Wellness | Dr. Michael Weintraub's Magnetic Insoles Study

Static Magnetic Field Therapy for Symptomatic Diabetic Neuropathy: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial

Dr. Michael Weintraub
Dr. Michael Weintraub

Dr. Weintraub's Magnetic Insoles Study

(9:59 min.)
A scientific study by Dr. Michael Weintraub validates the use of magnetic insoles for wellness benefits. Magnets have been used for centuries and this study shows that magnets can improve your life. This double-blind, placebo-controlled medical study used magnetic insoles. The study results were published in 'Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Magazine', Vol.84 in May 2003.

Static magnetic field therapy for symptomatic diabetic neuropathy: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial


Weintraub MI, Wolfe GI, Barohn RA, Cole SP, Parry GJ, Hayat G, Cohen JA, Page JC, Bromberg MB, Schwartz SL, and the Magnetic Research Group.
Static magnetic field therapy for symptomatic diabetic neuropathy: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. 2003;84:736-46.


To determine if constant wearing of multipolar, static magnetic (450G) shoe insoles can reduce neuropathic pain and quality of life (QOL) scores in symptomatic diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN).


Randomized, placebo-control, parallel study.


Forty-eight centers in 27 states.


Three hundred seventy-five subjects with DPN stage II or III were randomly assigned to wear constantly magnetized insoles for 4 months; the placebo group wore similar, unmagnetized device.


Nerve conduction and/or quantified sensory testing were performed serially.

Main Outcome Measures:

Daily visual analog scale scores for numbness or tingling and burning and QOL issues were tabulated over 4 months. Secondary measures included nerve conduction changes, role of placebo, and safety issues. Analysis of variance (ANOVA), analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), and chi-square analysis were performed.


There were statistically significant reductions during the third and fourth months in burning (mean change for magnet treatment, −12%; for sham, −3%; P<.05, ANCOVA), numbness and tingling (magnet, −10%; sham, +1%; P<.05, ANCOVA), and exercise-induced foot pain (magnet, −12%; sham, −4%; P<.05, ANCOVA). For a subset of patients with baseline severe pain, statistically significant reductions occurred from baseline through the fourth month in numbness and tingling (magnet, −32%; sham, −14%; P<.01, ANOVA) and foot pain (magnet, −41%; sham, −21%; P<.01, ANOVA).


Static magnetic fields can penetrate up to 20 mm and appear to target the ectopic firing nociceptors in the epidermis and dermis. Analgesic benefits were achieved over time.

Average Increase in Nerve Conduction of 75% with Magnetic Insoles
for Diabetic Neuropathy Patients

"Dr. Weintraub wrote that there was an average increase in
nerve conduction of 75% with magnetic insoles for
diabetic neuropathy patients.

Nerves are everywhere; the potential is limitless
and with zero side effects and
no environmental toxicity."

~ Curtis Bennett

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