Ergonomics is the applied science focused on the design or arrangement of items that allow people to interact with their workplace in a safe and efficient manner. The study and practice of ergonomics extends far beyond the design of a seat, car controls, or instruments. Its concepts can be used in almost everything within health and safety, including items at your workplace and around your home.
Ergonomics strives to improve the workplace environment in the hopes of preventing injuries. Founder and CEO, Dr. Kevan Orvitz recognized that insoles could revolutionize the workplace and improve the daily experience of workers spending long hours on their feet. He saw that anti-fatigue matting was expensive and could not protect workers who were mobile during their workday. His solution was to create a personalized comfort zone for all workers.
Dr. Orvitz was able to combine his experience as a practicing podiatrist, and his time working in a manufacturing plant, which led to the development of the ergonomically designed MEGAComfort Personal Anti-Fatigue Mat (PAM) insole. The PAM insole features a deep heel cup and arch cushioning and is available in multiple sizes to properly fit each worker.
Recently, the Ergonomics International Journal published a study ”Effects of an Insole Program in a Manufacturing Setting: Impact on Lower Extremity Muscle Activity”. This study featured workers who spent a great deal of time during their workday standing or walking on concrete floors. These workers had used anti-fatigue matting in the past, and had recently changed to anti-fatigue insoles. MEGAComfort was honored to provide the insoles for this study.
The study results found that with the use of ergonomic insoles, 98% of the workers surveyed reported a reduction in aches and pains in their feet, lower legs, hips and lower back. This observation was supported objectively using electromyography (EMG) – the recording of electrical activity of muscles. The EMG results indicated a statistically significant reduction in lower leg muscle activity by 9.6% in workers while they were wearing the insoles compared to not wearing the insoles.
Therefore, the study was able to conclude that wearing ergonomically designed insoles, that limit muscle activity during each work shift can have a positive cumulative effect over the course of a worker’s career. As well it confirmed that insoles could be considered a cost-effective alternative to anti-fatigue floor matting.