ErgoPad® system:s with PowerDots
Walk your own way
Over 80 percent of all foot deformities have an underlying hypotonic muscular tension condition – i.e. a reduced capacity of the skeletal musculature. Arch decreased and splay foot are similarly common conditions. For these symptoms Bauerfeind offers the ErgoPad system:s soft foam foot orthosis with a muscle-stimulating PowerDots cushion layer. When worn on a daily basis it improves coordination, sense of balance and muscular stability.
- Muscle-stimulating cushion layer for hypotonic symptoms
- Combination with ErgoPad system:s soft foam foot orthosis
- Suitable for normal shoes during leisure and everyday activities
Beneficial impulses for feet and musculature
The elements of the PowerDots cushion layer revitalize the musculature in the sole of the foot and follow the rising chains of muscles. The slightly raised pads send sensorimotor stimuli to muscles, tendons and joints, thereby optimizing posture and coordination. Starting from the feet, the foot orthoses bring the body back into balance.
The massage effect of the PowerDots relaxes the sole of the foot and the calf. The precisely measured stimulus near the little toes and in the metatarsal and hindfoot area influences the muscular and tendon structures of the foot. The mechanical impulses can strengthen weakened musculature and thereby stabilize the lower ankle.
During movement there is a repeated stimulus so that every step actively harmonizes the body structure and permanently improves the posture. The optimized coordination of the chains of muscles helps the body achieve greater stability and improves coordination and the sense of balance.
Designs and uses/indications
The PowerDots cushion layer is combined with the base layer B from ErgoPad system:s and offered in sizes 35 to 48. In addition to the glued version, the cushion layer is also available as "top layer separate" in the familiar ErgoPad system:s shape (sizes 35-48).
Only available from medical retailers
The ErgoPad system:s foot orthoses with PowerDots 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. He then optimally fits the foot orthoses to the status of the foot and to the shoes worn.
- PowerDots elements stimulate the musculature of the sole of the foot and the continuing trunk and spinal musculature.
- The light, nubbed texture also improves the sensory perception on the soles of the feet during walking.*
Construction of the foot orthosis
1.) Little toe bed / spot
Extends the toes and the musculature acting upon the toes. The contact of the foot is better in the push-off phase.
2.) Lateral metatarsal spot
Stimulates the musculature that acts upon the forefoot and thus optimizes the heel-to-toe movement and relieves the Achilles tendon.
3.) Lateral hindfoot spot
Stimulates the calf musculature and increases muscle tension. It stabilizes the lower ankle, optimizes movement control of the hindfoot and reduces the risk of twisting.
4.) Medial hindfoot spot
Controls the tibial musculature and increases muscle tension. It stabilizes the lower ankle, optimizes the movement control of the hindfoot and raises the longitudinal arch of the foot.
The finished foot orthosis is made up of a high-quality base layer from the ErgoPad system:s range and the muscle-stimulating PowerDots cushion layer.
1.) PowerDots cushion layer
2.) ErgoPad system:s base layer B
- Adults of all ages with degenerative, hypotonic muscles, i.e. reduced capacity of the skeletal musculature (muscle tone)
- Adults with particular awareness of health issues
- Those interested in muscle-stimulating foot orthosis care
- For leisure and everyday life
A slight reduction in the height of the spots is normal and depends on the load. Regular checking of the functional properties by an orthotist is recommended.
- Wipe the top of the orthosis using a mild cleaner/disinfectant if necessary.
- Not machine-washable
- Do not expose to direct heat (heater, direct sunlight)
- Allow to air dry
Modification instructions – specific information for medical retailers
The PowerDots cushion layer should be combined with the base layer B of the ErgoPad system:s and can by covered with microfiber if required.
When combining the PowerDots cushion layer with other foot orthosis base layers / cores, it is essential to ensure that the plantar flexors of the posterial compartment can lie flat and that they are not – as is very frequently observed – subjected to pressure by the foot orthosis base layer / core.
Recommendations for fitting to footwear and foot situation
The product is available in individual sizes (sizes 35-48; one width). The cushion layer with PowerDots is made of EVA/PE foam pressed with high pressure. The cushion layer can therefore be easily ground both on the foot side and laterally. Tools: pumice stone, grinding belt (grit 40-100) blade disk (Ø 100 mm)
When gluing the cushion layer to the relevant base layer or top cover, conventional adhesives (e.g. Renia topfit etc.) should be used in accordance with the glue manufacturer's instructions, and the layers should then be pressed adequately together.
Orthopedic orthoses with PowerDots are suitable for hypotonic symptoms.
- Harmonizes posture and movement
- Relaxes the muscles in the sole of the foot and the calf
- Improved stability, coordination and sense of balance
Mode of action
Proprioceptive foot orthoses stimulate the muscles that influence the foot by stimulating the body's own sensorimotor system "from the inside". The sensorimotor system guides and controls movements on the basis of sensory feedback (stimuli). In the human body, it provides extremely important information for the sense of balance and the powers of coordination. The sensory cells in skin, muscles, tendons and joint capsules are stimulated by reflex, thereby improving sensitivity to position in space, muscular tension and the posture of the entire body. The mechanical impulses of the PowerDots cushion layer improve self-perception (deep sensitivity) and help to reduce the muscular response time and latency period.
- When selecting your foot orthosis, think about when and for what purpose you want to use it. The type of foot orthoses 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.