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Siren Diabetic Socks – User Stories: Kathy

January 22, 2019

Today, we're excited to introduce Kathy, one of the early users of Siren Diabetic Socks. We are so excited to share Kathy's story with you today, along with her experiences with Siren Diabetic Socks. Kathy has been an amazing part of the Siren community, and we are so grateful for her support!

Facts About Kathy

Location: New York

Diabetes: Type 2

Neuropathy: Diagnosed by podiatrist in 2014

Care Team:  Neurologist, rheumatologist, primary care, pain management, acupuncture, physical therapist, podiatrist, and urologist

Diabetes and Neuropathy

What are the main symptoms of neuropathy that you're experiencing? "Burning and stabbing of my feet- sometimes they go almost numb."

How do you manage neuropathy symptoms? "Alternating a hot and cold soak seems to be the most effective way for me to deal with the worst problem tried Lyrica and Gabapentin. The Gabapentin made it worse but strangely the lyrica seemed to help somewhat."

What are your recommendations for someone recently diagnosed with neuropathy who has diabetes? "Watch your diet and keep your A1c in check- it makes all the difference the world. Sadly I have noticed in my case the neuropathy never goes away no matter what I do or try- it just becomes manageable on different levels."

How are you working to treat and care for your neuropathy symptoms right now? "This second I have a tens unit on my right foot and my left foot is softly tucked under a plush wrap."

What do you wish people understood about diabetes and neuropathy? "We don’t get it because we sit and stuff our face with bon-bons all day!! And NO, your Plexus isn’t going to be my magic cure all, so stop spamming my messenger. Neuropathy hurts, it’s like stepping in a frozen lake with bare feet and then having to walk around all day in the snow with those frozen feet. At night sometimes it feels like someone is stabbing your feet with tiny pen knives and won’t quit- changing positions won’t help- taking a narcotic won’t help."

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The Truth About Diabetic Foot Numbness

January 11, 2019

If you have diabetes, you may have heard about foot problems that might come up. One of those is diabetic foot numbness. The truth is, diabetic foot numbness is due to nerve damage, also called diabetic neuropathy.

What causes diabetic foot numbness?

Diabetes can cause long-term problems in your hands and feet, especially if you have high blood sugar over time.  One of those problems is diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), or nerve damage. More than 70% of people with diabetes will develop some form of neuropathy. Symptoms are different for everyone, but you might experience pain, tingling, or total loss of feeling. If you are experiencing diabetic foot numbness, a symptom of neuropathy, make sure that you talk to your doctor about your symptoms.

Neuropathy not only causes discomfort, but you're also more likely to develop an injury such as a foot ulcer. You may not feel a cut or a pebble in your shoe. When you continue to walk on a small cut or a blister without knowing, it can get worse, become infected, and lead to more serious issues. This is why it's so important to wear socks every day to protect your feet and check with your doctor if you have any signs of numbness in your feet.

What can I do if I have diabetic foot numbness?

Unfortunately, diabetic neuropathy cannot be cured or reversed. But the good news is that there are things you can do to keep your neuropathy under control and prevent further injuries from developing.

If you have diabetes and neuropathy, keeping your blood sugar under control is one of the best things you can do to manage your symptoms. Sticking to a healthy diet, incorporating exercise into your routine, and talking to your doctor about any medications that might help are good places to start.

If you're experiencing any pain in your feet and toes with your neuropathy, there are products you can try to reduce pain. Foot creams, Epsom salt soaks, supplements, and even switching to diabetic shoes specially made to support your feet might help ease discomfort.

The Siren Diabetic Socks and Foot Monitoring System also can help you detect and manage foot ulcers caused by neuropathy. It combines the idea of regular diabetic socks with new technology to help you find potential injuries. There are tiny temperature sensors embedded into the fabric of the socks constantly monitoring the temperature of your feet. They look for a temperature difference between your feet, which is a sign of inflammation. Inflammation is a precursor to injury, so by measuring inflammation, you can prevent more serious injuries before they occur.

If you're interested in reading more about how Siren Socks work with neuropathy, don't miss our post, "Do Siren Socks Treat or Cure Neuropathy?"

Disclaimer: Neuropathy symptoms may vary from individual to individual. Please consult with your doctor before pursuing any type of treatment.

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Could You Benefit from Siren Diabetic Socks?

January 10, 2019

Are Siren Diabetic Socks for you? This is one of the questions we get quite frequently. Siren Diabetic Socks are designed to help people with diabetes and neuropathy prevent foot ulcers and amputations. If you have diabetes and neuropathy, or neuropathy from other causes, you should be wearing our socks.

Read on to see how Siren Socks can help you if you have diabetes or neuropathy!

Siren Diabetic Socks for People with Diabetes

People with diabetes are at a higher risk of problems like foot infections or injuries. You may not realize it, but high blood sugar can cause damage to important parts of your body, including your feet. This is why foot care is so important for people with diabetes. When you have diabetes, you should be wearing socks every day to protect your feet.

Siren Diabetic Socks for People with Neuropathy

Neuropathy, or nerve damage, can have many different causes, including long-term diabetes and chemotherapy. Neuropathy can lead to numbness, tingling, prickling, or pain in your feet and toes. You may also lose feeling in your feet and toes. You may not feel small injuries like a cut or a blister from a pebble in your shoe. When you continue to walk on a cut or blister, it can get worse, get infected, and eventually become a bigger problem.

How Siren Diabetic Socks Help People with Diabetes and Neuropathy

The Siren Diabetic Socks and Foot Monitoring System helps you detect and manage foot ulcers caused by diabetes and neuropathy. The Siren System combines the idea of regular diabetic socks with new technology to help you find potential injuries you might not be able to find on your own.

Siren's Socks work using tiny temperature sensors that are embedded into the fabric of the socks and constantly monitoring the temperature of your feet. They look for a temperature difference between your feet, which is a sign of inflammation. Inflammation is a precursor to injury, so by measuring inflammation, you can prevent more serious injuries before they occur.

You can use the information collected by the Siren Socks to determine the best course of action with your doctor to address a potential problem with your feet. This significantly reduces your chance of developing further injury such as a foot ulcer if you have diabetes and neuropathy.

Interested in learning more about how our socks work? Read our blog post, "What Is the Siren Diabetic Sock and Foot Monitoring System?"

Disclaimer: Diabetes and neuropathy symptoms may vary from individual to individual. Please consult with your doctor before pursuing any type of treatment or purchasing Siren Diabetic Socks.

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If you have diabetes, you’ve surely heard of how important it is to avoid foot ulcers. These pesky wounds can wreak a lot of havoc if they aren’t treated properly.

Unfortunately, the many side effects of diabetes make foot ulcers a very common complication. The good news is, knowing what to look for will give you a much better chance of preventing them.

In this post, we’ll outline the most common causes of diabetic foot ulcers, the symptoms to look for, and how to prevent ulcers in the first place. By the time you finish reading, you’ll have a much better idea of how to spot foot ulcers and what to do to avoid them.

What Causes Foot Ulcers?

The formation of foot ulcers is often a direct result of other complications of diabetes. While many of these complications may seem manageable individually, they can seem much more serious when they surface as a foot ulcer. The causes of diabetic foot ulcers range from poor circulation to untreated wounds or scrapes on the feet to poorly managed blood sugar.

If you have diabetes, you might experience poor blood circulation, especially you’re not managing your blood sugar levels. Low circulation can result in Ischemic foot ulcers (also called arterial ulcers). These ulcers occur when a wound on the foot can’t receive enough healthy blood flow to heal properly. Wearing shoes that fit too tight can also reduce blood flow and lead to these kinds of ulcers.

Nerve damage (also known as peripheral neuropathy) is one of the main causes of foot ulcers. The longer you live with diabetes (and the older you get) the more likely you are to experience neuropathy. This type of nerve damage in your feet can keep you from noticing wounds or sores that develop, as you can’t feel them if your nerves are damaged. These injuries may then develop into ulcers when left untreated for too long. This type of ulcer is often referred to as a neuropathic ulcer, since neuropathy is the main cause.

Continuing to walk on a wound or sore makes it harder for it to heal and increases the chances that it will turn into an ulcer. This is why it’s so important to check your feet daily for signs of injury, especially if you have diabetic neuropathy.

Diabetic Foot Ulcer Symptoms

The early you spot the signs of a foot ulcer, the best chance you have of preventing it from becoming a serious injury. With that in mind, here are the most common foot ulcer symptoms to look for:

Ulcers in early stages may have few or no symptoms, which makes them hard to notice. This is why it is so important to check your feet every day to catch signs of injury.

If you’re not sure what to look for based on this description, go ahead and Google “diabetic foot ulcer pictures.” You should always speak to a doctor if you’re concerned about signs of a foot ulcer, but an image search may help you better understand what to look for.

Foot Ulcer Treatment

The treatment for foot ulcers varies depending on the severity of the wound. Staying off your feet is one of the best ways to help ulcers heal, since putting pressure on them over and over keeps them from healing properly. However, if your ulcer is advanced, you might need medication or another form of treatment from your doctor.

A necrotic ulcer can be treated by a process called debridement. Debridement means removing the dead tissue and skin so that blood can flow to a wound and help it heal.

How to Prevent Foot Ulcers

While foot ulcers are treatable, it’s best to prevent them altogether if possible.

Wearing shoes that are specifically made for people diabetes is a good way to prevent or relieve ulcers. These shoes are often wider and offer more cushioning than a standard shoe. Your doctor may also recommend wearing special socks or compression wraps to decrease the chances of ulcer formation. You might also want to look into our Siren Socks for an extra level of protection.

Another way to ward off ulcers is with regular exercise. Exercising keeps healthy blood flowing throughout your body, especially in your extremities such as your feet. This will lower your chances of developing neuropathy and other diabetes-related complications.

Finally, the most powerful way to prevent ulcers is to keep your blood sugar within healthy levels.

If you’re interested in learning more about foot ulcers or how you can prevent them, check out our blog posts on 5 Common Symptoms of Diabetic Foot Ulcers andCommon Locations of Foot Ulcers.

Disclaimer: Foot ulcer symptoms may vary from individual to individual. Please consult with your doctor before pursuing any type of treatment.

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for People with Diabetes

January 8, 2019

New Year's is a perfect time to reflect on the year past and the year ahead. The beginning of the year is a natural time to start new habits and set goals for the year to come. If you have diabetes, here are some ideas to focus on when making your New Year's resolutions for 2019.

See your doctor regularly

Talk to your podiatrist, endocrinologist, or general practitioner to come up with a plan for how many visits you should make to the doctor's office each year. If your diabetes is well managed, most physician's recommend a doctor's visit every 3-6 months for a regular checkup including blood work such as an A1C test (see below). If your blood sugar is higher, a doctor may recommend a visit every 3 months.

Make sure to talk with your doctor about what he or she recommends for your individual needs.

Know your numbers

A great goal to incorporate into your New Year's resolutions is lowering your hemoglobin A1C. This number shows your average blood glucose level for the previous three months. Keeping your A1C in check is one of the best ways for your doctor to tell if your diabetes is managed well.

If you don't know your A1C, ask your doctor to give you more information. Keeping track of your A1C can help you make better-informed decisions about your health.  

Plan healthy meals

The best way to make sure you eat healthfully is to plan out and prepare your meals in advance. That way, you know exactly where and when your next healthy meal is coming from. It also keeps you on track with eating constantly throughout the day. Consistent eating helps keep your blood sugar stable, prevents you from overeating, and sets you up to make healthy choices.

Add exercise into your routine

Every little bit helps when it comes to exercise! If you feel overwhelmed by the idea of adding exercise to your day, here are some great ways to sneak it in:

  • Park a few blocks away from your destination to add in a quick stroll.
  • Get outside! Being outdoors can make exercise seem effortless. A quick walk around the block, gardening, or even a swim at your local pool can be fun and get your cardio in.
  • You can stretch before you even get out of bed. Set aside 2-3 minutes every morning for a quick few stretches to wake your body up.

Manage your stress

While we often think about the physical aspects of health, emotional health is equally as important and connected to physical health. Stress can have a massive impact on your health and wellbeing. Something to keep in mind when you're making your resolutions is prioritizing your health above all else and cutting out things that bring you lots of stress. You'll feel happier, and your body will thank you too.

From all of us at Siren, have a safe and happy new year!

Disclaimer: Foot ulcer symptoms may vary from individual to individual. Please consult with your doctor before pursuing any type of treatment.

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Siren Holiday Gift Guide for People with Diabetes 2018

December 20, 2018

It's that time of the year! The holiday season is in full swing, which means gift shopping. If a family member or friend has diabetes or neuropathy, it can be difficult to find something that they will enjoy that is also supportive of their lifestyle. Below are some of our top diabetes-friendly gifts so you don't have to sweat it - or if you'd just like to get yourself a treat!

Diabetes Wallet

These Myabetic diabetes wallets make storing insulin pens and supplies stylish. Their wallets come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors for everyone on your list.

Medical ID Jewelry

Medical ID jewelry is incredibly practical and important for communicating in the event of an emergency. But that doesn't mean it has to be boring! Take a look at these options from American Medical ID or Etsy that make perfect holiday gifts to keep loved ones safe.

Pump Peelz

These fun stickers give insulin pumps and glucose monitors a customizable twist. Your loved one will appreciate the opportunity to express themselves and decorate their medical gear with a sticker just for them.

Glitter Glucose Goodies

These cute diabetes-related gifts are designed by health and lifestyle blogger Glitter Glucose, who has type 1 diabetes. Her designs come in a variety of gifts, including mugs, phone cases, shirts, and sweatshirts. There's bound to be something for the lady in your life with diabetes!

One Drop Gear

One Drop offers some of the sleekest and most tech-savvy diabetes gear on the market, including glucose meters, test strips, and lancets. You can choose a subscription option, which sends strips and lancets every 3 months.

Diabetes Meal Service

Everyone always appreciates good food delivered to their door. PlateJoy offers meal plans made especially for those with diabetes, so your loved ones can stay on track with their meal plan, while also enjoying the convenience and tastiness of meals delivered to their home.

Siren Diabetic Socks & Foot Monitoring System

There's a reason why gifting socks as a holiday present is a running joke. It's a gift that truly everyone loves! As the weather gets colder, there's nothing better than a cozy pair of socks. When it comes to people living with diabetes, socks take on a higher level of importance. Siren Socks make a great gift for those with diabetes and/or neuropathy to help them catch potential injuries. They go beyond the traditional diabetic sock and are specially designed to help detect early signs of foot ulcers that if left untreated, can become serious and, in some cases, lead to amputation.

For more tips for enjoying the holiday season with diabetes, don't miss our tips for staying healthy during the holidays with diabetes.

Disclaimer: Diabetic neuropathy symptoms may vary from individual to individual. Please consult with your loved one's doctor before purchasing any of the gifts above.

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5 Diabetic Foot Issues To Look Out For

December 18, 2018

When living with diabetes, it’s really important to take good care of your feet. Minor foot problems can quickly become serious medical issues when you have diabetes. Complications like nerve damage and swelling in your feet can make it harder to notice injuries and make it difficult for them to heal. When wounds aren't treated properly they can become infected and lead to problems such as gangrene, or even amputation.

No matter the type of diabetes you have, you should carefully look after your feet to avoid injuries. Here are five of the most common diabetic foot issues you should look out for.

Diabetic Neuropathy

Nerve damage in the hands and feet is a common side effect of diabetes. This condition is called peripheral neuropathy or diabetic neuropathy. Sometimes this type of nerve damage causes tingling or numbness in hands or feet. It can also be painful, and your hands and feet can become extremely sensitive to touch.

If you have diabetic neuropathy, you should keep an eye out for other complications. For example, numbness in your feet could prevent you from noticing a wound or ulcer. Pain or numbness from neuropathy might also force you to adjust your posture in a way that causes sores to form on your feet.

The longer you have lived with diabetes, the more likely you are to have neuropathy. The good news is by controlling your blood sugar levels, you will reduce your chances of developing these kinds of symptoms.

Diabetic Foot Swelling

Swelling in your feet and legs is a common side effect of diabetes caused by poor circulation. Hot weather, standing for long periods of time, poor diet, or more serious conditions like heart or kidney disease can all lead to swelling in your feet. Some diabetes medications can also cause swelling.

Swelling can be very uncomfortable and it may even prevent seemingly minor foot injuries from healing properly. With this in mind, it’s important to do what you can to alleviate the symptoms.

If you are experiencing diabetic foot swelling, let your doctor know so they can help you manage it. You can reduce foot swelling by putting your feet up throughout the day to help with circulation. If you are standing all day, look into buying special stockings to prevent fluid from pooling in your feet.

You can help prevent foot swelling by controlling your blood sugar levels and exercising regularly.

Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Foot ulcers are wounds that can develop on the bottom of your feet. They begin as pockets of fluid, but open up and become infected if not treated effectively. This is why it is important to check your feet for signs of ulcers on a regular basis.

The most common spots to find ulcers are on the ball of your foot or bottom of your big toe. Early signs of ulcers include swollen spots on your foot, redness or irritation of your skin, and foot odor. You may also notice fluid leaking from your foot or damp spots on your sock or shoe. A quick Google search for “diabetic foot ulcer pictures” will help you understand what ulcers look like. If you notice any of these symptoms, let your doctor know immediately.

Ulcers can be caused by poor circulation. For example, if your shoes are too tight, blood won’t be able to flow to the wound, which keeps it from healing. If you have diabetic neuropathy, you should be extra cautious about ulcers, as nerve damage can prevent you from noticing them until they become more serious.

Fortunately, you can treat ulcers in many ways. Staying off your feet is the best way to help them heal. Wearing diabetic shoes provide extra cushioning for your feet, which can help protect your feet from developing ulcers. You can check out our top picks for diabetic shoes here. Compression wraps and braces may also help.

Calluses

Calluses are a thick layer of skin that develop when your foot rubs against your shoes, or when you walk barefoot on rough surfaces. For many people, calluses are not anything to worry about, but for people with diabetes, they can become problematic.

Foot ulcers and other wounds can form beneath calluses, which prevent you from noticing them until they become infected. Calluses can also block air flow to injuries, which keeps them from healing. The best way to avoid complications from calluses is to visit a podiatrist regularly to have them removed.

If you notice that calluses develop in the same place over and over, switching to a different pair of shoes may help.

Ingrown Toenails

When living with diabetes, it’s important to treat ingrown toenails very carefully so they do not become infected. Unfortunately, any numbness in your feet may make it harder for you to notice ingrown toenails until they are already infected. Be sure to check your toes often for redness and swelling. Always let your doctor know if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail.

To avoid ingrown toenails, always trim your nails straight across, and don't cut them too short. Avoid wearing tight shoes, and have a professional help you find a pair that fits perfectly.

How to Treat and Prevent Foot Issues

Diabetic foot treatments depend on the issue you might be having, but there are a few things you can do to prevent foot problems in the first place. Building a foot care routine into your daily lifestyle will help you notice any issues before they become serious.

Perform regular inspections of your feet to help you spot any injuries early. Check your feet each day before bathing. Here’s what to look for:

  • Cuts or sores
  • Signs of redness or swelling
  • Areas that are extra warm to the touch
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Dry or cracked skin and calluses

Taking good care of your feet is the very best way to prevent any of the complications above from occurring in the first place. Make sure to wash your feet daily with warm water. After cleaning them, pat your feet dry with a soft towel. Then, moisturize your feet to prevent cracks and dry skin, which can let bacteria in and cause infections.

To protect your feet from wounds, always wear socks and shoes to protect your feet, and make sure your shoes fit properly. Siren Diabetic Socks can also prevent further injuries from developing by helping you find signs of potential injuries you might not be able to see or feel. Read more about how they work and can help you from developing more serious foot injuries here.

If you're interested in learning more about other conditions you should look for if you have diabetes, read our blog post on five diabetes-related skin conditions you should know about.

Disclaimer: Diabetic neuropathy symptoms may vary from individual to individual. Please consult with your doctor before pursuing any of the actions listed above.

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Can You Heal Diabetic Foot Ulcers Naturally?

December 17, 2018

Foot ulcers: no one loves to talk about them, but they are a painful fact of life for many people living with diabetes. These complications form as a result of skin tissue breaking down and exposing the other tissue underneath. This can sometimes start small with an irritation, blister, or wound, and can turn into a bigger problem if not treated properly.

There are several different types of treatment for foot ulcers, including antibiotics and other prescription medications. However, these types can be costly and have some unwelcome side effects. Luckily, many people looking to heal diabetic foot ulcers naturally have also found success with ayurvedic, homeopathic, or other natural remedies. Read on for how these treatment options may work for you, too.

Herbal Treatments for Foot Ulcers

Though Chinese medicine and herbal treatments have only recently become popular in Western culture, there are several proven herbal treatments and homeopathic remedies for diabetic foot ulcers. According to Podiatry Today, aloe vera has been shown to decrease inflammation and pain. Aloe vera is also used to treat sunburns, so you can often find it in most drugstores or pharmacies.

WinViVo Healing Balm is a topical ointment that has been shown to help heal foot ulcers. It is made from camellia oil and extracts of tree peony bark, coptis root, and rhubarb root. This balm can be found online or in some drugstores.

Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum, while hard to pronounce, can also help prevent pus in a foot ulcer, which prevents further irritation to the wound.

Using Honey for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Honesy is typically the natural method for treating foot ulcers that gets the most attention. Honey has many therapeutic benefits, including reducing inflammation and preventing growth of harmful bacteria.

Oftentimes people who wish to use honey as a natural foot ulcer remedy will first clean the area with salt water, and then coat the wound with honey before wrapping in gauze. In a recent study, 12 patients with foot ulcers used honey in this way and were all healed within three weeks. They also reported decreased pain. Honey is especially helpful for people living with diabetes who may have used antibiotics for their foot ulcers before. Since bacteria can sometimes develop resistance to antibiotics, honey can be another healing option.

Other Over-The-Counter Foot Ulcer Treatment

Besides the ones listed above, there are a few other natural remedies for foot ulcers your doctor may recommend. Diabetic shoes, compressions, socks, and wraps may all help keep inflammation at bay, decrease pain, and ease movement. You can read about some of our favorite diabetic foot orthotics here.

Siren Diabetic Socks cannot treat or cure foot ulcers, but they can help prevent and manage them. The socks work using tiny sensors that monitor the temperature at the bottom of your feet. Temperature monitoring has been clinically proven to prevent up to 87.5% of foot ulcers when compared to standard therapies such as therapeutic footwear, diabetic foot education, and regular foot exams. You can learn more about how the Siren System works here.

Disclaimer: Foot ulcer symptoms may vary from individual to individual. Please consult with your doctor before pursuing any type of treatment.

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Siren Publishes First Study Using Continuous, At-Home Temperature Monitoring

December 17, 2018

Siren is thrilled to announce the publication of its first clinical trial in Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), the leading peer-reviewed journal for digital medicine, and health and healthcare in the Internet age. In the paper, Ran Ma, Siren's co-founder and CEO, and Alexander Reyzelman, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University, share the results of the first study to use at-home, continuous temperature monitoring via Siren’s Diabetic Sock and Foot Monitoring System. The data collected in the study shows how Siren's temperature-monitoring technology, called Neurofabric(™), can help reduce foot ulcers caused by diabetes and neuropathy.

Reducing Costs of Diabetic Foot Ulcers with Continous, At-Home Temperature Monitoring

“Diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) result in considerable cost to the healthcare system when immediate ulcers, social services, home care, and subsequent ulcers are taken into consideration,” said Dr. Reyzelman. “The cost per ulcer is over $33,000 per year and the cost per leg amputation is more than $100,000 per year. Over 100,000 legs are lost to diabetes each year. In diabetic foot complications such as foot ulcers, elevated temperatures in regions of the foot have been shown to be a precursor for ulceration.”

The JMIR publication shows how comfortable Siren Socks were to wear daily, even with temperature sensors woven into the fabric of the socks. It also showed how the temperatures collected by the socks matched up with what was seen in the clinic.

How Neurofabric Enables Continous, At-Home Temperature Monitoring

In the study, patients wore the socks at home for a median of 7 hours and said that the Siren Socks felt just like their normal, everyday socks. The patients were willing to wear the socks every day, which shows that Neurofabric, the sensor-embedded fabric created by Siren, can seamlessly integrate into the daily life of the wearer.

“Several tools have been developed to measure plantar temperatures and the progression of foot ulcers, but they only measure temperature once a day which can lead to false-positives, or are only available for in-clinic use and not at home,” said Ran Ma, co-founder and CEO of Siren. “Now, for the first time, we highlight the striking connection between our Neurofabric’s powerful ability to capture data at home, every single second. The data is incredibly meaningful—it’s the largest amount of patient data that physicians have had wireless access to in real-time. This solidifies the potential for  Neurofabric to change the trajectory of diabetic foot ulcerations and the many complications that can occur from it—including sepsis, and lower limb amputations.”

The Future of Neurofabrics to Empower People with Diabetes

Patients also said that Siren’s mobile app was easy to use. Using the mobile app, wearers can view the current temperature as measured at six points on the user’s foot. While the app was not set up to give alerts in this study, users can receive a notification on their phone when a temperature increase is detected between a spot on one foot versus the same spot on the opposite foot.

“Digital health is a vast and burgeoning field and spans several aspects of health management—Neurofabric can facilitate the management of chronic conditions at home, including the effective and timely management of DFUs,” said Henk Jan Scholten, co-founder and COO of Siren. “The JMIR publication sheds light on both the ability of these Neurofabrics to improve quality of life for diabetes patients, and Siren’s first use-case to empowering people to take their health into their own hands.”

Siren will be working on a large-scale patient study in 2019.

You can read the JMIR paper in full here.

For more information about the Siren Diabetic Socks and Foot Monitoring System, please visit our website.

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