Insoles an Alternative to Anti-fatigue Floor Mats
MEGAComfort, a maker of shoe insoles, has developed “personal anti-fatigue mats” that fit directly into work shoes or boots. These insoles are ideal for situations when a larger anti-fatigue mat is impractical.
Ergonomic injuries in the workplace cost businesses significant amounts of money every year. These injuries can impact almost any part of the body, but in workers who spend most of the day standing, the feet, knees, hips and back are particularly susceptible to problems. Many people who work on their feet complain of pain and soreness in these areas, and some workplaces install anti-fatigue mats in front of workstations to help prevent pain.
What can be done for workers who are on the move, though, perhaps working at construction sites or delivering packages? MEGAComfort, a maker of shoe insoles, has developed “personal anti-fatigue mats” that fit directly into work shoes or boots (including steel-toed boots). These insoles are ideal for situations when a larger anti-fatigue mat is impractical.
How Personal Anti-Fatigue Mats Work
MEGAComfort insoles, which were created by a podiatrist, are made using dual layered memory foam that helps absorb shock and increase comfort. This foam is molded to comfortably fit the feet and provide cushioning for the heels, toes and balls of the feet by reducing pressures on those points. The memory cells can also help with motion control.
The insoles are made from materials that are anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-perspiration. They also have aeration holes to regulate temperature, so they could be used in hot work environments. They’re also machine washable, making cleaning easy.
The company’s field tests have found that users experienced a 35 percent reduction in pain while wearing the insoles, with improvements in the knees, back and feet. Additionally, users experienced less muscle fatigue than they did when using regular insoles.
Additional Benefits of Insoles
Wearing memory foam insoles can make employees feel more comfortable on the job, but according to MEGAComfort, they also benefit companies in many ways. Businesses may see a reduction in costs related to workers’ compensation claims and health care, as well as a decrease in time spent away from work due to ergonomic injuries. Overall, these changes can help increase productivity, since workers will be healthier.
Insoles also make cleaning and maintenance easier for businesses because employees can clean the insoles in the washing machine. The risk of any slips, trips and falls associated with floor mats can also be reduced with the use of insoles. MEGAComfort also points out that safety managers may be able to use money from more than one budget (PPE, floor matting, wellness, etc.) to invest in insoles, which could make the adoption of this new type of PPE simpler.
These insoles would work well for employees in manufacturing, laboratories, construction sites, restaurants, retail environments and many other locations. MEGAComfort Personal Anti-Fatigue Mats are available in 12 sizes for $26.95.