Vibrating insoles and balance control in elderly people

  title={Vibrating insoles and balance control in elderly people},
  author={Attila Priplata and James B. Niemi and Jason D. Harry and Lewis A. Lipsitz and James J. Collins},
  journal={The Lancet},

Design and evaluation of vibratory shoe on balance control for elderly subjects: technical note

The development and testing of a new vibrating shoe to possibly assist the elderly patients in controlling their balance and decreasing their falling risks and the vibrating motors could be recommended as a suitable solution for dynamic balance situations.

Noise‐enhanced balance control in patients with diabetes and patients with stroke

Whether subsensory mechanical noise applied to the soles of the feet via vibrating insoles can be used to improve quiet‐standing balance control in patients with diabetic neuropathy and patients with stroke is investigated.

Center of Pressure Motion After Calf Vibration Is More Random in Fallers Than Non-fallers: Prospective Study of Older Individuals

Results show that non-linear measures of balance provide evidence for deficits in balance control in people who go on to fall in the following 12 months, and compared to the elderly, CoP motion of young was more predictable and persistent.

Subsensory vibrations to the feet reduce gait variability in elderly fallers.

A Therapeutic Vibrating Insole Device for Postural Instability in Older People with Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Control Study

In a cohort of frail, prefrail, or non-frail older subjects with diabetes, a 1-month intervention using a vibrating insole device did not alter measures of walking speed and related measures.

Effects of vibrating insoles on standing balance in diabetic neuropathy.

Vibrating insoles improved standing balance in subjects with neuropathy only when attention was distracted, and an interaction effect between vibration and an ADT was found for balance.

Effects of aging and tactile stochastic resonance on postural performance and postural control in a sensory conflict task

The results indicate that aging affects specific postural outcomes and that TSRS is beneficial for older adults in a visual sensory conflict task, but more research is needed to investigate the effectiveness in individuals with more severe balance problems, for example, due to neuropathy.

Effects of Different Noise-Enhanced Vibrotactile Stimulation on Postural Control in Upright Standing: A Preliminary Investigation

This study examined whether there was effect on postural control in upright standing using two types of interference waves: white noise (WN) with sinusoid signal and Gaussian noise (GN) with Gaussian signal.

Use of Insoles to Enhance Postural Control

The proposed theme of the discussion is to review already existing data on insole use for treatment of postural balance to reach better performance and furthermore prevent injuries.



Noise-enhanced human balance control.

Noise can enhance the detection and transmission of weak signals in certain nonlinear systems, via a mechanism known as stochastic resonance, and input noise can be used to improve motor control in humans by applying subsensory mechanical noise to the feet.

Noise-enhanced vibrotactile sensitivity in older adults, patients with stroke, and patients with diabetic neuropathy.

Noise-based techniques and devices may prove useful in overcoming age- and disease-related losses in sensorimotor function in older adults, patients with stroke, and patients with diabetic neuropathy can be significantly improved with input mechanical noise.

Dynamic balance in older persons: effects of reduced visual and proprioceptive input.

Performance on clinical tests of strength, balance, and gait was associated with performance on a challenging balance test which reduced sensory input and effectiveness of motor responses, and Adaptation to challenging balance conditions was substantial in this group of older subjects, but was diminished in the oldest subjects.

A prospective study of postural balance and risk of falling in an ambulatory and independent elderly population.

Lateral spontaneous-sway amplitude was found to be the single best predictor of future falling risk, particularly for the large group of falls that were precipitated by a biomechanical perturbation.

Age-related changes in open-loop and closed-loop postural control mechanisms

Stabilogram-diffusion analysis was used to examine how the natural aging process affects the operational characteristics of open-loop and closed-loop postural control mechanisms in the elderly, and it was demonstrated cross-sectionally that healthy aging is associated with significant changes in the ‘quasi-static’ dynamics of the posturalcontrol system.