infrared thermometers, wound infection, diabetic foot monitoring, Charcot foot



  1. Sibbald, R. Gary BSc, MD, MEd, FRCPC(Med Derm), MACP, FAAD, MAPWCA, DSc (Hons)
  2. Mufti, Asfandyar BMSc
  3. Armstrong, David G. MD, PhD, DPM


PURPOSE: To provide information about the use of infrared skin thermometry for routine wound care practice and patient high-risk diabetic foot self-monitoring.


TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.


OBJECTIVES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant will be able to:


1. Describe infrared thermometer use and the authors' study findings.


2. Summarize studies that have evaluated the use of infrared thermometers for measuring skin temperature of the diabetic foot.


ABSTRACT: The aim of this article is to provide practitioners with an overview of infrared skin thermometry for everyday wound care practice. Thermometers have the potential for home use by patients with neuropathy to self-detect damage from repetitive trauma that will increase the risk of foot ulceration.