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Vibrating insoles give vibration to the bottom of the feet, which can improve balance in people with diabetes and nerve damage (neuropathy).

This study will look at the effects of wearing vibrating insoles in day-to-day life and assess whether they can improve balance and increase physical activity.

It is being carried out by a team of researchers based at the Gait and Biometrics Laboratory at Manchester Metropolitan University.


  • Aged 18+
  • Diabetes, type 1 or type 2
  • Weigh less than 130kg (approx. 20 stone)
  • Impaired foot sensation, but no active foot ulcer
  • UK foot size between 3.5 and 13 (EU 36-47.5)
  • Able to walk unaided for at least 30 steps


  • Manchester Metropolitan University (99 Oxford Road, M1 7EL)


  • Wearing specific pair of shows with vibrating insoles during designated periods
  • Attend four clinic appointments across a 10-week period. Each visit will last approx. 2 hours and include tests of foot sensation, gait, balance, physical and mental health.


  • Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed
  • Participants will receive a £30 voucher at the end of the study.

Recruiting until

  • 15 March 2023

Want to take part or learn more?