Podoactiva becomes an official supplier of SD Eibar
Podoactiva and SD Eibar have signed a collaboration agreement through which the leading podiatry and biomechanics company becomes an official supplier for the Basque club for the next four seasons.
Alexis Aguirre, the head podiatrist at Podoactiva Bilbao, will be responsible, along with his team, for carrying out biomechanical studies of footprints, clinical podiatry treatments and the customisation of insoles, shin guards and studs, among other services, while they’ll also use the company’s latest innovation, the Podoactiva e-Feet kinematic analysis system with inertial markers.
With this partnership, Podoactiva is strengthening its presence in the world of top-level sports in the Basque Country, having already provided podiatric services for more than 15 years in Gipuzkoa, Bizkaia and Álava for athletes, as well as for any other type of patient. This healthcare network is complemented by the research and innovation work carried out through the Podiatric Institute of the Basque Country project.
Aguirre stated: “It is a real source of pride and a challenge to be able to look after the health of the feet and the footwork of the players at a club as representative and special as SD Eibar. This year, we are embarking on a journey where we’ll bring all our enthusiasm and experience, focusing on innovation, the application of technological solutions for the optimisation of sporting performance and the prevention of injuries.”
Meanwhile, Unai Artetxe, the Business Director at Sociedad Deportiva Eibar, also expressed his delight at the agreement: “It allows us to continue expanding our portfolio of partners and, in turn, to continue offering our players maximum care during their daily activities.”
Podoactiva is a technology-based company specialising in podiatry and biomechanics, and it was founded in Huesca in 2006 by Víctor Alfaro and Javier Alfaro. With more than 300 employees (half of them technical professionals and researchers) and more than 200 clinics and podiatric units spread throughout Spain, the company is moving towards full national implementation and also has 14 clinics and international units in nine countries. Podoactiva’s headquarters, located in the Walqa Technology Park, is also the largest podiatry and biomechanics centre in Europe dedicated to diagnosis and treatment.
The excellence in treatments and consultation protocols, the focus on the patient, the development of research projects, either in-house or as part of international consortiums, and the constant innovation are the hallmarks of Podoactiva, whose DNA is based on technology. This innovation includes the internationally patented 3D Scan Sport Podoactiva®, the 4D movement analysis using an exclusive Podoactiva system through inertial markers (IMU), the minimally invasive technique of Ambulatory Foot Surgery and the first intelligent insoles on the market.
The corporate positioning also focuses on sustainability, through the installation of solar panels to generate electricity and the objective of “zero waste”; on training, through the launch of WAPS, the first online platform for specialisation in sports podiatry, and through the planned implementation of a Degree in Podiatry with the University of Zaragoza; and on social responsibility, through the work carried out by the Podoactiva Foundation since 2013.
Of Podoactiva’s one million patients, some 5,000 are elite athletes. The company’s proven track record in the development of protocols and proprietary technologies for the prevention of ailments and the optimisation of sporting performance in various disciplines has been recognised with the National Award for Arts and Sciences Applied to Sport for 2021, part of the National Sports Awards presented by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain. Podoactiva is also a supplier of the Spanish Olympic and Paralympic Teams, the Spanish Football Federation, various football and basketball clubs in the main European leagues and other teams in other sports, such as Movistar Team in cycling.