£70K funding into walking pain condition

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Scientists in Sheffield have been awarded funding of £70,000 to research how Nordic walking could help patients with intermittent claudication, a condition where people get pain in their legs while walking short distances.

A team of researchers, led by Professor Jonathan Beard, will study 50 patients to analyse the effects of using Nordic poles three times a week over a three month period.

The participants will be measured on how far they can walk, both with and without the aid of the poles, at the beginning and end of the study.

Professor Beard said that the funding would enable him to carry out “important research that could benefit thousands of patients.”