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Self-perceived unsteadiness influences balance, gait in diabetic neuropathy

Self-perceived unsteadiness influences balance, gait in diabetic neuropathy
February 24, 2017

In adults with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, self-perceived unsteadiness was associated with balance and gait measures, according to published findings.

“Unsteadiness and associated restrictions in activities of daily living predict depressive symptoms in patients with [diabetic peripheral neuropathy], highlighting the negative spiral between [diabetic peripheral neuropathy], unsteadiness, falls and psychological distress,” Neil D. Reeves, PhD, professor of musculoskeletal biomechanics at the School of Healthcare Science at Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, and colleagues wrote. “However, because unsteadiness has been assessed by self-report in most previous studies, it remains unknown whether a person’s perception of unsteadiness actually correlates with objective measures of balance and gait.”

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