Manufacturers

Footbalance System Ltd.

Valimotie 5 , 0151 Vantaa
Finland

Telephone +358 44 0168406
Fax +358 9 7261703
info@footbalance.com

This company is co-exhibitor of
Wulff Entre Oy

Trade fair hall

  • Hall 15 / B05
 Interactive Plan

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MEDICA 2016 hall map (Hall 15): stand B05

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MEDICA 2016 fairground map: Hall 15

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.05  Walking and mobility aids

Walking and mobility aids

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.08  Physiotherapeutic mobility aids

Physiotherapeutic mobility aids

Our products

Product category: Walking and mobility aids, Physiotherapeutic mobility aids

Solutions for Complex Foot Problems

At a FootBalance Medical clinic, podiatrists and other medical professionals specializing in foot problems conduct an in-depth analysis of the lower limbs designed to test the mobility of the foot, ankle, knee and hip. Muscle strength, ligament support and the combined movement of the lower limbs and the back are also checked. This analysis, along with the patient's medical history and activity goals, provides the practitioner with the necessary information on which to mold and shape a custom pair of insoles for the patient.

The insoles are molded while the foot is in the correct, neutral position. When needed, additional stiffiners, padding, lifts or support wedges may be added to help guide the motion of the lower limbs towards a centered alignment and natural movement. In addition to FootBalance custom insoles, the therapy program may include manipulation, pain relief treatments, and customized rehabilitation and follow-up.

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About us

Company details

The story of Footbalance starts in 2003 with Erkki Hakkala, a physiotherapist specialized in podiatric medicine. An innovator by nature, Hakkala founded a foot and lower limb analysis clinic at the Diacor Medical Centre in Helsinki to develop more modern treatment methods that would better serve patients. Inventions to improve the well-being of people have never been in short supply, but for some reason our feet have been largely neglected.

Challenge
While treating patients Hakkala grew concerned that the majority of the population is at risk from issues related to their lower limb alignment, but usually don't consider their lower limb health until coming down with a severe foot injury or acute, debilitating pain. Such conditions could be easily prevented with the right steps. Hakkala realized that easier access to preventative solutions, particularly custom insoles, was the key to raising awareness and helping people earlier. This would require a more affordable product that could step beyond the confines of medical clinics and into the context of people's everyday lives.

Action
Hakkala's first step was to address old-fashioned methods for molding custom foot orthoses that required multiple time consuming, and expensive, visits to a medical center. His second step was to develop a lighter weight insole suited to today's active lifestyles. Thousands of hours of development and product testing with doctors, medical professionals and real patients paid off in a proprietary system combining high quality foot analysis, rapid molding methods and dynamic insoles.

Innovation
The Footbalance system developed by Hakkala enables the rapid production of fully customized insoles at an ordinary retail shop in less than ten minutes - at a cost-effective price. Thanks to this innovation custom insoles can be affordably and efficiently molded anywhere. After years of work, Erkki Hakkala had attained his first target: bringing customized insoles within everyone's reach.

Commercialization
To commercialize his innovation Hakkala joined forces with Antti Pihlakoski, a leading figure in Finnish and international athletics organizations. Years earlier, injuries had forced Pihlakoski, a top runner in his day, to abandon his own athletic career. After Footbalance helped him he offered to help launch Footbalance. Through his coaching, the first pilot trials at Finnish retail stores began at the start of 2007, followed by rapid international expansion.

Future
In 2010 the Swedish private equity company Scope became a large Footbalance shareholder. Their investment enables Footbalance to build on its unique custom insole concept to reach more markets and consumers. Our insoles are now available internationally at over 1 000 sales outlets and counting.

As Footbalance expands across the globe our ultimate objective remains the same: to help the owners of the world's 13 billion different feet obtain better well-being through innovative foot support solutions!

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