Under Pressure? These New Socks Will Let You Know!

The sensor sock creates a pressure map of your feetPressure is a big problem for diabetics—pressure points on the feet can lead to wounds that, if left untreated, can ultimately become ulcers.

One of the reasons that pressure can be so dangerous is that many diabetics have little or no sensation in their feet, thanks to the effects of peripheral neuropathy. That means that a problem can be building for a long time and the patient has no idea what’s happening (yet another reason why daily foot checks are so crucial!)

Even with regular foot examinations, some things can fall through the cracks. With that knowledge in mind, German researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute are developing a pressure sensing sock for diabetics that will let wearers know where problems are developing and what they need to do next: start walking, take a rest or simply change positions.

The sock will be fitted with 40 elastic sensors that will create a map of the foot’s pressure zones, based on the combined data. While some kinks still need to be worked out—it’s unclear how washable the product is and its control until is bulky and attached to the sock—it could still be a great tool for protecting your feet.

Support products and self-care are crucial in the battle to protect your feet from the effects of diabetes, but nothing can replace regular visits with your Houston podiatrist. Schedule an appointment for a comprehensive examination with Dr. Andrew Schneider today.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.