US3885555A - Foot massage pad - Google Patents

Foot massage pad Download PDF

Info

Publication number
US3885555A
US3885555A US437010A US43701074A US3885555A US 3885555 A US3885555 A US 3885555A US 437010 A US437010 A US 437010A US 43701074 A US43701074 A US 43701074A US 3885555 A US3885555 A US 3885555A
Authority
US
United States
Prior art keywords
protuberances
foot
region
arch
toe joint
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Expired - Lifetime
Application number
US437010A
Inventor
Mulford J Nobbs
Current Assignee (The listed assignees may be inaccurate. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the list.)
CON STAN IND Inc
Original Assignee
CON STAN IND Inc
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date
Application filed by CON STAN IND Inc filed Critical CON STAN IND Inc
Priority to US437010A priority Critical patent/US3885555A/en
Application granted granted Critical
Publication of US3885555A publication Critical patent/US3885555A/en
Anticipated expiration legal-status Critical
Application status is Expired - Lifetime legal-status Critical

Links

Images

Classifications

    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B13/00Soles; Sole and heel units
    • A43B13/14Soles; Sole and heel units characterised by the constructive form
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B7/00Footwear with health or hygienic arrangements
    • A43B7/14Footwear with foot-supporting parts
    • A43B7/1405Footwear with foot-supporting parts provided with pads or holes on one or more locations, or having an anatomical or curved form
    • A43B7/1455Footwear with foot-supporting parts provided with pads or holes on one or more locations, or having an anatomical or curved form with special properties
    • A43B7/146Footwear with foot-supporting parts provided with pads or holes on one or more locations, or having an anatomical or curved form with special properties provided with acupressure points or means for footmassage
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61HPHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY
    • A61H7/00Devices for suction-kneading massage; Devices for massaging the skin by rubbing or brushing not otherwise provided for
    • A61H7/001Devices for suction-kneading massage; Devices for massaging the skin by rubbing or brushing not otherwise provided for without substantial movement between the skin and the device
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61HPHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY
    • A61H2201/00Characteristics of apparatus not provided for in the preceding codes
    • A61H2201/12Driving means
    • A61H2201/1253Driving means driven by a human being, e.g. hand driven
    • A61H2201/1261Driving means driven by a human being, e.g. hand driven combined with active exercising of the patient
    • A61H2201/1284Driving means driven by a human being, e.g. hand driven combined with active exercising of the patient using own weight
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61HPHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY
    • A61H2201/00Characteristics of apparatus not provided for in the preceding codes
    • A61H2201/16Physical interface with patient
    • A61H2201/1683Surface of interface
    • A61H2201/169Physical characteristics of the surface, e.g. material, relief, texture or indicia
    • A61H2201/1695Enhanced pressure effect, e.g. substantially sharp projections, needles or pyramids
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61HPHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY
    • A61H2205/00Devices for specific parts of the body
    • A61H2205/12Feet

Abstract

A foot exercising and massaging pad having a base member and a plurality of upstanding resilient protuberances formed on a surface of the base member. Certain of the protuberances have a greater height than other of the protuberances with an arch region and a toe joint region being defined by protuberances of greater height. The arch region and toe joint region are spaced apart by a distance which approximates the distance between the average user''s arch and toe joint. When a user''s foot is placed upon the pad, the foot is, thus, supported and stimulated through contact of the foot with the protuberances with the arch of the user''s foot contacted by protuberances of greater height in the arch region and the toe joint of the foot contacted by protuberances of greater height in the toe joint region. The protuberances in the arch region may be nonuniform in height to provide a sub-region in which the height of the protuberances is greater than the height of the protuberances in the remainder of the arch region. Likewise, the protuberances in the toe joint region may be nonuniform in height to define a sub-region with the protuberances in the sub-region being higher than the protuberances in the remainder of the toe joint region. By movement of the user''s foot to bring the foot into contact with the sub-regions of protuberances within the arch and toe joint regions, the degree of contact between the user''s foot and the protuberances may be increased to provide increased stimulation of the arch and toe joint region. The height of the protuberances in the arch region may be varied in a transverse direction with the variation approximating the variation in the height of the arch of a human foot. Similarly, the protuberances in the toe joint region may be varied in height in a transverse direction with the variation in height approximating the curvature of a human foot at the toe joint region.

Description

United States Patent 1 1 Nobbs 1 1 FOOT MASSAGE PAD Mulford J. Nobbs, Hacienda Heights, Calif.

[73] Assignee: Con-Stan Industries, Inc., City of Industry, Calif.

22 Filed: Jan. 28, 1974 211 App]. No: 437,010

[75] Inventor:

Primary Examiner-Lawrence W. Trapp Attorney, Agent, or Firm-George F. Smyth [57] ABSTRACT A foot exercising and massaging pad having a base member and a plurality of upstanding resilient protuberances formed on a surface of the base member, Certain of the protuberances have a greater height than other of the protuberances with an arch region and a toe joint region being defined by protuberances of greater height. The arch region and toe joint region are spaced apart by a distance which approximates the 1 1 May 27, 1975 distance between the average users arch and toe joint. When a users foot is placed upon the pad, the foot is, thus, supported and stimulated through Contact of the foot with the protuberances with the arch of the user's foot contacted by protuberances of greater height in the arch region and the toe joint of the foot contacted by protuberances of greater height in the toe joint region.

The protuberances in the arch region may be nonuniform in height to provide a sub-region in which the height of the protuberances is greater than the height of the protuberances in the remainder of the arch region. Likewise, the protuberances in the toe joint region may be nonuniform in height to define a sub-region with the protuberances in the sub-region being higher than the protuberances in the remainder of the toe joint region. By movement of the user's foot to bring the foot into contact with the sub-regions of protuberances within the arch and toe joint regions, the degree of contact between the users foot and the protuberances may be increased to provide increased stimulation of the arch and toe joint region.

The height of the protuberances in the arch region may be varied in a transverse direction with the variation approximating the variation in the height of the arch of a human foot. Similarly, the protuberances in the toe joint region may be varied in height in a transverse direction with the variation in height approximating the curvature of a human foot at the toe joint region.

12 Claims, 8 Drawing Figures FOOT MASSAGE PAD BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Foot exercising and massaging devices are known in which a plurality of upstanding protuberances are formed on a surface of a resilient mat such that the user may stimulate his feet by standing on the mat with the protuberances in contact with the feet. Such devices are shown, for example, in the Altmeyer, et al. US. Pat. No. 3,100,483 and the Schock US. Pat. No. 2,476,92 l.

The bottom surface ofa normal human foot is not flat but, rather, is curved upwardly in the arch region and in the toe joint region. Thus, when a users foot is placed in contact with a foot exerciser mat as shown in the Altmeyer, et al, or Schock patents, there is not uniform contact between the upstanding protuberances and the bottom of the foot. Rather, there is greater contact with the lower surfaces of the foot and much less contact with the upwardly curved regions of the foot at the arch and toe joint.

Due to the anatomy of the human foot, there is considerable flexing of the foot at the arch and toe joint. Consequently, it is frequently these areas which are most easily tired during walking or standing. Thus, it is these areas which most require stimulation during foot massage. However, in previous foot exercising and massaging pads, the arch and toe joint regions are not adequately stimulated.

During massage by an experienced masseur, the intensity of the massage will generally be increased gradually. Thus, initially, in massaging a foot, the foot will be massaged gently to loosen and relax the muscles. Thereafter, the intensity of the massage will be increased to stimulate the massaged areas, such as the arch and the toe joint, more forcefully. Forceful stimulation of the arch and toe joint increases the flow of blood to these areas which aids in the relief of soreness and improving the muscle tone.

Foot massage pads of the prior art do not, generally, provide for a means to gradually increase the intensity of foot massage in the manner which would be used by a masseur. Thus, the foot is not adequately stimulated to increase the blood flow to the fatigued and sore areas such as the arch and toe joint.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION In providing a solution to the shortcomings of previously known foot massage pads, there is provided a foot massage pad which defines a surface configuration that approximates the curvature of the human foot to adequately stimulate the arch and toe joint. Moreover, due to the configuration of the exercise pad, the intensity of the applied stimulation may be varied through movement of the foot from one place to another on the pad, This permits stimulation of the foot in a manner similar to that used by a masseur, with the foot first being stimulated gently and the degree of stimulation being gradually increased to provide more intense stimulation of the arch and toe joint.

The precise shape of the arch and toe joint may vary from one person to another with, for example, one person having a high arch and another having a relatively low arch. Due to the configuration of the present foot exercising pad, these individual differences may be accommodated. Thus, a user having a relatively low arch may, by properly placing his foot on the exercise pad, pick a portion whose surface configuration most closely resembles the shape of his particular foot. Simi larly, a different user having a relatively high arch may place his foot on the pad in an area where the surface configuration most closely resembles the shape of his foot.

The present foot exercising and massaging pad includes a base member having a plurality of upstanding resilient protuberances formed on a surface thereof. Certain of the upstanding protuberances have a greater height than other of the protuberances. An arch region and toe joint region are defined by protuberances having a greater height with the arch region and toe joint regions being spaced transversely apart by a distance which approximates the distance between the arch and toe joint of the average userv When the users foot is placed on the pad, the foot is supported and stimulated through contact of the foot with the protuberances with the arch and toe joint being contacted by protuberances of greater height. The users foot is, thus, exercised and massaged in the foot areas (arch and toe joint) which are most susceptible to soreness and fatigue.

The upstanding protuberances on a surface of the pad may be substantially equally spaced in respect to each other. Also, the base member may be formed of a resilient material and the base member and upstanding protuberances may be formed as an integral structure.

The protuberances in the exercising and massaging pad preferably have a substantially circular crosssection. Also, the protuberances are preferably tapered and include an outwardly tapered base portion through which the protuberances are joined to the surface of the base member. Additionally, the protuberances may terminate in rounded tips with tapered shank portions intermediate the tips and the tapered base portions. This configuration makes the protuberances more flexible adjacent their ends and stiffer adjacent their base portions.

The outwardly tapered base portions through which the protuberances may be connected to the surface of the base member provide increased strength at the connections to reduce shearing of the protuberances from the surface of the base member. Also, the outwardly tapered base portions permit a more even transmission of forces from the protuberances into the base memher.

The protuberances in the arch and toe joint regions of the pad may be nonuniform in height to provide subregions in which the height of protuberances is greater than in the remainder of the arch or toe joint regions. During usage of the exercising and massaging pad, the degree of contact with the arch or toe joint may be increased by moving the foot to place the arch or toe joint over a sub-region where the height of the protuberances is greater. The variation in height of the protuberances within the arch and toe joint regions may be gradual so that the intensity of the stimulation received by the foot may be gradually increased or decreased by gradually moving the foot with respect to the foot exercising and massaging pad.

The height of protuberances in the arch or toe joint regions may be nonuiform in a generally transverse direction, i.e., in general alignment with the axis of the foot when placed on the pad with the arch and toe joint in contact with the arch and toe joint regions. This variation in the height of the protuberances may provide a curvature which approximates the gradual curvature of the foot at the arch and toe joint. Thus, each area of the user's foot may receive approximately the same level of stimulation from the upstanding protuberances.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS To more fully illustrate the invention, reference is made to the accompanying drawings which illustrate an embodiment of the invention and in which:

FIG. I is a pictorial view ofa foot exercising and massaging pad having a base member and a plurality of upstanding resilient protuberances formed on a surface of the base member;

FIG, 2 is a sectional view taken along line 22 of FIG. 1 to illustrate the arch and toe joint regions formed by protuberances of greater height with the arch and toe joint of a users foot in contact with the protuberances of the arch and toe joint regions;

FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken along line 33 of FIG. 1 and FIG. 2 illustrating the variation in the height of the protuberances in the toe joint region to approximate the curvature of the human foot at the toe joint and to provide a sub-region having protuberances of a greater height than the balance of the protuberances in the toe joint region;

FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken along line 4-4 of FIG. 1 and FIG. 2 to illustrate the variation in height of a center row of protuberances in the arch region with the protuberances gradually increasing in height to reach a maximum height at a sub-region having protuberances of greater height than the protuberances in the remainder of the arch region;

FIG. 5 is a sectional view taken along line 5-5 of FIG. 1 and FIG. 2 to illustrate the height variation of protuberances in the arch region to approximate the curvature of the arch of a human foot and to form a sub-region in which the protuberances have a greater height than the protuberances in the remainder of the arch region;

FIG. 6 is a sectional view taken along line 66 of FIG. 1 and FIG. 5 to illustrate the height of the protuberances in the sub-regions of the arch and toe joint re gions in which the protuberances are of greatest height;

FIG. 7 is an enlarged sectional view of the two shorter protuberances indicated by the arrows in FIG. 6, and

FIG. 8 is an enlarged sectional view of the two longer protuberances indicated by the arrows in FIG. 6.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION A foot massage and exercise pad 2 illustrated in FIG. 1 includes a base member 4 and a plurality of resilient upstanding protuberances 6 formed on a surface of the base member. Preferably the base member 4 is made of a resilient material with both the base member and the protuberances 6 formed, for example, from rubber or a similar resilient material. Conveniently. the shore hardness of the resilient material forming the base member 4 and protuberances 6 may range from about 65 to about 75.

The protuberances 6 on the upper surface of the foot massage and exercise pad 2 form an arch region 8 and a toe joint region 10 in which the protuberances have a greater height than the balance of protuberances on the pad to provide stimulating contact with the upwardly curved portions of the foot at the arch and toe joint. As illustrated, the arch region 8 and toe joint region 10 are generally parallel with the transverse distance between the arch and toe joint regions being relatively uniform. An upstanding lip 12 provides a dam about the upper surface of the pad 2 such that the pad may, for example, be used immediately after a shower when the users feet are still wet. When used in this manner, water which collects on the upper surface of the pad 2 is retained thereon by the lip 12.

FIG. 2 is a sectional view taken along the line 2-2 of FIG. I in a direction generally transverse to the axes of the arch region 8 and the toe joint region II]. A users foot 14, shown in phantom line drawing, may be placed against the upper surface of the pad 2 with the axis of the foot positioned transverse to the arch region 8 and toe joint region It). As thus positioned, the lower surfaces of the foot, such as the heel 15, will be contacted by short protuberances 16. However, the arch 17 and toe joint 19 will be contacted by longer protuberances 18.

As illustrated, the height of the longer protuberances 18 in the arch region 8 and toe joint region 10 is varied to provide a curvature of the arch and toe joint regions in two directions. There is a gradual increase in the height of the protuberances I8 along the axes of the arch region 8 and toe joint region 10 from the ends of the arch and toe joint regions toward their centers. Also, there is a gradual increase and decrease in height of the protuberances 18 in a direction transverse to the arch region 8 and toe joint region II) to provide a contour approximating the contour of the human foot.

As illustrated, a center row 20 of protuberances in the toe joint region 10 have a greater height than the protuberances in adjacent rows 22. The gradual increase in height of the protuberances I8 in proceeding from adjacent rows 22 to the center row 20 provides a curvature which closely resembles the curvature of the toe joint 19 of the users foot 14.

Similarly, a center row 24 of protuberances in the arch region 8 have a greater height than protuberances in the adjacent rows 26 positioned on either side of the center row. The gradual increase in height in moving from one adjacent row 26 to the next and on to the center row 24 followed by a gradual decrease in proceeding from the center row 24 to the adjacent rows 26 provides a curvature which approximates the curvature of the user's arch 17. When the user's foot 14 is placed against pad 2 as shown in FIG. 2 with the foot then being reciprocated in short strokes, the longer protuberances 18 in the arch region 8 and toe joint region 10 provide stimulation of the arch 17 and toe joint 19. Un like foot exercising and massaging pads of the prior art, the configuration of the longer protuberances 18 provides a contour which conforms to the foot with the stimulation, thereby. being directed to the arch l7 and toe joint 19.

FIG. 3, which is a sectional view taken along line 3-3of FIGS. 1 and 2, illustrates the configuration of the longer protuberances 18 in the toe joint region 10. As shown, the protuberances 18 of adjacent rows 22 and the center row 20 are gradually increased in height from the ends to the middle of the toe joint region. In addition, the protuberances 18 are increased in height in proceeding from an adjacent row 22 to the center row 20. The gradual increase in height in proceeding from adjacent rows 22 to the center row 20 provides a conformation to the toe joint region which approximates the curvature of the human foot at the toe joint.

The gradual increase in height in proceeding from the ends of the adjacent rows 22 or the center row 20 to the middle portions of the adjacent rows or center row permits a gradual increase in the stimulation afforded by pad 2 by moving the toe joint inwardly toward the middle portion ofthe toe joint region 10. During this gradual movement of the foot, the increasing height of the protuberances 18 provides a gradually increased stimulation to the toe joint.

Also, the gradual increase in the height of the protuberances 18 in proceeding from the ends of the toe joint region toward its middle portion makes the exercise pad 2 more adaptable for feet of varying shapes. Thus, if the user's foot has a relatively high curvature at the toe joint, the foot may initially be placed closer to the middle portion of the toe joint region 10. Similarly, in massaging a foot having a lower curvature at the toe joint, the foot may initially be placed closer to the ends of the toe joint region 10.

Turning to a discussion of the arch region 8, FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken along line 4-4 of FIGS. 1 and 2 to illustrate the size and configuration of the protuberances 18 in the center row 24. As illustrated, the protuberances l8 gradually increase in height in proceeding from either end of the center row 24 toward its middle portion. This permits varying the degree of stimulation provided to the arch by movement of the foot inwardly toward the middle portion of the center row 24, thereby bringing protuberances 18 of greater height into contact with the arch.

FIG. 5 is a sectional view taken along line 5-5 of FIGS. 1 and 2 to illustrate the variation in the height of protuberances in the adjacent rows 26 during progression toward the center row 24. For ease in description, the adjacent rows 26 are denoted as 26a, 26b, 26c, 26d, and 26e to indicate the relative position of the adjacent row with respect to the center row 24. Adjacent row 26a is immediately adjacent to center row 24 while adjacent row 26b is immediately adjacent to row 26a. Likewise, row 26c is adjacent to row 26b with row 26d being immediately adjacent to row 26c. Proceeding transversely in either direction from the center row 24, the adjacent rows of protuberances in the arch region are, thus, numbered 26a, 26b, 26d, and 26e.

As shown in FIG. 5, the protuberances in the adjacent rows 26 increase gradually in height in moving toward the center row 24 from 262 to 26], 26d to 260, etc. This provides a contour to the arch region 8 which approximates the curvature of the human arch. As indicated, the protuberances in rows 26a and 26e are not increased in height in proceeding inwardly from the ends of the rows until the middle portion of the arch region 8 is reached. On reaching the middle portion of arch region 8, the protuberances in the rows 26d and 26e are then increased in height. This provides the middle portion of the arch region 8 with a greater depth (i.e., distance as measured in a transverse direction) than the outer portions of the arch region. This can be seen in FIG. 1 in which the arch region 8 is depicted as having an increased depth at its center portion.

FIG. 6 is a sectional view taken along line 6-6 of FIGS. 1 or 5 to illustrate the curvature of the arch region 8 and toe joint region 10 as viewed at a section through the subregions in which the protuberances have the greatest height. As thus viewed, the relationship of the adjacent rows 26a, 26b, 26c, 26d, and 26a with respect to the center row 24 in the arch region 8 is clearly depicted. Also, the position of the adjacent rows 22 with respect to the center row 20 in the toe joint region I0 is clearly evident. In addition, the greater depth of the arch region 8 at its middle portion is evident. With reference to FIG. 2, note the lesser depth of the arch region 8 when viewed from one of its ends.

The protuberances 18 are highest along the crests of the arch region 8 and toe joint region 10 as shown in FIG. 6. The figure. thus, illustrates the size and configuration of the protuberances I8 which are designed to give maximum stimulation to the foot during an exercise and massage treatment.

FIG. 7 is a detailed sectional view through the two short protuberances 16 as indicated by the arrows in FIG. 6. The protuberances 16 may be formed integrally with the base member 4 with both being formed of a resilient material such as rubber. The protuberances 16 may, thus, be connected to an upper surface 28 of the base member 4 with the protuberances having a rounded tip 30 which merges into a tapered shank 32. The tapered shank 32 diminishes in size toward the tip 30 so that the protuberances 16 are more resilient adjacent their ends. The lower portion of the tapered shank 32 merges into an outwardly tapered conical base portion 34 through which the protuberances are connected to the upper surface 28. The outwardly tapered base portion 34, thus, provides increased strength at the point of connection to the upper surface 28. Also, the outwardly tapered base portion 34 transmits forces applied to the protuberances more uniformly to the base member 4.

FIG. 8 is a detailed sectional view, similar to FIG. 7, illustrating two of the longer protuberances 18 with the position ofthese protuberances indicated by the arrows in FIG. 6 connecting the protuberances to the legend FIG. 8." The protuberances 18 in FIG. 8 are of unequal height since the left protuberance is in row 26a while the right protuberance is in row 26b. Each of the protuberances l8 terminates in a rounded tip 36 positioned at the end of a tapered shank 38. The tapered shank 38, being smaller adjacent its upper extremity, provides for greater flexure of the outward portions of the protuberances. The lower portion of tapered shank 38 merges into an outwardly tapered base portion 40 through which the protuberance is connected to the upper surface 28. As described previously, the function of the base portions 40 is to provide greater strength to prevent shearing of the protuberances from the surface 28. Moreover, the outwardly tapered base portions 40 permit a more even transmission of forces from the protuberances 18 into the base member 4.

I claim:

1. A foot exercising and massaging pad comprising:

a base member;

a plurality of upstanding resilient protuberances formed on a surface of said base member;

an arch region and a toe joint region defined by protuberances of greater height;

said arch region and toe joint region being spaced apart by a distance which approximates the distance between the arch and toe joint of a human foot;

the protuberances in the arch region and in the toe joint region being varied in height in a direction transverse to said arch region and toe joint region with the variation in the height of the protuber- 7 ances in said transverse direction approximating the curvature of the arch and toe joint of the human foot. and

the protuberances in said arch region varying in height in a generally uniform manner in a direction along the axis of the arch region with the protuberances increasing gradually in height in proceeding from either end of the arch region along the axis of the arch region toward the center of the arch region,

whereby the user of the exercising and massaging pad can increase the stimulation of the arch of the foot by moving the foot from the ends of the arch region toward the center of the arch region to bring protuberances of greater height in said arch region into contact with the arch of the foot.

2. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 1 wherein the protuberances in said toe joint region are varied in height in a generally uniform manner in a direc tion along the axis of the toe joint region with the protuberanees increasing gradually in height in proceeding from either end of the toe joint region along the axis of the toe joint region toward the center of the toe joint region,

whereby the user of the exercising and massaging pad can increase the stimulation of the toe joint of the foot by moving the foot from the ends of the toe joint region toward the center of the toe joint re gion to bring protuberances of greater height in said toe joint region into contact with the toe joint of the foot.

3. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 2 wherein the base member is formed ofa resilient material.

4. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 3 wherein the base member and the upstanding protuberances are an integral structure.

5. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 1 wherein the base member is formed ofa resilient material.

6. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 5 wherein the base member and the upstanding protuberances are an integral structure 7. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 6 wherein said protuberances include an outwardly tapered base portion joining the protuberances to the surface of the base member.

whereby forces applied to the protuberances are more uniformly transmitted to the base member through the outwardly tapered base portions.

8. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 7 wherein said protuberances include tapered shanks with the thicker portions of the shanks merging into the outwardly tapered base portions.

9. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 8 including rounded tips at the ends of said protuberances, and

the thinner portions of said shanks merging into the rounded tips.

10. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 9 wherein said protuberances have a substantially circular cross section.

11. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 1 including an upstanding lip surrounding the said surface of the base member.

12. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 1 wherein the depth of the arch region is non-uniform with the arch region having a relatively deep portion for a user having a long arch and a relatively shallow portion for a user with a short arch.

Claims (12)

1. A foot exercising and massaging pad comprising: a base member; a plurality of upstanding resilient protuberances formed on a surface of said base member; an arch region and a toe joint region defined by protuberances of greater height; said arch region and toe joint region being spaced apart by a distance which approximates the distance between the arch and toe joint of a human foot; the protuberances in the arch region and in the toe joint region being varied in height in a direction transverse to said arch region and toe joint region with the variation in the height of the protuberances in said transverse direction approximating the curvature of the arch and toe joint of the human foot, and the protuberances in said arch region varying in height in a generally uniform manner in a direction along the axis of the arch region with the protuberances increasing gradually in height in proceeding from either end of the arch region along the axis of the arch region toward the center of the arch region, whereby the user of the exercising and massaging pad can increase the stimulation of the arch of the foot by moving the foot from the ends of the arch region toward the center of the arch region to bring protuberances of greater height in said arch region into contact with the arch of the foot.
2. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 1 wherein the protuberances in said toe joint region are varied in height in a generally uniform manner in a direction along the axis of the toe joint region with The protuberances increasing gradually in height in proceeding from either end of the toe joint region along the axis of the toe joint region toward the center of the toe joint region, whereby the user of the exercising and massaging pad can increase the stimulation of the toe joint of the foot by moving the foot from the ends of the toe joint region toward the center of the toe joint region to bring protuberances of greater height in said toe joint region into contact with the toe joint of the foot.
3. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 2 wherein the base member is formed of a resilient material.
4. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 3 wherein the base member and the upstanding protuberances are an integral structure.
5. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 1 wherein the base member is formed of a resilient material.
6. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 5 wherein the base member and the upstanding protuberances are an integral structure.
7. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 6 wherein said protuberances include an outwardly tapered base portion joining the protuberances to the surface of the base member, whereby forces applied to the protuberances are more uniformly transmitted to the base member through the outwardly tapered base portions.
8. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 7 wherein said protuberances include tapered shanks with the thicker portions of the shanks merging into the outwardly tapered base portions.
9. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 8 including rounded tips at the ends of said protuberances, and the thinner portions of said shanks merging into the rounded tips.
10. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 9 wherein said protuberances have a substantially circular cross section.
11. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 1 including an upstanding lip surrounding the said surface of the base member.
12. The foot exercising and massaging pad of claim 1 wherein the depth of the arch region is non-uniform with the arch region having a relatively deep portion for a user having a long arch and a relatively shallow portion for a user with a short arch.
US437010A 1974-01-28 1974-01-28 Foot massage pad Expired - Lifetime US3885555A (en)

Priority Applications (1)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US437010A US3885555A (en) 1974-01-28 1974-01-28 Foot massage pad

Applications Claiming Priority (1)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US437010A US3885555A (en) 1974-01-28 1974-01-28 Foot massage pad

Publications (1)

Publication Number Publication Date
US3885555A true US3885555A (en) 1975-05-27

Family

ID=23734698

Family Applications (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US437010A Expired - Lifetime US3885555A (en) 1974-01-28 1974-01-28 Foot massage pad

Country Status (1)

Country Link
US (1) US3885555A (en)

Cited By (45)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US4057053A (en) * 1976-05-04 1977-11-08 Clairol Incorporated Foot bath massager
US4329981A (en) * 1980-01-28 1982-05-18 Semperit Ag Foot massage mat
US4446855A (en) * 1981-12-31 1984-05-08 Windmere Corporation Foot treatment apparatus
AT380395B (en) * 1984-11-05 1986-05-12 Gerhard Ing Hengl Massagegeraet for the Lower Extremities
EP0375459A2 (en) * 1988-12-22 1990-06-27 Medicated Foot Brush Limited Body care system
US5080090A (en) * 1990-09-04 1992-01-14 Liau Yo Chong Massage mat of self-service type for use in stimulating the circulatory system of a human body
US5158073A (en) * 1990-12-18 1992-10-27 Bukowski Voytek Z Acupressure foot massage mat
US5322056A (en) * 1992-06-05 1994-06-21 Menghi Shoes - S.R.L. Self-massaging insole for slippers or mules
US5490821A (en) * 1993-10-22 1996-02-13 Wu; Otto Massage device for the soles of the feet
WO1996006559A1 (en) * 1994-08-26 1996-03-07 Reflexo Cc Massage mat
US5520618A (en) * 1993-11-09 1996-05-28 Massiet; Paul Foot cleaner massager and callus remover
US5628079A (en) * 1996-01-16 1997-05-13 Kizemchuk; Hanya Seat cushion with projections
US5913313A (en) * 1998-01-14 1999-06-22 Brunderman; Pamela Jean Footcare device and method of using same
WO2000078265A1 (en) * 1999-06-22 2000-12-28 Ngak Chai Teo Massage apparatus cum exercise mat
ES2156762A1 (en) * 1999-10-27 2001-07-01 Lozano Felix Sanz Improved element for therapeutic massage.
US6315786B1 (en) * 1999-07-20 2001-11-13 Partnership Of Arthur H. Smuckler, James Grimes, Niko Efstathiou And Charles A. Sarris Device for treating heel pain
US6506173B2 (en) 2000-03-10 2003-01-14 Sharon E. Gordon Pressure point foot pad
US6554782B2 (en) 2001-01-22 2003-04-29 Edward S. Robbins, III Chairmat with foot massage area
US6579250B2 (en) 2001-01-22 2003-06-17 Edward S. Robbins, III Chairmat with foot massage area
US20040000076A1 (en) * 2002-07-01 2004-01-01 Celmo George D. Stress reduction kit and method of using same
US20040082890A1 (en) * 2002-10-28 2004-04-29 Kuo Chun Fu Foot kneading rug having bulges of different hardnesses
US20040204665A1 (en) * 2003-04-09 2004-10-14 Julian Chu Massage cushion
US20040210175A1 (en) * 2003-04-21 2004-10-21 Robbins Edward S. Blow-molded foot rest
GB2412873A (en) * 2004-04-05 2005-10-12 James * Salt David Foot massage mat
US20060004308A1 (en) * 2004-06-30 2006-01-05 Kimii Yamauchi Acupressure system and methods
US20060207011A1 (en) * 2005-03-18 2006-09-21 Amg Medical Inc. Safety bath and shower mat
US20070173385A1 (en) * 2006-01-26 2007-07-26 Erez Cohenca Method and device for using weights and massage on bodies
US20080022561A1 (en) * 2006-07-28 2008-01-31 James Kenneth Klavano Massage sandals
US20080124509A1 (en) * 2006-11-27 2008-05-29 Wayne Scott Boise Mat, and Its Corresponding Components, Pieces, Objects, Software, Kits, Devices, Material, Apparatus, System, Machines, Displays, and Accessories
US20080194361A1 (en) * 2007-02-09 2008-08-14 Hadar Mfg., Co. Base with improved internal structure
US20100234189A1 (en) * 2009-03-12 2010-09-16 Teo Industriedesign Gmbh Walkable plate for assisting the motor function of living creatures, especially human motor function
US20110314697A1 (en) * 2010-06-28 2011-12-29 Kun Huang Enterprise Co., Ltd. Anti-slip fabric and insole using the same
US20120190485A1 (en) * 2011-01-25 2012-07-26 Aurbach Phillip S Impact-Indicating Athletic Court Target Device
US20140088474A1 (en) * 2012-09-25 2014-03-27 Galina Bukharina Foldable and expandable pressure point mat
US20140336012A1 (en) * 2009-03-31 2014-11-13 Prasad Gourineni Achilles stretching devices and methods performed therewith
US20150150745A1 (en) * 2011-11-07 2015-06-04 Kresimir Strlek Set-down Device and Stimulator, also Method for Neurophysiological Stimulation and use of a Stimulator
USD750795S1 (en) * 2014-06-12 2016-03-01 Hao T Cao Foot treatment device
WO2016106356A1 (en) * 2014-12-23 2016-06-30 Ergodriven Mat for standing with raised features
WO2016139369A1 (en) * 2015-03-05 2016-09-09 Murnaghan Shane Patrick A massage device
US20160309838A1 (en) * 2014-01-09 2016-10-27 Moo Eon HA Shoe sole and shoe having same
USD782750S1 (en) * 2015-12-04 2017-03-28 Robin Denney Scratch and massage mat for pets
USD782827S1 (en) * 2013-12-17 2017-04-04 Anthony Jenkins Bristles for hairbrush
USD816273S1 (en) * 2016-08-12 2018-04-24 Rita Odibi Wall mounted back scrubbing brush
US10149512B1 (en) * 2017-10-24 2018-12-11 Health Shoes Plus, Inc. Massage shoes with combination arch support
US10188172B1 (en) * 2017-10-24 2019-01-29 Health Shoes Plus, Inc. Massage insole with multiple support regions

Citations (3)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3100483A (en) * 1962-04-27 1963-08-13 Edward G Altmeyer Foot exerciser mat
US3595244A (en) * 1968-10-30 1971-07-27 Scholl Mfg Co Inc Foot-massaging sandal
US3757774A (en) * 1971-10-20 1973-09-11 K Hatuno Massage sandal

Patent Citations (3)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3100483A (en) * 1962-04-27 1963-08-13 Edward G Altmeyer Foot exerciser mat
US3595244A (en) * 1968-10-30 1971-07-27 Scholl Mfg Co Inc Foot-massaging sandal
US3757774A (en) * 1971-10-20 1973-09-11 K Hatuno Massage sandal

Cited By (53)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US4057053A (en) * 1976-05-04 1977-11-08 Clairol Incorporated Foot bath massager
US4329981A (en) * 1980-01-28 1982-05-18 Semperit Ag Foot massage mat
US4446855A (en) * 1981-12-31 1984-05-08 Windmere Corporation Foot treatment apparatus
AT380395B (en) * 1984-11-05 1986-05-12 Gerhard Ing Hengl Massagegeraet for the Lower Extremities
EP0375459A2 (en) * 1988-12-22 1990-06-27 Medicated Foot Brush Limited Body care system
EP0375459A3 (en) * 1988-12-22 1990-09-05 Medicated Foot Brush Limited Body care system
US5080090A (en) * 1990-09-04 1992-01-14 Liau Yo Chong Massage mat of self-service type for use in stimulating the circulatory system of a human body
US5158073A (en) * 1990-12-18 1992-10-27 Bukowski Voytek Z Acupressure foot massage mat
US5322056A (en) * 1992-06-05 1994-06-21 Menghi Shoes - S.R.L. Self-massaging insole for slippers or mules
US5490821A (en) * 1993-10-22 1996-02-13 Wu; Otto Massage device for the soles of the feet
US5520618A (en) * 1993-11-09 1996-05-28 Massiet; Paul Foot cleaner massager and callus remover
WO1996006559A1 (en) * 1994-08-26 1996-03-07 Reflexo Cc Massage mat
GB2319174B (en) * 1994-08-26 1998-10-07 Reflexo Cc Massage mat
GB2319174A (en) * 1994-08-26 1998-05-20 Reflexo Cc Massage mat
US5628079A (en) * 1996-01-16 1997-05-13 Kizemchuk; Hanya Seat cushion with projections
US5913313A (en) * 1998-01-14 1999-06-22 Brunderman; Pamela Jean Footcare device and method of using same
WO2000078265A1 (en) * 1999-06-22 2000-12-28 Ngak Chai Teo Massage apparatus cum exercise mat
US6315786B1 (en) * 1999-07-20 2001-11-13 Partnership Of Arthur H. Smuckler, James Grimes, Niko Efstathiou And Charles A. Sarris Device for treating heel pain
ES2156762A1 (en) * 1999-10-27 2001-07-01 Lozano Felix Sanz Improved element for therapeutic massage.
US6506173B2 (en) 2000-03-10 2003-01-14 Sharon E. Gordon Pressure point foot pad
US6554782B2 (en) 2001-01-22 2003-04-29 Edward S. Robbins, III Chairmat with foot massage area
US6579250B2 (en) 2001-01-22 2003-06-17 Edward S. Robbins, III Chairmat with foot massage area
US20040000076A1 (en) * 2002-07-01 2004-01-01 Celmo George D. Stress reduction kit and method of using same
US6742289B2 (en) 2002-07-01 2004-06-01 Medical Device Group, Inc. Stress reduction kit and method of using same
US20040082890A1 (en) * 2002-10-28 2004-04-29 Kuo Chun Fu Foot kneading rug having bulges of different hardnesses
US20040204665A1 (en) * 2003-04-09 2004-10-14 Julian Chu Massage cushion
US20040210175A1 (en) * 2003-04-21 2004-10-21 Robbins Edward S. Blow-molded foot rest
GB2412873A (en) * 2004-04-05 2005-10-12 James * Salt David Foot massage mat
US20060004308A1 (en) * 2004-06-30 2006-01-05 Kimii Yamauchi Acupressure system and methods
US20060207011A1 (en) * 2005-03-18 2006-09-21 Amg Medical Inc. Safety bath and shower mat
US7520003B2 (en) * 2005-03-18 2009-04-21 Amg Medical Inc. Safety bath and shower mat
US20070173385A1 (en) * 2006-01-26 2007-07-26 Erez Cohenca Method and device for using weights and massage on bodies
US20080022561A1 (en) * 2006-07-28 2008-01-31 James Kenneth Klavano Massage sandals
US7614167B2 (en) 2006-07-28 2009-11-10 Australia Unlimited, Inc. Massage sandals
US20080124509A1 (en) * 2006-11-27 2008-05-29 Wayne Scott Boise Mat, and Its Corresponding Components, Pieces, Objects, Software, Kits, Devices, Material, Apparatus, System, Machines, Displays, and Accessories
US20080194361A1 (en) * 2007-02-09 2008-08-14 Hadar Mfg., Co. Base with improved internal structure
US20100234189A1 (en) * 2009-03-12 2010-09-16 Teo Industriedesign Gmbh Walkable plate for assisting the motor function of living creatures, especially human motor function
US20140336012A1 (en) * 2009-03-31 2014-11-13 Prasad Gourineni Achilles stretching devices and methods performed therewith
US9682003B2 (en) * 2009-03-31 2017-06-20 Prasad Gourineni Achilles stretching devices and methods performed therewith
US20110314697A1 (en) * 2010-06-28 2011-12-29 Kun Huang Enterprise Co., Ltd. Anti-slip fabric and insole using the same
US20120190485A1 (en) * 2011-01-25 2012-07-26 Aurbach Phillip S Impact-Indicating Athletic Court Target Device
US20150150745A1 (en) * 2011-11-07 2015-06-04 Kresimir Strlek Set-down Device and Stimulator, also Method for Neurophysiological Stimulation and use of a Stimulator
US20140088474A1 (en) * 2012-09-25 2014-03-27 Galina Bukharina Foldable and expandable pressure point mat
USD782827S1 (en) * 2013-12-17 2017-04-04 Anthony Jenkins Bristles for hairbrush
US20160309838A1 (en) * 2014-01-09 2016-10-27 Moo Eon HA Shoe sole and shoe having same
USD750795S1 (en) * 2014-06-12 2016-03-01 Hao T Cao Foot treatment device
WO2016106356A1 (en) * 2014-12-23 2016-06-30 Ergodriven Mat for standing with raised features
US10219644B2 (en) 2014-12-23 2019-03-05 Ryan Feeley Mat for standing with raised features
WO2016139369A1 (en) * 2015-03-05 2016-09-09 Murnaghan Shane Patrick A massage device
USD782750S1 (en) * 2015-12-04 2017-03-28 Robin Denney Scratch and massage mat for pets
USD816273S1 (en) * 2016-08-12 2018-04-24 Rita Odibi Wall mounted back scrubbing brush
US10149512B1 (en) * 2017-10-24 2018-12-11 Health Shoes Plus, Inc. Massage shoes with combination arch support
US10188172B1 (en) * 2017-10-24 2019-01-29 Health Shoes Plus, Inc. Massage insole with multiple support regions

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US5607749A (en) Ergonomic kinetic acupressure massaging system
US1904039A (en) Body exercising apparatus
US5099829A (en) Massage device good for eyes
EP0288482B1 (en) Vibratory massaging device
CN1050507C (en) Outsole of shoe
US4832006A (en) Massage apparatus
KR100205142B1 (en) Isole
CA1132418A (en) Massaging device
US4402686A (en) Pinched nerve instrument
US6551225B1 (en) Flexible hemispherical exercise
US5843005A (en) Device for deep tissue massage and ionic therapy
US3993053A (en) Pulsating massage system
US1818146A (en) Gum massaging device
US6715221B1 (en) Foot stimulating shoe insole
US4852553A (en) Self-administering reflex massage therapy apparatus
US6036719A (en) Muscular therapy treatment apparatus for spine muscles
EP0097698A1 (en) Massage tread for human skin
US4114612A (en) Tension relieving device
CA2416646C (en) Portable acupressure therapeutic treatment device
US5978965A (en) Upper body garment
US5158073A (en) Acupressure foot massage mat
US4479495A (en) Acupressure point stimulator device
US4421110A (en) Massage and exercise mat
US9675802B2 (en) Method and apparatus for stimulating the lower back and abdominal muscles
US5250067A (en) Body treatment pad having a multiple number of sharpened skin-penetration protuberances