US Patent No: 5,951,504

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Ankle brace with adjustable heel strap

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Abstract

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An improved ankle brace that is easily adjustable for improved comfort and use. The ankle brace includes a pair of relatively rigid side supports to fit about a lower leg of a patient, and the lower area of the side supports may be adapted to position an assembly of heel straps. The assembly may include at least two straps, which are coupled at the ends and adapted to adjust the effective length of the assembly, so that it may be accommodated for different heel widths of different patients. Alternatively, the assembly may include three pieces, an intermediary member for linking the other two straps. The assembly may be attached to the side supports through a pin mechanism that may be either capped (as by heat staking) or welded at the end to hold it in position. Alternatively, a cap with protruding plastic pin may be molded directly onto the strap, effectively making them one piece to be assembled as such. Also, the assembly is preferably made of flexible resilient material so that it will comfortably conform to patient's heel, but be resistant to stretching.

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OSSUR HFREYKJAVIK320

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Arnold, William K Woodland Hills, CA 10 356
Grim, Tracy E Thousand Oaks, CA 79 2616
Iglesias, Joseph M Thousand Oaks, CA 44 756
Johnson, Eric E Carlsbad, CA 5 208
Skahan, Michael Camarillo, CA 7 53

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
OSSUR HF (3)
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5,445,602 Flexible ankle brace 61 1993
5,716,335 Ankle brace with adjustable heel strap 28 1995
 
Active Ankle Systems, Inc. (2)
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EXOFLEX, INC. (2)
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BEIERSDORF AG (1)
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Clintex Corporation (1)
5,014,691 Ankle brace with densified batting 20 1990
 
DJO, LLC (1)
5,501,659 Ankle brace 45 1994
 
Joint Solutions, Inc. (1)
5,209,722 Ankle brace 42 1992
 
Paromed Medizintechnik GmbH (1)
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ROYCE MEDICAL COMPANY (1)
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UNITED STATES MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LLC (1)
5,044,360 Orthosis with variable motion controls 57 1990
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (7)
4,821,743 Removable in-shoe ankle brace 9 1987
4,834,078 Ankle-joint orthopaedic prosthesis 38 1988
5,088,480 Lower leg orthosis apparatus 21 1989
5,069,202 Ankle brace 27 1990
5,226,875 Athletic footwear with integral ankle support 35 1991
5,242,378 Adjustable leg brace 17 1992
5,445,603 Therapeutic ankle orthosis 24 1993

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OSSUR HF (13)
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7,867,182 Molded orthopaedic devices 11 2005
8,348,876 Strap retainer 0 2008
8,048,013 Orthopedic brace and component for use therewith 13 2008
7,749,183 Orthopedic brace including a protector assembly 15 2008
D588753 Patella protector assembly 12 2008
7,727,174 Orthopedic device 12 2008
D620124 Orthopedic device 14 2009
D618359 Expansion part for orthopedic device 14 2009
8,622,946 Ankle brace 0 2009
8,282,588 Orthopedic device having hybrid frame elements 0 2009
D673280 Orthopedic device 2 2010
D672878 Orthopedic device 1 2010
 
WM. T. BURNETT IP, LLC (7)
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6,960,144 Sports equipment handle 21 2002
7,416,499 Sports equipment handle 2 2005
7,101,294 Multi-component lacrosse stick head 18 2005
7,521,013 Method for making a multi-component lacrosse stick head 3 2006
7,803,300 Method for making a multi-component lacrosse stick head 0 2009
7,789,777 Sports equipment handle 2 2009
 
DJO, LLC (4)
8,641,654 Hinged ankle brace 0 2005
D552743 Ankle brace 10 2005
D552744 Ankle brace 17 2005
D583478 Ankle brace cover 1 2006
 
DEROYAL INDUSTRIES, INC. (3)
7,828,758 Ankle support with calcaneous control strap 3 2008
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8,317,735 Ankle support with calcaneous control strap 0 2011
 
EMBRO CORPORATION (2)
7,396,345 Therapeutic device and system 23 2003
7,691,084 Therapeutic device and system 2 2008
 
SHOCK DOCTOR, INC. (2)
D696409 Ankle brace 0 2012
D708344 Ankle brace 0 2013
 
3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY (1)
7,749,182 Stay hinge for orthopedic supports and method of using same 7 2006
 
BIRD & CRONIN, INC. (1)
D492788 Pair of outer shells for an ankle brace 4 2002
 
BRINE CORP. (1)
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ELTEK S.P.A. (1)
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ERMI, INC. (1)
8,361,002 Orthotic apparatus and method for using same 0 2011
 
EXOS LLC (1)
D663852 Ankle brace 1 2011
 
FIRSTMERIT BANK, N.A. (1)
6,554,785 Therapeutic combination gel and air bladder pack 35 2001
 
Pardue, Chris C. (1)
6,767,332 Active ankle support 10 2000
 
WM. T. BURNETT IP, LLP (1)
7,618,336 Sports equipment handle 0 2008
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
7,662,117 Splint for a joint connection and methods for production of such a splint 2 2003
6,793,640 Ankle support 7 2003
D619726 Surgical protective device supporting stand 12 2008