The effects of insoles with a toe-grip bar on toe-grip strength (TGS) and body sway in middle-aged and elderly women were investigated. Twelve middle-aged and elderly women wore shoes with insoles with a toe-grip bar. TGS and the total length of the center of pressure sway in the 1- and 2-leg stances (OLS-TL and TLS-TL) were measured before (Pre1) and after (Pre2) the baseline phase and after the intervention phase (Post). TGS, OLS-TL and TLS-TL significantly improved in the Post condition compared with the Pre1 and Pre2 conditions. The results of this study suggest that insoles with a toe-grip bar can improve TGS and body sway in middle-aged and elderly women.
Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Health Science, Kyoto Tachibana University, Kyoto-city, Kyoto, Japan (Drs Nakano, Murata, and Abiko and Mr Sakamoto); and ASICS Trading Company Limited, Kobe-city, Japan (Messrs Matsuo, Kawaguchi, Sugo, and Matsui).
Correspondence: Hideki Nakano, PhD, PT, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Health Science, Kyoto Tachibana University, 34 Yamada-cho, Oyake, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto 607-8175, Japan (email@example.com).
The authors thank all volunteers who participated in this study.
The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this article.