This research highlights the possibilities of using footwear to correct gait patterns in patients with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy (DPN).
For this purpose, Najafi et al. aged-matched a group of eight non diabetics with twelve patients, suffering with the nerve damaging disorder for at least three years.
A validated gait analyser system was used to assess participant gait by equipping subjects with five wearable sensors as they walked at their habitual speed for a short distance (7m) and a long distance (20m) in two conditions: barefoot and shod.
The three main hypotheses explored were: patients with DPN exhibit deteriorating gait, gait alterations become more pronounced over longer distances in patients with DPN and footwear can be used as a remedy to correct these gait alterations.
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