It’s no secret that diabetes is a difficult disease to manage with many co-morbid conditions associated with it. One of the most common complications related to the disease is peripheral neuropathy. Patients with diabetes can lose sensation in their feet, which can lead to ulcers, infection and in many cases amputation.
We often hear that the best way to protect your feet is to get off them. If you are living in a bubble then yes, this may work just fine. But for the majority of people, being sedentary is not an option.
On the other hand, increasing activity levels is programmed in many doctor/patient visits to encourage healthy, active lifestyles.
These varying recommendations can be very confusing – how can we manage dosage of activity while protecting the feet?
Imagine now…the best of both worlds! Managing activity while protecting the feet.
Trends from consumer electronics tend to carry over into healthcare. If you look at wearable technologies over the past decade, there has been exponential growth. It’s apparent that people are starting to get and desire wearable technologies that monitor themselves and their biometric data. Moving from consumer activity tracking and athletics products to a medical device/products makes a lot of sense.
There are implications here that can significantly impact foot health. Integrating practical sensory substitution technologies that monitor activities related to foot health and notify the user of harm during daily living can and will impact the way we manage foot health today.
In fact, interim data with the SurroSense Rx system, a mobile health-offloading device, suggests that users score the device high on satisfaction and perceived benefit ratings. Most notably, we see about a 95% adherence rate with this device suggesting that patients are devoted to personalized offloading.
It’s clear that technology has become ubiquitous in our activities of daily living – it’s now time that we empower people to manage activity while protecting their feet.