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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

A New and Easy Way to Keep Tabs on Foot Ulcers in Diabetes

Infra-red skin temperature measurement can predict the development of ulcers in the feet of people with diabetes. A new device, which needs a prescription, but which people can use at home, offers a precise and reliable way of preventing serious wounds in feet, which is a common and serious complication of diabetes.

Physicians and their assistants normally examine feet of patients with diabetes carefully during each visit to their clinics, but ulcers can develop between visits in people with diabetes of long standing, or those who are careless about following their prescriptions. It always helps if there is someone at home to take close looks at feet everyday, but this is not always easy or practical.

The new infra-red skin thermometer is sensitive enough to record a temperature increase much before an ulcer rises to the surface, warning people with diabetes to take corrective actions through their doctors in time.

Ask your physician about this new device during your next scheduled check-up, and let me know if you would like a link to the manufacturer’s web site.


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