SALSA has been a long term proponent of “Holter Monitor” equivalent for the feet. This study from Madrid, presents a preliminary feasibility study from healthy volunteers. This study proves the concept; and we look forward to more progress in this area. Serial monitoring of the temperature is highly predictive of recurring foot ulcers and the availability as well as advances in this technology may provide early intervention modalities, specially for the newly diagnosed diabetics as well as pre-diabetics. What’s interesting and perhaps, the key application is the ability to combine multiple interventions with temperature such as physical activity, pharmacy adherence etc once the platform is available.
Here’s our call to fellow researchers to start suggesting unique names for the foot’s “Holter Monitor”. I start with the first one, “Dia-Polter Monitor”!
Holter monitoring of central and peripheral temperature: possible uses and feasibility study in outpatient settings
Varela et al. J Clin Monit Comput. 2009 Aug;23(4):209-16.