Could New Shoes Help Your Diabetic Neuropathy?

February 11, 2011

A new study published in the Annals of Neurology suggests that vibrating insoles can improve the balance of patients living with diabetic neuropathy.

Boston University researcher Dr. James Collins and his team tested the effects of the vibrating insoles on sway parameters in 15 patients with diabetic neuropathy as well as patients suffering from strokes.

The insoles contained two vibrating elements on the front of the foot and one on each heel. Sway parameters- which measure balance- decreased significantly for all patients when wearing the insoles. patients stood on the insoles, which contained two vibrating elements on each forefoot and one on each heel. Data from a previous study of the insoles in 12 healthy elderly patients was included for comparison.

Over 18 million Americans are living with diabetes, and over 9 million will experience nerve damage due to their diabetes.

Diabetic Neuropathy Research Study

Do you experience pain and numbness in your feet, legs, hands or arms due to diabetes? NeuroTrials Research in the north metro Atlanta area is seeking individuals at least 18 years old for a research study to test the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug for individuals with diabetic neuropathy. To pre-qualify for the research study you must have a diagnosis of diabetic neuropathy and have experienced pain due to the neuropathy for the last 3 months. All research evaluations, including study exams and study drug will be provided at no cost to you. Participants may be compensated for time and travel. For more information call 404-851-9934 or visit us online.


Why Participate in a Research Study?

February 3, 2011

Possibly gain access to otherwise unavailable drug or therapy options.

According to a 2008 survey by Women’s Health Research, more than 70% of Americans who have participated in a research study say they would do it again. If you are considering  participating in a research study, read on for some commonly asked questions.


Why Participate?

  • Help discover the causes of disease and participate in the development ofpotential new treatments.
  • Medical services and/or study drug trial medications will be provided at no charge .
  • Assist researchers to develop improvements in the quality and cost of medical care.
  • Compensation for your time and travel may be available if you qualify and participate.

How Will I Be Protected?

To make an informed decision about participating, you receive detailed information about the study and your participation requirements.

  • You can opt out at any time.
  • All medical information will be handled confidentiality.
  • Our experienced staff is always available to answer questions.
  • All studies are supervised by a medical doctor.

How Long Does it Take?

The length of a research study is dependent on many factors. Studies can last anywhere from a few weeks to over a year. However, much of the research data can be gained without direct patient interaction, limiting your in-office visits.

How Do I Qualify?

Participants are carefully selected for each research study based upon the specific requirements provided by the pharmaceutical company or research organization funding the study.

Criteria may be related to:

  • age.
  • gender.
  • medical history.
  • other clinically relevant factors.

For more information on our studies,call today at 404-851-9934 or visit

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