From Smart Phones to Smart Sock
A consequence of diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage induced by diabetes, the development of foot ulcers is usually only detected in more advanced stages.
This will be the next “smart” invention. The washable smart sock developed by the Israeli engineers is claimed to the made, to help patients suffering from diabetes. The new device that is connected to a smart phone will help in avoiding foot amputation.
The sock is fitted with dozens of pressure sensors, detects first signs of developing foot ulcers such as deformations, problems with poor blood supply and excessive pressure and sends data straight to patient’s phone.
The device will help in detecting foot ulcers which is the usual reason for amputation. “This is a significant medical problem that affects the lives of millions. We thought there must be a way to avoid these wounds altogether,” said Danny Bavli, from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
The sock is a machine-washable one, and called by the name SenseGo. Once the sock is worn, the sock will sync the information with a mobile app that assesses the risk and informs the patient about a potential problem.
The team behind the sock believes the device has the potential to slash the cost of medical care. Currently, problems are usually detected only when the ulcer has already developed and requires on-going medical care.
“This is a classic mobile health approach. But giving patients and their families the tools they need to prevent the development of ulcers, we can dramatically reduce healthcare costs related to diabetes,” said Professor Yaakov Nahmias, director of the BioDesign programme at Hebrew University.
Foot ulcers affect some 130 million people worldwide and are the leading cause of leg amputation