Custom ankle brace system

  • US 6,155,997 A
  • Filed: 12/16/1997
  • Issued: 12/05/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/16/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An ankle brace system comprising an ankle brace, for providing orthotic assistance to an ankle area of a patient wherein the ankle area includes at least one abnormal protrusion enhancing disability for normal walking, said ankle brace comprising:

  • a. multiple adhesively-connected material layers forming overall a toeless boot and shaped to provide support for the abnormal protrusion by matching the contours of the abnormal protrusion; and

    b. at least one said material layer comprising a stiffener element comprising;

    i. a partial sole and arch portion lying essentially in a horizontal plane, said partial sole and arch portion being structured and arranged to fully conform to and cover the contours of the patient'"'"'s sole and arch substantially between the patient'"'"'s heel and the ball of the patient'"'"'s foot; and

    ii. an essentially vertical sides-and-back-of-leg portion fixed at about a right angle from said plane of said partial sole and arch portion;

    iii. wherein said stiffener element is structured and arranged to fully conform to and cover the contours of the abnormal protrusions on the ankle area;

    c. said ankle brace being constructed and arranged to be used with a separate essentially normal shoe;

    d. wherein said ankle brace further comprises closure elements for tightening and closing said ankle brace on the patient;

    e. wherein said multiple material layers are structured and arranged to provide substantially full circumferential support about the ankle area when said closure elements are tightened, and;

    f. wherein at least one of said material layers comprises leather.

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