Continuous activity monitoring in persons at high risk for diabetes-related lower-extremity amputation

J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2001 Oct;91(9):451-5. doi: 10.7547/87507315-91-9-451.


This study evaluated the magnitude and location of activity of diabetic patients at high risk for foot amputation. Twenty subjects aged 64.6 +/- 1.8 years with diabetes, neuropathy, deformity, or a history of lower-extremity ulceration or partial foot amputation were dispensed a continuous activity monitor and a log book to record time periods spent in and out of their homes for 1 week. The results indicate that patients took more steps per hour outside their home, but took more steps per day inside their homes. Although 85% of the patients wore their physician-approved shoes most or all of the time while they were outside their homes, only 15% continued to wear them at home. Focusing on protection of the foot during in-home ambulation may be an important factor on which to focus future multidisciplinary efforts to reduce the incidence of ulceration and amputation. The ability to continuously monitor the magnitude, duration, and time of activity ultimately may assist clinicians in dosing activity just as they dose drugs.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Amputation, Surgical
  • Diabetic Foot* / complications
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Shoes
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • Walking*