Excellent work from our colleagues at University of Minnesota’s Epidemiology Clinical Research Center! “Dr. Rice’s technique was tested in multi-site clinical trials at the University of Wisconsin. The medical outcomes were highly significant and positive for increased wound healing and pain relief. Of patients who practiced the technique, 87.5 percent completely healed their chronic ulcers, compared to 43.7 percent in the control group without the technique. (From Diabetes Health)”
Again emphasizing, the significance of plantar temperatures and activity prescription to diabetic patients, both of which are “key” tools from Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA)’s Armour against diabetic lower extremity complications! Complimentary techniques like WarmFeet Intervention, as proposed by Dr. Rice are definitely helpful. However, it must be stressed that our patients have lost the “gift of pain” and will not be compliant with such an intervention. But, this can be corrected by providing them dermal thermometers, which will prompt them to use the intervention, when the temperatures scale above the normal daily values upon physical stress, minor trauma or an active ulceration. The good news is that, a large number of our patients are already familiar with dermal thermometers. Now, that’s what we call a “Therm Deal” for the Diabetic Feet.