Industrial Orthotic Design: Exceptional Comfort For Prolonged Standing

Does your job require you to stand on your feet for long periods? Are you looking for more comfort?

If you are experiencing pain as an industrial worker, you aren’t alone. A 2016 research study examined 54 000 individuals and discovered a link between occupational standing and low back pain. Participants who stood for substantial periods of time (greater than 4 hours a day) were significantly more likely to report pain in their lower back and lower extremities.  Interestingly, this connection persisted even among participants who spent as little as 2 to 4 hours a day standing.

Fastword to 2022, a recent study delved into the multifaceted factors contributing to low back pain in industrial workers.Beyond the mere act of standing, the research theorized that a constellation of additional factors played pivotal roles in worker’s experiencing pain. Repetitive movements emerged as a factor. Workers who needed to repeatedly bend were 97% more likely to report low back pain. Moreover, the act of lifting heavy loads on a consistent basis and the act of standing on unyielding and unforgiving surfaces were also identified as significant contributors to the occurrence of low back pain among industrial workers.

Our Industrial Orthotics offer a unique solution, meticulously crafted to address the unique challenges faced by those who work and stand on hard surfaces. This orthotic offers increased shock absorption providing a cushioning that can significantly alleviate the strain imposed on the lower back. Additionally, our industrial orthotics are durable and made to withstand the rigorous demands of the industrial environment.They also seamlessly fit into safety shoes and deep work boots without compromising the integrity of protective footwear.

Continue reading to learn why our industrial orthotics may be for you!



Double Foam Layer

X-Static & Poron XRD double cushioned foam layers provide pressure distribution that takes advantage of work boots’ deeper fit.

The X-Static foam layer has been engineered to distribute pressure evenly throughout the foot. By doing so, it optimizes the weight-bearing areas, alleviating stress and reducing the risk of discomfort, pain, and fatigue commonly associated with extended periods of standing or walking. Moreover, this innovative foam takes advantage of work boots’ deeper fit, ensuring that every contour of the foot is cradled, providing the wearer with a sense of utmost security and ease.

The Poron XRD foam layer complements this duo by further enhancing the pressure distribution capabilities. Through its dynamic responsiveness, Poron XRD adapts to the unique contours of the foot, absorbing impact forces and converting them into supportive energy, enhancing the overall stability and cushioning of the boots. The result is an unrivaled combination that not only delivers superior comfort but also significantly reduces the risk of injury, making these boots an ideal choice for even the most physically demanding tasks.


Anti-Microbial Top-Cloth

With its potent odor-reducing properties, this specialized fabric combats bacteria growth caused by prolonged wearing, thereby maintaining freshness and cleanliness throughout the day. Say goodbye to unpleasant foot odors and embrace long-lasting confidence and comfort in every step.


Hindfoot Stabilizer

Walking while carrying equipment and certain movements, such as stepping down off a ladder, can impose substantial loads on your feet, exceeding your body weight. To tackle these challenges, our orthotics incorporate a heel stabilizer. This component provides durable support to your feet, reducing the risk of injuries and enhancing overall stability during high-intensity workouts. You can confidently work all day long, knowing that your feet are well-supported.

Why Should You Choose Activity-Based Orthotics?

Our line of custom orthotics are specifically designed for you and your activities. 

We can create over 20,000 combinations of orthotics specific to your lifestyle needs by using materials with different thickness, cushioning and energy return rates.

Activity-specific orthotics will:

  • Fit better with streamlined profiles to match different shoes
  • Feel better with lighter and more durable high-tech materials
  • Perform better with activity-specific functions and benefits

You can view all our activity specific orthotics here.


Your Guide To Wearing Custom Orthotics

We often get asked how long it will take to break-in your custom orthotics. While this varies from person to person, but it can take up to 3 weeks to get used to wearing your new orthotics. It is very important to follow the break-in procedure with orthotics to minimize the risk of discomfort or injury.

Your new orthotics will likely feel different or ‘weird’ in your shoes but they should not be uncomfortable.


Wear your orthotics for short periods of time as comfort allows. Start with 1 hour the first day, then increase by an hour each day if comfortable. Remove your orthotics as soon as they start to feel uncomfortable and give your feet a rest for 2 hours. Following the rest period, place your orthotics back in your shoes. Within 3 weeks, you should be able to wear your orthotics all day.


Stage 2 starts when you can wear your orthotics all the time for casual use. Follow the steps of Stage 1 to introduce your orthotics into your sporting or strenuous work activities.

If you are in a sports team, it is a good idea to get used to your orthotics during practices before wearing them in a competitive situation. If you are not able to increase the time wearing your orthotics each day or you are not able to wear your orthotics comfortably after 3 weeks, contact your Kintec Pedorthist to book your free adjustment consultation.


How Can Kintec Help?

When you schedule an appointment with a Kintec pedorthist, they will perform a comprehensive biomechanical examination. Our fitting procedure begins with gaining insights into your lifestyle. Then, we utilize a biomechanical assessment and video gait analysis to gain a deeper understanding of how the mechanics of your feet are impacting the alignment of your legs and the overall functioning of your body.

Our Canadian Certified Pedorthist will carefully evaluate your medical history and examine your feet. Based on their findings, they will develop a personalized treatment plan that may include our walking orthotic design. 

Our goal with assessment and treatment is to:

  • provide you with education, support, and a personalized treatment plan
  • minimize your pain 
  • help you stay active on your feet, for life

If you have any questions, please call us at 604-200-3338 or make an appointment to visit us in-store.