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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.

Do antimicrobial wound solutions adequately cleanse biofilms from diabetic foot ulcers?

Dec 1, 2017

Clinicians treating foot ulcers are regularly faced with the decision of what to use on the wound if it has delayed healing. Recently, this decision has become more challenging with our new understandings on biofilm that further delays healing and promotes infection. These understandings have led to the development of new antimicrobial wound solutions backed…

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Indigenous Australians have 3-6 fold increased likelihood of diabetic foot complications

Nov 23, 2017

A number of previous studies have shown that indigenous Australians seem to have higher rates of diabetic foot complications than non-indigenous Australians. Arguably the most famous was a Medical Journal of Australia paper authored by Professor Paul Norman and colleagues that reported indigenous people in certain age groups had up to a 38-fold increased rates…

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Which removable offloading device is better to heal diabetic foot ulcers?

Nov 11, 2017

Non-removable knee-high offloading devices are the globally-recognised gold standard treatment to most effectively heal plantar diabetic foot ulcers. This is because they have been found to be the most effective in reducing plantar pressure and daily activity on the ulcer area, and adherence is enforced. However, these devices are contraindicated in some patients and some…

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Patients with diabetic foot disease have the highest risk of hospitalisation of common diseases

Nov 8, 2017

A new study has found that patients with diabetic foot disease have the highest number of doctor visits, longest doctor visits, highest number of referrals to other doctors and highest risk of hospitalization than all other common diseases studied. This study published in the leading journal Diabetes Care – authored by global diabetic foot experts…

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DFA Guides You Through: The estimated workforce to ensure evidence-based care for people with diabetes-related foot disease in Australia

Nov 8, 2017

So far in our “Guides You Through” series, we’ve discussed the estimates behind the current burden of DFD, and the forecasted savings if evidence-based DFD care was implemented across Australia.  Now third in the series, we’re “Guiding You Through” the estimated workforce required to ensure evidence-based DFD care is available for all people with diabetes-related foot…

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Assessing diabetic foot ulcers using mobile phone images is not reliable

Nov 2, 2017

An important new study investigating the validity and reliability of using mobile phone images to diagnose diabetic foot ulcer characteristics has recently been published in the journal Scientific Reports. Mobile phone images are used for pretty much everything these days, including assessing and recording the progress of diabetic foot ulcers. In particular, clinicians with a…

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DFA Guides You Through: Forecasted savings to Australia with evidence-based diabetic foot care

Nov 1, 2017

As we discussed in the previous “DFA Guides You Through”, a robust estimation of the full burden of a disease is the backbone behind any good health campaign. We therefore discussed all statistics and estimates behind the current burden of diabetes-related foot disease (DFD). But that only shows what the burden is today – how…

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New Lancet commentary on critical impact of regional diabetic foot services on amputation rates

Oct 29, 2017

A new commentary published in the prestigious Lancet journal by global diabetic foot expert William Jeffcoate and colleagues clearly underlines the critical impact that a region’s diabetic foot services can have on their hospitalisation and amputation rates. The commentary paper “uses data to tackle the burden of diabetes-related amputations” by summarising an enormous analysis of…

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New study shines large light on huge numbers in hospital with diabetic foot disease

Oct 25, 2017

A new paper from DFA’s Pete Lazzarini and colleagues has completed the trilogy of papers from the Foot Disease in Inpatients Study investigating the burden of foot disease in inpatient populations. This new Journal of Diabetes Research paper reports 46% of all people in our hospitals have a foot complication (peripheral arterial disease, peripheral neuropathy,…

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DFA Guides You Through: The estimated burden of diabetes-related foot disease in Australia in 2017

Oct 24, 2017

The backbone behind any campaign is an estimated burden of the current situation. Only when you know the size of a problem, can you adequately discuss ways to solve the problem. Together with the Australian diabetic foot community, we at Diabetic Foot Australia (DFA) aim to end avoidable amputations in a generation. To reach this…

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