Background The diabetic foot, one of the most serious complications of diabetes mellitus and a major risk factor for plantar ulceration, is determined mainly by peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathic patients exhibit decreased stability while standing as well as during dynamic conditions. A new methodology for diabetic gait pattern classification based on cluster analysis has been proposed that aims to identify groups of subjects with similar patterns of gait and verify if three-dimensional gait data are able to distinguish diabetic gait patterns from one of the control subjects. Method The gait of 20 nondiabetic individuals and 46 diabetes patients with and without peripheral neuropathy was analyzed [mean age 59.0 (2.9) and 61.1(4.4) years, mean body mass index (BMI) 24.0 (2.8), and 26.3 (2.0)]. K-means cluster analysis was applied to classify the subjects' gait patterns through the analysis of their ground reaction forces, joints and segments (trunk, hip, knee, ankle) angles, and moments. Results Cluster analysis classification led to definition of four well-separated clusters: one aggregating just neuropathic subjects, one aggregating both neuropathics and non-neuropathics, one including only diabetes patients, and one including either controls or diabetic and neuropathic subjects. Conclusions Cluster analysis was useful in grouping subjects with similar gait patterns and provided evidence that there were subgroups that might otherwise not be observed if a group ensemble was presented for any specific variable. In particular, we observed the presence of neuropathic subjects with a gait similar to the controls and diabetes patients with a long disease duration with a gait as altered as the neuropathic one.

A new classification of diabetic gait pattern based on cluster analysis of biomechanical data.

SAWACHA, ZIMI;AVOGARO, ANGELO;COBELLI, CLAUDIO
2010

Abstract

Background The diabetic foot, one of the most serious complications of diabetes mellitus and a major risk factor for plantar ulceration, is determined mainly by peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathic patients exhibit decreased stability while standing as well as during dynamic conditions. A new methodology for diabetic gait pattern classification based on cluster analysis has been proposed that aims to identify groups of subjects with similar patterns of gait and verify if three-dimensional gait data are able to distinguish diabetic gait patterns from one of the control subjects. Method The gait of 20 nondiabetic individuals and 46 diabetes patients with and without peripheral neuropathy was analyzed [mean age 59.0 (2.9) and 61.1(4.4) years, mean body mass index (BMI) 24.0 (2.8), and 26.3 (2.0)]. K-means cluster analysis was applied to classify the subjects' gait patterns through the analysis of their ground reaction forces, joints and segments (trunk, hip, knee, ankle) angles, and moments. Results Cluster analysis classification led to definition of four well-separated clusters: one aggregating just neuropathic subjects, one aggregating both neuropathics and non-neuropathics, one including only diabetes patients, and one including either controls or diabetic and neuropathic subjects. Conclusions Cluster analysis was useful in grouping subjects with similar gait patterns and provided evidence that there were subgroups that might otherwise not be observed if a group ensemble was presented for any specific variable. In particular, we observed the presence of neuropathic subjects with a gait similar to the controls and diabetes patients with a long disease duration with a gait as altered as the neuropathic one.
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