Podimetrics is a company that has developed a special foot temperature monitoring pad that can keep track of a diabetic’s feet to help detect the onset of foot ulcers. The Podimetrics Mat and the rest of the company’s Remote Temperature Monitoring System allow clinicians to receive high resolution temperature scans of the soles of their patients’ feet while giving patients the convenience of doing daily tests in the convenience of the home.
Foot ulcers can have an their early warning system, and this is probably the only good thing about them. When one of these ulcers are developing developing, it may not be obvious even to a doctor. But it will likely be a warmer spot on your foot.
To take advantage of this warning, a new medical system uses temperature data to predict that an ulcer will develop more than a month before it surfaces. With this system, doctors would have more time to treat it.
It consists of a wireless SmartMat™ for the home and a monitoring service that notifies patients and clinicians when signs of inflammation may be developing. To use the system, a patient stands on the mat for 20 seconds per day at home.
Foot ulcers can follow neuropathy, which 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have. But neuropathy is not an inevitable consequence of diabetes.
The best way to prevent neuropathy is to keep blood glucose levels as close to the normal range as possible,” the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases states. “Maintaining safe blood glucose levels protects nerves throughout the body.”
But foot ulcers are the most common reason why people with diabetes have to stay in a hospital, and 15 percent of us develop at least one ulcer. When doctors aren’t able to treat them soon enough, ulcers can lead to amputations for up to a quarter of us. In 2010, about 73,000 adult Americans with diabetes had a foot or leg amputated.
Still, if you or your doctor detects an ulcer early enough, you can avoid this tragedy