Can laser-guided shoes help Parkinson’s sufferers walk?

By TNT Bureau

Sep 22, 2017: According to the experts, laser-guided shoes may help in saving lives by reducing the risk of falling among elders and also people suffering from neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. They say that this is a breakthrough technology that can prevent people who suffer from freezing of gait – a sensation where it feels like your feet are glued to the ground.

Introducing breakthrough technology, Path Finder

This technology is termed as Path Finder which consists of lasers at the front that help in projecting green lines ahead as the patient walks. The laser gets activated by a sensor in each heel that helps in monitoring the walking pace and pattern of a patient.

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It has been found that the optical aid helps to prevent freezing of gait and assist people to walk more assertively by offering people a path to follow. The developers are expecting that the new product will provide people suffering from mobility issues greater independence.

The concept is at present being clinically tested in teamwork with a Donders Institute in Holland while the shoes are being tested for efficiency on patients.

Experts say the breakthrough technology can prevent people who suffer from freezing of gait – a sensation where it feels like your feet are glued to the floor – which is one of the main causes of falls.

The shoes, called Path Finder, have a lasers at the front, which project green lines ahead as the person walks. The laser are activated by a sensor in each heel that monitors the user’s walking pattern and pace.

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The visual aid has been found to stop freezing of gait and help people to walk more confidently by giving people a path to follow. Developers are hoping the innovative product will give people who with mobility issues greater independence.

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