Bharara, M., Viswanathan, V. and Cobb, J. E., 2008. Cold Immersion Recovery Responses in the Diabetic Foot With Neuropathy. International Wound Journal, 5 (4), pp. 562-569.
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The aim of this article was to investigate the effectiveness of testing cold immersion recovery responses in the diabetic foot with neuropathy using a contact thermography system based on thermochromic liquid crystals. A total of 81 subjects with no history of diabetic foot ulceration were assigned to neuropathy, non neuropathy and healthy groups. Each group received prior verbal and written description of the test objectives and subsequently underwent a comprehensive foot care examination. The room temperature and humidity were consistently maintained at 24C and less than 50%, respectively, with air conditioning. The right foot for each subject was located on the measurement platform after cold immersion in water at 18–20C. Whole-field thermal images of the plantar foot were recorded for 10 minutes. Patients with diabetes with neuropathy show the highest ‘delta temperature’, that is difference between the temperature after 10-minute recovery period and baseline temperature measured independently at all the three sites tested, that is first metatarsal head (MTH), second MTH and heel. This clinical study showed for the first time the evidence of poor recovery times for the diabetic foot with neuropathy when assessing the foot under load. A temperature deficit (because of poor recovery to baseline temperature) suggests degeneration of thermoreceptors, leading to diminished hypothalamus-mediated activity in the diabetic neuropathic group.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Cold immersion • Diabetic foot • Liquid crystal thermography • Recovery rate • Thermometry • Ulcer|
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health > Medicine and Surgery|
|Group:||School of Design, Engineering & Computing > Smart Technology Research Centre|
|Deposited By:||Dr Jon Cobb|
|Deposited On:||03 Feb 2009 20:55|
|Last Modified:||07 Mar 2013 14:57|
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