Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are characterized by impaired healing, precede 84% of all diabetes-related lower-leg amputations and they occur in 15% of diabetic patients. Diabetes affects approximately 170 million people worldwide, including 20.8 million patients in US, and by 2030 these numbers are projected to double. DFUs are a primary cause of hospital admissions in the developed world and one of the most impaired conditions associated with diabetes, often leading to pain, suffering, and a poor quality of life for patients.
We propose a novel wearable device to treat wounds by merely walking and do not require intervention or special actions from patients and can replace current standard of care based in hospitalization. Based on technology successfully tested at our lab on acute wounds and diabetic ulcer models, the device will be presented at Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge.
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