Musculoskeletal and metabolic disorders

Injuries to the Achilles tendon are usually associated with athletes, not people with diabetes. But despite the recognition that musculoskeletal injuries often occur in this patient group, not much is known about the cause.

Dr Jamie Gaida, a physiotherapist and research fellow in the Monash University tendinopathy research group, says shoulder capsulitis (known as frozen shoulder), flexor tenosynovitis (trigger finger), rotator cuff tears and pain of the rotator cuff are all common in people with diabetes.