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neuropathy is a significant health problem.
It is not only a result of common syndromes such as
diabetes, but it also remains a significant part of the aging
process. Clinical neuropathies could result in ataxia, balance
difficulties, and increased risk of falling. The role of
sensory cues in the control of posture and balance in the
presence of peripheral neuropathy is unclear. The aim of this
proposal is to study the role of sensory information in
balance maintenance using a novel approach, in which auxiliary
sensory cues are provided to the distal segments of the leg.
We will evaluate changes in the postural responses of patients
with diabetic peripheral neuropathy with and without auxiliary
sensory cues or ankle foot orthoses. The project will provide
preliminary data on the role that auxiliary sensory cues play
in the balance of individuals with peripheral neuropathy.
(NIH Grant HD-051628)