Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


University’s Ingenious Idea Could Help Manage Parkinson’s Disease

Technology has finally come to the rescue of Parkinson’s patients with the laser shoes, the shoes have been equipped with small laser emitters that enable those affected by Parkinson’s disease to walk in a normal way.

One of the severe symptoms of Parkinson’s is gait freezing which causes the patient incapable of making the next step while walking and losing balance and even falling. Gait freezing can last minutes and is most likely activated by the stress of an unfamiliar environment and often occurs when the medication wears off. During a freeze, the patient might break out of it just by concentrating on something close to their feet moving their foot towards it or stepping over it.

But what if there is nothing available on demand for patients to move their feet towards or step over? This is the question that led to the wonderful idea behind the laser shoes.Each shoe has a laser projection device that is mounted on the toe and it creates a line that appears at about 18 inches ahead on the floor based on the pace of the patient’s footsteps and therefore, triggers the patient to walk by stepping towards the line. While in motion, the laser projection turns off allowing the other shoe to project the line.

According to a research by the University of Twente and Radboud University Medical Center, Laser shoes have profited the users in significant ways, with the research findings published on December 20th, 2017 in the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Based on the same research, laser shoes have reduced cases of gait freezing as well as cut the duration of those freezes by nearly half.

Parkinson’s is the second most common movement disorder that is described by the continuous loss of muscle control that causes limb and head trembling while at rest, slowness, stiffness as well as loss of balance. As it’s symptoms deteriorate, it can even become difficult to complete simple tasks, such as talking and even walking.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Some More Sauce...

Da Squeeze

Media personality Betty Kyallo has sought to take the legal route against frequent tormentor Edgar Obare by filing a defamation lawsuit against the blogger....

Da Squeeze

Following the news of her husband’s demise, Kathy Kiuna has issued a statement. News broke on Wednesday evening (July 9) that the Jubilee Christian...

Da Squeeze

Hermínio Chissano popularly known as Duas Caras, is arguably the most revered HipHop artiste in Mozambique. The rapper kickstarted his career as a member...

Da Squeeze

Former Miss Universe Kenya Rachel Mbuki is no stranger to living the high-end life and flaunting it while at it. Given her Hollywood connections,...


In a candid press statement shared on Instagram, internet sensation Azziad Naisenya, has addressed recent rumours regarding her involvement with the Kenya Delegation to...


King Kaka has been making waves in Los Angeles as he dives into the world of filmmaking. During his first week of what will...


Kris Jenner has undergone a hysterectomy. The 68-year-old Kardashians matriarch broke down in tears last week while telling her family she needed to have...


Katy Perry and Kim Petras have a racy new single on the way. The pop stars have joined forces on an X-rated duet on...