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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.

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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Fewer steps that require more energy: new insights into the daily activity of people with DFUs

Jul 30, 2017

New research has been published providing unique insights in daily activity of people with diabetic foot ulcers. Queensland researchers Helen Sheahan, Pete Lazzarini and colleagues recruited three groups of patients: with diabetic foot ulcers, with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and with diabetes mellitus. All three groups were monitored constantly for at least 5 days using a multi-sensor…

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A fibreglass heel cast does not improve heel ulcer healing

Jul 23, 2017

An important new study has been published, an extensive health technology assessment of lightweight fibreglass heel casts in the management of heel ulcers. Jeffcoate and colleagues from the UK investigated whether a simple, removable and lightweight fibreglass cast would speed up healing of heel ulcers, after having observed positive outcomes in a case series. Health…

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DFA Guides You Through: all the latest research from 2016-2017

Jul 12, 2017

A key objective of DFA is supporting health professionals to improve clinical and quality of life outcomes for people with diabetic foot disease, and providing diabetic foot researchers with the infrastructure to accelerate high quality research. One method to achieve these aims is the “DFA Guides You Through” series. In this series, DFA summarizes and…

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Microscopy visualisation confirms multi-species biofilms are ubiquitous in diabetic foot ulcers

Jul 9, 2017

Increasing evidence within the literature has identified the presence of biofilms in chronic wounds and proposed that they contribute to delayed wound healing. Malone and colleagues aimed to investigate the presence of biofilm in diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) using microscopy and molecular approaches and define if biofilms were present in both infected DFUs and chronic…

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The importance of fungi in the chronic-wound microbiome

Jul 9, 2017

While the role of microorganisms as pathogens of infection in wounds has centred in the majority around bacteria, fungi may also play a role. Kalan and colleagues report an approach using molecular techniques to amplify the Internal Transcribed Spacer (ITS1), a specific point on fungi DNA to identify the presence of fungi in wounds that…

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