Smart insoles available that may prevent developing foot ulcers
Professor Neil Reeves with the smart insole
Neil Reeves, Professor of Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and previously DRWF-funded researcher, led the study, working with the research team at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “Foot ulceration is a serious health concern for people with diabetes and a major burden for global healthcare systems.
“As part of this longitudinal clinical trial, we have shown the great potential of smart technology for reducing the incidence of foot ulcers in diabetes patients.
“Studies of this nature are very challenging, but invaluable for advancing the treatment and management of people with diabetes.”
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy, is a common complication for people with diabetes, where the loss of sensation caused by nerve damage can make it difficult for people to feel when their foot is at risk of skin breakdown.
Foot ulcers can fail to heal and become infected over time and around 30% of patients with a diabetic foot ulcer may be at risk of lower limb amputation.
The findings of the project were presented to the Diabetic Foot Study Group at the meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes recently in Berlin.
The research group was also presented at the meeting with the prestigious Paul Wilson Brand Repetitive Stress Award by the Diabetic Foot Study Group.
Professor Reeves added: “Our team of researchers and clinicians are delighted that this important work has been recognised through a prestigious clinical award.”
If you have a wound which does not heal see your podiatrist immediately.
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