Many people with Multiple Sclerosis experience problems with their walking, which can make daily activities difficult and often leads to falls. Evidence suggests that wearing textured shoe insoles, which are designed to stimulate receptors on the soles of the feet, may be one possible option to help improve walking. This study will investigate whether long-term wear of novel textured shoe insoles can alter walking ability in people with Multiple Sclerosis.

What would be involved?

You would be required to attend the Gait Laboratory at Queensland University of Technology (Kelvin Grove) for approximately 2-3 hours, on three separate occasions. You will be given a pair of shoe insoles to wear for 3 months. Across the testing sessions we will measure your foot sensation, balance, and walking whilst barefoot, wearing shoes and two different insoles. You will also be required to complete questionnaires relating to your general health, fitness, Multiple Sclerosis symptoms, and experience wearing the insoles.

Who can participate?

To be eligible to participate you MUST:

  • be aged 18 years or older
  • have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
  • be able to walk 100 metres (independently or with a mobility aid)
  • be willing to wear shoe insoles for 3 months

Unfortunately you will be unable to participate if you have:

  • a neurological condition/s other than Multiple Sclerosis
  • loss of sensation on the soles of your feet (e.g. peripheral neuropathy)
  • been prescribed, and are currently wearing, foot orthoses or shoe insoles
  • a condition/s which affects your heart or joints that limits your walking
  • a cognitive impairment or unstable psychiatric condition

What will you receive?

We can pay for your transport to and from Queensland University of Technology or provide complimentary day parking. Refreshments will be provided.

Please contact Dr Anna Hatton for more details on:
Ph: 3365 4590 (office) or 3365 3299 (laboratory) 

Email: a.hatton1@uq.edu.au