Risk Factor: Peripheral Vascular Disease
The Importance of Measuring Skin Temperature:
Research has indicated that the appearance of a focal increase or decrease in skin temperature can be a possible indication of peripheral vascular disease when combined with diminished plantar pulses – a precursor to a diabetic foot ulcer. Specifically, any significant temperature difference between a patient feet should alert the physician to the need for additional vascular testing.
Diminished circulation will impact the patient ability to heal any/all wounds that may be a result of an injury or their neuropathy.
Differences in bilateral skin temperatures may also be helpful in confirming a diagnosis of Charcot arthropathy.