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Nottingham Heel Diabetes Trial announces grant awards for recruiting centres

Issue 3 of the Heels Trials Newsletter gives the latest recruitment data

The Foot Ulcer Trials Unit at Nottingham is offering a grant incentive to encourage recruitment to its centres. The grants will be paid in July and are to assist health care professionals to attend meetings for their continued professional development.

The FUTU in Nottingham is planning the next investigators’ meeting for Thursday 6th of September 2012, to which up to three representatives from each centre are welcome to join. Find out more in the FUTU Heel Trial Newsletter Issue 3

About 15% of all people with diabetes get foot ulcers, and they are a source of considerable cost and suffering. Ulcers of the heel present particular difficulties and may take up to three times as long to heal than ulcers elsewhere on the foot. Heel ulcers in diabetes also differ from ulcers elsewhere on the foot in that they may be painful.

There are currently no specific treatments which have been shown to improve the outcome. However a small number of specialists in UK have recently started to try the use of lightweight, fibreglass heel casts or ‘heel cup’, and in some patients this has apparently helped the ulcers to heal and improved the pain. It is for these reasons that NUH has been awarded a grant from the NIHR to study the effectiveness of these heel cups in accelerating healing in patients with Diabetes. It is planned that 529 patients will be recruited from 30 centres throughout the UK and patients will be followed for up to six months. The study will also provide information on reduction in pain, decrease in ulcer area, amputations, well-being, costs and other clinical outcomes.

Visit the trial website for more study information and contact details.

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