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November 2017

Gait findings support focus on proximal muscle function in people with diabetes

Lower extremity muscle force during gait differs significantly among patients with diabetic neuropathy, patients with diabetes but no neuropathy, and controls, according to research from Brazil that underscores the importance of maintaining proximal muscle function in patients with diabetes.

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October 2017

Dialysis patients, even without diabetes, have high risk for ulceration, amputation

Patients with end-stage renal disease undergoing dialysis are at high risk for foot ulcerations and amputation, regardless of whether they also have diabetes, according to research from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, that underscores the need for foot screening in this population.

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September 2017

Diabetes Council issues shoe guideline

The Diabetes Council, an educational website for people with type 2 diabetes run by healthcare professionals, in August published a guide to buying therapeutic shoes for people with diabetes. Continue reading

July 2016

Diabetesevent toincludeDFUworkshop

The 9th World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and Its Complications, scheduled for December 2-4 in Atlanta, GA, will include a separate two-day Diabetic Foot Workshop sponsored by the online Center for Diabetes Education… Continue reading

July 2016

Siren Care to market smart diabetes sock

San Francisco-based Siren Care has partnered with Pasindu Lugoda, a PhD student at the University of Nottingham Trent in the UK, and his colleagues in the university’s Advanced Textiles Research Group to bring to market a smart sock to help prevent amputation in people with diabetes. Continue reading

May 2016

Diabetes drug Invokana under scrutiny

Beerse, Belgium-based Janssen Pharmaceutical’s top-selling diabetes drug Invokana (canagli­flozin) continued to come under scrutiny in April and May with new lawsuits filed, along with questioning from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) about serious potential adverse effects. Continue reading

February 2016

Students invent smart mat for diabetes

Jackson State University (JSU) in Mississippi reported in December that a group of its graduate engineering students have designed a “smart mat” that gauges foot temperature in people with diabetes. Data from the mat could give caregivers and physicians early warning of infection. Continue reading

September 2015

NICE updates three diabetes guidelines

The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on August 26 published three updated guidelines for the management of diabetes that emphasize prevention and rapid care of diabetic foot problems and tight glucose control for adults and children. Continue reading

January 2015

Out on a limb: Muscling in on diabetes

There are already plenty of good reasons for indivi­duals with diabetes to exercise. But here’s one more: Strengthening the intrinsic foot muscles just might reverse the development of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) even before it becomes clinically apparent.

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July 2014

Depression-like symptoms improve after diabetes distress interventions

Patients with diabetes often struggle with depression-like feelings, but research suggests those symptoms may not need to be treated as a comorbid psychiatric condition.

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February 2014

Orthofeet partners with diabetes educators

Northvale, NJ-based Orthofeet joined with the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) in January to begin a grassroots effort to bring foot health education to patients with diabetes in key US markets. The Orthofeet team will partner with the AADE network…

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February 2014

Variable amputation rates in patients with diabetes

Studies show that lower extremity amputation rates in patients with diabetes vary widely, sometimes even within individual healthcare systems. What’s more difficult to determine is why these variations exist and what can be done to improve access to care for all patients.

By Larry Hand

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September 2013

PAD and reamputation in patients with diabetes

In patients who undergo a minor foot amputation following a diabetic foot ulcer, severe peripheral arterial disease is the primary risk factor for subsequent major amputation, which underscores the importance of early detection and intervention for PAD in this population.

By Vincent S. Nerone, DPM, Kevin D. Springer, DPM, Darren M. Woodruff, DPM, and Said A. Atway, DPM, AACFAS

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May 2013

Diabetes and altered gait: The role of neuropathy

Researchers have identified gait alterations in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy but also in diabetic patients with normal sensation, raising questions about the extent to which factors other than neuropathy might also be affecting gait.

By Cary Groner

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March 2013

DIABETES: More results support use of foot orthoses to significantly decrease plantar pressures

Swedes also find low ulceration rate – Research from Sweden and Egypt provides more evidence that foot orthoses can significantly decrease plantar pressures in patients with diabetes, theoretically reducing the risk of foot ulcers and lower extremity amputation.

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February 2013

Diabetes, cognitive deficits impair gait in older adults, but neuropathy does not

Type 2 diabetes affects gait parameters in older adults, and impaired cognition further reduces performance, according to investigators from Ghent University in Belgium who studied 101 patients living in community and residential care settings.

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February 2013

Fundraising begins for diabetes hospital

Kshitij Shankhdhar, MD, a diabetologist from Lucknow, India, is working with the Uttar Pradesh Madhumeh Association (UPMA) to help establish a charitable diabetes hospital in India and is seeking donations to support the project. (Madhumeh is a Hindi word for … Continue reading

January 2013

Podiatrist publishes on diabetes self-care, hopes to help to prevent foot complications

Mark Hinkes, DPM, chief of podiatry at the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Nash­ville, has published an easy-to-read guide for prevention, treatment, and self-care of foot problems for people with diabetes and their caregivers. Healthy … Continue reading

December 2011

When diabetes complicates drop foot

In patients affected by both diabetes and drop foot, ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) can help restore a more normal gait pattern and reduce the mechanical risks of ulceration. But microtrauma caused by irritation and elevated pressure is also a significant concern in these patients, making device selection and fit critical concerns.

By Larry Hand

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October 2011

Diabetes event targets Native Americans

Native Nation Events, a provider of educational conferences and forums to the Native American community, will hold the Native American Diabetes Pandemic Conference: Prevention, Awareness & Programs November 16-17 in Cabazon, CA. On some reservations, more than 50% of the … Continue reading

September 2011

Patients with diabetes exhibit gait deficits before neuropathy develops

Type 2 diabetes results in less efficient gait mechanics well before patients develop frank neuropathy and other threats to mobility, according to research in the August issue of Gait & Posture. Investigators for the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, an … Continue reading

August 2011

Mild compression socks reduce edema, maintain flow in patients with diabetes

Mild compression socks can reduce lower extremity edema in patients with diabetes without compromising vascularity, according to research presented in July at the annual APMA meeting in Boston.

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July 2011

Art de Cure event raises $25,000 for American Diabetes Association

Art de Cure’s Albany, NY, board members presenteda $25,000 check to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) on June 3 at the Tour de Cure VIP Awards Dinner. The money was raised at a benefit held in the Art de Cure … Continue reading

May 2011

Consider mental health in patients with diabetes

Many lower extremity practitioners are not aware of the risks of distress, depression, and cognitive impairment in patients with diabetes. But screening for mental health issues and adjusting patient management accordingly can significantly improve diabetic foot care outcomes.

By Larry Hand

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March 2011

Mortality data favor transmetatarsal amputation in patients with diabetes

Transmetatarsal amputations offer lower mortality rates and time to failure than other distal alternatives to transtibial amputation in patients with diabetes, according to research from the University of Rochester in New York. Investigators retrospectively reviewed records of 83 patients who … Continue reading