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.

New Infection Research coming to DFA 2019

Jul 25, 2019

loading… 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…

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New acronym to help guide foot ulcer treatment

Jul 18, 2019

loading… 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…

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The future of offloading published?

Jul 4, 2019

loading… 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)…

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New global offloading treatment pathway published

Jun 27, 2019

loading… A new offloading treatment pathway has just been published with the new IWGDF offloading guidelines. And we dare say this may become your official ‘offloading cheat sheet’ for diabetic foot ulcers (DFU). The new global IWGDF offloading guideline covers 36 pages of everything known to (wo)man on offloading treatments for DFU. It then simplifies…

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New Global Guidelines on Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischaemia are also here!

Jun 20, 2019

loading… The new Global Vascular Guideline (GVG) on chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) has just been released hot on the heels of the new IWGDF guideline chapter on peripheral artery disease (PAD). What’s Chronic limb-threatening ischaemia (CLTI)? In case you were wondering CLTI is a severe form of PAD. However, it is subtly different to, builds…

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Record number of Aussies will be presenting at next month’s “8th Olympics of the diabetic foot”

Apr 29, 2019

loading… The International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot (ISDF) has been informally known as the “Olympics of the diabetic foot” since 1996. And this year will see a record of 20 Aussie presentations at next month’s 8th ISDF “Olympics” in The Netherlands which is much more than any other “Olympics”. Why is ISDF the “Olympics…

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Are there differences in what different diabetic foot guidelines recommend?

Apr 4, 2019

loading… A new study just published in the journal Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews has found that there are many differences between recommendations made in national diabetic foot disease guidelines (including Australia’s) and those made in the peak International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) guidelines. This first-of-its-kind study from a diverse international author group…

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Are we in a new wound dressing era for DFUs?

Mar 15, 2019

loading… A new high-quality randomised controlled trial (RCT) reporting a new dressing that helps heal diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) quicker has been published in the world’s leading diabetes journal, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This new RCT reports “LeucoPatch” – a new multi-layered dressing patch made up of the patient’s own blood products – healed…

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People with diabetic foot ulcers have poor overall quality of life

Mar 6, 2019

loading… People with diabetic foot ulcers have been found to have poor overall quality of life and this was worse in those with larger ulcers, ulcers for longer, and ulcers complicated by ischaemia or infection. Aussie researchers from the University of Wollongong pooled the data from 12 different studies investigating health-related quality of life in…

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Is intravenous better than oral antibiotics for treating osteomyelitis?

Feb 21, 2019

loading… A new high-quality randomised controlled trial (RCT) comparing the use of intravenous (IV) and oral antibiotics to treat bone and joint infections has just been published in the world’s most prestigious medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine. Put simply, this RCT found oral antibiotics had the same effect as IV antibiotics in…

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