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July2005 Vol.42 Issue:        2        Table of Contents
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Effectiveness of Weightbearing Exercises on Forefoot Planter Pressure in Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

G. Mousa, Sherin Fathi2

Departments of Neuromuscular Disorders and its Surgery1,

Faculty of Physical Therapy, Neurology2, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University


The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of weight bearing exercises of the lower extremities on peak forefoot planter pressure in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Thirty patients(mean age= 44.76±6.1) were randomized into two equal groups. The control group received traditional physical therapy program while the study group received additional weight-bearing exercises for 12 weeks as five times per week. All patients were evaluated with Mat foot scan pressure system prior to treatment program and at the completion of the treatment period. The peak forefoot planter pressure improved significantly in both groups after the treatment program. However, the improvement in the study group was statistically significant compared to the control group and this reduction in peak forefoot planter pressure was associated with improvement in functional performance.

(Egypt J. Neurol. Psychiat. Neurosurg., 2005, 42(2): 351-358).

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