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July 16, 1946. Q G_ MULLER 2,403,944 ARCH SUPPORT Filed Dec. 13, 1944 g // Z5 /Z #52 IHHII'IIIIIHHW 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. 3 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.