Ankle Patents (Class 602/27)
  • Patent number: 10334905
    Abstract: A protective boot adapted to be worn by individuals when lying in a reclining position. The boot has leg and forefoot portions that provide foot and lower leg support for a wearer while suspending the wearer's heel. The boot may include low-friction materials at an exterior surface of its leg and forefoot portions and at a continuous rim separating the exterior surface from an interior surface of the body, in which case the boot also preferably includes a system for adjustably closing an anterior opening in the forefoot portion by drawing lateral regions of the forefoot portion inward and together. The boot may additionally or alternatively include an L-shaped backplate having portions located at the leg and forefoot portions of the body and adapted to inhibit buckling of the boot within the leg and forefoot portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Walgreen Health Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Denis Burke Drennan
  • Patent number: 10327529
    Abstract: A drawing device includes: an insertion portion into which a finger or a toe including a nail which is a drawing target surface is inserted, the insertion portion including an opening configured to expose an entire tip portion of the finger or toe including a region having the nail of the finger or toe; and a holding portion in the insertion portion configured to suppress movement of the finger or toe. The holding portion includes: a first pressing portion opposing a side surface on one side in a width direction of the inserted tip portion of the finger or toe and configured to press the side surface on the one side; and a second pressing portion opposing a side surface on another side in the width direction of the tip portion of the finger or toe and configured to press the side surface on the another side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyasu Bitoh
  • Patent number: 10195068
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention include a rigid or semi-rigid platform having a first-toe side, a fifth-toe side laterally opposite the first-toe side, and a first support structure arranged in a midfoot region of the rigid or semi-rigid platform and laterally extending from the fifth-toe side to a portion of the midfoot region of the rigid or semi-rigid platform. The apparatuses and methods also include a lateral abutment arranged in the forefoot region of the rigid or semi-rigid platform and extending vertically from the rigid or semi-rigid platform near the first-toe side, the lateral abutment configured to laterally support the user's foot at the first toe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: David E. Wiley
  • Patent number: 10182936
    Abstract: A foot ailment support and cushion apparatus configured for supporting an ankle and a plantar on a foot. The apparatus comprises an ankle strap and a plantar strap assembly. The ankle strap comprises a generally curvilinear band having an inner surface, an outer surface, two longitudinal ends, a minor edge, a major edge, a notch and an attaching means disposed on one of the two longitudinal ends, where the inner surface is opposingly disposed from the outer surface, the minor edge connects to the major edge at the two longitudinal ends of the band and the notch is disposed along a portion of the major edge. The plantar strap assembly includes two attachment ends and an elastic strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Smart Medical Suppliers Inc
    Inventors: Terence Kazlow, Michael G. Lyons
  • Patent number: 10166150
    Abstract: A compression device can treat edema with a number of curved shells, each having an internal pad. A ligature network employing tensioners is routed across the shells for compressing them. Tensioners on at least some of the shells can separately adjust tension in different portions of the ligature network. The ligature network is (a) releasably mounted on the shells, and (b) repositionable to allow spatial adjustment of compression forces produced by the compression device. By adjusting the routing of the ligature network across the shells, tailored compression forces are provided. With a body part embraced by the padded shells, tension is separately adjusted in different portions of the ligature network to provide different compression forces at spaced positions along the plurality of padded shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Norton Salas Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Norton
  • Patent number: 10092436
    Abstract: A custom or pre-fabricated ankle foot orthosis provides tri-planar control of the ankle foot structure. The ankle foot orthosis includes a brace body made from a polyolefin elastomeric material, foam material and a closure mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: BRACEMASTERS INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Davin T. Heyd, William D. Falcon
  • Patent number: 10039663
    Abstract: Some implementations of the described invention relate to systems and methods for applying a total contact cast to a patient for treatment of a wound on an appendage, such as a leg or foot. While the cast system can comprise any suitable component, in some cases, it includes a clam-shell cast, a foot support defining (or customizable to define) an offloading hole, and a cast underlayment (such as a compression sock, a padding sock, and/or additional padding). In some implementations, a first length of the clam-shell cast is applied to a patient's calf, a second length of the cast is applied to across a patient's foot, and a third length is folded up over the patient's foot to extend up a portion of the patient's calf. In some cases, a strap or wing is used to attach the first and the third lengths together. Other implementations are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Hollister Incorporated
    Inventors: Brock Liden, Spencer Brown
  • Patent number: 10004627
    Abstract: A moldable ankle flexible brace is disclosed. The flexible ankle brace may include a heat-moldable, multi-layer leg support portion, a heat-moldable, multi-layer foot support portion, a pair of hinges connecting the leg support portion to the foot support portion, an opening for receiving a user's ankle, and a closure mechanism. The flexible ankle brace may include a middle layer that is substantially stiff at a temperature below about 130° F. and moldable at temperatures above 130° F. Also disclosed is a method of using a flexible ankle brace to treat an ankle. The method may include, for example, heating the brace to above 130° F. placing the heated brace on a patient's ankle and molding the brace to conform to the shape of the patient's ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: David Madden, Matthew Cozad, Brian Bowen, Frank Ledezma
  • Patent number: 9993361
    Abstract: Dynamic orthosis for drop foot, with a vertical flat, rigid bar connected to a collar of a patient's leg, and whose lower free end is connected to a bearing which is positioned in front of the internal malleoulus of the user and to constitute the joint of a cantilevered arm whose free end is connected to a bracket for the foot, and whose motion required for lifting the foot during deambulation is obtained by the force generated by a magnetic spring with the interposition of a rod, wherein the required lifting force are produced by a plurality of magnets, vertically aligned in a cylindrical sheath, and with the same polarity being juxtaposed to allow using their mutual repulsive forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: MP S.R.L. IN CONCORDATO PREVENTIVO
    Inventor: Massimo Giontella
  • Patent number: 9943431
    Abstract: An orthopedic device as in a dorsal splint for treating plantar fasciitis includes a substantially rigid splint member having an overmolded flexible edge and living hinges, or substantially rigid component pieces received in a flexible member, to provide improved and more comfortable fitting to a user and reduced storage requirements. The splint member is shaped and configured to engage the dorsal aspects of a user's lower leg, ankle, and foot. A soft-good strap system is provided to maintain the dorsal splint in position and has suitable padding to treat various foot conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Julia Chang, William Arnold
  • Patent number: 9788987
    Abstract: An orthopedic brace system for bracing a joint with a dimensionally stable, flexible base body, which can be placed around the members adjoining the joint and has closure devices by way of which the base body can be fixed to the members adjoining the joint. A dimensionally stable outer frame extending over the joint is removably attached to the base body by way of adjustable fastening members, wherein the outer frame is braced on the members adjoining the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: OTTO BOCK HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Vollbrecht, Gert-Peter Brüggemann, Andreas Gösele-Koppenburg, Raymond Best, Andree Ellermann, Hartmut Semsch, Kai Dressler, Alfio Albasini, Christian Liebau
  • Patent number: 9788608
    Abstract: A shoe having a shoe upper including multiple welds in selected locations on the shoe upper. The welds may be selectively located on the upper to provide structure and support to the specific portions of a shoe upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Berend, Douglas A. Beye, Tony H. Le
  • Patent number: 9675490
    Abstract: An ankle support having a leg portion connected sidewardly and rearwardly to a foot portion by at least one elongate resilient C-shaped member extending vertically on at least one medial or lateral side of an Achilles tendon of a wearer, wherein the at least one C-shaped member opens forwardly around at least one medial or lateral malleoli of the wearer, and wherein the at least one C-shaped member is constructed and arranged to allow natural functional ankle movement in both dorsiflexion and plantar flexion with minimal impedance while controllably inhibiting rolling ankle movement in inversion or eversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: POD GLOBAL IP PTY LTD
    Inventor: Geoff Maloney
  • Patent number: 9668534
    Abstract: A shoe including a sole assembly; an upper including a first envelope that includes a lower portion designed to surround the foot of a user; and an upper portion designed to surround the ankle or the ankle and a portion of the lower leg of the user; and an information transmission band that includes a first portion affixed to the sole assembly and/or the lower portion of the first envelope by a connection device, such as stitches; and a second portion designed to wrap around the upper portion of the first envelope, extending the first portion and including a first fastening device that cooperates with a second fastening device affixed to the upper portion of the first envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: SALOMON S.A.S.
    Inventor: Joseph Normand
  • Patent number: 9655764
    Abstract: A surgical boot includes a shell shaped to receive a patient's foot. The shell has a plurality of handles molded integrally with a main body. The handles are sized and arranged for gripping by a surgeon during surgery to reposition the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Darwin Keith-Lucas, Orlando Soto, David E. Chella
  • Patent number: 9655759
    Abstract: A brace for use in supporting a joint of a body of a subject is configured to provide the joint with a normal range of motion or a substantially normal range of motion while preventing abnormal and/or pathologic motion that might damage the joint or a connective band (e.g., a ligament, tendon, fascia, etc.) associated with the joint. The brace may include one or more engagement elements that engage a body part or body parts adjacent to the joint and one or more straps that are attached to the engagement element(s) at a location or locations that approximate the location(s) of one or more connective bands associated with the joint. The present invention also includes articles of clothing into which a brace is incorporated, as well as methods for supporting a joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Shane D. Draper
  • Patent number: 9572703
    Abstract: An orthotic sock for treatment of an orthopedic condition is formed from a resilient material and has means for restricting movement of a wearer's foot in one or more predetermined directions and/or means for assisting movement of a wearer's foot in one or more predetermined directions. An opening is defined through a posterior leg portion of the sock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: DM ORTHOTICS LIMITED
    Inventor: Martin Matthews
  • Patent number: 9516913
    Abstract: A motorcycling boot, in particular a motocross boot comprises a sole and an upper in turn comprising a bottom portion, suitable for surrounding the user's foot, and a leg-piece suitable for surrounding the user's leg. A first protection means is connected to said leg-piece in the region of the shin, while a second protection means is connected to said leg-piece in the region of the calf. Said first protection means comprises an element suitable for sliding inside guiding means formed in said first protection means, while said second protection means comprises an element suitable for sliding inside guiding means formed in said second protection means. The movement of said elements allows variation, during use of the boot, of the configuration of the leg-piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: ALPINESTARS RESEARCH SRL
    Inventor: Giovanni Mazzarolo
  • Patent number: 9452344
    Abstract: A puck system achieves adjustable stance in three degrees of freedom—foot placement, foot angulation, and crosswise centering—on a snow gliding board. The puck system includes pairs of puck assemblies for each rider's foot. Puck assemblies are formed from a sliderblock, a flanged disk, and fasteners for each puck. To achieve crosswise centering, the sliderblock is patterned on a top face so as to engage a detent on the underside of the flanged disk in one of many crosswise positions. In a preferred embodiment, the patterned surface includes stepwise offset circular grooves, the grooves providing rotational freedom of angulation at multiple axes of rotation according to the crosswise displacement of the sliderblock in the mounting channel, thereby realizing independent, finely granular adjustment of stance and center of balance for the first time. The system may be used with most boot binding interfaces on the market and may be adapted for either splitboards or snowboards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: William J Ritter
  • Patent number: 9452077
    Abstract: An ankle brace includes upper and lower members with a hinge therebetween. The hinge is configured to be positioned at a location that corresponds to, or at least approximately corresponds to, a true axis of rotation of an individual's foot relative to the tibia bone in his or her lower leg. That axis of rotation is located below the tibialtalor junction, along which tibia and talus articulate as the foot is moved between dorsiflexion and plantarflexion orientations. A foot orthosis includes an arch support that is configured to support at least a portion of a longitudinal arch of an individual's foot regardless of whether or not a ground reaction force is applied to the arch support or to the foot. Such an arch support and an orthosis of which it is a part may be configured to exert an upward force on the longitudinal arch regardless of whether or not any weight is applied to the foot or to the arch support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventors: Dean Cropper, Joseph T. Zachariasen
  • Patent number: 9445932
    Abstract: An orthopedic garment includes a garment body made of stretchable fabric and configured to be worn in a form-fitting manner on the upper body of a wearer. The garment body has a front body portion, a rear body portion joined to the front body portion, and right and left sleeve portions attached to the front and rear body portions. Also provided is at least one tensor band laid out along one of the front and rear body portions in a manner intended to substantially correspond to at least one of the fascial lines extending along the upper body of the wearer. When the garment is worn by the wearer, the at least one tensor band may be placed in tension so as to provide proprioceptive feedback to the wearer during movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventor: Erin Lynn Boynton
  • Patent number: 9439798
    Abstract: The present invention includes a walking boot device which immobilizes the ankle at about a 90° angle using a single anterior post that is angled at about 90° at an ankle joint from a lateral view, and encompasses an anterior one half of a calf proximally, and a dorsal one half of a forefoot distally. The post includes medial and lateral wings. The present invention defines an area for a medial and lateral malleolus and is narrow at the ankle and wider at the calf for a more anatomical fit. The present invention is secured to a leg using hook and loop fastener (Velcro®) strapping attached proximally around the calf posteriorly, away from any bony prominences. The hook and loop fastener (Velcro®) strapping is attached to the medial and lateral wings through brackets that are riveted into the wings. The present invention further includes foam inserts and a pneumatic bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Joseph C. Smith
  • Patent number: 9421117
    Abstract: An ankle brace including a foot portion, an ankle portion with a strap for securing the brace to the user and a single pneumatic air bladder system. The air bladder system includes a distal U-shaped chamber which surrounds the user's plantar fascia connected via two tapered communicating channels to two proximal chambers positioned on either side of the user's Achilles tendon. Pressure applied to the distal U-shaped chamber results in air flow to the proximal chambers. Air flows back to the distal chamber when that pressure is released. Expansion and contraction of the distal and proximal chambers massages the underlying plantar fascia and Achilles tendon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Thomas Hames
  • Patent number: 9414951
    Abstract: A method of proprioceptive training using an article of athletic equipment having an article of footwear, a knee coupling member, and a biasing member is disclosed. The method includes securing the article of footwear to a foot and securing the knee coupling member to a leg superiorly and inferiorly about a knee joint thereof. Moreover, the method includes biasing the article of footwear relative to the knee coupling member using the biasing member to bias the foot toward plantarflexion relative to the leg to increase proprioception of the foot relative to the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Baker, Martine I. V. Mientjes, Erez Morag, Nicola J. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 9408739
    Abstract: The present invention includes a walking boot device which immobilizes the ankle at about a 90° angle using a single anterior post that is angled at about 90° at an ankle joint from a lateral view, and encompasses an anterior one half of a calf proximally, and a dorsal one half of a forefoot distally. The post includes medial and lateral wings. The present invention defines an area for a medial and lateral malleolus and is narrow at the ankle and wider at the calf for a more anatomical fit. The present invention is secured to a leg using hook and loop fastener (Velcro®) strapping attached proximally around the calf posteriorly, away from any bony prominences. The hook and loop fastener (Velcro®) strapping is attached to the medial and lateral wings through brackets that are riveted into the wings. The present invention further includes foam inserts and a pneumatic bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Joseph C. Smith
  • Patent number: 9387113
    Abstract: The invention relates to walkers, and in particular, to orthopaedic walker devices for assisting in the stabilization and healing of injuries to the lower leg and/or foot, including fractures to the bones of the foot, such as metatarsal fractures, ‘Jones Fracture or broken phalanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: SONOA PRODUCTS LTD
    Inventor: Christopher Whipp
  • Patent number: 9364363
    Abstract: An ankle control system, having a form-fitting sock or brace, a relatively-rigid support member, a lever motion stabilizing strap, and collar. The form-fitting sock or brace has opposing medial and lateral sides, a foot portion having an arch portion, and an ankle portion having an upper attachment element. The relatively-rigid support member is connected to the form-fitting sock or brace and contours about a wearer's leg. The lever motion stabilizing strap acts as a lasso to restrict inversion, eversion, and plantar flexion/inversion through the lever action of the foot with respect to the ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Dean E. Cropper
  • Patent number: 9364366
    Abstract: A hinged ankle brace having a semi-rigid ankle cuff and a semi-rigid foot bed rotatably connected by a medial hinge and a lateral hinge provides enhanced stability and support to a wearer's ankle. The medial hinge of the ankle brace may be higher than the lateral hinge to accurately replicate the bending motion of an ankle. The ankle brace also includes ratchetably interconnected semi-rigid straps. These semi-rigid straps provide a semi-rigid structure encircling the ankle of a wearer for enhanced support. The ratchet mechanism may include a curved window that enables angular adjustment of the ratchting straps. The ankle brace may also include a soft inner liner and a soft outer sleeve. The outer sleeve is configured to provide compression to the semi-rigid shell, which in turn provides additional compression to the ankle. The semi-rigid foot bed may include posterior extensions that cup and support the wearer's heel, and a posterior cut-out portion that receives the wearer's heel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: Drew R. Verkade, Jeremy Nathanson, David Rodwell Walters, III
  • Patent number: 9358146
    Abstract: An orthopedic device has various frame elements concealed by a sleeve defining pockets into which such frame elements are located. The orthopedic device includes a strap tightening assembly adapted to secure a plurality of straps simultaneously. The frame may include flexible edge features located along a periphery thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: OSSUR hf
    Inventors: Hildur Inga Thorsteinsdottir, Arni Thor Ingimundarson, Helga Run Palsdottir, Bjorn Omarsson
  • Patent number: 9333106
    Abstract: An orthopedic device in the form of a circumferential walker includes a first member (posterior shell) and a second member (dorsal shell) corresponding to the first member. An outsole or plantar shell portion is attached to, or formed on or with the posterior shell. A hinge mechanism is provided between the posterior and dorsal shells to allow the dorsal shell to be swung away from the posterior shell in order to accommodate an anatomical limb therein. Inflatable bladders having perspiration wicking channels and/or openings are provided within a liner for insertion between the posterior and dorsal shells. Quick-connecting buckle and retaining assemblies can be provided to allow a user to quickly don and doff the orthopedic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Irving Hu, Jane Lee
  • Patent number: 9125787
    Abstract: A compression garment for applying compression therapy to a body part of a person. The compression garment includes a bladder including an inflatable chamber having a perimeter and an opening through which the inflatable chamber is inflated. A foam layer is positioned at least partially in the inflatable chamber for reducing a volume of gas required to inflate the inflatable chamber and extends at least partially outside the inflatable chamber for providing structural support to the compression garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Arnaz S. Malhi, Raymond C. Avitable
  • Patent number: 9113997
    Abstract: An ankle protecting device comprises: a wrapping sheath having a lower-leg sheath, a foot sheath and a loincloth that are integrated with thereof, the loincloth constricts the wrapping sheath on a sole, an ankle and a lower leg and is adjustable for tightness thereof; an internal supporting plate and an outer supporting plate fastened on the left and right sides of the wrapping sheath respectively, the shapes of the internal supporting plate and the outer supporting plate are symmetrical to each other, the internal supporting plate and the outer supporting plate 50b elongate to be over the ankle along the internal and outer sides of the lower leg and then to the two sides of the sole toward the top of the sole; and a foot bottom supporting plate fastened on the bottom of the foot sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Tsan-Jee Chen
  • Patent number: 9113996
    Abstract: An adjustable heel stabilization device comprised of first and second side plates, a union plate, a first connector plate for attaching said first side plate with the union plate and a corresponding second connector plate for connecting said second side plate with the union plate, wherein said first and second side plates are repositionable relative to the union plate and vice versa. The adjustable heel stabilization device of the present invention allows an individual to apply pressure to both sides of the heel and compress the skin and tissue along the bottom of the heel together, thereby creating a cushioning effect when the individual is walking, standing or sitting. The adjustable heel stabilization device is adjustable to accommodate various shapes and sizes of footwear, and helps to reduce swelling in the foot and provide relief for heel pain, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis and arch pain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Raymond Ramirez
  • Patent number: 9087454
    Abstract: The present invention provides a computerized interactive training method and system for receiving a user data including physical user data, medical history data and athletic goal data for the user. The method and system further includes determining a baseline data set for the user and generating a training routine for the user based on the baseline data set and the user data, including selecting a plurality of exercises for the user directed towards the athletic goal data. The method and system further includes determining a network of related users electronically networked via a networking interface, transmitting the training routine to the user and notifying the related users of the training routine. The method and system provides for receiving training feedback data from the user, including exercise-specific information and sharing the training feedback data with fellow community users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: At Peak Resources, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Crivello, William Metzger, Frank Codella, Royce Pinkwater
  • Patent number: 9039645
    Abstract: Orthopedic device for treating neuropathic ulcers and other injuries while allowing easy access to the wound site on the plantar surface of a patient's foot includes a base portion and a sole that is either movably connected or removably connected to either the base or to a strut member. The base or strut is maintained in position on the lower leg while the sole may be rotated, slid, or completely removed for allowing inspection and access to the plantar surface of the patient's foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: William Arnold, Michael Campos, Chad Leeder, David Armstrong
  • Patent number: 8998834
    Abstract: In one aspect, an ankle foot orthosis generally comprises a leg member, a foot member, and a drive assembly. The leg member is configured to be releasably fastened to a leg of the wearer. The foot member is configured to be releasably fastened to a foot of a wearer, the foot member having anterior and posterior ends. The drive assembly includes a link member hingedly secured to the foot member at a hinge location adjacent to the posterior end of the foot member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Bonutti Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Glen A. Phillips
  • Publication number: 20150094637
    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: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Nathan Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20150088046
    Abstract: An orthopedic device includes a base shell having ankle and foot receiving portions. The base shell forms an opening over a dorsal aspect of the base shell. A dorsal shell is contoured to generally correspond to the opening in the base shell. The dorsal shell includes a proximal member connected to distal member via a flexible or resilient connecting portion arranged to accommodate a portion of a user's lower leg or ankle A first flexible edge portion is attached to a distal terminal end of the distal member. The first flexible edge portion is arranged to bend or flex relative to the distal member so as to reduce the likelihood of pressure points on the user's toes from the distal member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Jonathan WALBORN, Gil David MANALO, Katy FARR, Zachariah J. KLUTTS, Adam DUNN, Chris WEBSTER
  • Patent number: 8979783
    Abstract: Orthopedic devices, systems, and methods of using the same are disclosed. In an embodiment, an orthopedic device intended for use with at least one moveable body part of a user may comprise a tubular body forming an interior surface and an exterior surface. The tubular body may include at least one opening and one or more shrinkable materials. The tubular body may be moveable between a first position, wherein the tubular body is configured to at least partially receive and at least partially surround the at least one moveable body part of the user, and a second position, wherein one or more portions of the tubular body are configured to generally conform to and at least partially restrict movement of the at least one moveable body part in one or more directions. The tubular body may be configured to move from the first position to the second position in response to a treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Tate L. Viehweg, Michael Wagstaff
  • Publication number: 20150073322
    Abstract: The current invention is an accommodating apparel or brace. It is intended to be convenient and comfortable. When the brace wearer is at rest, the brace exerts only modest forces against the body. When the brace wearer is active, the brace tightens and diverts load to protect the body part. The brace accommodation may include application of stronger fixation when activity begins and which persists as long as the activity does. It may also include application of forces around the body part to shift load away from the target part. The accommodation also includes relaxation of forces applied to the wearer when the wearer relaxes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Donald M. Cohen
  • Patent number: 8973162
    Abstract: A garment consists of a close-fitting sleeve body formed of a stretch textile, and which includes an open upper end, an open lower end, and a body-receiving volume extending through the sleeve body from the open upper end to the open lower end. Opposed, spaced-apart, surface-gripping parts are applied exteriorly to the sleeve body near the open upper end and the open lower end, respectively. The surface-gripping parts are each formed of a gripping material different from the stretch textile, and the gripping material is slightly sticky or adhesive so as to cause the surface-gripping parts to grip, and to resist slipping relative to, surfaces they come in direct contact with without leaving a resulting residue on touched surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Joel H. Bretan, Vincent D. Del Vecchio
  • Publication number: 20150065935
    Abstract: The present invention includes a walking boot device which immobilizes the ankle at about a 90° angle using a single anterior post that is angled at about 90° at an ankle joint from a lateral view, and encompasses an anterior one half of a calf proximally, and a dorsal one half of a forefoot distally. The post includes medial and lateral wings. The present invention defines an area for a medial and lateral malleolus and is narrow at the ankle and wider at the calf for a more anatomical fit. The present invention is secured to a leg using hook and loop fastener (Velcro®) strapping attached proximally around the calf posteriorly, away from any bony prominences. The hook and loop fastener (Velcro®) strapping is attached to the medial and lateral wings through brackets that are riveted into the wings. The present invention further includes foam inserts and a pneumatic bladder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph C. Smith
  • Patent number: 8968228
    Abstract: An ankle brace and a method of bracing an ankle including a footplate with a heel portion; an attachable wedge for tilting the ankle brace to adjust a hindfoot varus or valgus position; and an arch support attachable to a top surface of the footplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: N&G Bracing Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Marcia Graddon, Steven Neufeld
  • Patent number: 8967151
    Abstract: A therapeutic fabric boot that warms the calf and foot, permits ambulation and provides for moisture absorption and selective exposure and ventilation of the covered extremity. An internal foam cradle restricts foot movement and reduces pressure at the heel and calf when lying in a supine position. A re-sizable, flat, hinged foam extension piece extends from the cradle and folds to protect the heel, sole and toes. Several fleece and moisture absorbent fabric cover panels selectively fasten about the foot and calf. Numerous hook and loop fasteners are fitted to external surfaces and attach to straps and/or outer cover pieces upon wrapping the straps and panel pieces about the supported lower calf and foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: William Davis, Keith Walli-Ware
  • Patent number: 8944065
    Abstract: A method includes placing a patient's foot in a boot comprising a cam buckle, a pad, and a retention strap. The retention strap is placed over the top of the foot, and the pad is arranged relative to the top of the foot. Pressing on the pad positions the foot within the boot. While pressing on the pad, tension is applied on the retention strap to advance the retention strap through the cam buckle. The cam buckle is configured to automatically limit movement of the retention strap through the cam buckle when tension on the retention strap is released. Tension on the retention strap is released to cause the cam buckle to impede the retention strap from receding through the cam buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventor: John Albert Slusarz, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150032041
    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: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Arni Thor INGIMUNDARSON, Palmi EINARSSON, Irving HU, Jane LEE
  • Patent number: 8932245
    Abstract: An orthopedic boot has a boot body, a front cover and at least one binding strap. The boot body has a foot support, a leg support, an air cushion and a toecap. The leg support has a free edge provided with multiple slits and multiple vents. The air cushion is mounted on the foot support. Accordingly, the orthopedic boot is ventilative and can provide comfort to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Tung-Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 8915874
    Abstract: An adjusting device having a first element and a second element movably mounted with respect thereto, wherein the first element has at least one latching device, and wherein at least one locking element coupled to an actuating element is movably disposed on the second element and can be moved out of a release position out of engagement with the latching device into a locking position in engagement with the latching device. The adjusting device has a simple construction which functions reliably and enables rapid adjustment of the stop position. The actuating element has at least one actuating magnet, which is associated with a locking magnet coupled to the locking element and the locking element moves into the release position and/or locking position and/or out of the release position and/or locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Otto Bock Healthcare GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias Schilling
  • Publication number: 20140371648
    Abstract: Devices and processes used to treat ankle equinus. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to a brace and the corresponding method of use to treat equinus by stretching the Gastrocnemius muscle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: IQ MED LLC
    Inventors: Patrick DeHeer, John H. Moorin, Ricky Heath
  • Patent number: 8905955
    Abstract: An exoskeleton bracing system includes: a trunk support for affixing to the trunk of a disabled person and leg braces for connecting to the legs of the person, each leg brace including limb segment braces. Motorized joints are adapted to provide relative angular movement between the limb segment braces of the leg braces and between the leg braces and the trunk support. One or more ground force sensors are designed to sense ground force exerted on each of the leg braces. The system also includes a controller for receiving sensed signals from said one or more ground force sensors, with an algorithm for identifying a stance from the sensed signals and, based on the identified stance, actuating the motorized joints to perform an action relating to a mode of locomotion selected from a set of predefined actions corresponding to the identified stance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rewalk Robotics Ltd
    Inventors: Amit Goffer, Chaya Zilberstein