Take a Walk: How Chicago, Arizona Researchers Use Cutting Edge Walking Sensors to Predict Outcome of Limb-Salvage Surgery in Diabetes

Take a Walk: How Chicago, Arizona Researchers Use Cutting Edge Walking Sensors to Predict Outcome of Limb-Salvage Surgery in Diabetes

TUCSON, AZ. Researchers from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine's Scholl College and the University of Arizona Department of Surgery's Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) have published a pilot project that could revolutionize the way reconstructive surgery is performed in people with diabetes. “In the past, surgery designed to heal wounds or reduce the risk for development of wounds in people with diabetes has been haphazard”, noted David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and SALSA's Director. “This study suggests strongly that we can work toward predicting success preoperatively.” The study, which uses cutting-edge sensors that sample pressure points on the bottom of the foot while they walk, employs an entire new way of analyzing the data. “We can now learn from previous works and use sophisticated algorithms to see deformities and help the surgeon plan the procedure”, added Dr. Bijan Najafi, Associate Professor at Rosalind Franklin University and the lead author on this study. Armstrong concluded that “We believe that all clinics may one day have sensors like this and we can go a long way toward reducing unnecessary amputations, which occur once every thirty seconds around the world”

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