Special Issue "Diabetic Foot Prevention and Physical Activity"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021).
Interests: diabetes; diabetic foot; obesity; metabolic syndrome; epidemiology; physical activity; sport; telemedicine; data analysis
Interests: diabetes; diabetic foot; metabolic syndrome; obesity; physical activity; sport; biomechanics; posture; telemonitoring; data analysis
Lower extremity ulcers represent the most ominous, feared, and costly complications of diabetes mellitus. A deficit of muscle strength, joint mobility, balance, posture abnormalities, followed by gait alterations, can increase the risk of ulceration. Physical activity can play a key role in the management of patients with diabetes and in the prevention of ulcers; however, even if it has been reported that some of these risk factors significantly improve after a few weeks of exercise therapy, the real preventive role of exercise therapy and physical activity has not yet been demonstrated. These uncertain results can occur due to some limitations in the management of the same relationship between physical activity and diabetic foot prevention. Even if movement and especially gait are key elements of therapy for diabetic patients, it is important to consider that physical activity is, at the same time, stressful for feet and can cause foot lesions. For this, physical activity should be accurately assessed, monitored, and managed during structured and unstructured activities. Technological advances during recent years have enabled a timely management of overall daily physical activity. The use of these modern technologies and devices allows assessment and description of daily physical activity even in the long term. The data collected from these devices can be used to properly manage patients’ physical activity and thus contribute to the prevention of foot ulcers.
Dr. Roberto Anichini
Dr. Piergiorgio Francia
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- diabetic foot
- physical activity
- joint mobility