Will your patients
benefit from Path Feel?
Are you a doctor, physio or health care professional working with patients who have sensory deficit?
For people with sensory deficit
Path Feel is an insole that provides vibrational feedback to the soles of people at risk of falls, such as those with peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) e.g. multiple sclerosis and diabetic neuropathy. Sensory deficits in these groups mean they are unable to feel the ground properly, making it harder to keep balance and walk.
Amplification of sensory parameters under the foot will allow users to better identify foot sensation reducing the sense of imbalance and as a result less falls.
Published studies investigating the efficacy of vibrotactile feedback on groups with sensory motor difficulties have been positive. An in-house study investigated the efficacy of Path Feel as a device that can improve functional walking ability and gait through the administration of haptic feedback.
Walking ability (experimental outcome) was evaluated by the Activity-specific Balance Confidence (ABC) questionnaire, the Berg Balance Scale (BBS) test, and the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test. The results demonstrated a significant improvement of BBS scores. This demonstrates that Path Feel acts to improve balance in an elderly cohort. Additionally, Path Feel yielded positive improvements in short-term use.
Diabetes and peripheral neuropathy
Partial spinal injury