An overview of temperature monitoring devices for early detection of diabetic foot disorders

Expert Rev Med Devices. 2010 Sep;7(5):711-8. doi: 10.1586/erd.10.35.


Diabetic foot complications are associated with substantial costs and loss of quality of life. This article gives an overview of available and emerging devices for the monitoring of foot temperature as a means of early detection of foot disorders in diabetes. The aim is to describe the technologies and to summarize experiences from experimental use. Studies show that regular monitoring of foot temperature may limit the incidence of disabling conditions such as foot ulcers and lower-limb amputations. Infrared thermometry and liquid crystal thermography were identified as the leading technologies in use today. Both technologies are feasible for temperature monitoring of the feet and could be used as a complement to current practices for foot examinations in diabetes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Body Temperature*
  • Diabetic Foot / complications
  • Diabetic Foot / diagnosis*
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Foot Ulcer / complications
  • Foot Ulcer / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Thermography / instrumentation*