Futuristic Smart Socks Could Assist Doctors in Treating Diabetic Ulcers
Diabetic patients sometimes have trouble knowing when their feet are forming ulcers because nerve damage has left them without feeling in their lower extremities. Luckily, a solution to this problem is on the horizon in the form of “Smart Socks,” a new product being developed by scientists at the University of Arizona.
Smart Socks contain advanced sensors that can let doctors know when the wearer experiences pressure in their feet. The idea is to make it easier for medical professionals to identify where ulcers are likely to grow so they can stop them in their early stages. The inventors of the socks hope to make them available for sale to the public by 2019.
Diabetes is one of the most dangerous and persistent systemic diseases of the foot and ankle. It’s best to deal with this kind of disease as early as possible with the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can assess the level of damage, if any, that your feet have sustained and provide you with the professional care you need to keep them healthy.
Systemic Diseases of the Feet
Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.
Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.
Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.
Diabetes of the Feet
â—Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.
â—Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.
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