Wearing textured insoles in shoes to help self management for people with Multiple Sclerosis: an exploratory study of the effects on balance
Abstract:The project will see if wearing insoles with a rough texture in shoes can help people affected by Multiple Sclerosis. We will investigate two different textured insoles (using a smooth insole as a control) to see if either or both can change peoples ability to maintain their balance when standing and when walking. We will study what happens the first time they wear the textured insoles and also after two weeks of wearing them. The first of the textured insoles is one that has been effective in studies with people who do not have Multiple Sclerosis. The other textured insole is available in shops CrocsTM. 50 men and women with a clear diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, between the ages of 18-65, and experiencing problems with daily activities will take part in the study. Our main aim is to test the effects the first time the insoles are worn. So, we will measure balance with every participant wearing each of the two textured insoles and when wearing a smooth insole (which will act as a control condition). We will take measures of balance when participants are standing, getting up from a chair, and walking. We will also measure how the muscles of the leg are working (to see if that can explain any effects that we find). We also want to see the effects after wearing the textured insoles for two weeks. Participants will be randomly allocated an insole to wear for two weeks (25 people testing each textured insole) and return for testing.
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