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Wilfrid Laurier University Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
April 29, 2017
Canadian Excellence


Stephen Perry, Faculty

For the past 15 years, Dr. Stephen Perry has been studying how to keep seniors on their feet. And now his research could help save a life. Perry co-invented a new shoe insole that improves balance and helps prevent seniors from falling.

The Sole Sensor is a simple insole that has a slight ridge along its outer edge to alert seniors when they are losing their balance. Perry hopes it will greatly reduce the number of fall-related injuries among older adults.

“As we age, we lose sensation in the soles of our feet, which can cause poor balance and an increased risk of falling,” says Perry. “The Sole Sensor helps to enhance the sole’s sensory perception. When you feel the insole’s ridge, you subconsciously know that you are unbalanced and adjust your body movements accordingly.”

Perry conducted his research at Laurier, creating prototypes and performing clinical trials at the university.

“We're trying to help seniors enjoy life, to give them that little extra edge so that they feel confident about stepping out into the world, rather than staying at home afraid of a fall.”