FAQ

For Purchasing Departments

Our item numbers are all listed in the chart below. Once you have placed an order through our online store, the specific item number for your selection will also be provided.

Product Chart (with Item Numbers and Price)

Pack of 20 Monofilaments A handle – AM120
B handle – BSensory220
C handle – CLEAP320
VA handle – VA20
Blank handle – Blank20
Base price: $12 per pack
Pack of 40 Monofilaments A handle – AM140
B handle – BSensory240
C handle – CLEAP340
VA handle – VA40
Blank handle – Blank40
Base price: $24 per pack
Monofilaments Attached to Instruction Cards A handle (blue instruction card) – BIC1
B handle (gray instruction card) – GEIC2
C handle (white instruction card) – LEAPIC
French (blue instruction card) – French
Spanish (gray instruction card) – GSPIC2
Base price: $23 per pack

You can order monofilaments on our Products page. You can also contact us here with any questions.

Please see our Policies page for more information on ordering.

There is no minimum order requirement for standard orders.

Custom orders ordinarily require a minimum of 5000 units. If you would like to place a custom order for fewer than 5000 units, your order may take up to one month to complete. No custom orders can be completed for fewer than 1000 units.

Yes. To inquire about our Open PO, please contact us with your name and phone number.

While our Open PO offers customers the ability to order in bulk and obtain the best possible pricing, it is also important given the product’s expiration date. With incremental shipping, you will receive monofilaments run closer to the ship date so that there is no risk of receiving and/or sending monofilaments that are near expiration or have already expired. We ship to one central location as determined by the customer. You can learn more about our Open PO here.

Yes, all of our products are standard 10-g 5.07 monofilaments.

Yes, all of our monofilaments have FDA clearance. More specifically Medical Monofilament Manufacturing has attained the 510(k) clearance for medical devices by the FDA.

For Health Care Providers

Our monofilaments have an expiration date of one year. All monofilaments are designed to be used within 12 months after fabrication, in accordance with FDA standards.

No. In accordance with FDA guidelines, our monofilaments are guaranteed to deliver a 10-gram force range for use in a single test. This means performing a screening for LOPS on one individual and then discarding the monofilament.

Yes.

Using the monofilament, you may screen your own feet or ask a relative, friend, or neighbor to do it for you.

To use the monofilament you:

1. Hold the monofilament by the paper handle.
2. Use a smooth motion to touch the filament to the skin on your foot. Touch the filament along the side of, not directly on, an ulcer, callus, or scar. Touch the filament to your skin for 1-2 seconds. Push hard enough to make the filament bend.
3. Touch the filament to both of your feet in the sites circled in the figures on this page. Place a (+) in the circle if you can feel the filament at that site and a (-) if you cannot feel the filament at that site.*
a) If another person is performing a monofilament test on you, it is advised that you have your eyes closed during the test and simply say “yes” every time you feel the 10-gram force from the monofilament on your foot.

To learn more about how the monofilament works please watch the video on our What is a monofilament page.

You should screen patients for LOPS with a monofilament test four times per year, in addition to their inspecting their feet daily and maintaining proper foot care. If your patients have a history of foot ulcerations, LOPS, poor circulation, difficulty bending, impaired vision, or problems holding objects such as a nail clipper, they should be obtaining foot care from a podiatrist on a regular schedule at least every 2 or 3 months or more often as advised by their doctors or health care providers.

You can order monofilaments on our Products page. You can also contact us here with any questions.

Please see our Policies page for more information on ordering.

Medical Monofilament is happy to accommodate custom orders. If you are interested in a custom order, please contact us with your name and phone number. One of our customer service representatives will contact you as soon as possible to personally assist you. The name and number of a contact person responsible for making decisions regarding custom orders must be provided.

You can find more details about our custom orders here.

The product that each customer needs is variable, however you can visit our products page for more details. If you are interested in providing monofilaments to individuals, we recommend our pack of 25. Monofilaments in our pack of 25 option are ideal to dispense to individuals because monofilaments in this packaging are individually attached to instruction cards, offering protection and education.

If you are interested in distributing the monofilaments in bulk, we recommend either a pack of 20 or a pack of 40. These packaging options are designed to be distributed in bulk, however monofilaments in this packaging may be damaged if distributed individually as there is no protective casing around the monofilament except for the large blister pack.

Yes, all of our monofilaments have FDA clearance. More specifically Medical Monofilament Manufacturing has attained the 510(k) clearance for medical devices by the FDA.

For Distributors

Our monofilaments have an expiration date of one year. All monofilaments are designed to be used within 12 months after fabrication, in accordance with FDA standards.

No. In accordance with FDA guidelines, our monofilaments are guaranteed to deliver a 10-gram force range for use in a single test. This means performing a screening for LOPS on one individual and then discarding the monofilament.

You can order monofilaments on our Products page. You can also contact us here with any questions.

Please see our Policies page for more information on ordering.

Medical Monofilament is happy to accommodate custom orders. If you are interested in a custom order, please contact us with your name and phone number. One of our customer service representatives will contact you as soon as possible to personally assist you. The name and number of a contact person responsible for making decisions regarding custom orders must be provided.

You can find more details about our custom orders here.

There is no minimum order requirement for standard orders.

Custom orders ordinarily require a minimum of 5000 units. If you would like to place a custom order for fewer than 5000 units, your order may take up to one month to complete. No custom orders can be completed for fewer than 1000 units.

Yes. To inquire about our Open PO, please contact us with your name and phone number.

While our Open PO offers customers the ability to order in bulk and obtain the best possible pricing, it is also important given the product’s expiration date. With incremental shipping, you will receive monofilaments run closer to the ship date so that there is no risk of receiving and/or sending monofilaments that are near expiration or have already expired. We ship to one central location as determined by the customer. You can learn more about our Open PO here.

If you are interested in distributing the monofilaments in bulk, we recommend either a pack of 20 or a pack of 40. These packaging options are designed to be distributed in bulk, however monofilaments in this packaging may be damaged if distributed individually as there is no protective casing around the monofilament except for the large blister pack.

If you are interested in providing monofilaments to individuals, we recommend our 25 pack. Monofilaments in our 25-pack option are ideal to dispense to individuals because monofilaments in this packaging are individually attached to instruction cards, offering protection and education.

The product that each customer needs is variable, however you can visit our products page for more details. If you are interested in providing monofilaments to individuals, we recommend our 25 pack. Monofilaments in our 25-pack option are ideal to dispense to individuals because monofilaments in this packaging are individually attached to instruction cards, offering protection and education.

If you are interested in distributing the monofilaments in bulk, we recommend either a pack of 20 or a pack of 40. These packaging options are designed to be distributed in bulk, however monofilaments in this packaging may be damaged if distributed individually as there is no protective casing around the monofilament except for the large blister pack.

The product that each customer needs is variable, however you can visit our products page for more details. If you are interested in distributing the monofilaments in bulk, we recommend either a pack of 20 or pack of 40. These packaging options are designed to be distributed in bulk, however monofilaments in this packaging may be damaged if distributed individually as there is no protective casing around the monofilament except for the large blister pack.

If you are interested in providing monofilaments to individuals, we recommend our pack of 25. Monofilaments in our 25-pack option are ideal to dispense to individuals because monofilaments in this packaging are individually attached to instruction cards, offering protection and education.

Yes, all of our monofilaments have FDA clearance. More specifically Medical Monofilament Manufacturing has attained the 510(k) clearance for medical devices by the FDA.

About Neuropathy/LOPS

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes, most commonly damaging nerves in your legs and feet. Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy usually include numbness, burning, pins and needles and/or tingling in your feet and loss of protective sensation (LOPS). Diabetic neuropathy, particularly LOPS, is a serious risk factor for developing diabetic foot ulcerations.

Loss of protective sensation (LOPS) is characterized by the severe loss of sensation and sometimes the ability to feel things such as pain in the foot. Diabetic patients are at particular risk to develop LOPS, which can be a precursor to diabetic foot ulcerations and even amputation. When patients lose normal sensation, they may no longer realize when they are injuring their feet.

No. The good news is that not everyone with diabetes will develop neuropathy, although it is estimated that 60-70% will (National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse). Tight control of blood sugars will decrease your chances of developing neuropathy and other complications.

With LOPS, a cut, scrape, blister or even something as unassuming as a pebble in your shoe can go unnoticed. A delay in the detection of a problem and lack of proper and timely care can lead to more severe complications such as severe foot infections and possibly amputation. Studies have shown that amputations are preventable 45%-85% of the time with proper care and attention (CDC 2011).

Patients should be screened for LOPS with a monofilament test four times per year, in addition to their inspecting their feet daily and maintaining proper foot care. If they have a history of foot ulcerations, LOPS, poor circulation, difficulty bending, impaired vision, or problems holding objects such as a nail clipper, they should be obtaining your foot care from a podiatrist on a regular schedule at least every 2 or 3 months or more often as advised by their doctors or health care providers.

If you have been diagnosed with LOPS or diabetic neuropathy, it is important to inspect your feet daily. Check for redness, swelling, bruising, cuts and other changes. Be sure to always wear shoes to protect your feet, and inspect your shoes daily – items may become stuck in your shoes without your knowledge and injure your feet. Your doctor may recommend special shoe inserts. Continue regular monofilament tests and visits to your podiatrist to manage your condition, and keep your blood sugar under control to reduce your risk of complication.

Even if you have not been diagnosed with LOPS or diabetic neuropathy, it is important to continue to test for LOPS if you have diabetes. Regular monofilaments tests every three months, along with daily foot inspection and proper foot care can significantly reduce your future risk for developing diabetic foot ulcerations. Keep your blood sugar under control to further reduce your risk of developing neuropathy.

Medical Monofilament Policies

Shipping rates apply to the 48 contiguous states, not including Alaska or Hawaii, U.S. territories or international orders. Shipping is performed by UPS. If the customer chooses to use their preferred carrier, Medical Monofilament will only be involved by placing the delivery label(s) on the box. Medical Monofilament cannot deliver to P.O. boxes.

If customers choose expedited shipping options, Medical Monofilament cannot guarantee orders over 100 blister packs of the pack of 20 or pack of 40 products, or over 50 blister packs of the pack of 25 product with monofilaments attached to instruction cards. If you are interested in placing a larger order, please contact us here. 

Online orders require prepayment. Purchase orders payment terms are net 30 or at the discretion of Medical Monofilament, and prepayment may be required. All payments must be in U.S. currency. VISA, Master Card, electronic transfers or money orders are accepted. For Canadian customers, checks must be drawn from a U.S. bank.

To learn more about our payment policies, please visit our Policies page.

Yes. International orders, including Alaska, Hawaii and U.S. territories, are subject to international terms. If the customer chooses to use their preferred carrier, Medical Monofilament will only be involved by placing the delivery label(s) on the box. To place an order for Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. territories or other international destinations, please contact us. One of our customer service representatives will contact you within one business day to personally assist you.

All international orders must be prepaid unless other arrangements are made with Medical Monofilament. VAT, as well as duties and taxes, are the responsibility of the customer.

To learn more about our international orders, please see our Policies page.

Yes. To inquire about our Open PO, please contact us with your name and phone number.

While our Open PO offers customers the ability to order in bulk and obtain the best possible pricing, it is also important given the product’s expiration date. With incremental shipping, you will receive monofilaments run closer to the ship date so that there is no risk of receiving and/or sending monofilaments that are near expiration or have already expired. We ship to one central location as determined by the customer. You can learn more about our Open PO here.

Monofilaments FAQ

Monofilaments are the most effective method of testing for loss of protective sensation (LOPS) in diabetic patients. In order to be effective, monofilaments must be standardized. Our monofilaments use a proprietary polymer fiber that delivers 10 grams of force when bent to the point of flexion, which is the medical standard for screening for loss of protective sensation in the foot.

Learn more on our What is a monofilament page.

Monofilaments are designed for diabetic patients, though they can be used by anyone who believes they may be at risk for loss of protective sensation (LOPS).

No. In accordance with FDA guidelines, our monofilaments are guaranteed to deliver a 10-gram force range for use in a single test. This means performing a screening for LOPS on one individual and then discarding the monofilament.

Our monofilaments are made with an automated manufacturing process using patented technology. Medical Monofilament Manufacturing is the first automated, in-line, precision manufacturer of paper-handled monofilaments.

Learn more about how we make our monofilaments on our What is a monofilament page.

Monofilaments can be adversely affected by time, extreme temperature, and high humidity, and should therefore be stored appropriately at room temperature in a dry environment.

A calibrated monofilament means that the device has been tested and precisely provides the 10-gram force range as recommended. We calibrate our products daily using a gram scale, and our machinery later tests and records gram force range readings with precision inline sensors. Our manufacturing process also utilizes a high-tech visual inspection system that ensures we deliver the highest quality monofilaments available.

5.07 refers to the diameter of the monofilament fiber. The 5.07 monofilament has been accepted as the medical standard for screening for loss of protective sensation in the foot. At this diameter and at a precise length, the monofilament delivers 10 grams of force at flexion.

Our monofilaments are made of a proprietary fiber that delivers 10 grams of force when bent to the point of flexion.