Title:
Foot alignment socks
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Foot Alignment Socks are a uniquely designed adaptation of regular socks used to alleviate minor foot problems.

Foot Alignment Socks differ from traditional socks in that there is no covered toe assembly. Instead the socks have four separators which fit in between the toes. They are cylindrical and sturdy yet soft and yielding as they are constructed from the same fabric as the body of the sock. The separators stretch and align toes into proper position in respect to the rest of the foot.

This toe alignment counters the harmful effects of daily foot compression and stress caused by tight and ill-fitting shoes as well as relieving foot pain from excess walking, standing, jogging, or strenuous sports and activities. With consistent use Foot Alignment Socks soothe and straighten crooked and deformed toes. They are ideal as an over-night foot maintenance treatment.




Inventors:
Nemcik, Eva (Kirtland, OH, US)
Application Number:
11/900041
Publication Date:
07/16/2009
Filing Date:
09/10/2007
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
482/79
International Classes:
A43B17/00; A63B23/10
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Primary Examiner:
ANDERSON, AMBER R
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ROETZEL & ANDRESS (CLV) (1375 EAST 9TH STREET, CLEVELAND, OH, 44114, US)
Claims:
1. The socks adapted for toe alignment consist of regular looking socks with no covered toe assembly. Instead of toe covers there are toe separators extending across the open front end from a top of the sock, to a bottom or sole of the sock. This provides 5 openings for individual toes to be stretched through the openings. The separators are of different thickness and length, depends of their position. The longest and thickest are the one following the big toe. The separators are placed in between toes to support the stretching and aligning action of toes.

2. The socks assembly is made of a natural, plastic or synthetic fiber. Said separators of various extensions from the top end to the sole of the socks and various diameters are made of the same or similar material as the socks body.

3. Because the variation in thickness and length of the separators the socks are not interchangeable left for right and vise a versa. The socks body is embroidered with different text to recognize right sock from left sock.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

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STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

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REFERENCE TO SEQUENCE LISTING, A TABLE, OR A COMPUTER PROGRAM LISTING COMPACT DISK APPENDIX

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BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Field of the Invention

Variety of devises for stretching, aligning and separating toes are known in prior art.

U.S. Pat. Nos. 7,131,939 B2, 7,107,626 B1

Prior art devices are mostly for Yoga or they are exercise tools, which follows the same idea to align, separate and stretch the toes.

Several tools for toe alignment and separation are recently on the market. Heretofore devices are all designed to address one specific foot problem. They are either plastic braces, elastic loops with foam pad bottoms, individual foam toe cushions or individual toe caps. They are effective and truthful to their claims, but they are very user unfriendly, difficult to apply or keep them on.

None of the Prior Art devices provide comfortable soothing and relaxed feeling as the present invention while mounted on users' feet. The present invention not only that helps relive foot pain from different foot discomforts, but also conditions feet to prevent foot problems to occur due to daily foot overuse and daily foot stress. It will maintain and support proper foot health.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is directed to socks, namely to Foot Alignment Socks, which are meant to be worn after being on feet all day long. These socks have 4 toe separators from the material of the sock which forms 5 openings for toes to be stretches out. These separators have a function to apply gentle pressure on misaligned toes and position them into proper alignment with rest of the foot into position where nature intended them to be. Proper foot alignment helps to eliminate numerous foot, knee and hip problems.

Toe separators are soft on touch, but sturdy inside to provide user friendly and easy application which accommodates longer wearing period which can be as long as overnight. Longer term wearing increases effectiveness of the invention.

Therefore, it can be appreciated that there exists a continuing need for a new and improved foot alignment device that is easier to mount, keep on and take off. In this regard, the present invention substantially fulfills the need for user-friendlier device.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1. is a top side view of a right foot of a user wearing sock constructed according to the teachings of the present invention;

FIG. 2. is a front overhead view of the sock shown in FIG. 1 but without the foot of the user and showing four separators in place.

FIG. 3. Is a detail top front view on the right sock mounted on user's foot.

FIG. 4. is a top front view of the right and left alignment socks mounted on user's feet.

DETAIL DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Referring now to the drawings in greater detail there is shown in FIG. 1 a right foot of a user of a sock 12 which is constructed according to the teachings of the present invention and which is mounted on the foot 10.

In this embodiment, the sock 12 has a short ankle bend 14 and is made material of choice such as cotton, acrylic cashmere, nylon, Lycra and spandex blend. It is to be noted that selection of materials has no effect on intention of this invention.

FIG. 1. Is showing the users right foot 10, mounted on sock 12 where toes 31, 32, 33, 34, and 35 are separated by separators 21, 22, 23, and 24.

FIG. 2. illustrates the front end of the sock body 20 which has five openings 51, 52, 53, 54 and 55 created by separators 21, 22, 23 and 24 extended from the top 25 of the sock to the sole of the sock 26. The toes of the user, when socks are mounted, extend through openings 51, 52, 53, 54, and 55 to achieve claimed feature of the invention.

The separators 21, 22, 23 and 24 of circular cross-section are of the same or similar material as the sock 12. The diameters and lengths of separators varies according the locations of separators on the sock.

Separator 21 is extending 25 MM from the end 20 of the sock 12. The separator 21 diameter is 12.5 (+2/−2) MM.

The separator 22 is extending 30 MM from the end 20 of the sock 12. The separator 22 diameter is 12.5 (+2/−2) MM.

The separator 23 is extending 30 MM from the end 20 of the sock 12. The separator 23 diameter is 12.5 (+2/−2) MM.

The separator 24 is extending 35 MM from the end 20 of the sock 12. The separator 24 diameter is 15 (+2/−2) MM.

FIG. 3. is showing detail positions of mounted toes 31,32,33,34 and 35, versus separators 21, 22, 23 and 24. Separator 21 is separating small toe 31 from the fourth toe 32. Separator 22 is separating the fourth toe 32 from the third toe 33. Separator 23 is separating the third toe 33 from the second toe 34 and the separator 24 is separating the second toe 34 from the big toe 35.

FIG. 1, FIG. 2 and FIG. 3 show the right foot sock.

FIG. 4 shows location of separators on the right sock 12 and left sock 13. The left foot sock 13 is a mirror image of the right foot sock 12 to accommodate left foot configuration. The right and left sock is recognizable by different embroidery 41 and 42 on the top of each sock. This way it is easy to recognize and mount on the right and the left foot.

The Foot Alignment Socks 12 and 13 of present invention has advantages over the current systems of plastic molded devices. These advantages are that the socks are easily mounted; stay on foot and after short period of training may be worn overnight which increases effectiveness of the device. The socks are washable and therefore useable for extended period. The result of the usage is foot stress relief and pain relief due to the minor foot misalignment. Accordingly, the scope of the present invention is only to be limited as necessitated by the accompanying claims.