Capturing Insights from Biomechanics
A High-Performance Partnership with FORCE Lab
Our innovative approach to insole design and development is rooted in data-driven biomechanics research. We’re proudly partnered with the Functional Orthopedic Research Center of Excellence (FORCE) Laboratory, led by Dr. Christine Pollard at Oregon State University-Cascades (OSU-C). Dr. Pollard and the FORCE Lab conduct cutting-edge research and intervention strategies for injuries, and through our partnership, we’re able to leverage breakthrough research and technology in the field of biomechanics, as well as expert resources in orthopedics, sports medicine, and physical therapy.
FORCE Lab is specifically focused on how to optimize musculoskeletal function and performance and promote well-being through the study of human movement, helping to inform the data-driven approach of our own biomechanical research team.
Enabling Crucial, Quantified Benefits
All INSITE® insoles are made utilizing the research and testing available to us at FORCE Lab through our partnership. This research provides valuable insights into critical areas of ergonomic performance:
We perform comfort perception testing as part of our Proven Comfort™ method, capturing individual perceptions of what comfort really means through in-depth psychometric surveys. This helps us quantify the fit, placement, and cushioning of the insole during different movements and activities.
Part of our biomechanics testing, endurance testing allows us to examine oxygen consumption and muscle response during athletic activity. These data points help us determine the level of performance the insole can support, and ensure it is appropriate for the type, duration, and intensity of movement required by the specific footwear product.
We use 3D motion capture to track the body’s center of mass while using INSITE insoles, as well as pressure testing to assess underfoot stability. These data, based on real human movement, give us a better understanding of how INSITE insoles can support balance.
Gain Greater Confidence in Your Footwear Line
We aren’t just testing our insoles through our partnership with FORCE Lab. When you work with INSITE®, you’ll be able to apply Dr. Pollard’s research into improved biomechanical efficiency, comfort, and injury prevention and deliver greater ergonomic benefits to your customers.
When it comes to innovation, our work is never done. With the help of Dr. Pollard and the cutting-edge work of FORCE Lab, INSITE continues to build on its previous work with podiatrists and athletic programs, delivering ergonomic insoles that fit the exact form and function of your footwear designs.
Where data meets wear testing
Our data-driven approach to insoles goes beyond the lab and into the field, putting our insoles and your footwear onto the feet of real-life customers for thorough wear testing. In partnership with MESH01, we supplement our research and testing with reliable customer feedback before your product goes to market. This feedback ensures INSITE insoles can stand up to everything from high-intensity athletic training to a long day on the job.