A new study suggests that diabetic foot ulcers may be detected by monitoring patients’ foot temperatures.

Foot ulcers are a painful side effect that many diabetics incur as a result of foot-tissue disintegration. While diabetic foot ulcers are often manageable, the wounds require proper care in order to prevent infection. A new study suggests that such ulcers may be detected by the remote monitoring of patients’ foot temperatures.

Temperature monitoring as a viable detection method

Podimetrics, a Massachusetts-based medtech company, focuses on the early diagnosis of ulcers developing in patients’ feet so that advance wound care can be implemented. The company’s latest technology, the Podimetric SmartMat, uses a temperature monitoring system to catch diabetic foot ulcers before they appear. A new study released by the company listed the results of its latest technology; During the study, which monitored 129 subjects over 34 weeks, the Podimetric SmartMat identified 97 percent of developing diabetic foot ulcers. These impending wounds were not otherwise detectable to clinicians until an average of five weeks after they had discovered by SmartMat.

Early diagnosis as a path to improved treatment

The encouraging results of the study give validity to the effectiveness of temperature monitoring practices. A 2004 study by the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Care Journal used at-home daily temperature monitoring to catch developing ulcers. Detected ulcers that were subsequently treated with a reduction in activity and pressure had fewer complications over the study’s six months.

The Podimetric SmartMat is just one recently developed system in the campaign for early diabetic foot ulcer diagnosis. The trend of medtech companies focusing on early detection as a way to limit ulcer complications could lead to a decrease in the number of foot amputations that occur from severe wound infections.

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