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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.

Is health literacy linked with diabetic foot outcomes?

Aug 8, 2019

Results of a systematic review on health literacy in people with diabetic foot disease has recently been presented in the prestigious Diabetic Medicine journal and at the 8th International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot held at The Hague in May this year. This large review investigated the association between health literacy and diabetic foot disease outcomes…

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What factors influence adults with diabetes to adopt smart shoe insole technology?

Aug 2, 2019

New Aussie Research on smart insole technology coming to DFA 2019 Our patients’ attitudes and beliefs about how effective smart insole technology will be used to prevent foot ulcers predicted their intention to use such technology. This fascinating study – led by Dr Emma Macdonald and Dr Byron Perrin from La Trobe University – is…

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New Patient Adherence Research coming to DFA 2019

Jul 30, 2019

A new study has found some interesting reasons why our patient’s with diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) are adherent or non-adherent to their DFU self-care at home. The study – led by DFA 2019 Keynote Speaker A/Prof Jaap van Netten  – extensively interviewed a selection of 11 Aussie patients with DFU about how they care for…

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New Infection Research coming to DFA 2019

Jul 25, 2019

A new study published in the leading infectious diseases journal has suggested we need to revise the international (IDSA/IWGDF) diabetic foot infection (DFI) classification system to include osteomyelitis. The study – led by DFA 2019 Keynote Speaker Professor Larry Lavery – investigated the outcomes of 294 patients with moderate or severe DFI. They found those…

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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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