Monofilaments are designed to test the loss of sensation in the feet of diabetic and neuropathic patients and to identify early risk of ulcer developing.
A monofilament test is done to test for nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy), which may be caused by conditions such as diabetes.
Retractable Monofilament 10g Features:
- Measures both the diminishing and returning sensation, ideal for screening peripheral nerve impairment and detecting changes in neurological status.
- Monofilaments resist damage, thus saving time and expense of replacing and recalibrating.
- Monofilaments are portable, practical, compact and easy to use.
- Ideal for the busy clinician.
Monofilament Properties and Use:
The 10g Bailey Monofilament is used for testing peripheral neuropathy. It does this by applying a specific force to a point on the skin to assess the sensitivity of the skin at that point. The force applied is determined by the buckling load of the monofilament, which is transferred to the point of contact.
The load applied to a monofilament may be increased until it buckles, after which a constant force is transferred to the point of contact. The actual force applied is determined by the length and the diameter of the monofilament and by the mechanical properties of the material.
The length and diameter are carefully controlled in manufacturing. The monofilament material has been carefully selected for its consistent mechanical properties over a range of environmental conditions.