The research objective of this project is to design an ankle stiffness testing and therapeutic device. The hypothesis is that the ankle stiffness of people afflicted with diabetes mellitus (DM) is significantly different from that of healthy subjects. The validation of this hypothesis will allow us to clarify the relationship between ankle stiffness and ulceration or other pathologies. If we can use this objective device to prove that increased stiffness does play a significant role in ulcerations and other pathologies of the foot and ankle, the same device can also be used as a therapeutic device to help reduce ankle stiffness and thus prevent foot ulcers.

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