ErgoPad® system:s

The modular foot orthosis

ErgoPad system:s, Schuheinlage, Orthopädische Einlage

Around 65 to 75 percent of the adult population suffer from foot deformities and complaints. With ErgoPad systems an orthopedic orthosis can be assembled that is perfectly fitted to the indication. This is because the soft foam foot orthosis offers a special base layer for all common foot misalignments, and this can be combined with top layer variants in different materials, thicknesses and shapes. Depending upon the severity of the indication, the orthopedic orthoses stabilize the longitudinal arch, correct the position of the ankle complex and reduce forefoot pain.

  • Variable construction depending upon indication 
  • The configurator makes the selection of the base and top layers easy
  • Suitable for normal and comfort shoes

Indication-dependent use

The most common foot misalignments include the various degrees of (valgus) splayfoot and hollow foot. They form the basis for the construction of the ErgoPad systems. Depending upon indication, the orthotist can choose between five short-sole and five long-sole base layers. The top layer variants (cushion layers and covers) are divided into Basic, Standard and Pro so that these can be selected on the basis of the patient's requirements. The patient thus gets an orthopedic orthosis that is precisely matched to his symptoms.

Orthosis configurator

The configurator makes it easier to choose between the comprehensive range of options. In three steps, it shows all glued combination options made up of top and base layers of the orthoses, including the item numbers.

Step 1: Selection of the shoe (normal or comfort shoe)

Step 2: Determination of the indication:

  • Mild splayfoot 
  • Mild flat foot 
  • Pronounced (valgus) splayfoot 
  • Pronounced (valgus) splayfoot with heel pain
  • Mild/moderate hollow foot

Step 3: Selection of the top layer variant that is offered glued to the base layer in question (Basic, Standard and Pro)

Designs and uses/indications

ErgoPad systems are modular orthoses oriented towards the five most common foot deformities. They can be worn in normal and comfort shoes with removable inlays of at least 5 mm in thickness.

Only available from medical retailers

The ErgoPad systems orthoses are only available from a medical retailer/orthotist. He will take all the necessary measurements of the foot and establish the status of the foot by physical examination, imprint foam/blueprint or digital measurement technology. Following this measurement process, he will then produce a custom-made foot orthosis, taking the relevant footwear into account.

Special features of the ErgoPad system:s

  • Indication-dependent soft foam foot orthosis in a sandwich construction (bonded and non-bonded variants) 
  • Physiologically safe materials
  • Adequate orthopedic support for the foot arches

Construction of the foot orthosis

ErgoPad system:s

1) Top cover
Different materials available for the top cover

2) Cushion layer
Selection of EVA/PE cushion layers

3) Base layer
High-quality EVA base layer in five different variants

Uses/Indications

  • Suitable for people with the typical degrees of skew foot, flat foot, splayfoot or hollow foot 

Serviceable life

  • Load- and indication-dependent serviceable life
  • We recommend that the functional properties be checked regularly 

Cleaning instructions

  • Top covers and foot orthosis surfaces should, if necessary, be wiped with a mild detergent/disinfectant (except for leather covers).
  • Not machine-washable
  • Do not expose to direct heat (heater, direct sunlight)
  • Allow to air dry 

Modification instructions – specific information for medical retailers

Glued foot orthosis variants:

  • Lateral machining usually only in the forefoot area, in order to fit the foot orthosis to the shoe shape
  • When the glued foot orthosis variants are heated, uneven heating of the top layer and
  • Base layer materials, shrinkage and detachment of glued connections must be anticipated. 

Non-glued base layers:

  • Modification and subsequent glueing with top layer 
  • Lateral machining in midfoot and hindfoot area
  • Lateral machining in the forefoot area, in order to fit the foot orthosis to the shoe shape
  • Glueing becomes necessary where non-glued model variants are to be modified by orthopedic structures. For this, the bottom coating and the construction materials must be roughened (grit 24 - 100), and glued and pressed using conventional adhesives (e.g. Renia topfit, etc.) according to the glue manufacturer's instructions.
  • Thermal deformation, e.g. using individual patient lasts, is possible at approx. 80˚C – 100˚C for approx. 30 seconds. Caution: Shrinkage of the EVA base layer is possible.

Indications

Main indications:

  • Mild splayfoot
  • Mild flat foot
  • Pronounced (valgus) splayfoot
  • Pronounced (valgus) splayfoot with heel pain 
  • Mild/moderate hollow foot 

Concomitant indications:

  • Achilles tendon complaints
  • Knee/back pain 

Mode of action

Depending upon the severity of the foot deformity, the thermal reinforcement in the base layers stabilizes the longitudinal arch and provides comfortable support. In addition, the slight to more pronounced heel cup and the instep support correct the position of the ankle complex. The anatomically shaped transverse arch pad counteracts increased forefoot pain.

Tips

  • When selecting your foot orthosis, think about when and for what purpose you want to use it. The type of foot orthosis depends on the footwear being worn. The shoe and the foot orthosis must fit together!
  • You can find information about how to keep your feet in top condition here!