Clinical Trial: Clinical Trials Stage of ''SoleSensor'': A Balance-Enhancing Shoe Insert.

This study has been completed.

Sponsors and Collaborators: Wilfrid Laurier University
Sunnybrook and Women''''s College Health Sciences Centre
Information provided by: Wilfrid Laurier University Identifier: NCT00151359


Our research has shown that pressure sensation from the soles of the feet (plantar mechanoreceptors) plays an important role in controlling several key aspects of balancing reactions, particularly during compensatory stepping . As a result, age-related loss of plantar pressure sensation, which is very common, can lead to impaired control of these reactions. However, we have shown that it is possible to compensate for balance impairments resulting from this loss of sensation by using special footwear insoles to facilitate sensation from the perimeter of the sole. To date, we have demonstrated the feasibility of this approach in laboratory studies, and we have obtained a U.S. patent for the design concept. However, it remains to be determined whether the benefits of the footwear persist over the long term, or whether there is a habituation of the effect. Also, we need to determine whether there are any practical problems associated with wearing such footwear, e.g. due to discomfort or irritation of the skin.
Condition Intervention
Sensation Disorder
 Device: SoleSensor

MedlinePlus related topics:  Neurologic Diseases

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Longitudinal, Defined Population, Prospective Study

Further Study Details: 

Study start: February 2002


Ages Eligible for Study:  65 Years   -   75 Years,  Genders Eligible for Study:  Both

Accepts Healthy Volunteers


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Aged 65 to 75 years

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any neurological or musculoskeletal ailments that affect their balance
  • Any drugs that affect balance

Location Information

Canada, Ontario
      WLU Biomechanics Laboratory, Waterloo,  Ontario,  N2L 3C5,  Canada

Study chairs or principal investigators

Stephen D Perry, PhD,  Principal Investigator,  Wilfrid Laurier University   
Brian E Maki, PhD,  Principal Investigator,  Centre for Studies In Aging, Sunnybrook & Women''''s   
Geoff R Fernie, PhD,  Principal Investigator,  Centre for Studies In Aging, Sunnybrook & Women''''s   

More Information


Perry SD, Santos LC, Patla AE. Contribution of vision and cutaneous sensation to the control of centre of mass (COM) during gait termination. Brain Res. 2001 Sep 14;913(1):27-34.

Study ID Numbers:  PPP-53686
Last Updated:  September 7, 2005
Record first received:  September 6, 2005 Identifier:  NCT00151359
Health Authority: Canada: Ethics Review Committee processed this record on 2005-09-13

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