The Effect of Exercise on Wound Healing While Off-loading

  • End date
    May 2, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Mercer University
Updated on 2 November 2021
foot ulcer
plantar ulcers


This study seeks to establish the effect of adding exercise to off-loading interventions on the healing time for people with diabetes mellitus and a foot ulcer. Hypothesis: Consistent with the literature, results are expected to resemble the accelerated healing seen when older adults exercised in the presence of wounds.


The purpose of this project is to establish the effect of the addition of exercise to an off-loading intervention on the healing time for people with diabetes mellitus and a foot ulcer.

While benefits of physical activity and exercise are clear, the benefit of exercise on wound healing in individuals with diabetes has not been elucidated. It is critical to better understand how prescribed exercise effects the healing speed in patients receiving wound care with appropriate off-loading. If exercise does decrease healing time, the benefit to the patient may include lower cost, decreased risk of infection, decreased burden on a caregiver, and improved quality of life.

Condition Diabetic Foot, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, diabetic foot ulcer
Treatment Exercise
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04280016
SponsorMercer University
Last Modified on2 November 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Have diabetes
Have an active plantar ulceration
With or without peripheral neuropathy
Able to safely exercise
Receiving care for their plantar ulceration, including off-loading

Exclusion Criteria

Presence of an untreated infection, osteomyelitis, or gangrene
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