neuropad® is a patented 10-minute screening test for the early detection of diabetic foot syndrome; a condition which can lead to serious complications such as foot ulceration and even amputation. The test is completely painless. Think of the test as an early warning system for your feet.
Nerve damage to the feet is a common complication of diabetes but is often not noticed until it has become quite advanced, potentially leading to serious complications. neuropad® helps solve this problem with a simple colour change test.
Here’s how it works. Damage to the nerves in the feet because of diabetes can result in the sweat glands not producing enough moisture, leading to dry and cracked feet. The medical term for this is sudomotor dysfunction.
A neuropad® is stuck to the sole of each foot like a sticking plaster and left in place for 10 minutes. The pad is blue to start with and should turn pink, in the presence of moisture from sweating, to indicate a normal result. If the neuropad® test patch stays blue, or if it turns a patchy blue/pink, then this indicates that you may have some level of nerve damage and that your sweat glands are not working properly as there is not enough moisture to complete the colour change. This may be an early sign of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
In clinical trials, the sensitivity and specificity of neuropad® was comparable to that of well-established hospital-based tests.
List of published clinical studies: http://www.neuropad.co.uk/case-studies/
The price of the test comprising of two test pads is £14.99, no VAT payable.