Foot Biomechanics and Thermoregulation in Diabetes and Peripheral Artery Disease
Examining Mechanical Energy Dissipation
|Dr. Takahashi's Team|
Diabetes and peripheral artery disease (PAD) are one of the most significant risk factors for the formation of ulcers in the feet of patients. These ulcers can predispose the feet to infections and tissue breakdown, leading to high amputation rates in the affected patients. A key factor in the formation of ulcers is impaired temperature regulation in the foot. Yet, the mechanism behind impaired temperature regulation in these patients remain unclear. Our goal of this project is to determine whether foot biomechanics can predict impaired thermoregulation in patients with diabetes and PAD.