Diabetic Feet Get the Full Treatment at Peacocks Annual Conference

17-01-18

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  • Emma Scott. Vascular research fellow presenting at Peacocks Forward Thinking Orthotics Conference, January 2018
  • Mr Peter Briggs, Orthopaedic Surgeon speaking at Peacocks Forward Thinking Orthotics Conference January 2018
  • Scott McNab presenting at Peacocks Forward Thinking Orthotics Conference, January 2018
  • Nicola Coates, speaking at Peacocks Forward Thinking Orthotics conference January 2018
  • Dr Ahmad Abou-Saleh, Diabetologist speaking at Peacocks Forward Thinking Orthotics Conference January 2018

Saturday 13th January saw Peacocks 16th annual conference take place at the Centre for Life, Newcastle. This year, the focus of the event was The Diabetic Foot - where speakers from across all disciplines of care and intervention were invited talk about their speciality. The aim of the day was to enable cross functional learning about all areas of the diabetic foot and to network with other healthcare professionals working in the diabetic arena.

The Conference was opened by Dr Ahmad Abou-Saleh who gave an overview of the latest developments and medical management of the disease as well as looking at the state of Diabetes globally and in the UK, showing that:

  • globally, it is predicted that there will be a 48% increase in prevelance of Diabetes to 629 Million people by 2045
  • Currently 10% of all NHS budget is spent on Diabetes care (circa £10bn per annum)
  • Diabetic Foot Disease is one of many potential outcomes of living with Diabetes. 

Other speakers on the day

Nicola Coates, Podiatry Lead for Diabetes at Newcastle upon Tyne Foundation Trust, who looked at the management of the diabeteic foot - aims, pathways and treatments (how it works in Newcastle). 

Scott McNab, Orthotist at Peacocks presented pathways and service models, examining WHY it's relevant to prescribe orthoses for people with diabetes. This fell into 3 categories - because it's recommended by NICE; by investing now, it will save more costly treatments later; to maximise ulcer-free days.

Mr Peter Briggs, Orthopaedic Surgeon examined the surgical management options, and how surgical intervention can sometimes prevent amputations, by changing the pressure loading on the foot. He presented statistics showing that: 

  • 5-8% of people with diabetes will have a foot ulceration
  • 50% have 5 year mortality following foot ulceration 
  • 70% have 5 year mortality following amputation

Emma Scott, Vascular Research Fellow presented the vasuclar surgeons view of how and when vascular surgery is required. 

Professor Jim Woodburn (Glasgow Caledonian University) then presented a review of the current scientific evidence, and Dr Jari Pallari presented on potential future developments of ortotics using 3D printing techniques. 

Presentations

All of the presentations from the event are listed below and available for download by kind permission of our speakers (with the exception of Professor Jim Woodburn, who is updating his - this will also be available shortly.)  

Please note that some of the content within these presentations contain surgical and medical images. 

 

 

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