Diabetes Can Knock You Off Your Feet
With over one-third of North Americans suffering from diabetes, everybody on the continent is affected. Diabetes is a universal disease that can afflict anyone, regardless of one's age, weight, gender or race. And the
number of diabetics is on the rise. Despite this, most people are still unaware of just how widespread diabetes is, and how serious its complications can be.
Chances are, you or someone you know has diabetes
- Diabetes is four times more common than all forms of cancer combined. 1 in 3 North Americans have been diagnosed as diabetic or pre-diabetic, and 11 million live with the disease without even knowing it.
- Over 30% (pre-diabetic - 24%, diabetic - 8.6%) or 1 in 3 North Americans: 136 million people are diabetic or pre-diabetic.
- During the course of their disease, over 60% of diabetics will suffer from debilitating nerve damage known as diabetic neuropathy.
- Diabetes is one of the most widespread diseases in North America, with 8.6% of people diagnosed with the disease today.
- Diabetes is on the rise - the number of diabetics increase by 8% every year.
- Diabetic neuropathy will affect over 21.6 million people - that's more than the entire population of New York State.
What is diabetic neuropathy?
- Diabetic neuropathy causes a loss of feeling in the feet and lower legs, where the nerves are damaged from high blood sugar levels. When minor injuries such as cuts, calluses and blisters occur, the numbness may cause
them to go unnoticed, leading to ulcers and even surgical amputation.
- Diabetic neuropathy symptoms include: 1) Tingling or numb feet; 2) Difficulty walking; 3) Loss of balance; 4) Shooting pain; 5) Calluses and sores.
- With neuropathy, everyday annoyances can become serious health threats. A rock in your shoe isn't just one painful step - it could be a source of irreparable damage to your foot.
With diabetic neuropathy, a minor foot injury can lead to amputation
- Nothing puts more diabetics in the hospital than diabetic neuropathy.
- 25% of diabetics will have a minor foot injury develop into an ulcer.
- Over half of foot ulcers will require hospitalization, and 1 in 5 will require surgical amputation.
- Foot damage immediately doubles a diabetic's likelihood of dying over the next decade when compared to a non-diabetic.
- Almost 100.000 limbs are lost to diabetes each year in the United States.
- Every 30 minutes, one limb is lost to a landmine. Over the same time period, 60 limbs will be lost to diabetes.
- Awareness is the best medicine. To learn how to keep you and your loved ones on your feet, visit orpyx.com/resources.
12 key steps to diabetic foot health
- In the diabetic foot, irreversible damage can happen quickly - sometimes in less than 15 minutes. But by taking the right preventative steps, you can manage diabetic neuropathy and reduce the likelihood of amputations
by as much as 85%. While there is no cure, the existing standard of care can help minimize the risks and keep you on your feet.
- #1 Ask your doctor to test you for diabetic neuropathy.
- #2 Check your feet daily for cuts, blisters, redness and swelling.
- #3 Wash your feet daily, and dry carefully between your toes.
- #4 Cut your toenails straight, across to prevent ingrown nails.
- #5 Keep your feet warm and dry.
- #6 Wear loose fitting socks to bed, and never use heating pads or hot water bottles.
- #7 Wear comfortable shoes - never open-toed shoes or sandals with fabric between the toes.
- #8 Never walk barefoot, even indoors.
- #9 Never walk barefoot, even indoors.Don't smoke - smoking significantly reduces blood circulation.
- #10 Ask your podiatrist about orthotics and insole options.
- #11 Never perform "bathroom surgery". If you have ingrown toenails, corns or calluses, see a podiatrist.
- #12 Control of your diabetes is the best way to prevent complications including neuropathy. Talk to your doctor about your blood glucose targets and other treatment goals.
- Prevention is the best defense. Taking these simple steps can prevent foot complications and amputation. Visit orpyx.com/resources for more information.
What if you could feel your feet again?
- Orpyx solutions offer people with neuropathy the chance to re-establish communication with their feet. Orpyx's sensor-embedded insoles complement the existing standard for neuropathy foot care, and could allow the
wearer to live more actively and confidently by providing critical real-time feedback.
- Get immediate feedback from your feet. The existing standard of care isn't enough. No matter how well you care for your feet, a lack of instantaneous feedback can cause irreversible damage in just 15 minutes. Orpyx
solutions can help eliminate that risk by allowing you to consistently stay connected to your feet.
- SurroSense Rx collects pressure data fro the foot through a specialized insole. It wirelessly sends information to a wristband display that gives you direct feedback from your feet. Best for mild to moderate sensory loss.
You can now actively monitor your feet in real time throughout the day to check for undue stress or damage. The risk profile is wirelessly transmitted to the wristband display in real time. Force sensors are embedded in the
insole to collect data and convert it into a risk profile.
- SurroFait Rx uses a specialized insole to collect pressure data from the feet and sends matching electrical pulses to an ergonomic back pad. Best for moderate to severe sensory loss. The back pad allows you to
instantly feet the stress you're putting on your feet through your back, giving you real time feedback from every step. A wristband display is used to control the intensity of the back pad, track pressure information and
monitor battery life. Users of the back pad can feel the stress from their back in real time. Electrical stimulus creates a 1-to-1 feedback system. Force sensors are embedded in the insole to collect data and convert it into a
- Stand up against neuropathy. Orpyx solutions could help you prevent ulcers, calluses and other complications. A lower risk of ulcers means a lower risk of hospitalization and amputation. Avoiding amputation dramatically
improves life expectancy. Orpyx solutions could provide a better quality of life to those living with neuropathy.
- Take first step. Sign up for our e-newsletter to find out when SurroSense Rx pre-sales begin by visiting orpyx.com/presales.