As medical device OEMs know, a product designed for the medical market is fundamentally different from one intended for industrial use. This is also true for a foot control. From the bottom pads to the mating connector, the design requirements for a medical-grade foot control are significantly different from those of an “industrial-grade” unit. Important design factors for medical use, many of which are often less-critically considered when designing for an industrial application. Consideration of these parameters during the design of the foot control results in significant benefits to both the OEM and to the user of their medical device. A number of these considerations are discussed in this paper.