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Patent granted for plantar fascial groove in a foot orthotic

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by NewsBot, Apr 15, 2015.

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  2. Once again, I am astounded that something that is well known within the profession, has been previously described within the literature and is already available within purchasable products is somehow patentable.
  3. Phil Wells

    Phil Wells Active Member

    I love the part of the patent that states that it 'will help women who have sciatic pain caused by over pronation......etc'.
    I just don't see how this would ever be enforceable - all I can assume is that this guy has a patent lawyer in the family as the cost of this can be huge!

  4. musmed

    musmed Active Member

    Has anyone read the patent?

    Here is a new version of anatomy.
    ] Plantar fascia is a thick layer of tissue or ligament that runs along the majority of the bottom side of a human's foot. It connects the heel and metatarsals, forming a windlass or "bowstring" to the arch present in the soft tissue and skeletal structure of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that is related to overuse and aggravation of the plantar fascia which supports the bowstring or windlass mechanism. The plantar fascia and underlying hallucis longus tendon supports the arch of the foot and creates the support of the big toe which in turn enables humans to walk or run. When the plantar fascia becomes strained, the plantar fascia becomes shortened, and lack of blood flow and the windlass effect cause micro tearing at the attachment site of the heel, thus causing the arch to weaken and becoming swollen and inflamed, forming unwanted collagen scar tissue. This condition displaces and causes damage to the soft fatty pad under the heel causing extreme pain thus limiting ones ability to stand or walk.
    [0006] Within the plantar fascia, the medial region is the area which has the greatest tension, because the big toe is the most powerful aspect of the foot in the gait cycle. The fascia band and underlying muscle tendons attach to the periosteum membrane, which is the area where the tearing occurs across the plantar aspect of the heel bone. Because of this pulling, the plantar aspect of the heel is the most painful area, although the secondary area of pain, on the posterior medial arch, is the origin of plantar fasciitis. The windlass effect causes the most tension to the medial side of the arch and the underlying hallucis longus tendon attaches to the heel bone across the heel or calcaneus bone. This is where the most injuries (primarily tearing and subsequent scarring of tissue) occur. It is therefore important to focus on this section of the arch and heel attachment for any solutions to be successful.

    Since when was the Fl. Hall longus attached here? according to them it is 4 lines up

    can print anything it seems.

    What happened to the abductor hallucis?

    Paul Conneely
  5. Dananberg

    Dananberg Active Member

    Patents only give the rights of the holder to take some action against a potential infringer. Should this happen, one can file a challenge with the patent office to negate the case and deny any patent rights. This is one of those patents with multiple components and all need to be present for this to be even remotely enforceable. Chances are that this one would not stand up to a challenge.


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