Location: United States
Siren socks have microsensors within the fabric that detect temperature changes in the foot
Diabetic foot ulcers are one of the complications of diabetes. An ulcer is a sore or open wound on the foot that is typically slow to heal. It’s more common in those with diabetes as they can get numbness in their feet where blisters can develop or more easily injure the foot. In the UK, approximately 10% of people with diabetes acquire a foot ulcer at some point in their life.
Sometimes the sores can progress and become infected where a foot or toe amputation may be needed. In the USA, over 100 000 amputations are occurring a year due to these ulcers. It is this statistic that inspired the founder of Siren to create a wearable to help manage the issue – An ambition shared by Bonbouton.
Siren socks integrate wearable technology into fabric to enable continuous temperature monitoring of the feet. The socks have six sensing points. The concept is based on research that shows that skin temperature monitoring reduces ulcers in diabetic people. By detecting potential ulcers earlier, there’s a better chance of stopping any further complications.
The socks connect to an app via Wi-Fi, alerting the user of any issues and the doctor automatically. The socks also have pressure sensors at the base of the sock, and they can be used for up to six months. The micro sensing technology enables healthcare professionals to monitor patients remotely. The concept of smart textiles could be adapted for use in other medical situations; Siren has recently received further investment to expand the development of this innovative health technology.