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Ankle Mobility Impaired in Diabetes

A new study has proven that people with long-standing diabetes are prone to impairment of their ankle function despite not having peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy, which is linked to diabetes, is a progressive deterioration of nerve function in the extremities that can cause chronic pain, numbness, weakness and tingling sensations in the feet. Under controlled conditions, Dr. Claudia Giacomozzi and her team from Istituto Superiore di Sanita in Rome, tested the muscle performance and ankle mobility of 46 diabetic patients with and without nerve damage and in 21 control subjects.

Results showed that compared to the controls, ankle mobility and flexing ability were impaired in all of the diabetic patients regardless of the presence or absence of nerve damage. Researchers said that these findings may help design programs aimed to prevent foot and ankle problems in people with long-standing diabetes. They also called for further studies to fully understand the mechanisms responsible for the foot-ankle bio-mechanics in diabetics.

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