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This has just been awarded: Triplanar Support System For Footwear
A shoe comprising: an assembly of a shoe upper and sole unit for supporting a foot, the assembly defining a foot compartment that orients a foot in an objective (desired) tri-planar alignment to affect three areas of the foot anatomy simultaneously: (1) the sustentaculum tali; (2) the lateral calcaneus; and (3) the fifth metatarsal ray of the foot. In certain embodiments the shoe compartment is configured to correct an adverse internal rotation of the talus by: (1) vertical lift on the ST; (2) varus movement of the calcaneus; and (3) fifth ray pressure to adduct the forefoot.
The inventive subject matter disclosed herein addresses the aforementioned need by providing a footwear system that helps align and orient the kinetic chain (feet, legs, knees, hips, and lower back) by stabilizing the tri-planar movement of the foot. The system is adapted to affect three areas of the foot anatomy simultaneously, in what is referred to herein as a tri-planar adjustment or stabilization: (1) the sustentaculum tali (abbreviated "ST"); (2) the lateral calcaneus; and (3) the fifth metatarsal ray of the foot (along the small toe). For example, adverse internal rotation of the talus can be corrected by: (1) vertical lift on the ST; (2) varus movement of the calcaneus; and (3) fifth ray pressure to adduct the forefoot. FIGS. 12A and 12B illustrate with directional arrows the areas for simultaneous applying supporting pressure to three areas.
The tri-planar adjustment or stabilization may be achieved by a shoe structure formed of one or more components that are configured to effect the tri-planar alignments, as described above, of the three relevant anatomical areas, namely the lateral calcaneus, the ST, and the fifth metatarsal region.
These and other embodiments are described in more detail in the following detailed descriptions and the figures.
The foregoing is not intended to be an exhaustive list of embodiments and features. Persons skilled in the art are capable of appreciating other embodiments and features from the following detailed description in conjunction with the drawings.