Welsh company to preview new diabetic foot care system on World Diabetes Day
- The Podium is a new diabetic footcare system which aims to give people with diabetes more control over their foot health.
- The Podium will be previewed at the Diabetic Professional Care conference at Olympia, London, on 14th and 15th November.
- The NHS currently spends £650m annually on diabetic foot health and amputation, accounting for around 9% of overnight stays of one night or more.
- Average life expectancy following amputation is 5 years, with ½ of those dying within 2 years.
The Podium, an innovative new way of helping to improve diabetic foot health, will be on show at the Diabetic Professional Care conference at the Olympia, London, on 14th and 15th November 2018, coinciding with World Diabetes Day.
Incidences of diabetes are rising around the world, with the global number of people with diabetes due to rise 48% from 425m (2017) to 629m by 2045. People with diabetes are also more likely to develop complications, including foot ulcers, which may lead to amputation. In the UK alone, the NHS spends £650m annually on diabetic foot health and amputation, accounting for around 9% of overnight stays of one night or more, with the NHS carrying out 6,000 diabetes related amputations each year.
The Podium diabetic footcare system aims to give people with diabetes more control of their foot health. Using thermal imaging technology, it allows people with diabetes to capture a daily image and thermal pattern of the soles of their feet. These images can then be shared with friends, relatives and their healthcare professional, allowing the person with diabetes to work more closely with their health care professionals and seek intervention much earlier if they have any concerns.
Podium has been developed by Dr Peter Plassmann to help improve the lives of millions of people with diabetes. He was instrumental in a National Institute for Health Research funded project looking into diabetic foot ulceration, headed by the National Physical Laboratory under the clinical lead of King’s College, London.
Dr Peter Plassmann, Co-CEO of Podium, said: “For people with diabetes there can be a loss of sensation in the feet, meaning it is crucial that any complications are detected and treated as early as possible or there is a risk of developing foot ulcers and possible amputation. Once a patient has received an amputation, their quality of life is impacted. More worryingly, life expectancy is 5 years post-amputation on average, with half of patients dying within two years post-operation. The Podium allows people with diabetes and their families to take back control over their foot health and work alongside their Health Care Professional to seek much earlier intervention.”
“We’re looking forward to demonstrating the system at the Diabetes Professional Care conference and meeting with Health Care Professionals to discuss how it could potentially help them to help their patients to manage their condition better.”
Launched in 2015, the Diabetes Professional Care conference was set up to address the growing need for more education on diabetic care for Health Care Professionals and attracted a record attendance of over 3,200 professionals in 2017. Alongside the conference, there is an opportunity to see the latest developments in diabetes care and technology with sector experts including those working in the voluntary, podiatry and nutrition sectors.
The Podium, which launches in 2019, will be on display in the conference’s Innovation Zone, The Edge. Here the Podium team will be on hand to demonstrate the system to Health Care Professionals and journalists attending ahead of its launch next year. More information on the Podium diabetic footcare assistant and app can be found at www.podium.care/.