Too many of the nearly 200 million people in the world with diabetes suffer from diabetes-related foot complications. As a result, the impact on their quality of life is massive. The loss of a foot or part of a leg is the devastating end result of one of the most feared complications of diabetes. At the same time it places important demands on health-care systems in terms of manpower and costs. In this article, Karel Bakker reports on the world's largest meeting for health-care workers in the field, the 4th International Symposium on the diabetic foot, held in May 2003 in Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands.
Foot, Publication, Consensus, International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot, IWGDF, Podiatry, Guidelines