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People across the world can self-test for breast cancer, testicular cancer, and other ailments—but what about self-testing one’s feet for severe diabetic neuropathy? Diabetes affects more than 370 million people worldwide, and the complications from neuropathy and loss of protective sensation (LOPS) can be very trying for patients. That’s why we founded Fit2Walk – to empower patients and give them a tool to support self-examination for LOPS.
The Fit2Walk Kit is at the center of our mission. The kit gives you everything you need to self-test for LOPS, helping you to understand your risk and maintain proper foot care. Also, in buying the kit, you can become a member of the Fit2Walk community, which gives you access to the latest tips and findings in the world of diabetic foot care, as well as discounts on future orders for when you run out of self-testing devices.
The ADA reports that 60% of patients with diabetes have some form of neuropathy. In most cases, this neuropathy is slow developing and 30% to 40% of patients have no symptoms during the development of neuropathy.
If your neuropathy becomes too severe and you have no way to test your feet, you may be at risk for developing foot ulcers because you cannot feel injuries on your feet. Approximately 15-20% of diabetic foot ulcers lead to amputations, and the National Diabetes Advisory Board reports that 85% of these amputations can be prevented with appropriate knowledge of risk factors and subsequent application of evidence-based multidisciplinary treatment.
Fit2Walk is the first step in the right direction! With our Fit2Walk kit, you can accurately self-test for severe neuropathy and loss of protective sensation (LOPS), which will help you determine your risk level for developing foot injuries and encourage you to take the preventative measures to actively maintain your diabetic foot health.
Monofilaments are small filaments that are gently pressed against key areas of the foot in order to test for severe neuropathy and loss of protective sensation (LOPS). Monofilaments are the international standard for testing for loss of protective sensation, and following its 510(k) clearance by the FDA, Fit2Walk is now able to provide monofilaments to patients for self-testing. In the Fit2Walk kit, you’ll have monofilaments for quarterly self-testing as well as all of the instructions and other materials you need to help maintain good foot health.
Monofilaments are the most effective method of testing for loss of protective sensation (LOPS) in diabetic patients because they adhere to the strict medical standards set by the Bureau of Primary Health Care.
Our monofilaments use a proprietary polymer fiber that delivers 10 grams of force when bent to the point of flexion, which is the medical standard for screening for loss of protective sensation in the foot. Our patented, automated technology, in addition to rigorous manual quality control on the part of staff, ensures that the monofilaments that patients receive adhere to the medical standards and guarantee accurate self-testing.
You should self-test every three months. That’s why we’ve provided you with four monofilaments in our Fit2Walk Kit—so that you will be able to accurately self-test for an entire calendar year!
When you run out of monofilaments in your kit, please contact us and we will send you discounted monofilaments so that you can continue to accurately self-test!
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