Increased variability of continuous overground walking in neuropathic patients is only indirectly related to sensory loss

Jonathan B. Dingwell, Peter R. Cavanagh

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Abstract

The present study was conducted to determine if peripheral neuropathy leads to significant changes in locomotor variability. Fourteen patients with severe peripheral neuropathy and 12 gender-, age-, height-, and weight-matched non-diabetic controls participated. Sagittal plane angles of the right hip, knee, and ankle joints and tri-axial accelerations of the trunk were measured during 10 min of continuous overground walking. Standard deviations of stride times and stride-to-stride standard deviations of each kinematic variable were calculated. Neuropathic patients walked slower and exhibited some increases in locomotor variability compared to control subjects. However, these increases in gait variability were primarily linked to reductions in self-selected walking speed and were not directly attributable to sensory loss itself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalGait and Posture
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 15 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation

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