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Posted on January 08, 2018

Smart diabetic footwear

At CES 2018, Sensoria® Health and Optima Molliter will announce a partnership to create the first smart diabetic footwear product that will monitor a patient's compliance to the clinician's prescribed mechanical offloading protocol. The smart device, Motus Smart powered by Sensoria® Health, will combine pressure sensors and the Sensoria® Core technologies together with the clinically tested Optima Molliter Offloading System.
 
One of the most dangerous and expensive complications of diabetes is represented by diabetic foot wounds, which will occur in up to one third of people with diabetes. In the US, direct costs associated with complications to diabetic limbs exceed the five most expensive cancers.
 
According to the World Health Organization, over 422 million people suffer from diabetes. In many countries, including the USA, diabetes is an emergency of epidemic proportions, and diabetic foot complications are one of the most painful effects: every 30 seconds, a limb is lost due to diabetes.
 
"Unfortunately, we know that diabetic foot ulceration, if not clinically controlled and managed, can lead to infection, amputation, and in some cases, death of the patient," says Dr. David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California (USC). "There is a huge need for new technology that addresses diabetic foot ulceration and provides interventions before amputation becomes medically necessary. There has never been a greater need for the merger of next-gen consumer electronics and medical devices. This is enormously exciting."
 
An important variable for the success of offloading therapy is represented by the patient's "adherence to care," and his actual use of the prescribed footwear. Patients used to be constricted into a full contact cast, and some footwear products are now equipped with a non-removable system to guarantee their use, but both these options are not easily tolerated by patients, and not applicable in the event of an infected wound3. Motus Smart, which will use Sensoria® Core and pressure sensors to monitor compliance, is a viable alternative to a non-removable cam boot4. The Sensoria® sensors will work with a text messaging system and a web dashboard to inform patients, caregivers and clinicians of non-compliant patients allowing for easy intervention.
 
"Recording a patient's compliance and usage patterns will reduce risk of amputations and provide objective data to the treating physician or hospital center that manages the patient," says Franco Salvatelli, Research and Development Manager at Optima Molliter. "By giving information on the usage patterns, deambulatory activity and concentration of the patient's orthotic pressures, we will provide additional evidence to a patient's adherence to the mechanical offloading treatment."
 
"Offloading is essential to diabetic foot ulcer healing, according to podiatry consensus guidelines," says Davide Vigano, Co-Founder and CEO of Sensoria® Health. "Motus Smart will significantly improve the lives of people that suffer from diabetic foot complications. With Sensoria's technology, caregivers and clinicians will have access to multitudes of patient data, allowing them to track compliance and intervene before amputation becomes unavoidable."
 
Source: Sensoria Health
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Learn more at the next leading event on the topic: Wearable USA 2018 External Link on 14 - 15 Nov 2018 at Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, USA hosted by IDTechEx.