The effect of a cognitive or motor task on gait parameters of diabetic patients, with and without neuropathy

Lorna Paul, Brian Ellis, G. P. Leese, Angus McFadyen, B. McMurray

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The aim of this research was to compare gait parameters of older people with diabetes and no peripheral neuropathy (DM) and people with diabetes and diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) and to investigate the effect of a secondary motor or cognitive task on their gait. Thirty subjects were recruited: 15 with DPN (mean age 69 ± 3.0 years) and 15 with diabetes and no neuropathy (70 ± 2.9 years). The temporal and spatial parameters of gait were determined using the GAITRite walkway. Subjects undertook four walks: under normal walking conditions (single task); four times while simultaneously undertaking an additional motor task, carrying a tray with cups of water (dual task); and four times whilst undertaking a cognitive dual task, counting backwards in sevens. This arithmetic task was also completed sitting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-239
Number of pages6
JournalDiabetic Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009



  • cognitive task
  • motor task
  • neuropathy
  • diabetes
  • gait

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