With Support For Sole Of Feet Patents (Class 5/651)
  • Patent number: 9216124
    Abstract: Described is a leg support for a surgical table, the leg support comprising a connector for connecting the leg support to a surgical table; an intermediate member mounted on the connector by a first pivot joint defining a first axis about which the intermediate member is displaceable relative to the connector; and a support for supporting a leg of a patient, the support mounted on the intermediate member by a second pivot joint defining a second axis about which the support is displaceable relative to the intermediate member independently of displacement of the intermediate member relative to the connector about the first axis, the second axis being parallel to the first axis, and a plane normal to the second axis passing through both the intermediate member and the support. Also described is a kit of parts for a leg support, a method of configuring a leg support, a surgical table comprising a leg support, and a kit of parts for a surgical table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: ESCHMANN HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: Paul Roger Spendley
  • Patent number: 9066598
    Abstract: A novel foot support device includes a first sidewall adapted to engage the lateral side of a first foot, a second sidewall adapted to engage the lateral side of a second foot, and a backwall adapted to engage both the plantar region of the first foot and the plantar region of the second foot. In a particular embodiment, the first sidewall includes an inclined interior surface, the second sidewall includes an inclined interior surface, and the backwall includes an inclined interior surface. In another particular embodiment, the foot support device includes two discrete regions, one of which engages a user's left foot and the other of which engages the user's right foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: James Jay Sears
  • Patent number: 8978182
    Abstract: A bed frame includes a weight bearing framework 30, and a footboard 82 that cooperates with the framework to define an edge 90 of an occupant region 92 of the bed. The footboard 82 includes a footboard frame 100 and a pressurizable cushion 104. A mattress system 160 includes a main occupant support portion 162 with a support surface 168 and a cushion 170 located footwardly of the occupant support portion. The cushion has a deployed state in which it projects vertically higher than the support surface and a stored state in which it does not project vertically higher than the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Joseph Receveur
  • Patent number: 8806683
    Abstract: A portable boot style stirrup assembly with leg support for use during medical procedures. The portable boot style stirrup assembly affixes to the existing stirrup footrests found about medical examination tables, resultantly increasing procedural efficiency and decreasing doctor cost of the performance of in-office medical procedures, increasing patient comfort during prolonged procedures, and increasing doctor and patient safety during procedures. The portable boot style stirrup assembly includes a boot shell structure which supports a patient's foot and calf and a receptacle constructed and arranged to receive the existing stirrup footrest of medical procedure tables and allow for adjustment of the adductive and abductive angle positioning of a patient's leg for examination and surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Gauta
  • Patent number: 8365739
    Abstract: A patient support device for use in patients undergoing spinal or epidural procedures while seated on a standard labor and delivery, operating room or other table or bed is described. An exemplary embodiment of the device includes an upper body support tray and a foot support tray which are independently adjustable along the length of an extendable pole assembly. The pole also connects to a base which provides a stable support and slides under the bulky support bases which are a part of modern hospital beds used in labor and delivery and operating rooms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Kevin Jones
  • Patent number: 8336554
    Abstract: A device to hold one's foot in a neutral position while sitting in order to aid in healing includes a large plastic panel with a set of parallel plastic strips extending upward. These strips are adjustable upon the surface of the board using a series of small holes and corresponding pins. The strips are thus aligned to match the width of one's foot being held in a shoe. When aligned upon the floor, the foot, in a normal shoe without the use of a brace, is held in a neutral position which helps prevent contracture of the leg and foot muscles thus promoting faster healing after surgery. Additionally, the current device does not provide for pinching or twisting as commonly occurs with conventional prosthetic braces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Michael A. Williams
  • Patent number: 8332977
    Abstract: A medical examination device is provided with a pair of foot support assemblies, a patient support mat, and a pair of legs. Wheel assemblies are attached to the legs facilitate the transportation of the device to and from a bed whereby the support assemblies, patient support mat, and legs are extended and adjusted to support a patient on the bed to facilitate a medical examination. The foot support assemblies, patient support mat, and legs are collapsible so that the device is transported and stored in a small, compact size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Gwenventions, LLC
    Inventors: Ronnie Z. Bochner, Kris D Eager, Michael S. Rozewicz, Dustin Worm, Vaughn Gerber, David Veldkamp, Timothy Laroy
  • Patent number: 8302228
    Abstract: The present inventive subject matter is the method of use as well as a device or fixture for positioning and manipulating a patient's lower extremity for surgical and diagnostic procedures where alignment is critical and minute adjustments may be required. Once firmly attached to the operating table, the device prevents the patient's extremity from moving after the physician has selected the precise position for the elected procedure. This is achieved by a combination of a fracture reduction plate, posts, shimming blocks and an articulating and rotating frame or cradle with an adjustable and lockable rack and gear configuration and pivot joints attached to a foot assembly which acts as a leg and foot splint. The cradle is attached to the patient via a series of adjustable straps preventing the extremity from moving independently of the cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Emad Aboujaoude
  • Patent number: 8286638
    Abstract: A foot stabilizing device which can be extended from between a box springs and a mattress of a user's bed to support the user's foot in an elevated position while trimming toenails or donning a sock or shoe, for example and without limitation includes a generally elongated device neck and a device platform carried by and oriented at an angle with respect to the device neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Robert E. Blackford
  • Patent number: 8256050
    Abstract: A surgical table extension features a patient support structure, a large area base, and a support leg. A first joint having at least two degrees of freedom is located between the patient support structure and the support leg. A second joint also having at least two degrees of freedom is located between the base and the support leg. There is a stop limiting the range of motion of the support leg such that a portion of the base area is constrained to be below the first joint irrespective of the position of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems
    Inventors: George T. Wong, Paul A. Licari, David Warburton, Edward J. Daley, II, Thomas K. Skripps
  • Patent number: 8214952
    Abstract: A hip abduction pillow is used to prevent to post operative hip dislocation of a patient that received a hip prosthesis. The hip abduction pillow in may be integrally formed rigid foam or other suitable material and enables a single person to rotate the patient from side to side with virtually no risk of post operative hip dislocation while minimizing pressure on a patient's heels to virtually eliminate heel pressure sores. The hip abduction pillow includes a base portion; a support portion; and a spacer portion. The hip abduction pillow is self-supporting and can support the patient in two stable alternative rotated positions without the need for a pillow or other support material to maintain a patient in a rotated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Robert A. Beasley
  • Patent number: 8132278
    Abstract: A flat table extension is removably attached to one end of an operating table via a support mechanism that is connected with one of the operating table support legs. The support mechanism includes a pair of support posts, one of which is rotated from a first position parallel with the operating table to a second position lower than the operating table to lower the table extension as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: iMP Inc.
    Inventor: James Bailey
  • Patent number: 8117695
    Abstract: A bed featuring a movable foot support. When the user wishes to stand up from lying down or sitting, the movable foot support moves toward the head of the bed. When the user is brought into a standing position, the movable foot support starts to come down so that the feet of the user are in close proximity to floor level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventors: Ohad Paz, Ofer Parezky
  • Patent number: 7985227
    Abstract: Generally described the invention relates to methods and apparatuses for aligning the lower extremities of a patient with a mechanical axis. More specifically, the present invention provides an exoskeleton or external framework that positions a patient's leg into a desired mechanical axis in preparation for surgery or other medical treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas P. Branch, Alexander Sattler, Jr., Fredrik Westin
  • Patent number: 7883151
    Abstract: The foot support is a support for use with pedicures or the like, and provides a comfortable rest for the user's foot or ankle. The foot support includes an elongated body having longitudinally opposed first and second ends, with the first end thereof having a recess formed therein. The recess is substantially parabolic in cross section and is adapted for receiving the heel or ankle of the user's foot. The second end of the elongated body is substantially planar and adapted for positioning on a support surface, such as the edge of a foot bath. The elongated body defines at least one outer side surface having a plurality of longitudinally extending recesses formed therein. Preferably, the elongated body is simulates a flower when viewed from an end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventors: Debby Behmer, Joyce Gale Mallia
  • Patent number: 7805788
    Abstract: A device to enable a bedridden patient to adjust their position in a bed without additional aid is herein disclosed. The device comprises two (2) “L”-shaped parts connected along a long axis. A first section is placed in between a mattress and footboard, while a second section is laid upon a top of the bed. The overall length would vary to suit individual users of all sizes. A locking handle permits quick adjustments to the length. A baseplate has a non-slip surface for safety. A foot support is contoured for comfort. In use, the device is placed upon the bed and the user pushes with their foot against the foot support which transfers the force down the shaft of the device to the foot board, permitting a patient to adjust their position in the bed. The device can be permanently mounted or be removable therefrom the bed frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventors: Melinda Proctor, Vernon P. Proctor
  • Publication number: 20100101025
    Abstract: One embodiment of a foot support assembly, for preventing a person from sliding down on a bed, includes a foot support member, at least one protruding member and at least one attaching member. The at least one protruding member extends outwardly from the foot support member. The at least one protruding member includes a plurality of engagement slots configured along a length thereof. The at least one attaching member includes at least one engaging slot and an adjacent elongated groove. The at least one engaging slot is adapted to be aligned with any one engagement slot of the plurality of engagement slots for adjustably attaching the at least one attaching member to the at least one protruding member. Further, the elongated groove enables the at least one attaching member to be detachably coupled with the bed, thereby attaching the foot support assembly to the bed for supporting the person's foot thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventor: Peter Corallo
  • Publication number: 20100058539
    Abstract: The present invention is a heel and elbow cushioning device, having a sleeve with a flat top surface and a bottom surface and with the inner cavity of said sleeve being filled with a cushioning material, and the sleeve having a preferred dimension of from about 3 inches to about 12 inches and between about ¼ inch and about 2 inches thick. The sleeve may have a specialized cover to protect from dirt and damage. Such cover would further contain an opening for the sleeve, and would have a closing mechanism for said opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Rieber
  • Patent number: 7665167
    Abstract: Generally described the invention relates to methods and apparatuses for aligning the lower extremities of a patient with a mechanical axis. More specifically, the present invention provides an exoskeleton or external framework that positions a patient's leg into a desired mechanical axis in preparation for surgery or other medical treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas P. Branch, Alexander Sattler, Jr., Fredrik Westin
  • Patent number: 7581266
    Abstract: A foot support and abduction assembly includes an abductor-mounted foot support configured for pivotal attachment proximate a foot end of a maternity bed. A calf support assembly, for mounting to the foot support, includes a housing for removably attaching the calf support to the foot support. The housing includes a spring-biased pin for releasably securing the housing to the foot support and at least one mounting stud configured for insertion into a keyhole aperture on the foot support. A calf support portion is adjustably mounted to the housing by a ball-type pivot mount. An adjustment mechanism is provided for selectively fixing the position of the calf support portion relative to the housing. The adjustment mechanism includes a slidable sleeve for locking the ball-type pivot, and a threaded rod or a cam shaft arranged to shift the slidable sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Arlene Krecow, John Zerbel, Cory P. Herbst, Andras Kupfermann, Joseph T. Brophy
  • Patent number: 7555795
    Abstract: What is claimed is a toe-rest bed bolster that simultaneously serves as a blanket-support. In the supine position, toes gently rest on the curved edge. Comfort is achieved in supporting behind the toes to prevent gravity's downward pull while relieving the weight of heavy blankets and tangled sheets. Embodiments broadly cover toe resting on a rounded edge in three methods: removable, installed or permanently built into mattress. Side sleepers also benefit from toe tent/toe rest provided by curved edge. Invention also has a dual pillow configuration method of use to accommodate taller people. Blanket support frames are improved by attaching toe rest cushion. Prior art of manufactured, trapezoidal shaped mattress protrusion is also improved by inventor's built in curved protrusion for the novel concept of toe-resting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventor: Kim Triolo Feil
  • Patent number: 7516503
    Abstract: A wheeled attachment system for efficiently attaching to a spine board to allow the spine board to be easily maneuvered over various surfaces (e.g. flat surfaces, stairs, etc.). The wheeled attachment system generally includes an end support, a pair of wheel assemblies extending from opposing sides of the end support, a pair of side supports extending from the end support adjacent the pair of wheel assemblies and at least one strap extending from the pair of side supports. The side supports and the end support define a cavity adapted to receive an end of a spine board, wherein the strap is adapted to secure the pair of wheel assemblies about the spine board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventor: Donald O. Larson
  • Patent number: 7380299
    Abstract: In accordance with the invention, a first lever is employed to secure a surgical knee positioner unit to the operating table and a second lever is employed to positionally adjust the surgical knee positioner, per se.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: IMP Inc.
    Inventor: Edward N. DeMayo
  • Patent number: 7351216
    Abstract: Apparatus for suspending the calf and foot of a patient recumbent on a bed to relieve pressure on the thigh of the patient includes a leg lift unit in the form of a rigid, trough-like posterior shell shaped to engage under the patient's calf and foot. A bail having opposite ends is connected to the side walls of the shell so that the bail loops above the shell and a support frame extends up and over the bed. A cord hanging from the frame is releasably connected to the bail. By appropriately adjusting the position of the frame, the patient's calf may be subjected to the necessary amount of lift and/or tension to minimize localized pressure on the patient's thigh and buttock areas and to relieve compression forces on the patient's spinal column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Andrew C. Walsh
  • Patent number: 7195660
    Abstract: A travel pillow has one or more air filters and a body with a soft material coupled to the one or more air filters. The air filters can be powered by a power source located within the pillow. The one or more air filters can have an air intake and an air outflow in communication with an exterior surface of the body. The air filters may be an electrostatic precipitator filter or use a filtering material to clean the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Baird M. Little, Steven H. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 7127756
    Abstract: A foot support and abduction assembly includes an abductor configured for pivotal attachment proximate a foot end of a maternity bed. The foot support is configured for locating in a stowed position below the abductor, and a calf support is attached to an undersurface of the foot support. An upright assembly has a first end that is secured to the abductor for longitudinal movement along a length of the abductor, a second end to which the foot support is movably mounted, and a locking mechanism for selectively securing the upright assembly in one of a plurality of positions along the length of the abductor. The upright assembly is further configured for movement from a deployed position to a stowed position, and the locking mechanism is unlocked when the upright assembly is in the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Thomas Brophy, Andras Kupfermann, Arlene Krecow, Todd Trevor Andres, Chad Allen Wolf, Richard Anthony Derenne
  • Patent number: 7036169
    Abstract: A device for positioning at least one extremity of a patient during medical imaging is disclosed. The device comprises a radiotranslucent platform, at least one radiotranslucent support object, and at least one attachment to releasably secure the support object to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventor: Mabel E. Marshall
  • Patent number: 6969193
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an ankle and foot immobilizer has a base, a spine perpendicular to the base, and a shoulder perpendicular to both the base and spine. A foot cover is rotatably attached to the shoulder and engageable to the foot so that the sole is either resting upon the base to obtain a top view of the foot or so that the sole is resting against the spine to obtain a side-view of the foot. A vertical leg support that is releasably attached to the spine is provided to secure the leg in a vertical fashion. A horizontal leg support that is releasably attached to the spine is provided to secure the leg in a horizontal fashion. The base can have a cassette holder so that a separate cassette holder is not required. The immobilizer has an anchor that can be releasably secured to a standard x-ray table such as a suction cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Modern Way Immobilizers, Inc.
    Inventor: Jimmy Pigg
  • Patent number: 6910236
    Abstract: An articulated bed convertible to a chair position is described. The bed comprises a mattress formed by a backrest section, a seat rest section and a leg rest section. The mattress backrest section and seat rest section are secured to a support frame. Articulating linkages are secured to the frame to articulate the sections. The support frame is elevated from a floor surface by a frame assembly having legs or casters to engage with a floor surface. The leg rest section of the mattress is secured to a retractable support frame. The mattress has at least a compressible section formed of compressible material. Compressible interconnecting members compress the compressible material to shorten the length of the compressible section. The compressible material is restrained as it is compressed and decompressed when the support frames are displaced from a horizontal position to an articulated chair position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Inventor: Pierre René
  • Patent number: 6883195
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a back board receiving unit including a base portion having a back board receiving pocket formed therein and a footrest portion extending from the base portion; and a back board removably received in the back board receiving pocket. The back board support may include a locking apparatus to secure the backboard to the patient support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventor: Hans P. Gustavsen
  • Patent number: 6860272
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for use in diagnostic procedures using an MRI unit, CT Scan unit or x-ray unit, comprising a patient resting surface to which a patient's chest, shoulders, knees and lower legs are firmly, but comfortably secured, immobilizing the patient, a foot plate upon which the patient's feet rest or are secured, a pressure creating apparatus which applies a predictable, controllable and variable pressure to the patient's skeleton, joints and spine, and further immobilizes the patient who is secured to the patient resting surface and foot plate with immobilizers, an anchor securing the pressure creating apparatus to the second end of the patient resting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Portal, Inc.
    Inventors: Clayton Reed Carter, Gregory Jon Hicken
  • Patent number: 6826794
    Abstract: A patient positioning device and method of operation that is simple in construction, is easy to install, is positioned outside the sterile operating field, yet permits the surgeon to readily position, adjust, and re-position a patient during a surgical procedure is provided and includes a support adapted to be positioned against a predetermined portion of a patient's body, a drive mechanism for moving the support along a generally linear path, a source of power for the drive mechanism, a bracket for mounting the drive mechanism to an operating table, and a remote device for actuating the drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Surgical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Ormonde Martin Mahoney, Donald Edward Templeman, Jr., Jack Dean Deweese, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20040172753
    Abstract: In accordance with the present disclosure, a gap filler is provided for a bed that includes first and second barriers. The gap filler is configured to substantially fill a gap defined between the first and second barriers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventors: Darrell L. Metz, John P. Biondo, Tanya Taber, Gregory W. Branson
  • Publication number: 20040133984
    Abstract: A patient positioning device and method of operation that is simple in construction, is easy to install, is positioned outside the sterile operating field, yet permits the surgeon to readily position, adjust, and re-position a patient during a surgical procedure is provided and includes a support adapted to be positioned against a predetermined portion of a patient's body, a drive mechanism for moving the support along a generally linear path, a source of power for the drive mechanism, a bracket for mounting the drive mechanism to an operating table, and a remote device for actuating the drive mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventors: Ormonde Martin Mahoney, Donald Edward Templeman, Jack Dean Deweese
  • Patent number: 6704954
    Abstract: In accordance with the present disclosure, a gap filler is provided for a bed that includes first and second barriers. The gap filler is configured to substantially fill a gap defined between the first and second barriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Darrell L. Metz, John P. Biondo, Tanya Taber, Gregory W. Branson
  • Patent number: 6704959
    Abstract: An adjustable position limb support for surgical tables consisting of a support arm pivotally mounted at one end to a base which is attachable to the table and an externally powered position actuator pivotally mounted to the support arm and the base at positions spaced apart from the support arm pivot. The actuator is extendable and retractable and may be powered either electrically, hydraulically, or by compressed air. The actuator is controlled by a suitable device within the actuator or remote from it and an appropriate appliance for holding the limb is provided on the support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Peter Schuerch
  • Patent number: 6634043
    Abstract: A medical table having a head end column and a pair of foot end columns, all of which are automatically and simultaneously extendable and retractable between upper and lower positions. A patient support system, which may include a body support and separate leg supports, is supported by the head and foot end columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Orthopedic Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve R. Lamb, Russell E. Klein, Michael C. Demaria, Stephen L. Hoel
  • Patent number: 6349438
    Abstract: A remote controlled variable height leg pillow support apparatus (10) including a support unit (11) comprising a pair of independently movable contoured foot support members (20), (20′) each having a molded foam foot rest (22) which is suspended above a base member (30) by two separate pairs of hydraulic piston members (40). Each of the two separate pairs of hydraulic piston members (40) associated with each of the foot support members (20), (20′) are independently responsive to a remote control member (60) which activates a microprocessor (52) which controls a plurality of stepping motors (50). Each stepping motor (50) is connected to one of the hydraulic piston members (40) for independently raising and lowering the foot support members (20), (20′).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Inventors: Gerald Coleman, Kim A. Coleman
  • Patent number: 6295672
    Abstract: A removable foot support provides vertical stability for trauma victims carried on spine boards. The foot support is a unitary L-shaped structure having a vertical section, and a horizontal section at right angles to the vertical section. The vertical section is provided with two or more pins, which mate with sleeves inserted into the spine board. The mating sleeves and pins are provided with locking means comprised of detent means or cotter pins. In use the trauma victim is first placed on the board, and the foot rest is then attached. A tether chain or cable may be used to loosely affix the foot rest to the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Inventor: Robert E. Vassallo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6260221
    Abstract: A heel supporting medical apparatus for the treatment and prevention of decubitus or pressure ulcers. The present invention provides a medical and physical therapy apparatus adapted to elevate heels of individuals subjected to substantial bed rest. By elevating the heels, the skin of the heel will not be in constant contact with the bed mattress, and thus pressure ulcers or bedsores will be substantially avoided. Moreover, the present invention provides an apparatus by which the legs of the individual can be substantially immobilized while at the same time elevating the heel. The apparatus also provides adjustably cushioned support from several angles to increase the comfort of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Inventors: Marc Grabell, Lawrence E. Gluskin, Barbara Simms
  • Patent number: 6212714
    Abstract: A bed having a foot prop on an adjustable length deck foot section and a mattress with a length and thickness adjustable foot section and a thickness adjustable heel section. The adjustability of the deck and the mattress allows sizing of the bed to the occupant as well as heel management. The foot prop is also adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Hill-Rom, Inc.
    Inventors: E. David Allen, Kenneth L. Kramer, Peter M. Wukusick, Eric R. Meyer, Gregory W. Branson, David J. Ulrich, James M. C. Thomas, Paul M. McDaniel, III, Denis R. Zwink
  • Patent number: 6209158
    Abstract: An improved invalid bed for use by individuals that are unable to lift themselves into a seated position with their arms that includes a foot board and a foot support spacer that is positionable against the foot board of the bed and against which the user can push with their feet to slide themselves into a seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventors: Robert Cox, Juanice Cox
  • Patent number: 6175979
    Abstract: The present invention is an inflatable orthopedic pillow having both a size and shape effective to maintain elevation of one or both of a patient's lower extremities to a position favorable for the reduction of chronic edematous swelling. The shape and construction of the device provides an area effective for the isolation of a patient's foot so that the heel and surrounding area is floating in midair. At the same time, the entire leg is cradled upon an inflated surface which yields to pressure and thus minimizes the formation of secondary ulcers due to prolonged periods of contact of the surrounding tissues with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Inventor: John C. Jackson
  • Patent number: 6026526
    Abstract: A birthing bed for assisting a mother deliver a baby in a fashion so as to use more natural forces which consists of a tilted surface with a movable back support and a cord means which can be used by the mother to pull upward while pressing downward againist biased foot supports which are connected to the cord means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Inventor: Bahman Payman
  • Patent number: 6013042
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a massaging device for feet and legs comprising a number of bosses each having a spherically headed portion on the top and lined on platforms of a certain height in plural rows, characterized in that the users can casually use it concurrently with their work in the office and not only the vital points of those body portions can be comfortably and adequately stimulated from an optimum angle with respect to those vital points just by statically placing them against those bosses in their seating and lying postures, but also load angle with respect to those vital points can be freely adjusted at their disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Todoroki Sangyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sadami Sakai
  • Patent number: 5978991
    Abstract: Device for relieving weight of a blanket on feet and supporting feet of persons suffering from paralysis of legs and feet is disclosed. The device comprises a board attached to a mattress in a way that a blanket can be placed over such board, thus relieving the pressure from feet, and channels attached to the board permitting to place feet in the channels and maintain feet in the upright position. The device also allows to adjust position of legs by adjusting of the angle of inclination of the channels with respect to the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: William J. Miles
  • Patent number: 5918330
    Abstract: An improved ratchet mechanism for a surgical boot is not susceptible to spontaneous rotation when the center of gravity of the weight of the patient's leg, the boot, and the support arm for the boot passes the axis of rotation of the ratchet mechanism. The ratchet mechanism includes a ratchet wheel which includes both ratcheting serrations which allow rotation of the support arm in only one direction and locking serrations which do not allow the support arm to rotate in either direction. A ratchet release allows such constraints on rotation to be removed by the surgeon or surgeon's assistant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Navarro, Yury Keselman
  • Patent number: 5799349
    Abstract: A knee holder includes a base plate having two parallel rows of slots designed to hold the ends of a cylinder to which is attached a foot cradle. Each slot has the appearance of an inverted symmetric "T" allowing reversability of the orientation of the foot cradle. The base plate has an "L"-shaped arm extending along its upper surface and then having a right angle bend to extend downwardly. The arm is sized to be received within an opening of a clamping bracket attached to a rail of a surgical table or other horizontal support surface on which the base plate has been placed, with the clamping bracket including structure allowing locking of the arm in fixed position to fix the position of the knee holder. The base plate is sized to allow two knee holders to be mounted on a surgical table side by side to facilitate performance of a bilateral procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Inventor: Thomas D. Petersen
  • Patent number: 5790998
    Abstract: An orthopedic leg support is disclosed having a planar leg support surface angled at approximately 10 degrees relative to a generally horizontal base, with a calf recess, a heel recess and a channel connecting the calf recess and the heel recess to reduce or eliminate contact and pressure between the device and the calf, lower leg, ankle and heel of a patient. The device further incorporates lateral foot support walls and a sole support wall to prevent inward rotation, outward rotation and plantar flexion of the foot. The device is preferably composed of a semi-rigid foam material having some cushioning and compression characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Inventor: Jayne A. Crescimbeni
  • Patent number: 5716334
    Abstract: A body part immobilizer is disclosed. The device comprises an arm, leg, or head cast, each having a cavity means for receiving the respective body part therein. Securement straps are provided for securely holding the body part in the appropriate cast member while tie-down straps can be used to secure the device to a table, bed, etc. Drains means are located within each cast member for draining fluid therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Inventor: Larry E. Wade