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New smart shoes will help walking ability for the elderly

New smart shoes have been designed and developed for those who fear falling over when walking. 


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New smart shoes will help walking ability for the elderly

New smart shoes have been designed and developed for those who fear falling over when walking. 

Unveiled at the Wearable Technology Show in London earlier this week, the Path Feel insoles from UK start-up business Walk With Path, provide the individual with feedback and visual cues to assist walking ability.

The shoes and insoles are designed for those who suffer from the condition peripheral neuropathy, a disease which can be brought on by varied diseases including Parkinson’s, diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

According to the National Parkinson Foundation, 38 per cent of people with the disease suffer from falls each year, while Age UK estimates one in three people over the age of 65 fall over.

Iddo Wald, a design engineer at Walk With Path told Newsweek: “If you walk and you don’t have a good feeling of the ground, you’ve got to be very careful, you keep checking every step, you need to look at the ground and see how you put your leg on the ground.”

Wald added: “Path gives you the confidence needed to walk without falling.”

The pressure sensors in the Path Feel insoles provide haptic feedback that vibrates the wearer’s foot and informs them when it is touching the ground. The companion app collects data in the hope of better understanding of peripheral neuropathy.

Wald commented: “We had a patient who suffers from a spinal cord injury and actually had no feeling of the ground at all but he could feel the vibration. It’s really exciting.”

With advancements in mobility technology in independent care and living, for example a wide range of stairlift choices for those who find walking up the stairs a little strenuous, it’s easy to see why these specially designed shoes and insoles will be a hit in months to come. 

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