The Sri Lankan creating a sock to save feet from diabetes
One thing we Sri Lankans are known for is our ingenuity, so it’s not surprising to say that one of our own has come up with a way to save lives from diabetes. Pasindu Lugoda, a Ph.D. student in the University of Nottingham Trent, is the leading scientist in a groundbreaking new technology. This technology is a sock that can put a stop to foot amputations in diabetic patients. These ‘Smart socks’ will be able to put a complete stop to foot amputations due to diabetes.
Pasindu started his Ph.D. in February of 2014 at the young age of 22, being one of only 7 people to get a full scholarship to the University of Nottingham Trent. With the help of his supervisor Professor Tilak Dais, he was able to grab the attention of many companies looking to fund new scientific developments. Among these companies was San Francisco-based Siren Care, a company looking for someone to help them save lives.
Today, diabetes is one of the biggest and well know diseases in the world, with nearly four million cases in Sri Lanka alone. Foot ulcers are a major complication of diabetes, one of the symptoms of diabetes is that it impedes the normal steps of the wounds’ healing process. These ulcers can lead to the amputation of one’s foot if not detected early. This occurs in 15% of people with diabetes, and 84% of the time it ends up in a foot amputation. Every 20 seconds a foot is amputated because of foot ulcers.
There was a need for a method of early detection for foot ulcers, and Sirencare was desperately searching for a technology that could do just that. Research done before hand shows b Continue reading