SMART SOCKS FOR DIABETES:
DIABETIC ULCERATION PREVENTION
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) develops when nerves in the distal extremities are damaged, causing numbness and loss of sensory feedback in distal extremities. This increases the risk of Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFU).
DFU is a major complication in which seemingly innocuous skin injuries can lead to sepsis and posterior amputation. DPN can cause skin wounds to become unnoticed and if not treated these can lead to DFU, gangrene and posterior amputation.
Current literature indicates a strong interest in the research of remote foot ulcer risk assessment technologies. Many medical experts have recognized the benefits of constant-monitoring devices in improving patient care.
This project explores the potential of dynamic, pressure-mapping e-textiles in assisting diabetic patients. For this research, knitted structures using soft, conductive yarns are employed.
Pilar Zhang Qiu | Supervisor: Dr. Rebecca Stewart
Estimated End Date: 20 June 2020
Images of first prototyped pressure-sensing, knitted swatches and electrodes.
Combination of non-conductive (cream) and conductive (grey) wool-blend yarns.
REPORTS ON DIABETIC FOOT ULCERS
A. Literature Review: Use of e-textiles in DFU prevention
B. Explanatory Essay: Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy