Reciprocating Foot Support Patents (Class 601/29)
  • Patent number: 10123929
    Abstract: An exoskeleton device and method of using the same is provided that helps rehabilitate limbs such has the lower arm. Embodiments of the exoskeleton device have multiple degrees of freedom so that a limb such as the lower arm may flex or rotate in multiple directions to establish or re-establish neural connections in the brain. With the lower arm example, a person may grasp a handle in the exoskeleton and then flex the lower arm about a pronation/supination axis, a flexion/extension axis, and/or an abductor/adductor axis. The exoskeleton device has several modes of operation where actuators can aid the person's motion, resist the person's motion, or passively allow free motion of the person's limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES
    Inventor: Ozkan Celik
  • Patent number: 9693923
    Abstract: The present inventive subject matter describes a device and system for positioning, adjusting, and stretching a patient's extremity for surgical procedures where alignment is critical and minute adjustments may be required repeatedly. The device helps in maintaining the patient's extremity stationary, once the physician has selected the precise position for the elected procedure. The device uses using a combination of an articulating and a rotating frame, support plates and support rings that are attached to the extremity surgical positioning system. The system acts as a limb splint that is firmly attached to the surgical table. The support plates are attached to the patient via a series of adjustable straps preventing the extremity from moving independently of the support plate. A locking rack and gear configuration has adjustable locking pivot points that are positioned along and within the outer/inner proximal tube and outer/inner distal tube that lengthens or rotates various portions of the extremity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Emad S. Aboujaoude, Paul W. Scott, IV
  • Patent number: 9241863
    Abstract: An ankle exerciser system for providing automated flexing of an ankle of a user. The system may include a first support, a first pivot for permitting movement of the first support about a transverse axis, a second support, a second pivot for permitting movement of the second support about the transverse axis, and a drive element operatively coupled to pivot the first support and operatively coupled to pivot the second support about the transverse axis. The first support and the second support may be controlled to incline and decline to and from a specified angle of rotation. The inline and decline may be performed at a specified frequency for a specified duration. A vibrator may further be used to vibrate the supports, to vibrate one or both of the feet supported thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Neville Dhanraj Dhanai
  • Patent number: 9149407
    Abstract: A device for therapeutically treating and/or training the lower extremities of a person, having driven controllable motion devices connected to a stationary frame and retaining means for attaching to each extremity, that can be displaced independently along walking trajectories. Motion devices provide an outrigger pivotable to various height levels, jointedly connected at a first carriage of a linear guide on one side, and rotationally connected to a retaining means on the other side. A second carriage of the linear guide is disposed ahead of the first carriage and jointedly connected to the outrigger by means of a connecting element. The first carriage has a first linear drive for changing the longitudinal position of each retaining means, the second carriage providing a second linear drive for changing the height level of each retaining means. The outrigger provides a rotary drive for changing the slope of each retaining means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: REHA TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Hesse, Rupert Waldner, Christopher Tomelleri, Julius Michael Waldner
  • Patent number: 8986168
    Abstract: A fitness equipment for use in hip lift and treading, including a casing. The casing has therein a power source. The power source is a motor. A center axle of the motor rotates to drive a transmission shaft. The transmission shaft drives first and second independent shafts to rotate. Rotational mechanical energy of the first and second independent shafts is transmitted to first, second, third and fourth eccentric blocks, such that first, second, third and fourth spindles, first and second U-shaped supports, and first and second rests together move vertically and alternately along an elliptic track so as for a user standing on the first and second rests to tread and for the user sitting on the first and second rests to perform hip lift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: St. Life Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jue-Yao Chen
  • Patent number: 8696606
    Abstract: There is provided a continuous passive motion (CPM) machine with integrated mechanical deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis for providing simultaneous CPM therapy and DVT prophylactic therapy to a human patient. The passive motion machine may include a base, at least one motor, one or more hinged frame rails, one or more support or suspension structures and a roller assembly. The hinged frame rails are driven to impart CPM to a patient's limb. The roller assembly can be a single roller, a multiple roller unit, or a belt and roller apparatus. A motor and connecting drive rotates the roller assembly. The roller assembly engages the patient's limb and the one or more rollers apply a mechanical DVT prophylaxis therapy to the limb, reducing the risk of blood clotting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Continuous Motionflow, LLC
    Inventors: David Jacofsky, Jeffrey Lyman
  • Patent number: 8608675
    Abstract: An apparatus for rehabilitation of patients with motor disorders affecting the legs and standing dysfunctions, the apparatus comprising a couple of bars moving along a closed loop representing a walking step for the patient, with each bar including a plate to affix a foot of the patient and the plate being slidably arranged in the bar, with a motor connected to the bars to move the bars along the closed loop, the apparatus also having an harness to support the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Jorge Cardile
  • Patent number: 8550963
    Abstract: An assembly is structured to facilitate exercise of at least the legs of a user especially, but not exclusively, when the user is in an at least partially seated orientation. A plurality of support members are disposed and structured to movably and at least partially support a different foot of the user. Drive linkage is driven by a drive member and interconnected drive motor and is interconnected in driving relation to one or both of the support members by connector structure associated therewith. Cooperative structuring between drive member, drive linkage and connector structure results in linear, oppositely directed, reciprocal travel of the support members relative to one another, while engaging and supporting the feet of the user, upon actuation of the drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Global DR Group LLC
    Inventors: Ernesto Juan Bradford, Neal Marlin Davis
  • Publication number: 20130041298
    Abstract: Methods and systems for dynamic compression of venous tissue enable improved blood movement in the extremities. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, a pressure pad provides a compressive force to the venous plexus region of the foot. The pressure pad is successively withdrawn and re-pressed against the foot. Improved blood circulation may reduce the occurrence of undesirable complications such as deep vein thrombosis, ulcers, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: Avex, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Mayer, Peter E. Von Behrens, David M. Mayer, Gerhard Rill
  • Patent number: 8246556
    Abstract: Methods and systems for dynamic compression of venous tissue enable improved blood movement in the extremities. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, a pressure pad provides a compressive force to the venous plexus region of the foot. The pressure pad is successively withdrawn and re-pressed against the foot. Improved blood circulation may reduce the occurrence of undesirable complications such as deep vein thrombosis, ulcers, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Avex, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Mayer, Peter E. Von Behrens, David M. Mayer, Gerhard Rill
  • Patent number: 8241232
    Abstract: A foot pain relief device can advantageously provide multiple angles of inclination, directed pressure against the plantar fascia, as well as ease of manufacturing and assembly. A toe strap, which is fastened around the ankle and the toe(s), ensures that the toes are flexed up. This toe flexing tenses the plantar fascia of the foot. A ball strap can be threaded through a hole in a ball and then operatively coupled with the toe strap. When operatively coupled to the toe strap, the ball strap keeps the ball positioned on the bottom of the foot while allowing ball mobility. The mobility of the ball can provide directed pressure on at least one component of the plantar fascia. Notably, the simultaneous combination of tension to the plantar fascia and directed pressure to the component(s) of the plantar fascia can be particularly effective at relieving foot pain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Jeannie B. Sanders
  • Patent number: 8192378
    Abstract: A toe massage device is constructed from a rotating body while being supported on a base by a supporting shaft; a rotation drive device for rotating the rotating body in the normal and reverse directions; and toe fixation means provided on the rotating body and fixing toes of a subject. The toes are fixed on the rotating body by the toe fixation means and the rotating body is rotated in the normal and reverse directions. When the rotating body is rotated in the normal direction, the toes are pulled forward and downward. That is, the toes are pulled in the direction in which they are bent toward the sole. When the rotating body is rotated in the reverse direction, the toes are bent upward while being caused to move backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Eiko Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takesaburou Ootani, Hisayuki Mori
  • Publication number: 20120101414
    Abstract: A device for therapeutically treating and/or training the lower extremities of a person, having driven controllable motion devices connected to a stationary frame and retaining means for attaching to each extremity, that can be displaced independently along walking trajectories. Motion devices provide an outrigger pivotable to various height levels, jointedly connected at a first carriage of a linear guide on one side, and rotationally connected to a retaining means on the other side. A second carriage of the linear guide is disposed ahead of the first carriage and jointedly connected to the outrigger by means of a connecting element. The first carriage has a first linear drive for changing the longitudinal position of each retaining means, the second carriage providing a second linear drive for changing the height level of each retaining means. The outrigger provides a rotary drive for changing the slope of each retaining means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: REHA TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Hesse, Rupert Waldner, Christopher Tomelleri, Julius Michael Waldner
  • Patent number: 8162860
    Abstract: A massaging shoe device for providing comfort to a user's feet comprising a base, a hollow foot covering component, a ring-shaped first massaging component disposed inside the foot covering component that can wrap around a users foot, and a second massaging component disposed in the base near the back of the shoe device. The massaging components are for massaging a user's feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Naser Ali
  • Patent number: 7909783
    Abstract: Methods and systems for dynamic compression of venous tissue enable improved blood movement in the extremities. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, a pressure pad provides a compressive force to the venous plexus region of the foot. The pressure pad is successively withdrawn and re-pressed against the foot. Improved blood circulation may reduce the occurrence of undesirable complications such as deep vein thrombosis, ulcers, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Leap Frogg, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Mayer, Peter E Von Behrens, David M. Mayer, Gerhard B. Rill
  • Patent number: 7854709
    Abstract: A muscle stimulation and massage apparatus is provided that includes (a) a foot plate which is provided with rollers or skids, (b) a column arranged perpendicularly on the foot plate, and (c) a vibration unit that is arranged on a lift, wherein the lift may travel on guide rails of the column and is fastened in a lockable manner at different heights, with the vibration unit being located on a side outside the region of the column. In one embodiment, the lift may continuously travel up and down over a predetermined height range for a period of time in a programmed manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: Josef Neff
  • Patent number: 7833178
    Abstract: A body elongator includes a container in which a heel elongator and a calf stretcher are fixed. The heel elongator has a leg support slide selectively movable for a predetermined distance by a driving mechanism for elongating a user's heels secured to the leg support slide. The calf stretcher has a toe bar supported between and by two carrier posts. The carrier posts, along with the toe bar, can be rotated from a horizontal position to a vertical position with respect to the frame body. When the user's toes are leaned tightly against the toe bar, with heels secured to the leg support slide, making the feet plantar flexion along the movement direction of the leg support slide, the Achilles tendon and the calf muscles groups can be stretched when the leg support slide is driven to move into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventors: Jay Lee, Helen Chen
  • Patent number: 7632240
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device comprising two table-like supporting plates, which serve as operating and functional units. The supporting plates each have a longitudinal and transversal extension, are arranged parallel to one another in a frame that can be immobilized in a fixed manner, and are each mounted so that they can spatially move with three-dimensional degrees of freedom that are independent of one another. In addition, a motor-operated drive is provided that can set the supporting plates in oscillatory motion at least in a one-dimensional direction and independent of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Romert GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Schmidtbleicher, Christian Haas, Peter Kühn, Wolfgang Häussel, Georg Disch
  • Publication number: 20090234254
    Abstract: A system including: (A) a device including: (a) a platform having, on a top side, a receptacle adapted to receive at least a portion of a bottom of a shoe or foot of the user; (b) a securing mechanism, associated with the receptacle; (c) at least one sole adapted to contact a ground surface; (d) a mechanism, at least partially disposed between, and operatively associated with, the sole and a bottom side of the platform, including: (i) a motor, for operatively connecting to a power source, and (ii) at least one thrusting element, mechanically associated with, and activated by, the motor, the thrusting element adapted to move, when in thrusting mode, between the sole and the platform so as to apply an upward force against the bottom side of the platform, thereby changing a height of at least a portion of the platform with respect to the sole; (B) a sensor device including a sensor adapted to associate with a lower limb of the user, and to produce a data signal related to locomotion of the user, and (C) a microp
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Applicant: Step Of Mind Ltd.
    Inventors: Simona BAR-HAIM, Mark Belokopytov
  • Patent number: 7575560
    Abstract: Disclosed is a foot massaging apparatus, which comprises a housing for supporting user's foot, a rotatable roller unit mounted on the housing, and a toe-region pinching unit mounted on the housing and located in front of the rotatable roller unit. The toe-region pinching unit has an air cell adapted to be inflated and deflated, respectively, by charging and discharging air thereto and therefrom, so as to repeatedly pinch the toe region of the user's foot. The foot massaging apparatus can repeatedly perform a pressing operation for the foot or other leg region using the rotatable roller unit and a massaging operation for the toe region to prevent the user from getting bored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akihiro Mizuuchi
  • Patent number: 7544173
    Abstract: A massage machine is provided which is adapted to stretch the legs of the user as seated in a chair on opposite sides of the leg. Side air bags (11) inflatable and contractable by being supplied with air and releasing the air therefrom are provided as holding means on opposite side walls defining each cavity (6) of a legrest (7) for placing the leg thereinto. Side air bags (16), (17) serving as means for moving the foot leftward or rightward are provided on opposite side walls of each cavity (15) of a footrest (8) for placing the foot thereinto. Control means alternately inflates the side air bags (16), (17), with the leg held between the side air bags (11) as inflated, to move the foot leftward or rightward. As a result, the leg is tensioned and stretched on the side thereof opposite to the direction of movement of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takamasa Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20080183112
    Abstract: This invention provides a leg massage machine comprising an acupressure member which is adapted to move past a desired portion in the sole of the user to produce an enhanced massage effect and which is unlikely to cause the user to feel a pain or discomfort. The leg massage machine comprises a recessed portion 70 for the user to insert his or her foot thereinto, an acupressure member 85 disposed on a bottom wall of the recessed portion for applying pressure to the sole of the user, a drive mechanism 89 for reciprocatingly moving the acupressure member along the bottom wall of the recessed portion longitudinally thereof, an air bag 80 disposed on each of opposite side walls of the recessed portion, and control means 90 for inflating and contracting the air bags on opposite side walls and controlling the drive mechanism. The control means controls the inflation of the air bags on the side walls and the movement of the acupressure member by the drive mechanism cooperatively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventor: MASAYA TAKEBE
  • Publication number: 20080146972
    Abstract: A continuous passive motion device for providing oscillatory motion of a patient's foot to mobilize the patient's toe through a variable range of orientations about a pivot axis. The device may include a foot base having one or more hinged toe plates pivotably attached to the foot base. The foot base may be attached to a support assembly such that the foot base may be pivoted about a horizontal axis. A drive motor may be connected to the support assembly to continuously oscillate the foot plate up and down through a predetermined range of angles about the horizontal axis. The hinged top plate may be attached to the support assembly such that rotation of the foot plate will cause the toe plate to hinge in the opposite direction of the rotation of the foot and resulting in the patient's toe being oscillated through a range of flexion and extension. This range of angles of motion for the toe will be a function of the range of motion of the footplate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventor: Pete G. Thomas
  • Patent number: 7367957
    Abstract: A vibration training apparatus includes a base, a swinging link rod module and a driving mechanism. The swinging link rod module installed on the base has a driving mechanism for driving several swinging link rods for a link rod movement. An eccentric transmission shaft driven by a motor drives the swinging link rod module to produce a linear vibration during the swinging process, and matches with the rotation speed of the motor to drive a support stand to produce vertically up-and-down displacements with vibrations of different frequencies. An adjusting device can be installed between the swinging link rod module and the base for changing the swinging amplitude of the swinging link rod module, such that the driving mechanism can drive the swinging link rod module to linearly change the vibration amplitude and achieve a whole-body vibration effect to stimulate internal organs and improve muscle strengths and blood circulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventors: Cheng-Hsun Huang, Yu-Chu Chen, David Shih
  • Patent number: 7354406
    Abstract: As one of exercising apparatuses, in particular an exercising apparatus giving exercising effect by contracting and relaxing user's muscles, an exercising apparatus which includes at least one motion unit including a moving unit installed at one end thereof with a hinge unit rotatably fixed; and an up-and-down reciprocating unit connected with the other end of the moving unit, the up-and-down reciprocating unit reciprocating upward and downward and making the moving unit rotate in an angular interval, and a driving unit connected with the up-and-down reciprocating unit of the motion unit, the driving unit driving the up-and-down reciprocating unit to reciprocate upward and downward is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Human Medextec Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 7314432
    Abstract: An exercise machine is disclosed including a base, a pair of pedals pivotally mounted to the base via a pair of pivot arms, a rotating block rotatably coupled to the base, a pair of connectors each connected between one of the pivot arms and the rotating block, and a friction belt positioned about, and in contact with, a circumference of the rotating block. Moving one of the pedals towards the base causes the rotating block to rotate and the other pedal to move away from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: HL Corporation
    Inventor: Hsueh-Jean Liao
  • Patent number: 7179236
    Abstract: A system is provided for persons who must remain seated for extended periods of time, such as persons working in offices and the like. The system includes one or two support surfaces for the feet of the user, which are moved by a motor driven base. The support surfaces perform an alternating longitudinal movement, a lifting and lowering movement or a movement combining the two movements. The support surfaces are moved by, in one example, support rods hingedly connected to a central point of the support surfaces and at the other end to eccentric pivots allocated to respective toothed wheels which are mounted so at to rotate about their respective axis. An intermediate motor-driven pinion conveys rotational movement in the opposite direction to the wheels and are placed between the wheels. The support surfaces may be a bar that is transverse relative to the motor-driven base, which is preferably used in mass transit vehicles such as motor coaches, airplanes, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: José Luis Galvez Campos
  • Patent number: 6932778
    Abstract: A pair of supports for the legs of the user. The supports being movable so that they approach and move away from each other, and the supports being associated with a driving device. The supports are padded and mounted on a height-adjustable plate The driving device includes a motor, the shaft of which is associated with the supports by a pair of connecting rods or a connecting rod and crank mechanism, so that operation of the motor causes joint movement of the supports, which move away from and approach each other alternately. This permits a relaxation movement to be carried out without the intervention of any person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Hirt
  • Patent number: 6872186
    Abstract: An orthotic apparatus for use in providing improved range of motion is provided which allows the amount of stretch to be hydraulically powered and measured by the device, but controlled by the user. Because the apparatus accurately calculates the amount of stretch, the user, together with the user's physician and therapist, can develop a rehabilitation plan based on accurate measurements. Progress is based on tangible results rather than the user's ability to tolerate pain. This knowledge provides the incentive the user needs to work toward and achieve the user's goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: ERMI Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas P. Branch, Alex Sattler
  • Publication number: 20040210168
    Abstract: A lower limb function training device which the patient themselves can use safely with no sense of fear, which is used to prevent or improve a drop foot contracture or to expand the excursion of a joint while preventing the patient from using it over an appropriate amount of exercise to the utmost, which allows the patient to select the type of exercise, and which enables measurement of state of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Inventors: Shigeo Takizawa, Kyoko Takizawa
  • Patent number: 6749539
    Abstract: A transmission device for a swing exercising device and includes two shafts respectively and eccentrically connected to two gears. One of the shafts pivotably connected to a support member and the other shaft is reciprocatingly retained in a slot of a frame in the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Inventor: Wen-Hsu Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6702768
    Abstract: An apparatus for bending and stretching a foot of a living person by pressing at least an arch of a sole of the foot and stopping the pressing of the arch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Colin Corporation
    Inventors: Nobue Mano, Chikao Harada
  • Patent number: 6572568
    Abstract: Both feet independently supported and circularly rotating exerciser including a base seat, a driving motor, a pair of driven wheels, a transmission member, a pair of linking members and a pair of foot support members. When the driving wheel of the driving motor rotates, the transmission member is driven to make the pair of driven wheels rotate and further make the pair of linking members deflect and swing up and down. At this time, the foot support members move in a circular or substantially circular path to exercise both feet. The rotation mode of the exerciser can be changed to excerise both feet in different specific patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: Shun-Tsai Huang
  • Publication number: 20030050579
    Abstract: A bi-directional oscillation leg massager including a housing, a power drive mounted in the housing and adapted to output a rotary driving force, and a combination oscillation mechanism. The combination oscillation mechanism includes a drive member for synchronous rotation with the power drive, a first driven member adapted to reciprocate in a first linear path upon rotation of the drive member, a second driven member adapted to reciprocate in a second linear path not parallel to the first linear path upon reciprocation of the first driven member, and a guide member coupled between the first driven member and the second driven member and adapted to guide reciprocating motion of the second driven member in the second linear path. A support block is fastened to the second driven member and is adapted to support the users legs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventors: Paul Hsieh, Lawrence Lin
  • Publication number: 20030004444
    Abstract: Rehabilitation device for persons with paresis of lower limbs enabling them to walk, comprising rocking elements having at their lower part foot elements with platforms for user's feet, said rocking elements being connected, at their upper part by a frame constituting a jacket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Inventors: Barbara Perner, Grzegorz Kordyl, Michal Kenner
  • Publication number: 20020183663
    Abstract: A walker on which the player has to stand with toes higher than the heels to enjoy a massage at least comprises a base frame having a retainer and a stop at the rear; a pedal over the base frame, having one end linked with the retainer of the base frame, and a free end. The top of the pedal is mounted with a massage pad; and a drive mechanism designed with a bias wheel and linked with the free end of the pedal to make continuous up and down movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventors: Shun-Tsung Lu, Ta-Wei Lu
  • Patent number: 6217484
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in rehabilitation of a patient with a weight bearing restriction on one or both legs includes a pair of vertically movable horizontally elongated platforms and a pair of corresponding vertically fixed platforms. The movable platforms are connected to a mechanism which applies an upwardly directed preselected force so that as the patient walks with a foot on the movable platform, the movable platform will descend if the patient places a greater weight corresponding to the preselected force. A patient may walk with both feet on movable platforms in which case the weights may be selected for each platform or the patient may walk with one foot on the movable platform and one foot on a fixed platform. The platforms move in a vertical plane arcuately in one embodiment and in a vertical plane linearly in a second embodiment. The weights may be moved relatively to the pivot point and, in addition, the movable platform may be locked in its upward position in this latter embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Inventors: Edward J. Harshman, Gary L. Ingram
  • Patent number: 5980433
    Abstract: The invention provides a calf exerciser which safely duplicates the desirable aspects of stair-edge toe lifts. The present exerciser allows a user to transition from a fully contracted position (a "tip-toe" stance) to a fully extended position (much as if one's heels were dropped below the level of the stair on which one rests his or her forefoot to the extent allowed by the exerciser's flexibility). A pivoting forefoot plate pivots with the user's forefoot as he or she transitions between the extended and contracted limits of the toe lift cycles. This eliminates the presentation at any phase of the exercise cycle of a sharp edge (like a stair-edge) to the foot, as well as insures that the user's forefoot (or corresponding shoe portion) remains squarely and safely in contact with a stable surface, despite inherent rocking motion of the feet during each toe lift cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: J. Douglas Ramsay
  • Patent number: 5897464
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for exercising the subtalar complex with controlled triplaner motion. The principal embodiment includes a standing platform and handrail in association with a rotatable foot plate. The foot plate is controllable and adjustable in three planes with fixed settings in all planes, including the oblique. The exerciser provides a method for isolating specific muscle groups involved with foot, ankle and calf extensions or where combinations of muscles are used, such as, with dorsiflexion-eversion or plantarflexion-inversion, while preventing tibial rotation of the foot. A second embodiment provides a more portable exercise apparatus utilizing the concepts employed with the principal embodiment wherein a rocker member is provided, attached to a support member. A foot plate attaches to the support member opposite the rocker and is pivotal in the transverse and frontal planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Max O. Mcleod
  • Patent number: 5738636
    Abstract: The present invention provides continuous passive motion (CPM) devices for joints. An ankle CPM device includes a lower leg support attached at its lower end to a semi-circular track. An actuator slides along the track and can be locked in any desired position on the track. A shaft is pivotally connected at one end thereof to the actuator and a shoe is attached at the other end thereof. When the actuator is positioned at the bottom of the track the ankle joint of the patient undergoes inversion/eversion motion. When the motor housing is rotated 90.degree. and positioned near the top of the track plantar/dorsi flexion movement is obtained. A combination of both types of joint movement are obtained for the actuator in intermediate positions. A wrist CPM device includes a brace for the forearm attached to a semi-circular track on which an actuator is mounted. A hand grip is mounted on a semi-circular bracket and a shaft extends between the actuator and a coupling slidably mounted on the semi-circular bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Assignee: Orthologic Corporation
    Inventors: John H. Saringer, Jeffrey J. Culhane
  • Patent number: 5702354
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for mobilizing the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint in a toe, especially after prolonged immobilization. It includes a member having a first curved surface for facilitating the rolling of the member and a second surface for receiving the plantar portion of a human foot, including a portion of the ball of the foot and at least one toe. The apparatus further includes a retainer for securing a single toe to the member. In use, a patient places a foot on the second surface of the member with the ball of the foot and at least a to-be-treated toe contacting the second curved surface. Then, using the retainer, the single to-be-treated and mobilized toe is secured to the member. Thereafter, the patient may impose either plantarflexion or dorsiflexion motion to the single to-be-treated toe by rolling the member either forward or backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: Active Motion Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Julianne M. DeSpain, Lawrence D. Oloff, Theodore W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 5643164
    Abstract: A rectangular board has support surface with two spaced apart parallel arcuate rockers. Each rocker has a flat portion adjacent to one edge of the rocker board. The flat portion makes an angle of approximately 45.degree. with the upper surface of the board. A hemispherical pedestal or projection is formed between the two rockers on the underside of the board. The board has structure to assist in the performance of multiple exercises. A person standing on the board may hold the upper portion of the body in a substantially vertical position, with the lower extremities of the body then following the board back and forth as it rocks. In a second exercise, the board is held so the flat portion of the rocker holds the upper surface of the board at an angle of approximately 45.degree. to the ground. The user's toes are placed on the ground with the heels extended up the 45 degree ramp until the ankle joints are stretched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Inventor: Joseph J. Teff
  • Patent number: 5593380
    Abstract: An apparatus is described which is capable of producing multiple motions. The apparatus is useful in one embodiment as a continuous passive motion foot or hand machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Inventor: Raymond P. Bittikofer
  • Patent number: 5474520
    Abstract: An apparatus is described which is capable of producing multiple motions. The apparatus is useful in one embodiment as a continuous passive motion foot or hand machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Inventor: Raymond P. Bittikofer
  • Patent number: 5464380
    Abstract: A leg apparatus shoe sole has an upper sole member and a lower sole member interconnected by expanders so as to be movable towards and away from each other wherein the expanders are connected with a remote actuator by a drive wire. The actuator is operated to reduce the thickness of the shoe sole when the associated leg is the free leg and to increase its thickness when the associated leg is the supporting leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Assignees: Agency of Industrial Science & Technology, Ministry of International Trade & Industry
    Inventors: Kiichi Ikeda, Shuji Kajita, Tetsu Iwatsuki
  • Patent number: 5417644
    Abstract: A massage apparatus for massaging ankles or calves by means of reciprocating movement, comprising driving means which drives a bearing seat and a bearing fixed thereto to eccentrically rotate; the bearing being closely fitted in a slant guide area disposed in front of a self-lubricating sliding member which is pushed to reciprocate in lateral directions along a set of shafts when the bearing is driven by the driving means to eccentrically rotate and generates a horizontal component applying on the wall of the slant guide area; and a rest member for supporting a user's ankles or calves being connected to top end of the sliding member is thereby do lateral reciprocating movement to provide the chiropractic and massage effect on the user's ankles or calves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Inventor: Ming L. Lee
  • Patent number: 5407418
    Abstract: A non-stretchable flexible band is wrapped around the arch of a foot and has end portions connected by an adjustable fastener. The bottom portion of the band is attached to a compressor hinge and carries a rigid arcuate pad on which is releasably mounted a replaceable resilient pad. The compressor hinge is connected to a flexible cable and a surrounding sheath which are removably coupled to a power drive unit. The power drive unit reciprocates the cable within the sheath and pivots the compressor hinge between a collapsed position and an extended position where the pads are compressed against a localized region on the bottom of the foot. The drive unit includes an electric motor which is momentarily energized and controlled by a timer module to reciprocate a spring bias rack connected to reciprocate the flexible cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Inventor: Roman Szpur