Patent Number: 6,170,176

Title: Shoe apparatus and method

Abstract: An orthopedic shoe appliance is provided having a pad with a wedge. The wedge is located on the pad in the area where the big toe would rest on the pad. The wedge provides a means to elevate the big toe up from the top planar surface of the pad. The relation between the pad and the wedge is defined by an angle. The angle is preferably in the range of from 20 to 30 degrees for normal ambulation. A method of providing for improved stability of the foot structure during ambulation comprising the steps of providing an orthopedic shoe appliance having a pad, said pad being provided with a wedge, said wedge being located on said pad in an area where a big toe would rest on said pad, said wedge providing a means to elevate said big toe up from a top planar surface of said pad during ambulation, and, said wedge providing an angle.

Inventors: Clough; James G. (Great Falls, MT)


International Classification: A43B 17/02 (20060101); A43B 17/00 (20060101); A61F 5/14 (20060101); A61F 005/14 ()

Expiration Date: 01/09/2018