Temperature assessment of the insensitive foot

Phys Ther. 1979 Jan;59(1):18-22. doi: 10.1093/ptj/59.1.18.


Temperature assessment has proven valuable in detecting areas of inflammation in the insensitive limb. Monitoring the inflammatory response to the stresses of footwear and walking has worked as a "pain substitute." In conjunction with other evaluation methods, the results of temperature assessment can be used to reduce the incidence of injury and ulceration in the insensitive foot. A review of principles and methods, a presentation of a case study, and a discussion will elaborate upon the concepts of temperature assessment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Body Temperature*
  • Foot / blood supply
  • Foot / innervation*
  • Foot Diseases / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Leprosy / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pressure Ulcer / prevention & control
  • Shoes / standards
  • Stress, Mechanical
  • Thermography