Biomechanical technology of ISEAL insole was researched at Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) of Victoria University.
PhD research was conducted by Dr Nagano to examine the effects of ISEAL insole.
Based on gait analysis utilising 3D motion capture system and other biomechanical equipment, ISEAL insole was found to have the following functions:
- reducing the risk of falls
- preventing ankle sprain
- improving dynamic balance
- reducing knee adduction moment
- increasing energy efficiency of walking
Insole prototype has been modified more than 10 times for fine-tuning before introduced into market.
Effects of long-term use of ISEAL insole
Out of 39 senior participants wearing ISEAL insole for 6 months, no falls have been reported.
This does NOT mean there is no risk of falls, but according to the past studies, 6 – 7 falls were predicted.
For senior inpatients suffering from various conditions (i.e. dementia, schizophrenia and autism), the ISEAL insole group reported 1 fall despite 3 falls in the control group.
Although more people need to be tested and further monitoring is necessary, the positive effects for falls prevention can be expected.