Do Insoles Affect Balance in People with Diabetes?
  • Room FF16, Peninsula Allied Health Centre, Derriford Road, Plymouth (North campus)

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The Rehabilitation Research Group and the IHC are pleased to invite you to their February lecture in their monthly lecture series, covering a number of relevant topics by local guest speakers. 

February’s lecture will be given by Dr Joanne Paton, an NIHR Fellow and podiatry lecturer at Plymouth University and is entitled ‘Do insoles affect balance in people with diabetes?’

Dr Paton will be talking about her recent research project which aimed to evaluate the effect of a standard offloading insole (for foot ulcer prevention) and its constituent parts on the balance in people with diabetes and neuropathy.

Speaker biography

Joanne Paton worked for 15 years within the NHS, initially within general practice and then as a musculoskeletal specialist podiatrist. She obtained her Masters in Podiatric Biomechanics before completing her PhD in 2008. Joanne took up a role as podiatry lecturer with Plymouth University in 2007 and was awarded a NIHR Clinical Lectureship in 2011. Her clinical work and research interests involve foot pressure analysis to enhance footwear and insole effectiveness for ulcer prevention and balance enhancement for people with diabetes and neuropathy. Within her current clinical research post she leads the BEUP (Balance Enhancement and Ulcer Prevention) research programme. Information about the BEUP group, their work and publications can be found at

Everybody is welcome to attend, just turn up on the day! 

For further information on the Rehabilitation Research Group Lecture Series please contact Jenny Freeman via email: or phone (01752) 588835. 

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