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New research on diabetic foot disease is published on an almost daily basis. Keeping track of what is out there and finding the time to read seems a near impossible job at times. DFA aims to provide diabetic foot researchers with the infrastructure to accelerate high quality research, and to support health professionals to improve clinical outcomes.

New acronym to help guide foot ulcer treatment

Jul 18, 2019

A new paper has just published a simple acronym – MADADORE – to try and help busy clinicians remember what they need to do to treat diabetic foot ulcers (DFU). The acronym was designed by Australian and Dutch researchers – Drs Peter Lazzarini, Mal Fernando and Jaap van Netten – “to assist GPs (and other…

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The future of offloading published?

Jul 4, 2019

A new publication on plantar tissue stress received wide acclaim at this year’s 8th International Diabetic Foot Symposium with many suggesting it may shape the future of diabetic foot offloading treatments. The paper was authored by several leading offloading experts from the US (Crews & Najafi), Netherlands (van Netten & Bus Netherlands), UK (Chadwick) and…

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New global offloading treatment pathway published

Jun 27, 2019

A new offloading treatment pathway has just been published with the new IWGDF offloading guidelines. And we dare say this may become your official ‘offloading cheat sheet’ for diabetic foot ulcers (DFU). The new global IWGDF offloading guideline covers 36 pages of everything known to (wo)man on offloading treatments for DFU. It then simplifies all…

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New Global Guidelines on Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischaemia are also here!

Jun 20, 2019

The new Global Vascular Guideline (GVG) on chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) has just been released hot on the heels of the new IWGDF guideline chapter on peripheral artery disease (PAD). What’s Chronic limb-threatening ischaemia (CLTI)? In case you were wondering CLTI is a severe form of PAD. However, it is subtly different to, builds on…

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Record number of Aussies will be presenting at next month’s “8th Olympics of the diabetic foot”

Apr 29, 2019

The International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot (ISDF) has been informally known as the “Olympics of the diabetic foot” since 1996. And this year will see a record of 20 Aussie presentations at next month’s 8th ISDF “Olympics” in The Netherlands which is much more than any other “Olympics”. Why is ISDF the “Olympics of…

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Are there differences in what different diabetic foot guidelines recommend?

Apr 4, 2019

A new study just published in the journal Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews has found that there are many differences between recommendations made in national diabetic foot disease guidelines (including Australia’s) and those made in the peak International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) guidelines. This first-of-its-kind study from a diverse international author group –…

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Are we in a new wound dressing era for DFUs?

Mar 15, 2019

A new high-quality randomised controlled trial (RCT) reporting a new dressing that helps heal diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) quicker has been published in the world’s leading diabetes journal, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This new RCT reports “LeucoPatch” – a new multi-layered dressing patch made up of the patient’s own blood products – healed DFUs…

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People with diabetic foot ulcers have poor overall quality of life

Mar 6, 2019

People with diabetic foot ulcers have been found to have poor overall quality of life and this was worse in those with larger ulcers, ulcers for longer, and ulcers complicated by ischaemia or infection. Aussie researchers from the University of Wollongong pooled the data from 12 different studies investigating health-related quality of life in people…

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Is intravenous better than oral antibiotics for treating osteomyelitis?

Feb 21, 2019

A new high-quality randomised controlled trial (RCT) comparing the use of intravenous (IV) and oral antibiotics to treat bone and joint infections has just been published in the world’s most prestigious medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine. Put simply, this RCT found oral antibiotics had the same effect as IV antibiotics in resolving…

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Diabetic Foot Disease Is A Top 10 Cause Of Global Disability

Aug 14, 2018

A new commentary paper published in Diabetic Medicine has reported diabetic foot disease to be one of the leading causes of disability across the world. The paper – authored by DFA’s Dr Pete Lazzarini and A/Prof Jaap van Netten and DFA’s friends A/Prof Rosana Pacella and Prof David Armstrong – has already received media attention…

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