SOUTHAMPTON experts have developed a world first that could ease pain for thousands of amputees and prevent dangerous sores.

Researchers at University of Southampton have invented a new pressure sensor to be fitted between the stump and the prosthetic limb to alert the amputee to tissue damage.

This “intelligent” liner for prosthetics will urge the wearer to take action – which could mean putting on an extra sock for padding because the stump can change shape during the day or could mean a visit to a clinic.

The device could be available to NHS patients in as little as three years and if successful could be extended for others at risk of sores, such as wheelchair users and those confined to their beds.