming Generator which overlays or infuses specific blueprint frequencies for the human body which helps to promote physical posture, increased ability to achieve better balance, increased strength, and greater flexibility during any physical activity while wearing the Shoe and/or insoles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Jon-Paul Nicholas Vertuccio
  • Patent number: 8196318
    Abstract: A shoe comprising: an assembly of a shoe upper and sole unit for supporting a foot, the assembly defining a foot compartment that orients a foot in an objective (desired) tri-planar alignment to affect three areas of the foot anatomy simultaneously: (1) the sustentaculum tali; (2) the lateral calcaneus; and (3) the fifth metatarsal ray of the foot. In certain embodiments the shoe compartment is configured to correct an adverse internal rotation of the talus by: (1) vertical lift on the ST; (2) varus movement of the calcaneus; and (3) fifth ray pressure to adduct the forefoot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Align Footwear, LLC
    Inventor: Cheryl Sherwood Kosta
  • Publication number: 20120085001
    Abstract: A foot orthotic device is disclosed. More specifically described is an individualized foot orthotic device to correct and/or restore the ideal alignment and/or positioning of foot structures. The device is designed using a method and system that applies sequential pressure to regions on a plantar foot surface, and obtaining positional information about each region. Based on the positional information, an orthotic profile is determined, for design of one or more custom, individualized foot orthotic devices for a subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: TENSEGRITY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: J. KEVIN MILLER, Michael S. Latterman, Sue Ann Latterman
  • Patent number: 8136266
    Abstract: The present invention provides a footbed made of cotton fabric, polyurethane, ethyl vinyl acetate, polyester and thermoplastic gel rubber. The invention also provides footwear which includes a footbed as described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Ariat International, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael P. McCarron
  • Patent number: 8127466
    Abstract: The device and methodology of the present invention promotes and maintains the user's Pointe position of the foot in a completely, at-rest, passive manner. It combines the technology of medical grade custom orthotics/insoles pre-shaped, including a subtalar neutral heel position, into the proper arched position of the user's foot position “en pointe”, securing the toes to the device with Velcro®. A non-stretch, firm, breathable material such as canvas is the base of a self-adjustable lacing system that pulls the foot muscles onto the orthotic/insole to passively “teach” the foot muscles to conform and mimic the Pointe position. This self-adjusting feature of the lacing system allows constant correction and improvement of the foot muscles as they conform to the device. This leads to the formation of a near-perfect pointe position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Pauravi Raval