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July 16, 1946.
Q G_ MULLER
2,403,944
ARCH SUPPORT
Filed Dec. 13, 1944
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2,403,944
Patented July 16, 1946
UNITED STATES PATENT QFF1¢E<_~
Charles G. Muller, Elmhurst, Long Island, N. Y.
Application December 13, 1944, Serial No. 567,963
4 Claims. (Cl. 36——'-'71)
This invention relates to arch supports such‘
as are employed in footwear, the principal object
being to provide an arch support including means
‘whereby the curvature of the arch may be ad
justed to meet foot requirements.
Another important object of the invention is
to provide an arch support capable of being. read
ily transferred from one shoe to another, so that
a person may use the same support in several
pairs of shoes.
Still another important object of the invention
is to provide an arch support of ?exible construc
tion and capable of being adjusted to various
curvatures to accurately ?t and support a foot
arch with but a minimum expenditure of e?ort
on the part of the adjuster.
Various other important objects and advan
tages of the invention shall become ‘apparent to
the reader of the following description.
In the drawing:
Figure 1 is a top plan view of the arch support.
Figure 2 is a longitudinal sectional view taken
on line 2-2 of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a bottom plan view of the arch sup
port.
Figure 4 is a transverse sectional view taken on
line 4-4 of Figure 2.
Figure 5 is a top plan view of‘ the adjusting
2
holding these parts together andparticularly this
end of the spring 8 ?xed adjustably with respect
to the corresponding end of the plate 6.
On the spring 3 at the intermediate portion
thereof, and secured thereto by’ rivets H isan
elongated block l2 having transverse grooves I3
therein with which a spring detent member I 4
is adapted to cooperate.
‘
The opposite end of the adjusting spring 8
has an elongated slot I5 therein through which
a bolt I6 is disposed like the bolt l 0 in the manner
shown in Figure 2, this bolt I6 being also dis
posed through a longitudinal slot H in one end
portion of the detent M. A lock spring washer
15 I8 is interposed between the slotted end of the
adjusting spring 8 and the securing nut on the
‘lower end of each bolt l0 and I6, as is apparent
in Figure 2.
As disclosed in Figure 2, the end portion of the
20 spring detent l4 opposite to its bolted end is dis
posed over the transversely grooved block l2 and
has a downturned groove-entering lip l9.
Now assuming that the person who intends to
wear the arch support purchases the same at a
store. In most instances it will be necessary for
him to adjust the arch and this is accomplished
very easily at either or both ends of the support.
The bolt I6 is readily loosened, thus freeing the
slotted end of the adjusting spring 8 and the
slotted end of the detent It. The support may
Figure 6 is a perspective view of the spring 30 now
be ?exed and the proper adjustment of the
detent member.
detent l4 made, and to hold the arch in this
Referring to the drawing wherein like numerals
desired curved adjustment, the bolt 16 is again
designate like parts, it can be seen that numeral
tightened for holding the parts in ?xed position.
5 denotes a piece of leather of substantially semi
some adjustments the other bolt [0 is loos
circular shape, having its end portions rounded I For
ened, the adjustment then made and this bolt
off, as at a, a. The speci?c shape of this sheet of
again tightened to retain the adjustment effected.
leather is substantially conventional and is such
As ‘is apparent, the parts are all readily acces
spring.
.
as to follow the formation of the shoe interior
as well as being of su?icient length and width to
give adequate supporting surface to the arch por
tion of a human foot.
Against the under side of the leather sheet 5
is a metal plate 6, smaller in both longitudinal
and transverse dimensions, but being of the gen
eral con?guration of the sheet 5. The plate 6
has openings therein which. register with open
ings in the sheet 5 and pronged fasteners 1 are
disposed downwardly through the openings in or
der to secure the sheet 5 to the top side of the
sible to the end that adjustment can be made
40 quickly without any unnecessary eifort on the
part of the adjuster.
It can also be appreciated that the device while
being inherently yieldable, will always react to
normally maintain its supporting form and
height, to the end that the foot arch will always
have the same support although yieldability ex
ists to take care of the various muscular and bone
actions of a person’s foot, especially while walk
mg.
While the foregoing description sets forth the
invention in speci?c terms, it is to be understood
that numerous changes in the shape, size and
An elongated adjusting spring 8 has a longi
materials may be resorted to without departing
tudinal slot 9 at one end thereof and through this
from the spirit and scope of the invention as
slot and aligned openings in the plate 6 and sheet
5 is disposed a bolt or like securing element II] for 55 claimed hereinafter.
metal plate 6, the plate 6 being shaped by hand
or in a forming die or the like.
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2,403,944
Having described the invention, what is claimed
as new is:
1. An arch support comprising a leather mem
ber of substantially semi-circular outline, said
member being of the general shape of the arch
portion of a human foot,’ a metal plate of the
same general outline and shape as said memebr,
but smaller than said member, and secured to
the concave side of said member, an elongated
4
wherein said member and said plate are pro
vided adjacent their ends with bolt-receiving
openings, said openings being in alignment with
each other and with said elongated slots of said
spring member, and a bolt at each end of said
member and passing through said openings,
whereby said member, plate, and spring member
are secured together.
4. In an arch support having a leather mem
adjusting spring member secured to said metal 10 ber, a plate member secured to said leather at
plate, said spring member being provided at each
opposite ends thereof, and angadjustable spring
of its ends with elongated longitudinally arranged
device secured to said plate, said adjustable spring
slots, an elongated block having transverse
device comprising an elongated spring strip, said
grooves therein, said block being secured to said
strip being provided with elongated slots adja~
spring member intermediate the length of the 15 cent each end, a bolt passing through each slot
spring member, said block being positioned be
and corresponding aligned openings in said mem
tween the spring member and the metal plate, >
ber and said plate, said slots in said strip loosely
and a detent member secured to said metal plate
embracing said bolts, whereby the strip may be
at one end and .operatively engaging said block '
adjusted on the bolts, a block carried by said
at the other end.
20 strip, an elongated detent member provided at
2. An arch support as de?ned in claim 1,
wherein the exposed face of said block is pro
vided with spaced upstanding ridges thereby
one end with an elongated slot, said slot loosely
embracing one of said bolts, and a lip at the
other end of said detent member for engaging a
forming grooves on said block, and wherein-said
selected groove in a series of grooves on said
detent member is provided at its free end with 25 block, whereby the arch support may be adjusted
a groove-entering lip for engaging said grooves. ‘
to the particular shoe on which it is worn.
3. An arch support as de?ned in claim 1,
CHARLES G. MULLER.
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