Marie Stirling, a Diabetes Podiatrist working in Dr Grays, an acute NHS hospital clinic within NHS Grampian, has won this year’s Cosyfeet Podiatry Award. She will use the money to help fund a trial to compare traditional ‘total contact casting’ (TCC) with a new roll-on method (the TCC-EZ device) used to offload pressure from diabetic foot ulcers.
TCC is the gold standard for offloading pressure from ulcers in suitable diabetic patients, but whether this treatment is offered may be a bit of a ‘postcode lottery’ due to a variety of factors, including access to training and the time-consuming application method. The new roll-on TCC-EZ device, although more expensive, is thought to be quicker and easier to apply, and could prove more cost-effective for the NHS to administer to appropriate patients.
The Cosyfeet Podiatry Award assists podiatrists and podiatry students to develop their professional knowledge and skills while benefitting others. The award is open to those who are planning voluntary work, a work placement or research, whether in the UK or abroad. “We’re delighted to be able to help with such vital research, which will inform best practice as regards offloading to heal ulcers in certain diabetic patients”, says Managing Director Andrew Peirce. “The knowledge gained can be used to advise NHS policy geared to reducing numbers of amputations due to non-healing wounds. www.cosyfeet.com
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