Test Can Predict Foot Problems

| Jan 1, 2003

A test that measures muscle activity can predict the development of foot ulcers, while other tests can predict amputation and even death, say researchers at the Manchester Royal Infirmary in the United Kingdom.

Using motor nerve conduction velocity (MNCV), which measures muscle activity related to nerve function, and other tests, the researchers studied 169 subjects who had diabetes but did not have a significant decrease in blood flow to the legs. They were compared with 22 controls who did not have diabetes.

Over a six-year follow-up period, 37.3 percent of the individuals with diabetes developed a new foot ulcer, which was best predicted with MNCV. Tests that best predicted amputation were those measuring pressure perception and thickness of walls in the arteries of the legs. During the study period, 11.2 percent of the subjects had either a minor or major lower-limb amputation.

The chances of dying were best predicted by a combination of creatinine levels, MNCV and skin oxygen levels. High levels of creatinine—a waste product from protein in the diet and from the muscles in the body—are associated with kidney disease.

Diabetes Care, November 2002

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Foot Care, Kidney Care (Nephropathy)

Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12th Annual Product Reference Guide
  • Insulin Syringe Chart
  • Insulin Pen Needles Chart
  • Fast-Acting Glucose
  • Sharps Disposal
  • Blood Glucose Meters Chart
  • Insulin Pumps Chart
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter

Top Rated
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

You May Also Be Interested In...


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...

Username: Password:
©1991-2015 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.