Offloading properties of a rocker insole. A preliminary study

J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2002 Jan;92(1):48-53. doi: 10.7547/87507315-92-1-48.


Multiple offloading modalities are currently used in the management of diabetic plantar foot ulcerations. A relatively new device, the Rocker Insole, was tested for its ability to relieve plantar forefoot pressures when inserted into a surgical boot as compared to a patient's customary footwear and the surgical boot alone. The Rocker Insole significantly reduced forefoot pressures by 48% when worn inside the surgical boot. Mean peak pressures unexpectedly increased 12% when the surgical boot was worn alone. This preliminary investigation suggests that when worn in conjunction with a surgical boot, the Rocker Insole can effectively offload plantar forefoot pressures and may be useful in the management of plantar metatarsal ulcerations.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Diabetic Foot / diagnosis
  • Diabetic Foot / rehabilitation*
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Safety
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Orthotic Devices*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Research
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Shoes*