Scientists at the Hebrew University in Israel have invented a “smart” socks for people with diabetes. The device is running a mobile app for smartphones and helps to avoid the threat of amputation of limbs, which often leads to diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage associated with the development of ulcers on the feet of diabetics.
People diagnosed with diabetes should carefully monitor the appearance of ulcers, which may eventually lead to amputation of limbs. But ulcers can be diagnosed only with the appearance, which complicates the healing process.
Israeli scientists have invented socks that contain a multitude of microscopic pressure sensors. Sensors in real-time react to changes in the pressure and condition of the legs, immediately sending the data to your smartphone. This will allow to prevent the appearance of ulcers and to reduce the risk of developing diabetic neuropathy.
Smart socks is created in such a way that they can even be washed in the washing machine.
“By giving patients and their families the tools necessary to prevent the development of ulcers, we can significantly reduce health care costs associated with diabetes,” said Professor Yaakov Nahmias, Director of the Biodesign program of the Hebrew University.
The Hebrew University is on the list of the hundred best universities in the world.