Compression massage boot
United States Patent 3888242

A device to impart pressure to a human appendage to provide a massage like effect has an adjustable outer shell encasing a pneumatic gland. The gland has a series of inward flexible tips, and is supplied with intermittent gaseous pressure. Suitable valve and pressurization means pulsate the gland.

Harris, Stephen W. (Ranchester, WY)
Praye, Clyde A. (Rawlings, WY)
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36/88, 36/141
International Classes:
A61H23/04; A61H7/00; (IPC1-7): A61H7/00
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US Patent References:
3028857Massaging suit1962-04-10Parker
2694395Pneumatic pressure garment1954-11-16Brown
2531074Pneumatic massage1950-11-21Miller
1939386Athletic vestment1933-12-12Canon

Primary Examiner:
Trapp, Lawrence W.
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Mcmorrow, Robert G.
We claim

1. A compression massage boot for application to a human appendage, the boot comprising:

2. The invention of claim 1, and:

3. The invention of claim 2, and:

4. The invention of claim 3, wherein: the means is provided with a pressure relief valve.

5. The invention of claim 4, and: a gaseous pump operatively associated with said means.

6. The invention of claim 4, wherein: a pair of said boots are provided; and the pump is connected to each of said boots.


1. Field of the Invention

This invention relates to an appliance for imparting comfort to human appendages such as the feet, operating through a principle of intermittent application of pressure through a series of inward flexible tips.

2. Statement of the Prior Art:

Inflatable shoe liners and similar devices have heretofore been proposed. Exemplary of these are the devices shown in the below listed patents:

Patent No. Patentee Issue Date ______________________________________ 438,931 Martinot Oct. 21, 1890 2,400,023 Potter May 7, 1946 2,582,648 Mowbray Jan. 15, 1952 3,410,004 Finn Nov. 12, 1968 3,469,576 Smith et al Sept. 30, 1969 ______________________________________


In the provision of treatments for fatigue, muscular disorders, and in the alleviation of pains occasioned by tiring of body extremities such as the feet, massage has long been recognized as a relieving and pleasant means of treatment. Recent developments in this field include the application of intermittent pressures to afflicted areas, such treatments often being described as zone therapy, compression massage, and the like. The present invention provides a self-administering means for application of this treatment to human appendages such as the feet -- more particularly to a foot massage boot of pneumatic operation.

The boot is provided with means to intermittently apply pressure to the feet, and further has massage tips arranged to contact the foot to stimulate circulation and enhance the action of the boot.

The device is of uncomplicated construction and is inexpensive to manufacture and sell.

Other and further objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art from a consideration of the following specification when read in conjunction with the annexed drawing.


FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing a compression massage boot assembly according to this invention as employed;

FIG. 2 is an enlarged perspective view, partially broken away, of one of the boots of the assembly;

FIG. 3 is an enlarged longitudinal cross-section through one of the boots; and

FIG. 4 is a fragmentary sectional view, on further enlarged scale, showing details.


Referring to the drawing in more detail, a boot assembly within the teachings of this invention is shown in assembled operating position in FIG. 1, and is therein identified by reference numeral 10. The assembly 10 includes boots 12 and 14, one for each foot of the user.

Each of the boots is identical but of opposite hand form and a description of one will suffice for the other. Each boot comprises an outer shell or casing 16 formed of a semi-rigid material such as leather, heavy plastic, or the like. The casing includes an inner surface 18 and an outer surface 20, and is of sock-like form having a top rim 22. The shell or casing further has an over flap 24, and is slit at 26. The slit and flap arrangement is for adjustment of the diameter of the ankle opening defined by the rim 22, and strips 28, 30 of material having interfitting hook-like projections are applied to the respective faces of the flap and to the surface 20 to permit changeable fastening of the flap relative to the surface. Such material is preferably of the type sold under the trademark VELCRO.

A flexible gland 32 is conformably fitted within the shell, each such gland being of relatively thin plastic, rubber, or other flexible material, and comprising inner and outer panels 34, 36 joined integrally by a circumferential edge connecting portion 38.

The inner panel 34 has an inside surface 40 from which a continuous series of integrally formed, inwardly directed stub tips 42 extend into contact with the foot F. Such tips comprise massage pressure points, as appears below.

Means is provided to intermittently inflate and pressurize the glands 34. As shown in FIG. 1, the means includes a pump P of any suitable type. Extending from the output of the pump P is a gaseous supply line 44. The line 44 has a P or Y fitting 46 at its discharge end with dual output branches 48 and 50. The branches in turn extend to relief valves 52, 54 which are set to exhaust at a predetermined pressure level. Downstream of the valves 52 and 54 are input lines 56, 58. These lines are secured in fluid communication with nipples 60 which extend through the shells 16 and panels 36 to admit air or other gaseous pressure through the shell and into the gland panels.

As is evident from the foregoing, actuation of the pump P results in continuous inflation and deflation of the gland to impart, through the tips, a massage like action to the feet or other appendage.