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Aug. 7, 1945.
E. F. THOMAS
2,381,846
FOOT CORRECTIVE ATTACHMENT FOR ‘SHOES
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2,381,846
7, 1945
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE;
2,381,845
' FODT CORRECTIVE ATTACHMENT FOR
SHOES
'Elbert F. Thomas, Wichita Falls, Tex.
Application April 10, 1943, Serial No. 482,619 .
Z‘Claims.
(01. 36-71)
modate the corrective means ‘constituting the
This invention consists of foot corrective means
applicable to shoes, having ‘forian object to pro
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present invention, generally designated 1,
vide a removable insert anchored in the shoe in a
The corrective means consists of'a pad made
manner to prevent casual displacement, when. in
use,>and although directly engageable with the
of rubber, plastic, or other. suitable material and
is of a shape conforming substantially to-the
. foot, permits toe freedom, with a complete absence of friction and pressure.
‘ g It is further within the contemplation of this
; - invention to utilizea shoe of special construc
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shape of the inner face of the shoe sole. The for
ward end 8 of the vpad ?ts snugly against the
forward inner wall of the shoe, while the rear
margin 9 is tapered to a. ?ne edge which termi
tion, the forepart of the shoe'being deeper, there“ 10 nates at approximately the inception of the shoe _'
arch. The body of the pad‘is thickened, as indi
b'y‘ladequately accommodating the corrective
cated at H], a portion of the upper surface thereof
means without crowding the foot.
Where an exact or so called “perfect” ?t is
desired, as for use on'abnorm'al feet,~the correc- '
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issuing into an arcuat'e'rib or protuberance l I,
the ends of which fall short .of the marginal
tive means is molded over the foot cast of the 15 edges of the pad. . The rib is adapted for engage‘
ment beneath the base oflthe innermost phalange
of each of the small toes, as illustrated in Figure
v1. The great‘toe of the foot is adapted to clear
‘further since the means, a rubber or plastic pad,
the inner end‘of the rib. The upper face of the
may be ground o? thinner ‘or molded'thicker, a I
~ standard pad is sufficient for averagefeet.
20 pad 1 is extended upwardly at its margin to pro
vide a ?ange [2, as illustrated to advantage. in
vAfter vmuch experimentation, I have found that
Figure 3.
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a corrective pad of this teaching is characterized
Since the pad conforms substantially to th
by sound mechanical principles. ‘ This is espe
contour of the shoe, there will be no creeping ‘or
cially true in that with use of the invention,‘ the
long arch of the foot is anchored at the‘ contact 25 casual displacement of the pad when in use.
However, the pad is susceptible of limited fore and '
points, the heel anchored by the ,shoe counter,
aft adjustment to better adapt its use in varying
and the ball of the foot anchored, preventing
forward stretching in addition to the advantages
foot conditions. Furthermore, by permitting re
moval of the pad, cleansing and medication of the
_ already hereinset forth.‘ The pad also ‘induces
lateral balance; effecting walking stress through 30 latter may be, had, ‘if and when desired.
While I have herein described a preferred form
the longitudinal center of the shoe rather than oii
individual; however, since the means is suscepti
ble of ‘adjustment fore and .laft in the shoe, and
center toward the sides of the shoe.
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_‘ Other objects of the‘ invention will be apparent
. from the following description of the present'pre
‘ ferredgform of the invention, taken in com'unc 35
tion with the accompanying drawing, wherein 1
Figure 1 is a longitudinal sectional view of a
shoe of special construction, illustrating the ap
of the invention, and certain advantages thereof,
it is nevertheless to be understood that changes
may be made within the scope of the claims
hereto appended.
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_What is claimed is: >
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1. Corrective means for shoes including a re
silient pad engageable with a shoe sole andcon;
forming substantially to the shape of the sole, an
Figure 2 is a top plan view of the corrective 40 integral resilient protuberance on the pad locat
'plication of the corrective pad .of this invention; "
ed between the ball of the foot and the pads of
the toes, the ends of which fall short of the
lateral margins of the pad, and a foot embracing
?ange extending substantially around the margin
In order to, illustrate the application of this
' .invention, I have in Figure 1 of the drawing, 45 of the pad.
shown a shoe 4 which is of ‘standard construc
2. Corrective means for shoes including a re
» ’ tion, except that the forepart of the sole, directly
silient pad engageable with a shoe sole and con-‘
’ in advance of the arch of the shoe, is dipped
forming substantially to the shape of the sole, and
downwardly, as ‘indicated at 5, forming a longi
an integralresilient protuberance on the pad,
tudinal are. A shoe upper Bis engaged with the 50 located between the ball of‘ the foot and the pads
sole in the usual manner.‘ By dip-ping the sole
.of the toe,~the ends of which fall short of the
pad per se, and
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Figure. 3 is a transverse sectional view-of the '
pad taken on the line 3—3 of Figure 2.. ,
,' in the manner above described, the forepart of
the shoe is deepened and is adapted to accom
lateral margins of the pad.
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ELBERT F. THOMAS.
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