When researching ways to prevent foot amputations associated with diabetic complications, the students at JSU noted colder foot temperature was a predictor of the peripheral nerve damage that can make people lose sensation in their feet. Once loss of feeling sets in for diabetics, wounds may go unnoticed, making ulcers a more likely complication.
Realizing the chain of effects that a drop in foot temperature could set off for diabetics, the students designed their mat to link up to an App (currently only for Android phones) that could keep track of daily foot temperatures. If used daily, the mat could track foot temperatures and act as an early warning system for circulation problems and nerve damage, encouraging diabetics to be more vigilant in their daily foot exams and regular podiatrist visits.
The mat is currently in development, but when it does reach the market, it will likely cost at least $500, which means it may be too expensive for many individuals…but don’t worry! You don’t need fancy gadgets to prevent diabetic complications: you just need vigilant self-care and a great relationship with your local podiatrist. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider for your initial diabetic foot consultation.