Special insoles to reduce falls among the elderly population

Tripping and falling while walking is a common occurrence as we age. Even a small fall can lead to fractures and sprains and severely affect the quality of life as such injuries take longer to heal as we age.Globally, one in three elderly people suffer from trips or falls annually.

A researcher has developed special insoles to reduce the chances of such falls. Human trials are on in Japan and Australia to test the new technology.

The insoles are designed with a series of raised bumps to help with side-to-side balance. There is also a shock-absorbing contoured heel. Users can modify the insoles for different shoe sizes. The insoles are mainly for the elderly for now, but there are plans to develop it further so it can be used in organised sports and exercise.

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