The Effects of Ridged Perimeter Insoles on Gait Parameters in Older Adults

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Investigated:The effects of prolonged ridged perimeter insole use on gait parameters in older adults.Methods:Twenty-two older adults were tested at baseline and after 6 weeks of insole wear using an instrumented walkway to determine the effects of insole wear on double limb support and gait velocity.Conclusions:Ridged perimeter insoles have a positive effect on gait characteristics when ambulating on level surface terrain. A statistically significant difference in double limb support time (P = .0297) was found. Gait velocity was not found to be statistically significant (P = .0947) but did demonstrate a mean increase of 0.06 m/s from baseline to 6 weeks.

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