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April 12, 1938:.
J. TRICK ET AL
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TRANSVERSE FOOT LIFT
Filed July 6, 1937
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John Trz'c'kl
Walz‘er. B . Trick
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Patented Apr. 12, 1938
UNITED STATES PATENT ; OFFICE,
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2,114,089
TRANSVERSE FOOT‘ LIFT ~
John Trick and Walter ‘Birmingham Trick,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Application July 6, 1937, Serial No. 152,206
In Canada July 24, 1936
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4 Claims. »(C'l. 36--71)
This invention relates to a transverse foot
lift or support adapted to be built in shoes of any
type.
An object of the present invention is the pro
511 vision of a shoe having a transverse foot lift
which may be adjusted to feet of all types.
Another object is the provision of an adjust
able transverse foot lift ?rmly mounted in a
shoe which will give the foot ?rm support in any
101 adjusted position.
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Another object is the provision of 'a shoe with
an adjustable transverse‘ foot lift by means of
which displaced bones of the feet may be grad
ually returned to their normal positions without
1511 discomfort to the wearer of the shoe.
A further object is the provision of an adjust
able transverse foot lift so mounted in a shoe as
to give the sole added strength in place of weak
ening it as in most known devices.
A ‘further object is the provision of a device
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of this character of very simple construction
which may be placed in shoes without adding
materially to their weight or cost.
In the present day with paved side-walks and
25:‘ roads, the bones of the human foot are becoming
displaced by constant walking on unyielding sur
faces resulting in a good deal of discomfort and
suffering. For some time past many attempts
have been made to remedy this situation. Shoes
36: are being constructed with arch supports but
This invention overcomes these objectionable
features by providing an‘ adjustable transverse
foot lift by means of which all the displaced
bones of the foot, including the arch, may be
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gradually worked back into place without any 5'
discomfort to the wearer of the shoes in which
it is mounted. 'I’his'itransverse lift includes a
stiffening elementimounted in the sole of the
shoe giving it added strength.
The present invention consists essentially of it)?
an adjustable transverse foot'lift ?rmly anchored
at one‘ end in the heel of the shoe with its for
ward end slidable in a plate mounted'in the sole
of the shoe, means-‘operable outside the shoe for
adjusting the lift by raising ‘and lowering it 15':
along one side thereof and means for ?rmly
holding the forward end in its adjusted position,
as more fully described in the following speci?ca
tion and illustrated in the accompanying‘draw
ing, in which
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Figure 1 isf'a vertical section taken through
the transverse foot'lift mounted in a shoe,
Figure 2 is a plan View of the transverse lift
mounted in position, with part of the upperv of
the shoe broken away,
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Figure 3 is a transverse section taken on the
line 3—3' of Figure Land 2 ~
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Figure-4 is a fragmentary section taken on the
line 4-4 of Figure 2.
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Referring more‘ particularly to the'drawing, A 30these are unsatisfactory for the reason that no is a-shoe having'mounted therein a transverse‘
two people’s feet are alike so that a support‘ foot lift-B. The shoe A is of the usual construc
which would suit one person would not suit an
other. Adjustable arch supports have been pro
35v duced but these were not entirely satisfactory for
several reasons. First of all they gave support
to the arch only which, while it alleviated the
discomfort to a certain extent, were not entirely
successful because the trouble was not caused by
4 the fall of the arch alone but by the displacement
of other bones of the foot as well. Secondly,
in order to obtain the adjustment, they were so
mounted in the shoe that after short use they
became loose'and teetered from side to side re
45 sulting in further discomfort. Thirdly, they
weakened the sole of the shoe lying under the
support.
Lastly, in certain adjustable arch supports, in
order to'obtain adjustability, the forward end of
50 the support is free and is held down only by a
light insole. It is quite obvious that these sup
tion having an outsole I0, heel . I I, insole I2, sock
lining I3 and upper I4.
A metal shank I5 having strengthening ribs I6, 35*»
is inserted between the sole I0 and the insole I2
either of which, if necessary, may be cut out to
receive said shank. "The transverse foot lift B
comprises a resilient plate I‘! shaped to ?t snug
ly within the shoe over the insole. I2. The plate 40“
I‘! is provided with a raised portionVIB adapted.
to lie beneath and ?t into the arch of the foot.
This raised‘, portion I8 extends rearwardly be
yond the arch into the heel section of the plate,
as at I9. The forward end of the plate I‘! is 45:
relatively wide and terminates short of the main
bending point. of the sole of the shoe which ex
tends substantially along the line 20. This for
ward end of the plate I'Iis cut at 2| and 22 to
form a tongue 23 which is' bent downwardly at 50"
ports would continuously press upwardly against
24 and then horizontally at 25. This cutting of
the plate forms a'pairof shoulders 26 and 21,
the ball of the foot causing a certain amount of
one lying on each side of the tongue.
discomfort, and would eventually break through
55~the insole thus damaging the shoe.
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The transverse foot, lift is-fastened in the shoe
by means of screws 28 or any-other suitable fas- 55 ;
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tening means such as rivets, nails, etc. The
screws 28 are situated beyond the edge of the
shank l5 so that they may pass through the soles
of the shoe into the heel in order to fasten the
lift ?rmly in place. These screws are placed
adjacent to the outer edge of the plate I‘! thus
leaving its inner edge free. The tongue 23 is
adapted to pass through a slot 29 in the insole
l2 andya slot 30 in the shank l5 adjacent its
through the slots in the insole and the shank.
The shoulders 26 and 21 by bearing on the insole,
stabilize the transverse lift and prevent it from
teetering which would in time, prove injurious
to the foot. When the plate is lowered its resil
iency moves the tongue forward in the grooves,
the shoulders also being free to move forward.
A? feature of this invention is the fact that
the transverse lift may be adjusted in such an
easy manner, it only being necessary to- place 10
the shoe on the foot and turn the adjusting screw
An internally and externally threaded sleeve ' until the foot feels comfortable. Sometimes it
3|, situated just forward of the breast'ofthe will be‘ necessary to raise the transverse lift a
heel II and near the inside edge of the shoe, _ number of times. over a period of time until the
bones are gradually worked into place without 15
15 extends through the soles of the shoe and termi
nates at its lower end ?ush with the outer sur
any discomfort to the wearer of the shoes.
face of the outsole Ill. The sleeve 3| is formed
From the above it will be seen that a trans
at its upper end with an enlarged ?ange 32
verse foot lift has been provided by means of
having on its lower surface a number of burrs
which all the bones of the foot may be worked
20 33 adapted to be drawn into the insole l2 by a
back into their normal positions and which will 20
nut 34 threaded onto the sleeve 3| below the ?rmly support and retain the bones in said po
metal shank I5. The nut 34 holds the shank l5
and the sleeve 3| in their proper places and the
Various modi?cations may be made in this in
burrs 33 prevent said sleeve from turning.
vention without departing from the spirit thereof
An adjusting screw 35 having an enlarged head or the scope of the claims, and therefore the 25
36 at its inner end is threaded in the sleeve 3|,. exact forms shown are to be taken as illustrative
said enlarged head being adapted to bear against only and not-in a limiting sense, and it is desired
the‘ underside of the plate I‘! adjacent to- its that only such limitations shall be placed thereon
inner edge. This screw 35 has a slot 31 in its
as are disclosed in the prior art or are set forth
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3.0% outer end by means of which it may be turned in the accompanying claims.
to raise and lower it in the sleeve 3|. By mov- What we claim as our invention is:
ing the screw 35 upwardly, the inside edge of .
1. A transverse foot lift comprising, in com
the plate is raised, said plate pivoting on its bination with a shoe, a shank mounted in said‘
outer edge. When the screw is moved’down
shoe having a slot adjacent its forward end, a
wardly the ‘resiliency oi" the plate causes it to resilient plate secured in the shoe and extend 35
move downwardly also.
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ing above said shank, a tongue formed on the
The plate H is mounted in the shoe by‘?rst forward end of the plate, said tongue being in
inserting the tongue 23 into the slot‘ 29 of the. serted in the slot and movable longitudinally of
insole and the slot 30 of the shank l5.» Then the shoe, means for stabilizing the plate and
the heel portion of the plate is secured in place means for raising and lowering said plate along 40
by. the screws 28. The shoe is completed by plac
one side thereof.
ing the sock lining over the transverse lift and
25A transverse foot lift comprising in com
the exposed’parts of the inner sole. The sock bination with a shoe, a shank mounted in said
lining is vformed to cover the raised portion l8v shoe having ‘a slot adjacent its forward end, a
resilient plate having a heel section secured in 45
4.5-1: of the plate.
As stated above, the bones of the human feet the ‘shoe above the shank, said plate being formed
are gradually becoming displaced because of along its inner edge with a raised portion ex
the. constant walking on unyielding surfaces. tending into the heel section thereof, a tongue
Adjustable arch supports have been made for formed on the forward end of the plate movably
inserted in the slot, means for stabilizing the 60
50. gradually returning the bones to their natural
positions but the success of these has been rather plate and an adjusting screw movably mounted
in‘the sole of the shoe adjacent the breast of the
doubtful for the simple reason that these 'sup
ports return the arch to its normal place while heel, said screw being adapted to raise and lower
the plate alongiits inner edge causing it to pivot
certain other bones remain displaced.
along ‘its outer edge.
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55. 'The transverse foot lift described above grad
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3.’ A transverse'foot lift comprising, in com
ually returns all the bones of the foot‘to their
proper places. Before the foot is placed in the bination with a shoe, ‘a shank mounted in said
shoe the adjusting screw is turned until the shoe having a slot adjacent its forward end, a
plate I‘! is in its lowermost position. After the resilient plate having a heel section secured in
foot is laced into the shoe, the adjusting screw the shoe along the outer edge of said heel section, 60
is turned until the plate bears against the foot said plate being formed along its inner edge with
with its raised portion |8 ?tting into the'arch. a raised portion extending into the heel section
When the screw is turned upwardly the part of ' thereof, a tongue formed on the forward end of
the plate lying beneath the arch and the inside the plate movably inserted in the slot, a pair of
shoulders, one on each side of the tongue, 65
65 of the heel gradually lifts the bones along the
adapted to lie on the insole of the shoe to sta
inside of the foot. I The plate being lifted adja
cent to its inner edge, ‘pivots along its outer edge.‘ bilize the plate and an adjusting screw threaded
In this way the lift is greater along the inside of in a sleeve mounted in the sole of the shoe ad
the foot where it‘ is most needed than along the jacent the breast of the heel, said screw being
70 outside of the foot. At the same time, however, operable from outside the shoe to raise and lower 70
the bones" of ‘the heel of the foot are being lifted the plate along its inner edge causing it to pivot
slightly so that all the foot bones are worked along its outer edge.
4. A transverse foot lift comprising, in com
back into their normal positions.
As' the adjusting screw is turned upwardly the bination with a shoe,v a shank mounted in said
plate rises, thus drawing the tongue 23 outwardly shoe having a slot adjacent its forward end, a 75
10 forward end while the shoulders 26 and 21 rest
on said insole.
sitions.
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resilient plate having a heel section secured in
the shoe along the outer edge of said heel sec
nut threaded on the sleeve beneath the shank
for holding the latter and the sleeve in position,
tion, said plate being formed along its inner edge
said nut being adapted to draw the burrs into the
insole to prevent the sleeve from rotating, and an
adjusting screw threaded in the sleeving having
an enlarged head bearing against the under side
of the plate, said screw being operable from out
with a raised portion extending into the heel sec
tion thereof, a tongue formed on the forward end
of the plate movably inserted in the slot, a pair
of shoulders, one on each side of the tongue,
adapted to lie on the insole of the shoe to stabilize
the plate, an internally and externally threaded
10 sleeve extending through the soles and the shank
adjacent the breast of the heel, said sleeve hav
ing an enlarged ?ange formed at its upper end
with a plurality of burrs on its lower surface, a
side the shoe to raise and lower the plate along
its inner edge causing it to pivot along its outer
edge.
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JOHN TRICK.
WALTER BIRMINGHAM TRICK.
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