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Arch support tool for novice orthotists and screening tool for foot-related problems in standing professions


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Two tools were developed in this project. The first tool, the arch support tool, helps the novice orthotist (or podiatrist) to make arch supports in an evidence-based way.

A second tool, a screening tool, was developed to determine the risk of foot-related biomechanical problems among workers in standing occupations. Based on this screening, the employee receives personal advice. Employees with an increased risk of foot problems benefit from a more extensive (foot) analysis and/or custom-made arch supports.


The purpose of this project was to enable orthotists to build expertise faster in order to address foot and non-foot related biomechanical problems with the help of insoles 2. The following goals were worked on for this purpose:

  • Creating a database of existing scientific evidence and current clinical practice around prescribing and producing foot orthoses.
  • Developing a screening tool and an insole tool and teaching orthopedic companies and external prevention services (EDPBWs) to work with them 2.


The tools currently available for making insoles are mainly based on the shape of the foot (measuring tapes, scanners) or the pressure under the foot (pressure plates, podoscopes, blueprints). However, literature shows that many symptoms such as knee, hip, ankle, and back pain can be prevented or alleviated by insoles 2.

Currently, orthotists have to rely on their own expertise in making insoles. Existing tools, often brochures or training, often only provide the link between back pain and lifting methods or posture. This project aims, among other things, to ensure that this expertise can be gained more quickly and that as many relevant aspects as possible are taken into account in a scientifically substantiated manner 2.

The screening tool takes into account the biomechanics of the entire body and establishes a connection between symptoms and insoles 

Our role

Our role in this project was to develop the database and tools. The researchers from Mobilab & Care also relied on a guidance group that included some experienced orthotists


  • A database was created that inventories the existing scientific evidence and current clinical practice related to prescribing and producing foot orthoses. The database contains a vast amount of data with foot characteristics, pathology, and sole concepts and the relationship between them.
  • Two tools were developed: a screening tool (mobile app) to identify the risk of foot-, knee-, hip-, and back-related disorders and an insole tool (responsive website: to design patient-specific insoles based on clinical and scientific evidence.
  • The screening tool was tested in practice in collaboration with external prevention services (EDPBW) and companies with standing employees.
  • The insole tool was tested in practice by orthopedic companies.
  • In a parallel study, it was investigated to what extent wearables and measuring equipment could be used in the screening of foot-related disorders. Several technological companies were involved in the study.
Document type Title Author Date Category Link

Screening Of Foot-related Musculoskeletal Problems In Non-sedentary Employees, How Can We Improve The Quantification?

Insole Tool to assist Orthotists in the Design of Foot Orthoses

A screening tool to identify risks on musculoskeletal disorders for non-sedentary employees



Veerle Creylman

Loves to chat about orthoses, prosthetics and how to make them as optimal as possible, for every patient!


Inge Van den Herrewegen

Forever on the path to essence and truth. Inspires at the bridge between theory and practice, science and connection.


Mario Broeckx

Researcher fascinated by technology, health and the power of breathing. Passionate cyclist and "Climber for Life".


Tom Saey

Passionate about automation of personalised 3D design, 3D scanning and 3D printing in healthcare applications.


Kris Cuppens

Draws energy from processing, analysing and presenting data. Always in the mood for a board game.


Luiza Muraru

Curious about (bio)mechanical assessment of orthotics and prosthetics. Engaged in researching and implementing tailored and innovative solutions within orthopaedic technologies


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