The Effect of Foot Exercises on Wound Healing in Type 2

     Diabetic Patients With a Foot Ulcer


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of foot exercises on wound healing in type 2 diabetic patients with a diabetic foot ulcer … Sixty-five patients from an outpatient clinic with grade 1 or 2 ulcers (Wagner classification) who met study criteria agreed to participate; 60 patients completed the study and were included in the final analysis … Subjects were followed up between February 2014 and June 2015 … Subjects were recruited by the researchers in the clinics where they received treatment … Subjects were randomly allocated to either the control or intervention group … Data were collected using investigator-developed forms: patient information form and the diabetic foot exercises log … Patients in the intervention group received standard wound care and performed daily foot exercises for 12 weeks; the control group received standard wound care but no exercises … The ulcers of the patients in both the intervention and control groups were examined and measured at the 4th, 8th, and 12th weeks … The groups were compared in terms of the ulcer size and depth … To analyze and compare the data, frequency distribution, mean (standard deviation), variance analysis, and the independent samples t test and the χ test were used … read more