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June 22, 1937.
2,084,455
_D. A. REED
ARCH SUPPORT
Filed May 6, 1956
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Patented June 22, 1937
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2,084,455
ARCH SUPPORT
David A. Reed, Berkeley, Calif.
Application May 6, 1936, Serial No. 78,230
1 Claim.
This invention relates to an arch support and
callous relieving pad, adapted to be worn in the
shoe for the relief of callouses in the vicinity of
the
metatarsal
arch,
and
has
particular
5 reference to the adjustability of such a pad so
that the latter may be fixed in the shoe in one
of a number of different positions to eifect
proper support for the foot.
The present invention is an improvement over
10 that disclosed in my prior Patent No. 1,860,595,
issued May 31, 1932.
It is the object of the present invention to pro
vide, instead of the single anchoring means for
the pad, disclosed in my prior patent, which is
15 located in the shoe to suit each individual case,
a plurality of separate anchoring means which
will enable the pad to be positioned in a desired
one of several different positions in the shoe.
Referring to the drawing:
Figure 1 is a plan view of the inner sole of a
shoe showing a pad positioned thereon and the
means for securing the pad to the inner sole.
Figure 2 is a vertical sectional view, taken on
(Cl. 36-71)
ment the entire arch is supported in a normal
and comfortable position,
My prior patent shows the use of a conven
tional snap fastener for securing the pad in po
sition in the shoe, the male element of the fas
tener being affixed to the pad and the socket ele
ment of the fastener being mounted, after'the.
correct position therefor has been determined by '
correctly locating, the pad with respect to the
foot, in the inner sole of the shoe. It is evident v10
that to properly ?t the pad, and locate the fas
tener socket, in each individual case, requires con
siderable time, which of course must be paid for
by the patient, thereby materially increasing to
him the cost of the pads.
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I have found in practice that for a given foot’
size, the position of the pad, to afford relief,
varies only a limited amount ina great many
cases. It occurred to me, therefore, that instead
of ?tting each pad,’ and locating the fastener 20
therefor, individually it would be feasible to‘
providein the inner sole l3 of the shoe, a plu
rality'of spaced fastener socket members M
which would allow for positioning the pad with
the line 2—2 of Figure 1, of the structure shown
out pre?tting, in one of several positions, such as
25 in the latter figure, showing the position of the
that indicated by the dotted lines [5 of Figure 1,
pad relative to the metatarsal arch of a foot;
and by so providing for a selection in the position.
the latter being shown in dotted lines.
of the pad, the shoes are standardized and by
Figure 3 is a plan view of a portion of the
practically eliminating the time required for
inner sole showing a modi?ed form of securing
?tting the pads, the cost of the shoes to the pa
30 means for the pad.
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Figure 4 is a vertical sectional view of the tients is materially reduced.
In
some
cases,
the
shape
of
the
foot,
or
the’
structure shown in Figure 3: the plane of sec
location of the arch is such that shifting of the
tion being indicated by the line 4-4 of the lat
pad in the shoe only in small amounts is re
ter ?gure.
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The pad consists of a section of wool felt. or quired, during ?tting of the shoe, to properly
other resilient material, molded or otherwise locate the pad; these distances of movement of
formed to the contour 5, indicated in Figure 2.. the pad being considerably less than the spacing
providing a thin peripheral edge. 6 and a ?at between the sockets M of ?gure 1. To provide
for this ?ne adjustment I place, as is shown in
under-surface ‘i, the periphery being of substan
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tially triangular conformation with convex sides Figures 3 and 4, in the inner sole, a metallic
8 and 9, concave base Ill and rounded vertices l I. plate l6 having lugs l1 thereon, which pass
The pad is placed in the shoe so as to relieve the through the inner sole and are clinched over on
the under surface of the latter, and provided
pressure on the callous, corn or bunion located,
with apertures H! which are spaced apart less
45 as was stated above, in the vicinity of the meta
than a diameter so that each aperture is in over
tarsal arch.
The exact form of the pad is such that the edge lapping relationship. The apertures are of such
9 and surface l2 are adapted to conform to the
metatarsal arch, and by supporting this arch in
50 normal position, the cause of the callous, corn or
bunion is removed and the latter is relieved.
The edges 8 and II] are adapted to conform to the
approximate contour of the ?fth and ?rst meta
tarsal bones, extending backward adjacent to
55 the internal cuneiform bone. By this arrange
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diameter that the male portion of the fastener
will snap thereinto.
It will be seen therefore
that the. modi?cation just described provides for 50
adjustment of the pad in increments less than
the diameter of each fastener socket, which slight
degree of adjustment is very valuable in ?tting
pads to patients having oddly shaped feet, or ‘feet i»
with callouses in position which could not be af
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forded relief by the structure shown in Figure 1.
I claim:
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The combination, with the inner sole of a
shoe and an arch-supporting pad adapted to be
placed thereon, of means for removably secur
ing said pad to said inner sole in different posi
tions, said means comprising a plate having
spaced apertures therein secured to said inner
sole, said apertures being adapted to receive a
fastener element secured to said pad, and the
spacing between each of said apertures being less
than the diameter of each aperture.
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DAVID A. REED.
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