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Патент USA US2104927

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Jan. 11, 19-38.
Filed April 12, 1957
Far?" L/?asmann
Patented Jan. 11, 1938
Harry L. Hussmann, Los Angeles, Calif.
Application April 12, 1937, Serial No. 136,328
2 Claims. (Cl. 272—57)
This invention relates to an implement for
exercising the human foot, both as a means for
strengthening the muscles of'the foot and for
the purpose of correcting certain foot deformities
or abnormal conditions.
Among the objects of the invention are to pro
vide a simpli?ed less expensive foot exerciser,
and one that will be very durable and easy to
use. Also to provide a single article which will
be adapted simultaneously to exercise both feet
of the user, and which will be constructed in
such a manner as to aid the user in keeping his
In doing this he will place a foot upon each
frusto-conical surface it. The outward taper of
each of said surfaces it will tend to keep the
feet out of contact with each other, while the
ridges Ii will keep the feet from sliding off from 10
the ends of the implement. Owing to the trans
versely rounded character of said ridges they
form smooth, comfortable abutments engageable
feet out of contact with each other while he is
by the outer sides of the feet of the user.
making use of the device to exercise them.
Owing to the fact that the ridges II are pref
Another object of the invention is to provide
an improved article for massaging the soles of erably of a somewhat greater diameter than the
the feet while it is being used to exercise the foot ‘ intermediate portion of the implement said inter
mediate portion is kept out of contact with the
floor and hence, during the exercise of the feet,
Still another object of the invention is to pro
vide an improved massaging and exercising arti~ does not pick up dust or germs from the floor
and transfer the same to the soles of the feet.
ole, which may be used by an operator on a pa
Furthermore, the circular ridges Ii travel upon
tient of the human body.
Other objects, advantages and features of the the ?oor and therefore exercise the leg muscles
to a greater extent, by necessitating longer leg
invention may hereinafter appear.
Referring to the accompanying drawing, which movements than take place in devices where the
illustrates what is‘ at present deemed to be a roller does not bodily move back and forth when
preferred embodiment of the invention,
Fig. 1 is a side elevation of the device.
Fig. 2 is an end elevation thereof.
Referring in detail to the drawing, the foot
exerciser implement shown consists of an ap
proximately fusiform body l0 surrounded at each
end with a rounded ridge II .and desirably hav
ing through it an axial bore or passage l2.
The body portion In of the implement is shown
having, throughout’ its mid-length portion, a cy
lindrical exterior surface l3, and from each end
of this surface a frusto-conical area l4 extends
at O
subject, while occupying a chair or other seat,
will place the implement upon the portion of the
?oor underlying his feet and, while pressing upon
the implement with the soles of his feet will
roll the implement back and forth upon the floor.
to'the inner side of the ridge II at that end of
the implement. The surface l4, however need
not be truly frusto-conical, but could, for ex
ample, be of a longitudinally concaved or con
vexed character without departing from the
scope of the claimed invention.
The hole l2 through the implement serves to
roll the exerciser upon .a mandrel, and to lighten
its weight, and is partially desirable when a cast
metal or other heavy material is used. The im
plement may, however, be made of wood, or of
50 formed sheet metal.
In using the implement as a foot exerciser the
used as an exerciser.
I claim:
1. A foot exerciser consisting solely of an elon
gated symmetrical body having a central portion
of a substantially uniform diameter, there being
a uniform decrease in the diameter of said body
at each side of said central portion, said decreas
ing diameter being terminated by a circular ridge
portion at each end of said body, the diameter of
each of said ridge portions being greater than
the diameter of said central portion.
2. A foot exerciser consisting of an elongated
body having a substantially cylindrical central
portion and outwardly tapering frusto-conical
end portions, and having around each end a cir
cular ridge, said body being adapted for being
rolled back and forth upon a floor under pres
sure simultaneously from the soles of both feet
of a person in a seated posture, said end ridges
being of a greater diameter than the intermedi
ate portion of the implement in order to keep
said intermediate portion thereof out of contact
with a plane surface upon which the implement a
is supportable.
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