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1. (WO2010117827) ACHILLES AND FOOT ARCH STRETCHING DEVICES AND METHODS PERFORMED THEREWITH

Pub. No.:    WO/2010/117827    International Application No.:    PCT/US2010/029302
Publication Date: Fri Oct 15 01:59:59 CEST 2010 International Filing Date: Thu Apr 01 01:59:59 CEST 2010
IPC: A63B 23/08
A63B 23/04
Applicants: GOURINENI, Prasad
Inventors: GOURINENI, Prasad
Title: ACHILLES AND FOOT ARCH STRETCHING DEVICES AND METHODS PERFORMED THEREWITH
Abstract:
Therapeutic devices (10) and methods suitable for stretching the Achilles tendon. Each device (10) includes a base portion (14) and at least one wedge portion (12). The wedge portion (12) has heel and toe ends (16,18), inside-foot and outside-foot edges (20,22), and an upper surface (24). The upper surface (24) has a nonuniform elevation relative to the base portion (14) as a result of the wedge portion (12) having a fore-aft taper in the fore-aft direction and a lateral taper in the lateral direction, wherein the inside-foot edge (20) has an increasing elevation toward the toe end (18). The wedge portion (12) further has a nonconstant lateral width as a result of the toe end (18) being wider than the heel end (16). The fore-aft and lateral tapers are sufficient so that placement of a users foot on the upper surface (24) causes supination and locking of the foot and enables stretching of the Achilles complex.