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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.

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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Can telehealth systems virtually heal diabetic foot ulcers?

Mar 15, 2018

A new randomized controlled trial (RCT) has found that telehealth systems perform just as well as specialist diabetic foot clinics in healing people with diabetic foot ulcers (DFU). This RCT published in Diabetes Care by researchers from Norway found that patients managed in primary care with telehealth support from specialist DFU clinics had the same…

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What is a “diabetic foot attack”?

Mar 9, 2018

A new commentary paper has called for the world to start calling severe presentations of diabetic foot disease (DFD), “diabetic foot attacks”. The paper, published by Professor Mike Edmonds and his team in the International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds, argues using such a term aligns with similar terms that have “transformed outcomes in myocardial…

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Did the Explorer trial find quicker foot ulcer healing with a sucrose octasulfate dressing?

Mar 2, 2018

A large high-quality randomized controlled trial (RCT) on a new dressing for diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) has just been published in the world’s leading diabetes journal, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. The RCT was led by the renowned Professor Mike Edmonds from the UK’s Kings College Hospital and included many of the world’s well-known DFU…

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New Peripheral Artery Disease clinical update published in the British Medical Journal

Feb 15, 2018

A new clinical update summarizing the literature on the assessment and management of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) has just been published in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ).  Like we try to do here at DFA, BMJ clinical updates aim to provide practical clinical summaries of the latest evidence on how to assess and manage…

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Increasing diabetic foot service standards = Decreasing amputation rates

Jan 24, 2018

Last year we reported on a Lancet commentary article from Prof William Jeffcoate discussing large variations in regional diabetes-related amputation rates across England. This paper highlighted a huge data analysis showing the critical impact that regional diabetic foot services have on amputation rates. Well Prof Jeffcoate has just published another commentary entitled, “reducing amputation in…

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