The Handheld Infrared Thermometry in the Diabetic Foot – Useful but Debatable Technique

  • Elena-Rodica Perciun
  • Alexandru Mădălin Bușe INDNBM "N Paulescu"
Keywords: infrared thermometry, diabetes mellitus, Charcot neuroarthropathy, foot care, debatable technique


The noncontact (handheld) infrared thermometers are valuable instruments for evaluating diabetic foot pathology and foot ulcers prevention. Since there is no guideline to indicate the exact way they should be used, clinical judgement helps integrate the collected data in the case management process. Foot care providers have to consider that some factors might interfere with the measurement correctness. It has been suggested that in some cases other investigations have to be performed before taking any decisions, besides thermometry.