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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.

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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How accurate are non-invasive peripheral arterial disease tests in people with diabetic foot ulcers?

Jun 1, 2018

A new study published in Diabetic Medicine from the team of globally renowned vascular surgeon Professor Rob Hinchliffe has found that toe-brachial index (TBI) and Doppler waveforms are more useful for the exclusion of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in patients with diabetic foot ulceration (DFU) compared to pulse palpation or ankle-brachial index (ABI). But, is…

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How do Infectious Diseases Consultants manage diabetic foot infection?

May 24, 2018

A new Australian study surveying Infectious Diseases (ID) Consultants from right around Australia and New Zealand has found that diabetic foot infections (DFI) make up 20% of all their work and DFIs are managed very differently between consultants. But, as we always say is that the full story? This study published in the Journal of…

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Does revascularization of patients with claudication prevent amputation?

May 17, 2018

A new Australian study has found that patients presenting with intermittent claudication who undergo revascularization had a higher risk of amputation than those who don’t. Yes, you read that correctly, they had more amputations. But, as we always say is that the full story? This study was led by DFA’s friend and internationally-acclaimed PAD research guru, Professor Jon…

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Does high plantar tissue stress delay ulcer healing?

May 11, 2018

A new study published in Clinical Biomechanics from DFA’s Dr Jaap van Netten’s team has found that cumulative plantar tissue stress is lower in people whose diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) healed compared to those that didn’t heal. But, what is cumulative plantar tissue stress and is that the full story? This new study used data…

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What predicts diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

May 3, 2018

A new study published in Diabetes Care has found that that the main predictors for developing diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) may actual be obesity factors. But, as we always say is this the full story? What do we know about diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN)? We know around half of all people with diabetes will develop…

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Does hyperbaric heal diabetic foot ulcers faster?

Apr 26, 2018

A new randomized controlled trial (RCT) on the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) has been published in the high-quality diabetes journal, Diabetes Care. The RCT found that HBOT did not improve healing or amputation rates in patients with ischaemic DFUs compared to usual care. But, these findings have created…

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Does a nitric oxide generating dressing heal diabetic foot ulcers faster?

Apr 19, 2018

A new randomized controlled trial (RCT) has found a nitric oxide generating dressing heals diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) faster than control dressings. The RCT, led by the world-renowned Professor Mike Edmonds and many of the UK’s most well-known DFU researchers, was recently published in one of world’s leading wound journals, Wound Repair and Regeneration. But,…

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What should be the world’s priorities for diabetic foot ulcers?

Apr 12, 2018

A new commentary paper authored by the world’s leading diabetic foot experts in one of the world’s leading diabetes journals has beautifully covered the current challenges and opportunities facing the world when it comes to diabetic foot ulcers. Many of these authors will be very familiar as we have regularly summarized their pivotal work right…

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Which limb-factors predict amputations?

Apr 5, 2018

A new paper from the longest ongoing diabetic foot study in the world, the Seattle Diabetic Foot Study, has reported on the limb-specific factors that predict amputation over 20 years. They found that peripheral neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease were the leading predictors of amputation in people with diabetes. “So what, we already knew that”, we…

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