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Path Finder - a shoe attachment to alleviate 'freezing of gait' in Parkinson's

Shared by walkwithpath on 2017-06-28 08:43

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Path Finder is a shoe attachment that provides visual cues to help people with unsteady and irregular gait. This is particularly helpful to people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease, who commonly suffer from freezing of gait (FoG), a symptom causing an individual to feel as if frozen to the ground.

Path Finder projects a horizontal line on the ground in front of the user, at a set distance from the feet. This gives the wearer a visual cue to step across, and acts as an external stimulus to trigger walking. The visual cue is projected from each foot in turn. The device on the left foot projects in front of the right foot and vice versa. Each cue is projected from the foot only once placed on the ground, thus producing a static cue.

For more information about Path Finder, see https://www.walkwithpath.com/path-finder.

For a video with a patient, describing his condition and demonstrating a walk test, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okaeWC7poxM.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHnijS_VG3A

This solution shall not include mention to the use of drugs, chemicals or biologicals (including food); invasive devices; offensive, commercial or inherently dangerous content. This solution was not medically validated. Proceed with caution! If you have any doubts, please consult with a health professional.

About the author

Lise founded Walk With Path in 2014, inspired by her father's struggle with Parkinson. Having watched his disease progress for more than ten years, she felt the need to try and resolve some of the issues he lived with on a daily basis. Freezing was a particularly debilitating symptom, that had resulted in several falls. Although he was taking medication several times a day, it seemed to make no effect on his freezing. Lise therefore went about looking for solutions utilising other means, and was particularly interested in producing a user-centric solution with no side effects.

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