Orthosis·Prevention/Occupational Safety

Design-tested and thus safe

Orthopedic orthoses for safety shoes in Germany

From Bauerfeind Life Magazin on 01.10.2017

Unlike foot orthoses for private use, those used with safety shoes are subject to specific requirements that must be verified through design testing of both the shoe and orthosis. The three foot orthoses ErgoPad work:h, ErgoPad work:x, and ErgoPad work for safety shoes from Bauerfeind have been tested with a wide range of models from the leading safety shoe manufacturers and thus meet these requirements. The online shoe finder is a quick way to find information about all possible combinations.

Depending on the indication and the worker’s needs, Bauerfeind offers three different foot orthoses, which have been design-tested with safety shoes from the leading manufacturers in accordance with the standard DGUV 112-191 (formerly BGR 191). In detail , each tested unit consisting of a shoe and foot orthosis complies with DIN EN 20345 for safety shoes as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as well as DIN 61340 for electrostatics.

The ErgoPad trio for occupational safety

The ErgoPad work:h is especially beneficial to workers with chronic heel and ankle pain or heel spurs, with its self-supporting synthetic core that immediately relieves strain in the painful area. The fan-shaped cutout in the core that surrounds the midfoot alleviates the tensile stress on the aponeurosis and provides relief. This suppresses irritation and inflammation over the long term.
The ErgoPad work:x foot orthosis supports the foot’s natural mobility through its integrated weightflex core: It directs force from the outside to the inside via two pivoting points, thus supporting the foot’s torsional stability and optimizing the wearer’s gait pattern. Moderate longitudinal and transversal arch supports raise the feet , provide stabilization, and reduce unphysiological loads. The third product in the range is the ErgoPad work for safety shoes, a 2-component active core orthosis that provides optimum guidance for the foot from the heel to the toes, thus relieving strain on the foot and the whole body during the working day, especially for those who stand and walk a lot.
Both the ErgoPad work:h and the ErgoPad work:x are prefabricated, partially bonded, and available as an open version. In addition, they are also available with short-leg compensation, a pronation wedge or a supination wedge (with or without longitudinal arch filling).

Database for safety shoes

Bauerfeind’s shoe finder offers practical help in selecting the right combination of safety shoe and orthopedic foot orthosis. The database quickly and easily finds the shoe models that have been design-tested with Bauerfeind foot orthoses. The database is constantly growing and already contains a wide range of models from Albatros, Atlas, BAAK, Elten, Haix, Puma, Steitz Secura and Wohlfahrth.

ErgoPad work:h and ErgoPad work:x

Further information

The shoe finder can be accessed online at all times at www.bauerfeind.de/schuhfinderHere, a number of downloads are available, including a guide to foot orthosis provision for safety specialists.

www.bauerfeind.de/bgm provides comprehensive information on occupational health management.

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