Orthotics, Pain & Fear of Falling – Randomised Control Trial

We are looking for participants who are interested in being a part of our research project.  The study investigates how prefabricated orthotics can help to decrease foot pain in older adults, as well as ease their fear of falling.

This research is looking for participants who are willing to be involved in a 6-week study. Participants will be 60 years old and above, who have some form of foot pain, and are capable of walking. This project is not open to those who have had foot surgery or have compromised skin integrity of the lower limbs.

Foot conditions and pain are quite common in the older population. Not only does it cause pain and discomfort, but it also can have a huge impact on daily life. Falls in the older population are also a significant problem, leading to a fear of falling. A fear of falling can prevent someone from engaging in activities and may even prevent them from leaving the house.

Therefore, this research aims to investigate two main areas; how orthotics (insoles) can help to reduce pain, and how they can reduce fear of falling in older adults.

The project will measure foot pain and functionality, and participants will be asked to fill out 2 questionnaires.  Completion of these will be required at the start and end of the study. The questionnaires can be filled out by participants online or, if you prefer, we can post out a physical copy to you with a return envelope. These surveys are easy to fill out and are designed to be as straightforward as possible for participants.

The confidentiality of our participants is a top priority throughout the project, and all data collected is kept secure. You are also free to leave the study at any time you wish.

All participants will be provided with orthotics at the start of the study. They will be able to keep these after the study has been completed as a token of our appreciation for your involvement.

If you are interested in being involved in this study and want to find out more, then click here to read our Participant Information Sheet. Here you can find out everything you need to know about what being a participant involves.