Beeping shoes help people with Parkinson’s disease walk further
A sensor that clips onto shoes and alerts wearers when they walk with a strong stride improved stability among people with Parkinson’s in a small trial
Shoes that beep when someone walks with a strong stride improve stability in people with Parkinson’s disease, a small study has shown.
The condition occurs due to a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain called the substantia nigra. This leads to a reduction in a chemical called dopamine, which helps regulate movement. As a result, Parkinson’s symptoms commonly include tremors, slow walking and balance problems, which can lead to falls.