A new study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research reviewed the literature back to 1960 to evaluate whether measuring skin temperatures in the diabetic foot were predictive of foot ulceration. Results support the theory that increases skin temperature in the diabetic is predictive of foot ulceration when compared with the same site on the other foot.
Diabetics are at risk of foot ulceration, infection and amputation due to a loss of sensation in their feet and a loss of circulation. A loss of sensation (neuropathy) results in the development of open sores and a loss of circulation impairs the body’s ability to heal those open sores.
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