Abstract

Abstract:

The prevalence of diabetes in the United States and the world is high. Often the burden of this disease falls on those who are economically disadvantaged, contributing to disparities in access to care. Considering the risk for foot complications related to diabetes, foot temperature monitoring has been shown to be effective in mitigating risk for plantar ulceration. Higher-cost thermometers have been assessed for reliability, while very low-cost thermometers have not. Validation of low-cost thermometers could improve access to this preventive measure. In this study, inexpensive commercially available infrared thermometers were shown to be a reliable and valid means to assess local skin temperature.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-6869
Print ISSN
1049-2089
Pages
pp. 2202-2210
Launched on MUSE
2021-11-19
Open Access
No
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