Protect your feet with the Fit2Walk Kit.

Diabetics are at a greater risk for developing loss of protective sensation (LOPS) in their feet, which can cause numbness, burning and tingling. Loss of protective sensation (LOPS) can also interfere with normal pain responses, which means those with diabetes can’t always feel it when they injure their feet. That’s why loss of protective sensation is the #1 risk factor for diabetic foot ulcerations and amputations.

The Fit2Walk Kit contains all the materials you need as a diabetic patient to test yourself for loss of protective sensation, and help better protect yourself from foot ulcers and other complications. Learn how to take care of your feet with tips on diabetic foot health, and examine your feet regularly with our foot mirror. Most importantly, test your feet for LOPS with Fit2Walk 10-gram monofilaments and record the results so you can inform your doctor. The Fit2Walk kit gives you all the tools, education, and support needed to help maintain good foot health and prevent complications like ulceration.

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Self-testing with monofilaments to prevent foot complications

10-gram monofilaments are the international standard for testing for loss of protective sensation (LOPS). When pressed against testing sites on the foot, the Fit2Walk monofilament delivers 10 grams of force. If you cannot feel this pressure, it means you have developed loss of protective sensation (LOPS) and need to take preventative measures to help prevent further complications.

The monofilament test is fast and easy to perform at home, whether on yourself or on a loved one. It is important to perform this test every 3 months, so that you know your risk level and can better protect yourself. If you find that you have loss of protective sensation (LOPS), notify your physician or podiatrist.

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diabetes blood sugar testingWhy testing once per year with your doctor isn’t enough

Patients today have a unique opportunity to take charge and become informed, responsible partners in their healthcare. The reality is that you, the patient, have to become part of the team managing your health. In the current practice environment, physicians face mounting demands on their time and increasing administrative requirements for healthcare delivery. When you take charge of your own health, you can better help your doctors help you.

If you check your weight, blood pressure, and even your blood sugar at home – why not your feet?
You should be receiving an annual diabetic foot exam from your doctor, including a monofilament test, but this is not enough. Loss of protective sensation (LOPS) can develop in as little as 2-3 months, depending on how well your diabetes is managed, which is why it is important to perform a monofilament test at home every quarter. By testing at home, you can know your risk level and better protect yourself. If you find that you can no longer feel the monofilament on any test site, you have loss of protective sensation (LOPS). Simply notify your healthcare provider so together, you can both create a preventative plan of action to protect your feet from diabetic foot complications.

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What you should know about the quality of monofilaments

Not all monofilaments are created equal. The medical standard for diagnosing loss of protective sensation (LOPS) is 10 grams of force, as recommended by the Bureau of Primary Healthcare and the American Diabetes Association. Fit2Walk guarantees this force range for all of our monofilaments to ensure your results are accurate and safe. We are proud to be the only FDA-cleared manufacturer of monofilaments because of our quality control procedures and our U.S.-based manufacturing facilities.

Why does the 10 gram force range matter? If you or your doctor uses an out of range monofilament, you could get an incorrect diagnosis. If you test with a device that delivers 15 grams of force, for example, you may feel the test but still have undiagnosed loss of protective sensation. Without knowing your true diagnosis and risk level, you cannot create a preventative plan of action with your physician. Many factors can lead to inaccurate force ranges, including lack of quality control from overseas manufacturers, lack of expiration dates, multiple uses or overuse of monofilaments, and more.

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Fit2Walk 10 gram monofilament with accurate testing guarantee

Monofilament Testing Out of Range

Out of range (under 10g) monofilament from another company

Monofilament Testing Out of Range

Out of range (over 10g) monofilament from another company

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The Fit2Walk Community, led by Podiatrist Dr. Tom Hardiman

Dr. Thomas Hardiman is the Medical Director of Fit2Walk. As a practicing podiatrist with 30 years of experience, Dr. Hardiman is also a certified wound care specialist and certified pedorthist (specialist in modifying footwear and supportive devices including insoles). Dr. Hardiman has focused his career on care of the diabetic foot and amputation prevention.

When you purchase a Fit2Walk Kit, you get exclusive access to content created by Dr, Hardiman. Ask personalized questions during member Q&A sessions, or browse regular blog posts including:

  • The Gift of Pain: It is better than you think!
  • Let’s Get Fit2Walk: The Importance of Being Proactive
  • The 3 Leading Factors Contributing to Diabetic Foot Ulcerations
  • Walking and Diabetes: How good is a good thing?
  • Selecting Good Walking Shoes: “Shanks Alot”
  • Walking Safety Tips! Reasons Walking Trumps Running
  • Let’s Talk Socks: The “Seamingly” Obvious
  • Advocay: What it is and Why it Matters!
  • The 2015 ADA Standards of Care: What you need to know
  • Diabetic Foot Risk Categories and Management Categories: Where do you fit?

Dr. Tom’s Blog & Videos


Giving back with Leap4All

Giving is at the heart of what we do, and your purchase of the Fit2Walk kit makes this possible! A portion of all proceeds from Fit2Walk are donated to humanitarian work both at home and abroad through our non-profit organization, Leap4All. Every year, Leap4All donates tens of thousands of monofilaments to areas in need in the United States and all around the world. Learn more about the organizations we support.


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