US970497A - Attachment for crutches. - Google Patents

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US970497A
US970497A US42906808A US1908429068A US970497A US 970497 A US970497 A US 970497A US 42906808 A US42906808 A US 42906808A US 1908429068 A US1908429068 A US 1908429068A US 970497 A US970497 A US 970497A
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    • 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
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K. 1). HARDING. ATTACHMENT FOR GRUTGHES. APPLICATION FILED APILM, 1908.

Patented Sept. 20, 1 91 0.

- KATHRYN DOROTHY HARDING, OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS.

ATTACHMENT FOR CRUTCHES.

Specification of Letters Patent.

Application filed April 24, 1908. Serial No. 429,068.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, KATHRYN DOROTHY Hanmnma citizen of the United States, re-

siding at 'Evanston, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented a certain new and useful Attachment for Crutches, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to that class of devices which are designed to provide means to keep the crutch from slipping when on ice or other Slll')|)tl' places, which means may be retracted and brought out of engagement with the ground or other surface walked upon.

levircs of this kind with which I am famil z r are subject to the objection that the user ms to stop and turn the crutch up, making the necessary adjustment at the bottom.

My invention has for its object to provide -a novel attachment which may beextended or retracted at the will of the user without removing the crutch from the arm-pit, and to construct such device so that it may be used as an attachment and placed upon crutches of the ordinary or usual construction.

My means of accomplishing the foregoing may be more readily understood by'having reference to the accompany-in drawings which are hereunto attached an are a part of this specification; in which' Figure 1, shows my improvement applied to a crutch. Fi 2, is a cross section taken on the line double X in Fig.1. Fig. 3, is an enlarged detail View of my device. Fig. 4, is a top or plan view of the same.

Similar reference numerals refer to similar parts throughout the entire description.

As shown in Fig. 1, the crutch is provided with arms 1 and 2, a concave top-piece 3, a cross-pieced for a hand rest, and a tip 5.

So far as described the crutch is of the usual, ordinary construction.

My attachment consists, as more clearly shown in Figs. 3 and 4, of a member 6, which may be conveniently formed of tubing. The inner diameter of this tubing con- ;forms with the exterior of the t1 p 5; a series of teeth 20, detachably secured in shoulders 8 formed u on the member 6, are adapted to engage t e surface of the ice or other slippery surface upon which the user is walking. The member 6 is connected to a rod 7 by means of three arms 9, 10 and 11, the upper ends of which are welded together and provided with an internal, screw-threaded opening 12, ada ted to receive the lower end 13 of the rod which has threads cut thereon to coincide with the threads in the opening 12. The rod 7 may be carried in Patented Sept. 20, 1910.

bearings 14 and 15 which may be fastened to the arms 1 and 2, of the crutch, by screws,

or any other convenient method of fllStGIl-r ing. The hearin 15 is provided with an opening 16 to receive a pin 17 fixedl mounted upon the rod 7, a handle 18 0 any desired form may be attached to the upper end of the rod 7; a flat spring 19 is secured to a rearwardly extending portion 20 of the bearing 15, the said spring exerting a tension to hold the pin 17 in the opening 16.

The operation of this device isas follows:-Normal1y the attachment is in the position shown in Fig. 1. When it is desired to use the teeth to prevent the sli ping of the crutch the handle 18 is moved alerally until the pin 17 is removed from the opening 16, the rod 7 is then pushed downwardly until the pin 17 comes below the bearing 15, this projects the teeth 20 beyond the tip 5 so that they are in a position to engage the surface upon which the user-is walking. They are prevented from retraction by the engagement of the pin 17 with the lower edge of the bearing 15, the rod- 7 being held firmlyagainst the hearing by the pressure exerted by the flat spring 19. it is obvioustrom the above description that the user may advance or retract the teeth 20 while the crutch rests beneath the arm, with perfect case, while the convenient method of attaching the teeth provides ton their renewal when they are worn off. The method of at- 11 to the lower end of the rod enables one to immediately remove the attachment from the crutchfwhcn desired, as in the summer time for instance, when such an attachment would not be required, thus avoiding the necessity of carrying its weight except when it is needed.

I desire to be understood that my invention is not limited to any specific form of arrangement of parts except in so far as such limitations are specified in the claims.

Having described my invention, what-I regard as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is

1. ln a device of the character described, the combination with a crutch of a tubular member surrolmding the tip of the crutch, detachable teeth mounted upon said memher, a plurality of arms extending upwardly from said member, said arms forming a socket having internal threads'therein, a rod mounted in said socket, a series of bearings for said rod said bearings being detachably secured to -said crutch, means to project or retract said member and teeth, means to hold said member in position.

2. In a device of the character described, the combination with a crutch of a tubular member surrounding the tip of the crutch, a plurality of teeth formed on the lower edge of said member, a plurality of arms extending upwardly from said member, said arms forming a socket having internal threads therein, a rod mounted in said socket, a

' series of bearings for said rod, said bearings being detachably secured to said crutch, means to project or retract said member and teeth, means to hold said member in position.

3. In a device of the character described, the combination with a crutch of a tubular member surrounding the tip of the crutch,

detachable teeth mounted on saidmember,

a rod detachably secured to said member, a series of bearings for said rod, said bear ings being detachably' secured to said crutch, means to project or retract said member and teeth, means to hold said member in position.

4c. In a device of the character described, the combination With a crutch of a tubular member surrounding the tip of the crutch, detachable'teeth mounted upon said member, a rod detachably secured to said member, a series of bearings for said rod, said bearings being detachably secured to said crutch, means to project or retract said member and teeth, spring actuated means to hold said member in position.

KATHRYN DOROTHY HARDING.

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Cited By (9)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
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US2449509A (en) * 1947-02-24 1948-09-14 Sidney H Richards Nonskid device for crutches and the like
US2501890A (en) * 1947-03-17 1950-03-28 Sr David A Desso Creeper attachment for crutches or canes
US3376880A (en) * 1967-04-27 1968-04-09 Stark Walter Nonskid attachment for the groundengaging ends of canes, crutches and the like
US3646949A (en) * 1970-05-22 1972-03-07 Maurice W Streeter Crutch with retractable ice gripper
DE3300280A1 (en) * 1982-01-21 1983-07-28 Josef Lottner Sliding protection body for the cane of a walking aid
DE3508347A1 (en) * 1985-03-08 1986-09-11 Miroslaw Janowicz Antislip body for the cane of a walking aid
US7503337B1 (en) * 2007-07-30 2009-03-17 Morgan Timothy A Grip tip assembly for walking aids
US20120186617A1 (en) * 2011-01-25 2012-07-26 Lawrence Jay Kutz Non-slip tip system
US9386831B1 (en) * 2014-02-07 2016-07-12 Kenneth Herman Raihala Ice cleat accessory for a walking aid retrieving tip

Cited By (10)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2449509A (en) * 1947-02-24 1948-09-14 Sidney H Richards Nonskid device for crutches and the like
US2501890A (en) * 1947-03-17 1950-03-28 Sr David A Desso Creeper attachment for crutches or canes
US3376880A (en) * 1967-04-27 1968-04-09 Stark Walter Nonskid attachment for the groundengaging ends of canes, crutches and the like
US3646949A (en) * 1970-05-22 1972-03-07 Maurice W Streeter Crutch with retractable ice gripper
DE3300280A1 (en) * 1982-01-21 1983-07-28 Josef Lottner Sliding protection body for the cane of a walking aid
DE3508347A1 (en) * 1985-03-08 1986-09-11 Miroslaw Janowicz Antislip body for the cane of a walking aid
US7503337B1 (en) * 2007-07-30 2009-03-17 Morgan Timothy A Grip tip assembly for walking aids
US20120186617A1 (en) * 2011-01-25 2012-07-26 Lawrence Jay Kutz Non-slip tip system
US8555907B2 (en) * 2011-01-25 2013-10-15 Lawrence Jay Kutz Non-slip tip system
US9386831B1 (en) * 2014-02-07 2016-07-12 Kenneth Herman Raihala Ice cleat accessory for a walking aid retrieving tip

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