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A new study has evaluated serum prolidase activity (SPA) in those with and without diabetic foot ulcers. SPA is an marker of the extent of collagen turnover. They compared the SPA levels were higher in the diabetic ulcer group compared to the control group. The SPA levels showed a positive correlation with high-sensitive C-reactive protein and a negative...

A new study has investigated superficial and deep fissures in the diabetic foot and factors associated with them. A total of 578 patients   with diabetes were assessed.  The prevalence of superficial fissures was 9.0%, and that of deep fissures was 3.8%. The presence of superficial fissures was correlated with autonomic and presence of deep fissures...

It is widely assumed that there is some atrophy of the plantar forefoot fad pad in those with diabetes. This atrophy of the fat pad is thought to be a potential risk factor for plantar ulceration under the forefoot in those with diabetes. A recent study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery found that this was not the case, concluding that : “systemic...

Those with diabetes who undergo an amputation may be at elevated risk for psychological distress as a result of their co-morbid medical condition. Regular screening for anxiety and depression and the provision of appropriate follow-up care may therefore be advisable in this population (Diabetic Medicine; 26(10)1063-1067; 2009). The authors looked at...

A study just published in the British Journal of Surgery did HSPA1B genotyping on 70 patients with diabetic foot complications and found that the AG genotype was significantly associated with the severity of foot ulceration (based on the Wagner grade), the need for amputation and median length of hospital stay. Link to study ...