Term of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

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Thesis (open access)

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Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Li Li

Committee Member 1

Barry Joyner

Committee Member 2

Barry Munkasy


INTRODUCTION: Peripheral neuropathy is characterized by a loss of foot sole sensitivity and slowed nerve conduction velocity. Individuals with peripheral neuropathy have decreased postural control ability and functional gait performance. No research was found that differentiated the effects of the main symptoms of peripheral neuropathy on postural control and functional gait. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the differential effects of reduced foot sole sensitivity and slowed nerve conduction velocity on postural control and functional gait. METHODS: Two main clinical symptoms, H-index and foot sole sensitivity were evaluated among 35 participants. Outcome variables are the center of pressure standard deviation in the anteroposterior direction (SDAP) and the center of pressure average velocity (Vavg) during 30 seconds eyes open quiet standing, 6-minute walk distance (6MWD), and timed-up-and-go duration (TUG). RESULTS: Participants were separated into three groups symptomologically: Less affected (LA, 73±2 years old, 68.4±3.5kg, 1.62±0.02m, H-index: 89.7±3.4, range 78.0-109.4, cm2/ms2, Foot sole sensitivity score: 8.6±0.5, range 6-10), moderately affected (MA, 74±2 years old, 77.2±4.1kg, 1.65±0.02m, H-index: 60.2±3.4, range 42.8-76-6, cm2/ms2, Foot sole sensitivity score: 8.7±0.5, range 6-10), and severely affected (SA, 73±1 years old, 95.2±6.5kg, 1.73±0.03m, H-index: 61.8±2.1, range 45.6-75.5, cm2/ms2, Foot sole sensitivity score: 2.2±0.6, range 0-5). Multivariate analysis revealed significant group differences (p

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