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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Diabetic feet: Marvels of wearable technology

Researchers have developed a wireless electronic foot orthosis composed of lightweight embedded systems and non-invasive sensors which help detect breakdown areas in diabetic patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy. The prototype monitors foot motion and pressure distribution beneath the feet in real-time and classifies the state of the patient. The proposed system detects the conditions that could potentially cause a foot ulcer. This system enables a continuous feedback mechanism to the patient and the patient's caregiver, thereby alerting them to any potential problems.

Reference
Dabiri F, Vahdatpour A, Noshadi H, Hagopian H, Sarrafzadeh M. 2008 Electronic orthotics shoe: preventing ulceration in diabetic patients.
Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2008;2008:771-4.

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