Gait (a person's manner of walking) is increasingly viewed as an important indicator of health for seniors.
Changes in gait for elderly people could increase the risk of falling leading to painful injury or even death. Also, if walking slows down or becomes erratic as we age, it may be an early sign of dementia or even Alzheimer's disease.
A study at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine has found that 'Executive function,' which takes place in the brain’s frontal lobe and is associated with complex planning, is critical when walking while talking. In fact, the levels of activation in this brain region while walking and talking is a good predictor of future falls and suggests that there are changes in the brain that show up before clinical signs, like slow gait.
Is there hope for people who may show early signs of dementia or Alzheimer's Disease from slower gait?
Several studies suggest there is:
Just one walk a day has an enormous effect on the preservation of mental faculties. A study conducted in Hawaii involving 2,257 male participants between the ages of 71 and 93 proved that a daily three-kilometer stroll reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s and other types of mental dementia by half. A long-term study of 18,000 women (the Nurses’ Health Study) proved the positive effects of regular exercise on mental capacity.
A study conducted in early 2004 by the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois proved that people who are physically fit have significantly shorter response times, can concentrate better and make fewer mistakes. In a nutshell, walking is good brain-training, regardless of age.
A research team from the University of Erlangen, Germany, discovered that power walking allowed elderly people to improve the brain’s ‘executive control function,' or in other words, planning, coordination, structuring, response times and concentration.
So, we clearly need to exercise to keep our brain healthy as we age. Is there anything else we can do?
One idea may be to improve what we put on our feet when we exercise.
A study at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology examined gait of test subjects in various kinds of footwear including the Swiss air-cushion shoe - "kyBoot."
The kyBoot was shown to provide greater movement because it has an unstable sole. This greater movement requires more coordination and strength of the feet and the entire body. The wearer can also feel the ground through the sole, boosting confidence while walking and stimulating foot sensitivity.
Symptoms such as gait disturbances and coordination/balance disorders can, therefore, be addressed effectively with an elastic and dynamic shoe. Affected individuals can perform daily, adapted training with the unique footwear independently just by walking.
So, to improve gait, exercise and increase your freedom of movement, get out there and walk!
Wearing a correctly engineered shoe for gait training will drastically improve the quality of exercise for both mind and body, giving you an edge when it comes to fighting neurological disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer's!
Your body and mind will thank you for years to come.
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Chronic polyarthritis is one of the most common chronic inflammatory autoimmune diseases. If left untreated, it can destroy the joints and lead to severe disabilities.
kybun products gently mobilise your joints when walking and standing, particularly the foot, knee and hip joints and the back. This way, you can integrate preventative training into your daily routine and counteract wear and tear on the joints in the long term.
Gout is called a lifestyle disease because the outbreak of the illness is promoted by factors such as obesity, an unhealthy diet and a lack of exercise. However, the underlying cause of gout is usually a congenital metabolic disorder.
kybun can have a positive effect on the triggering factors of the disease, such as a lack of exercise and its consequences (obesity, circulatory diseases). kybun brings movement into your daily life and provides relief for painful joints.
It is not possible to make general statements since the severity of symptoms among individuals affected by polyneuropathy differs widely.
The kyBoot has an unstable sole which promotes the coordination and strength of the feet and the entire body. The wearer can also feel the ground through the sole, boosting confidence while walking and stimulating foot sensitivity.
Symptoms such as dizziness, gait disturbances, and coordination and balance disturbances can therefore be addressed effectively with the kyBoot. Affected individuals can perform daily, adapted training with the kyBoot independently.
All kyBoot shoes are generally wide (4E). However, there is variance among the models due to 2 factors:
We therefore make recommendations for each model based on foot shape. If there are any special recommendations - they will be included in the product description.
For the Comfort Sole, Training Sole and Sandal Sole:
For the Slimfit Sole:
Not sure about the size or model? No problem! We'll be happy to advise on the perfect fit at email@example.com. We also have a free returns policy - so rest assured we are here to help you find the ideal kyboot for your feet. Click here to contact us.