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Original Research Article

Year: 2017 | Month: July | Volume: 7 | Issue: 7 | Pages: 143-149

Impact of Insole in Improvement of Balance in Elderly Person with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Neha Singh Mitra1, Anjani Kumar Sinha2

1Demonstrator (P&O), National Institute for the Locomotor Disabilities (Divyangjan), Kolkata, India
2P&O Officer, ALIMCO, Government of India.

Corresponding Author: Neha Singh Mitra


Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) associated with nerve disorder, deteriorate balance in elderly person followed by increase cases of fall. Deterioration of balance caused by impaired somatosensory information from foot to central nervous system. Involvements of tactile and proprioceptive stimuli were also causes deterioration of dynamic balance in elderly persons. Various types of insoles were used for improving nerve stimuli from foot to CNS. Present study was focused on immediate effect of silicone insole in improving balance which was not been done before. A total 30 elderly persons were participated in the study. Out of the 30 elderly persons, 19 persons were male and 11 persons were female. Tinetti balance scale and TUGT scale were performed and pre test and post test data were obtained. A paired t-test conducted for the comparative study of the results of tinetti balance test score pre test data and post test data shows significant difference (t-value= -4.571, p=0.000), time up and go test score pre test data and post test data shows significant difference (t-value=7.722, p=0.000) which shows improvement in dynamic balance in post test condition. These results signify insoles as prescription for elderly person who have diabetic peripheral neuropathy to improve impaired balance.

Key words: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), Dynamic balance, immediate effect, Insole

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