To perform the Ipswich Touch Test:
- The patient is seated comfortably, and their shoes and socks are removed.
- The examiner uses a 10-gram monofilament, which is a thin nylon thread, to apply pressure to specific areas on the soles of the patient’s feet.
- The monofilament is gently pressed against the skin until it bends. It is then held in place for about one second before being released.
- The patient is asked to indicate whether they can feel the monofilament touching their foot at each tested area.
- The examiner records the responses, noting the areas where the patient can feel the touch (positive response) and where they cannot (negative response).