Deformity due to the diabetic foot causes repetitive and excessivepressure to certain areas of the foot, which may result in ulcers and pains.Therefore, it is necessary to measure the pressure of the sole for theprevention and management of diabetic foot lesions.
Early identification of feet 'at risk' for ulceration is important inpreventing plantar lesions in diabetic patients with insensitive feet. Plantarpressures are higher in diabetic neuropathic patients than in non-diabetic andnon-neuropathic Counterparts. As high plantar pressure is a proven risk factorfor foot ulceration, effective screening for high plantar pressures in diabeticpatients could have a major influence on the incidence of diabetic footulceration.
To identify high-risk patients in a clinical setting, a simple systemfor screening is needed which is easy to use, reliable and gives results thatare easy to interpret and can be immediately available to both the patient andstaff. Our Foot Imprinter Harris Mat FM1111 has been developed as asimple, inexpensive and practical foot pressure measurement device intended forroutine clinical use. It is a semiquantitative footprint mat that quantifiesplantar pressure by visual comparison between the greyness of the footprint.