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.

Are there differences in what different diabetic foot guidelines recommend?

Apr 4, 2019

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

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 DFUs…

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People with diabetic foot ulcers have poor overall quality of life

Mar 6, 2019

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 people…

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Is intravenous better than oral antibiotics for treating osteomyelitis?

Feb 21, 2019

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 resolving…

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Diabetic Foot Disease Is A Top 10 Cause Of Global Disability

Aug 14, 2018

A new commentary paper published in Diabetic Medicine has reported diabetic foot disease to be one of the leading causes of disability across the world. The paper – authored by DFA’s Dr Pete Lazzarini and A/Prof Jaap van Netten and DFA’s friends A/Prof Rosana Pacella and Prof David Armstrong – has already received media attention…

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How accurate are non-invasive peripheral arterial disease tests in people with diabetic foot ulcers?

Jun 1, 2018

A new study published in Diabetic Medicine from the team of globally renowned vascular surgeon Professor Rob Hinchliffe has found that toe-brachial index (TBI) and Doppler waveforms are more useful for the exclusion of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in patients with diabetic foot ulceration (DFU) compared to pulse palpation or ankle-brachial index (ABI). But, is…

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How do Infectious Diseases Consultants manage diabetic foot infection?

May 24, 2018

A new Australian study surveying Infectious Diseases (ID) Consultants from right around Australia and New Zealand has found that diabetic foot infections (DFI) make up 20% of all their work and DFIs are managed very differently between consultants. But, as we always say is that the full story? This study published in the Journal of…

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Does revascularization of patients with claudication prevent amputation?

May 17, 2018

A new Australian study has found that patients presenting with intermittent claudication who undergo revascularization had a higher risk of amputation than those who don’t. Yes, you read that correctly, they had more amputations. But, as we always say is that the full story? This study was led by DFA’s friend and internationally-acclaimed PAD research guru, Professor Jon…

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Does high plantar tissue stress delay ulcer healing?

May 11, 2018

A new study published in Clinical Biomechanics from DFA’s Dr Jaap van Netten’s team has found that cumulative plantar tissue stress is lower in people whose diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) healed compared to those that didn’t heal. But, what is cumulative plantar tissue stress and is that the full story? This new study used data…

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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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