The use of smart socks to monitor temperature in a bid to prevent foot ulcers proved to have a high rate of compliance, a study has shown.
American researchers examined the use of smart socks, a remote patient monitoring (RPM) device used to track a person’s temperature to monitor inflammation.
Looking at utilisation data from people who had been prescribed smart socks, the team evaluated retention over time, the average time that the socks were worn, and the number of days that the socks were worn per month and per week.
They reported that: “A total of 160 patients wore the smart sock RPM device for 22 to 25 days per month on average. The retention rate was 91.9 per cent at the end of the 7-month period; a total of 13 patients were lost to follow-up during this period. The average number of days that the socks were worn per week was 5.8. The percentage of patients with a utilisation rate of >15 days ranged from 79.7 per cent to 91.9 per cent each month.”
The researchers from Siren Care and California School of Podiatric Medicine described it as “a high level of utilisation” with a “high compliance rate”.
They went on to suggest future studies should examine the clinical outcomes following the use of smart socks, which may further solidify the idea of conducting temperature monitoring for foot ulcer prevention.
The study has been published in JMIR Formative Research.