A young Calgary doctor has put her medical education on hold to develop a device to help people with diabetes.

Dr. Breanne Everett is the CEO and President of Orpyx and is trying to help diabetics recognize when they are having foot complications.

Dr. Everett is designing a new medical device that will help diabetics with peripheral neuropathy or numb feet.

Diabetics with the condition are often unaware when pressure-induced damage is being done to their feet.

The resulting tissue damage can lead to ulceration and sometimes amputation.

The SurroSense Rx is a pressure-sensing insole that lets the user know when damage is being done to their feet so they can change their behavior.

"So it's an insole that fits into a normal shoe, just like any other insole would. It contains a pressure-sensing mat in that insole so that mat takes pressure data and then that's fed to a little node that clips to the shoelaces and then that information is wirelessly sent to an output device that in some way will tell the patient when they need to address their behavior," said Dr. Everett.

Dr. Everett hopes to have the new sensor in clinical trails by 2013.

For more information, visit the Orpyx website.