Wendy M. Ferx, MS, PT; Meredith R. Hall, DPT
FEDERAL PRACTITIONER, September 2015, 68-73
All of the 33 patients who qualified for this study (conducted at a Veterans Administration Hospital) were diagnosed with diabetes, foot pain, discomforting foot sensations and impaired balance. All patients first received 12 clinic-based treatments that included Anodyne and manual physical therapy. Following completion of the clinic-based protocol, the study evaluated the real-life results of ongoing unsupervised home use of Anodyne therapy. Physical therapists evaluated changes in neuropathic symptoms in response to 3 and 6 months of home use of Anodyne therapy by these patients.
Patients who received 12 clinic-based Anodyne treatments in the manner described in the study, experienced substantial foot pain relief, reduction in fall risk, reversed the loss of protective sensation and improved their functional ability.
After both 3 and 6 months of unsupervised Anodyne home use, these patients obtained continued:
- Pain Relief
- Improved Mobility and Balance
- Improved Activities of Daily Living
- Reduced Fall Risk
- Increased Foot Sensation