HBN Shoe LLC, Maker of Insolia, Chooses Tekscan's F-Scan System to Confirm Effectiveness of High Heel Insert Design

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Recognizing the need for a better solution for women suffering with pain from wearing high heels, world-renowned podiatrist Howard Dananberg, DPM created Insolia® insole inserts and used the F-Scan® system to confirm the effectiveness of the design.

a woman wearing a pair of 2-inch high heels experiences 64 percent more pressure in her forefoot than in a pair of flat shoes. Insolia reduces this to 22 percent.

The F-Scan® system was used by world-renowned podiatrist Howard Dananberg, DPM to analyze the effectiveness of insole inserts for high heels. The F-Scan is a force and pressure mapping measurement system that captures dynamic plantar pressure and force information using extremely thin, high resolution sensors placed inside the shoe.

Recognizing the need for a better solution for women suffering with pain from wearing high heels, Dr. Dananberg created Insolia® insole inserts. These inserts function to relieve the pressure on the ball of the foot. Using Tekscan's force and pressure mapping technology, Dr. Dananberg was able to pinpoint the pressure on the ball of the foot in a high heel shoe in comparison to the favorable foot position that is achieved with the insert. The accurate and quantified data that the F-Scan provides makes it the ideal tool to measure in-shoe force and plantar pressure. It gives you a view from inside the shoe without interfering with the natural foot function and gait pattern. Dr. Dananberg states, "In order to design Insolia products to work in high heeled shoes, we needed an accurate way to assess pressure loads without altering the fit or design of this type of shoe. The only pressure measuring product on the market which could allow this is the F-Scan system from Tekscan. We never could have refined our products without it, and are currently using it for other new and innovative products for the shoe manufacturing business." Dr. Dananberg also uses the F-Scan to treat patients in his Bedford, NH clinic.

Insolia insole inserts are designed to shift the weight over a larger area and away from the ball of the foot, thereby redirecting it back to the heel, and resulting in less pain. The insole inserts also help prevent the feet from moving forward within the shoes, reducing back pain and improving comfort and overall posture. Dr. Dananberg states, "a woman wearing a pair of 2-inch high heels experiences 64 percent more pressure in her forefoot than in a pair of flat shoes. Insolia reduces this to 22 percent."

Insolia is available worldwide and can be purchased directly from the Insolia website. They can also be purchased as shoes with Insolia built in to them.

Tekscan's force and pressure mapping systems are used by prominent universities, hospitals, and corporations around the world to measure force and pressure in a variety of applications including footwear research and design, gait analysis and foot function, balance assessment, and wound care. For more information, please visit our website.

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