New research on diabetes-related 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 summaries on latest research from around the globe and nationally to keep you up-to-date.

What’s new in Aussie DFD Research!

Jan 27, 2021

January has so far been a busy month for new Aussie DFD research!  So click on the following links to check out the latest abstracts from around the country. Temporal Trends in Incident Hospitalization for Diabetes-Related Foot Ulcer in Type 2 Diabetes: The Fremantle Diabetes Study. Hamilton EJ, Davis WA, Siru R, Baba M, Norman…

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The globe’s diabetic foot print is big and getting bigger

Mar 12, 2020

Ever wondered how big the global diabetic foot disease burden really is? Or how many people have diabetic foot complications? Or even if the diabetic foot print is getting bigger in a certain nation? Well wonder no more! A new Australian-led study has published the first estimates of the global, regional and national numbers for…

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Calf stretching alone does not reduce plantar pressures

Oct 31, 2019

A very nice new Australian study has reported that calf muscle stretching alone in people with diabetes does not increase their ankle range of motion nor reduce their forefoot plantar pressures. This RCT – led by Dr Angela Searle and Prof Viv Chuter from the University of Newcastle – randomised 68 people with diabetes and…

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Optimal blood test values for diagnosing osteomyelitis

Oct 8, 2019

A new study published by one of our much loved DFA 2019 International Speakers – global diabetic foot infection guru and foot cake surgeon extraordinaire, Professor Larry Lavery – has just reported the optimal blood test values for diagnosing diabetic foot osteomyelitis. The study by Prof Lavery’s group in the US was by far the…

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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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