WALK WITH CONFIDENCE
Walk With Path is an award winning company seeking to reduce the risk of falling for people with mobility issues caused by injury, ageing and serious diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Product 1: Path Finder
Path Finder installs lasers in shoes that project a line on to the ground, showing where each foot should go. This helps Parkinsons’ sufferers avoid what is known as “freezing of gait”, when they struggle to walk.
Product 2: Path Feel
Path Feel helps the wearer to feel the floor better using vibration in the insole. It is intended for people who can’t properly feel the floor that they walk on, [such as] people with neuropathy , but also as a result of diabetes, ageing or spinal cord injuries.
- People in the UK living with mobility related issues 8%
- 1 in 3 people aged 65 and over fall each year 33%
- Risk that can be cutted through exercise 55%
Million people in the UK living with mobility issues
Million people over 65 in UK by 2050
£2.3 billion yearly cost duty falls for NHS
Million people with Alzheimer by 2050
Walk With Path is a healthcare company focused on injury prevention, improved mobility and user-centred design and intervention. Our products offer opportunities within therapeutic intervention as medical devices to prevent falls. Not only will this reduce the risk of injury, but also improve confidence when walking and ultimately help individuals maintain their independence and quality of life for longer.
Our products comprise an insole for shoes, Path Feel, which helps the wearer to feel the floor better, through providing active feedback, and Path Finder, a shoe that provides visual cues for the wearer to follow to help with the foot movement and gait.
Can I test the products?
Yes, we are currently looking for more study participants who are either a size UK 6 (women) or UK 9.5 (men). If you are interested in participating, please get in touch.
What are your current studies?
One of our current studies involves healthy people testing if the Path Feel insole can influence how they walk. This study is in collaboration with Queen Mary’s University in London, who are conducting a range of exercises with test participants to provide a ‘before’ and ‘after’ scenario.
What are your plans fo the future?
We are planning further studies at the beginning of 2016, including one with elderly participants due to commence in January. This study will evaluate the effects of Path Feel in improving balance and thereby reduce the risk of falling.