Hinkler Podiatry in Bundaberg, Queensland purchased the FLIR i7 from Pyrosales to aid in the early diagnosis and management of foot pathologies, which are characterised by temperature variances.
Such conditions include:
- Diabetes related Charcot foot
- Raynaud’s syndrome
They used the information to educate clients about their feet, inform GPs about the pathology, and to monitor changes in foot health. Some examples include:
Charcot foot deformity:
The early detection of this condition involves identifying a sudden increase in temperature at the mid-foot, indicative of an increase in vascularity and erosion of the joint. As the client has neuropathy, this condition can easily result in further complications, including ulcerations.
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD):
Describes the reduction of blood flow to the legs due to fatty deposits in the arteries. The use of the FLIR i7 gave the ability to identify areas of the foot at risk and to monitor the progression of the disease.
FLIR i7 was beneficial in demonstrating the dramatic temperature changes which is a sign of infection.
Characterised by a feeling of cold and pain in the extremities (toes, fingers, ears, nose) as a result of small vessel spasms. The FLIR i7 is a useful tool in identifying areas which may become inflamed or infected. Also provides excellent patient education.
Thermal imaging is not widely used in podiatry, and as such, there are no standardised testing protocols in place or best practice guidelines. However, the information that can be obtained is a valuable educational tool and aids in the diagnosis and management of serious foot pathologies. FLIR i7 complements other testing modalities offered, and provides clients with the best possible foot care.