About Insightful Products
Insightful Products creates innovative orthopedic braces to help people walk better. It was founded by Ian Engelman, M.S. CPO, a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist with a Master’s Degree in Allied Health and research techniques. He started his career in 1991 with his own clinical practice, BioMetrics, in Newtown, Connecticut.
The first product of Insightful Products was the Foot Funnel, a device that makes it easier for people with mobility challenges to put their shoes on. Ian developed and tested the Foot Funnel at skilled nursing facilities in Connecticut and improved the design over time.
Ian also noticed the need for a better brace for people with Drop Foot, a condition that causes difficulty in lifting the front part of the foot. He designed and patented the Step-Smart and Blaze Braces, which were lighter, more ergonomic, and more effective than traditional braces. He used his clinical experience and his inventive approach to create a new type of brace joint that was placed at the back of the leg instead of the side. This made the brace more comfortable and adaptable to different foot sizes and shapes.
In 2002, Ian sold his private practice and moved to Maine with his family and his company. He focused on producing and distributing his braces to help more people around the world. His braces are made in Maine, USA and have been praised by many professionals and users.
Insightful Products is a small business with a big mission: to build better braces and help people walk. That’s our thing, Walk On!
Founder of Insightful Products, Ian Engelman, M.S. CPO