New diabetes app emphasises foot care, foot ulcer consciousness

Researchers from Singapore have just lately launched a cell utility that teaches diabetes sufferers about diabetic foot ulcers and self foot care.


Developed in session with clinicians from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and Nationwide Healthcare Group, the app referred to as WellFeet delivers complete affected person training by means of animations in a number of languages, together with English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. 

It additionally serves as a log and diary for sufferers, gamifying the day by day monitoring of their remedy, bodily exercise, and food regimen. This knowledge in flip permits medical doctors to watch their progress and customise their train objectives. 

Moreover, the app includes a chatbot assistant for sufferers, which additionally delivers prompts for self-reflection to assist them acquire perception into their ideas and emotions, determine patterns or triggers, and ultimately take constructive motion to alter their behaviour or mindset. 

The app was first examined in a analysis challenge involving some 800 sufferers and caregivers throughout 5 healthcare establishments within the nation which probed their foot care behaviours. One other examine additionally examined the app on 40 pairs of sufferers and caregivers from TTSH which later revealed constructive adjustments in foot care behaviour and diabetes self-care routines after one month of app utilization. 

The analysis group is now fine-tuning the app with a plan to probably combine AI and human well being teaching to offer “extra well timed and personalised assist.” It’s slated to be launched as a free-of-charge app to the general public by mid-2024. The group additionally appears to be like to collaborate with the Ministry of Well being Workplace for Healthcare Transformation and buyers to hunt assist in scaling the attain of their know-how. 


Diabetic foot ulcers can afflict a 3rd of sufferers dwelling with diabetes. When left untreated, it could result in decrease limb amputation and improve the danger of demise. It additionally has a excessive reoccurrence price, additional burdening sufferers with recurring prices of remedy. 

In accordance with the WellFeet analysis group led by Nanyang Technological College, present apps for diabetes sufferers out there don’t embrace training and generally deal with measuring ulcer development. 

Affected person training, they mentioned, is a vital element of efficient prevention. What units their app aside is how training is delivered by means of animations in a number of languages, catering to multi-ethnic populations.


Podimetrics from america is a longtime participant within the diabetic foot monitoring area with its linked platform referred to as SmartMat.  

An analogous monitoring know-how has been developed by researchers from New Zealand just lately. Dubbed FootSense, the gadget measures irregularities within the temperature of sufferers with Kind 2 diabetes to detect early indicators of foot problems.

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